Posted in Recipes

Cheeseburger Stuffed Peppers

 

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Cheeseburger Stuffed Peppers

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound
    Ground Beef
  • 1 medium
    Onion
  • 2 cloves
    Garlic (minced)
  • 2 red or yellow
    Bell Peppers
  • 1 cup
    Grated cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • ketchup

Cooking Directions

  1. brown ground meat in a fry pan with garlic and onion until cooked through.
  2. Slice peppers in half and de seed.
  3. Fill pepper half with beef and cook in oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on top.
  5. Place back in the oven until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from oven and top with lettuce, tomato, pickles and ketchup.

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Posted in Recipes, Wine

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Red white and Blue Sangria recipe

Servings:

10

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle dry white wine
  • 1 Bottle sparkling wine
  • 1 Cup(s) Apple juice
  • 2 Cup(s) Blueberries
  • 1 Cup(s) Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Cup(s) Raspberries
  • 3 – 4 Granny Smith apples, cut into star shapes (use a small, metal cookie cutter

 

perfectly with le Cadeau Semi-Seco and Brut Sparkling Wine.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Stir together all ingredients except sparkling wine, apples and ice.

2. Cover and chill for at least two hours.

3. Stir in the sparkling wine, apples and ice just before serving. Please note, the longer the sangria chills, the more red it will be. Cut and mix in the apples last to keep them white

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Posted in Recipes

Summer Crab Cakes

Summer Crab Cake Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 12 Ounce(s) Firm white fish fillets, cut into chunks
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) Thai Kitchen® Red Curry Paste
  • 1 Egg
  • 8 Green beans, thinly sliced
  • 4 Green onions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 3 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Thai Kitchen® Premium Fish Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon(s)Cornstarch
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Vegetable oil
  • Thai Kitchen® Sweet Red Chili Sauce

 

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Place fish, curry paste and egg in food processor; cover. Process until smooth. Set aside. Mix green beans, green onions and garlic in large bowl. Add fish sauce, cornstarch and sugar; stir to make a smooth paste. Add fish mixture; mix well. With lightly moistened hands, divide fish mixture into 1/4 cup portions and shape into thin patties.

2. Heat a wok or heavy skillet on medium-high heat; add oil. Fry patties in batches until golden brown on each side. (Do not overcook.) Drain on paper towels.

3. Serve warm or cold with Thai Kitchen Sweet Red Chili Sauce for dipping.

*Recipe and Photo Courtesy of McCormick & Company, Inc

 

This delicious recipe for Crispy Fish Cakes pairs perfectly with the Table White Wine

 

Are you a wine lover? How about a wine tasting in your own home?

Wine Shop At Home Tastings

Posted in Wine

Walk in the Park Wine Cocktail

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Servings:

4

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle of dry red wine, chilled
  • 1/2 Cup(s) Grand Marnier
  • 1 Can Dr. Pepper, chilled
  • Brandy-soaked cherries
  • Fresh cherries (optional)
  • Sugar or your favorite sweetener, to taste (optional)
  • Ice cubes

Try this delicious Walk In The Park cocktail with a dry red wine. Find the perfect wine here.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix wine, liqueur, ice, sweetener (optional) and brandy-soaked cherries in a pitcher.

2. Top with Dr. Pepper and pour into individual glasses.

3. Garnish with fresh cherries

 

You also might like :Wine-y Wednesday Sunny Day Sangria

 

Are you a wine lover? Looking for a fun night with some friends?

How about a wine tasting in the comfort of your own home?

Wine Shop At Home Tastings

Posted in Wine

Wine-y Wednesday Sunny Day Sangria

 

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It’s Wednesday!  Half way through the week. Here is a delicious way to celebrate. It was quite rainy yesterday and I am ready to see the sun again. This Sunny Day Sangria recipe is just the thing to celebrate summer and the last day of your kids being in school!

Servings :8

Ingredients:

1 bottle of red wine chilled

1 cup Resposado Tequila

1/2 Cup Brandy

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup Ginger ale

Orange slices

Lime slices

Ice Cubes

 

Directions:

Mix Wine , Tequila, brandy, orange juice and ginger ale in a large pitcher

Pour over ice in individual glasses and Garnish with fruit slices.

 

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or read about hosting in home wine tastings: Wine Shop At Home Tastings

 

Summer recipes that pair well with this:

Fresh Steak Salad 

Super Food Salad

 

Posted in Wag it!

Homemade Doggy Ice Cream

 

Easy Homemade Doggy Ice Cream Treats

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Ingredients

  • 1 or 2
    Ripe Bananas
  • 1/3 Cup
    Peanut Butter
  • 8 oz.
    Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 6
    milk bone biscuits (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. Peel Bananas and break into small chunks.
  2. Using a food processor, mixer or blender, mix yogurt, peanut butter and bananas together until Smooth.
  3. spoon into ice cube trays.
  4. Break the milk bones in half and insert them into each ice cube square.
  5. Freeze in freezer for 2 to 2.5 hours.
  6. Pop out one cube at a time and let your pups enjoy.

NOTE: Please make sure your Peanut Butter does not contain any artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, as it is very poisonous to dogs.

 

Posted in baking, Budget Friendly Meals, Recipes, Uncategorized

Godiva Triple Chocolate Strawberry No Bake Dessert

Easy No Bake Dessert for summer events

Its Summer Time and the weather is heating up. As Much as I love baking, having the oven on during the warmer days can be unbearable. (Especially since we do not have air conditioning). This decadent and Easy No Bake Dessert is absolutely a favorite summer dish in our house and is great to bring to summer family gatherings because it makes a HUGE amount for a small price tag.

This no Bake dessert features three layers of Godiva pudding in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. It also has fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whip cream on each layer.

 

Ingredients Needed:

1 box Godiva White chocolate pudding mix

1 box Godiva milk chocolate pudding mix

1 box Godiva dark chocolate pudding mix

1 box of Nilla Wafers

6 cups of milk

2 pints whipping cream

2 tablespoons powdered Sugar

1 large crate of strawberries

1 extra large bowl or deep pan

 

Easy No Bake Directions:

Step 1: line the bowl or pan with a single layer of Nilla wafers

 

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Step 2: Mix the White chocolate pudding mix in a separate bowl according to the box directions. Immediately and gently pour the pudding on top of the wafers and refrigerate 5 minutes.

Step 3: while the pudding is chilling. Whip the whipping cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar and whip until completely blended and fluffy.

Step 4: Slice strawberries into this slices and layer on top in a single layer on the pudding. Then carefully spread a thin layer of the whipped cream on top of the strawberries.

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Step 5: repeat layering with the milk chocolate and dark chocolate pudding. Refrigerate the pudding layers for 5 minutes each before adding on the strawberries and whip cream.

Step 5: After the last layer of pudding add sliced strawberries and a top layer of whipped cream. Decorate with chocolates and strawberries as desired.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Scoop into bowls to serve.

 

 

Variations:

Quicker:  Use pre made cool whip topping instead of making your own whip cream

Healthier/ Less Sugar: Use Sugar free pudding mix and Sugar free Cool Whip toppings.

 

Want a treat for your dog too? check out Homemade Doggy Ice Cream

or In the mood for some great grilling ? check out The Kitchen Magician’s Burger Commandments!

 

Posted in Recipes, Side Dishes

The Best Bean Recipe

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You will never buy canned baked beans again!!!!!

My Husband started making these beans a few years ago and they have become a summertime staple in our house. We have  gotten so many compliments that we now always bring them to picnics and BBQs. But they are also a great warm side dish for the winter months. They are amazing, sweet but not too sweet and packed full of flavor! Try them and you will never want canned beans again.

Ingredients:

1 red bell pepper

1 large vidalia onion

1 fresh jalapeño pepper

1/2 cup white wine

1 tsp. mustard powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1/4 cup molasses

1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 bay leaf

A tablespoon or two of bacon fat

1 can black beans

1 can red beans

1 can white beans

1/2 cup chicken stock

 

Directions:

Dice peppers and onions. Saute onion and red pepper in bacon fat until translucent but not brown.

Add Jalapeno pepper and saute another 5 minutes.

Add the 1/2 cup wine (you can substitute whiskey if you want)cook down about 3-5 minutes.

Add chicken stock, mustard powder, salt, pepper, molasses, Apple cider vinegar and beans. mix thoroughly and add the bay leaf. Make sure bay leaf is submerged in the liquid. Bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally.

** My Husband would like me to add that to ensure proper flavor , you should have a sip of whatever beverage you are drinking in between each step. For the sake of not being responsible for drunk people in the kitchen I left that step out……..LOL!

You can always add cayenne pepper or chipolte pepper if you like them a little spicy!

These go great as a side dish for

Baby Dragon Tail (Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Pork)

Ground Turkey Salisbury Steak with Bacon Jam Gravy

Ginger Roasted Pork Tenderloin

 

Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Pork Stir Fry ($.94 per serving)

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We are trying to stick to a $500 a month Budget for our family of four. You can read more about our budget plan in my post Feeding a Family of 4 on $500 a Month.

Cheap and Easy Stir Fry Pork

Pork Loin (1 pound) $2.22

2 cup White rice (uncooked measure) ($.50)

1 Bag Frozen Snap Peas ($.99)

1 red Pepper ($.53)

1 /2 onion ($.08)

2  cloves Garlic ($.08)

1 table spoon olive oil ($.10)

1/2 jar Hoi Sauce ($1.15)

 

Total Cost $ 5.64

This made Enough for all four of us for dinner and for 2 servings of leftovers for mike and I for lunch the next day.  Which makes it $.94 per serving.

We bought the Hoison sauce at Super Walmart. But it may be cheaper to make your own if you have the ingredients in your kitchen . There is a really easy recipe Here.

We bought the pork roast on sale for 50% off at Stop and shop for a total of $4.44 for a two pound pack of pork loin. The pack contained two 1 lb. loins. This made each loin only $2.22.

We buy a 50 lb. bag of rice from the Asian market making each cup of uncooked rice only $.25. We store it in a sealed tupperware tub in the basemen pantry and it last forever. If the apocalypse happens we will have enough rice for awhile..lol.

Cut the pork loin into 1 inch slices and marinate in a zip lock bag with about 1/4 the jar of Hoison sauce for at least 4 hours, all day while you go to work , or overnight is great too.

Directions for Making Cheap and Easy Stir Fry Pork

In a large wok. Saute pork slices until cooked all the way through and inside is no longer pink. Remove from wok.

 

 

Add into hot walk, chopped onion (How to Dice An onion,)chopped pepper, and chopped garlic. Saute until onions are translucent. Add in frozen snap peas and the other 1/4 of the Hoison sauce. Heat until frozen vegetables are hot. You can add the pork back into the wok and toss for a few minutes to warm it back up.

Cook rice however you normally cook your rice. We use our pressure cooker because it is quicker. We added a little parsley  to the rice and some seasame seeds just because we had some in our pantry. They make nice garnish for the pictures. But not nessissary for the recipe.

 

Plate and Enjoy!

We stored the leftover servings in a sealed container in the refrigerate and microwaved it the next day  at work for lunch for Mike and myself.

 

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Two Family Dinners under $6

Cheap and Easy Sausage and Peppers Grinder ($1.51 per serving)

 

 

 

Posted in Budget Friendly Meals, Cooking Tips, Recipes

Cheap and Easy Sausage and Peppers Grinder ($1.51 per serving)

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We are continuing on our journey (or challenge I guess) to feed our family of four for only $500 per month. You can read more about our budget plan HERE.

Feeding a Family of 4 on $500 a Month

Cheap and Delicious sausage and Pepper Grinders

4 shady Brook turkey spicy Italian sausage (1.84)

2 Bell Peppers ($1.06)

1 yellow onion ($.16)

1 jar tomato sauce ($.88)

4 Hoagie Rolls ($1.32)

1/2 block cheese shredded ($.80)

Total Cost $6.06 for 4 servings or $1.51 per serving.

The Turkey sausages were originally priced at $5.49 per pack of four links. But Big Y had them on sale for buy 1, get 1 free. Making the cost per pack only $2.75 per pack of six links.

The Hoagie Rolls are Big Y brand and again were on sale for buy 1, get 1 free. Original price was $3.99 per pack of 6. The sale brought the price per pack of 6 down to $1.99 and the price per roll to $.33 per roll.

The bell Peppers were at Super walmart for $.53 cents each and the Pasta sauce also at walmart for only $.88 per jar.

The onions we had bought a big bag of at Aldi and the price per onion was calculated out to be $.16 per onion

Now we calculated out these portions based on the assumption that all four members of your household will eat all the ingredients. But being a mother I totally understand that this is not the reality of family dinner. One kid may only eat the sausage and bun without the peppers and onions, one kid may only eat the cheese and bun, one kid might just eat the veggies and then there is that one kid, like mine that will only eat the bun! Ohhhhh! Such is life at the family table. So if that sounds lie your family , the good news is the meal may end up even cheaper. BONUS!!! HA HA!

To make these Cheap and delicious Sausage and pepper Grinders:

Brown Sausages in fry pan or dutch oven until cooked through and brown on the outside.

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Remove sausages from the pan. Slice the peppers and onions into thin strips and cook in the sausage juices until soft. Add in the pasta sauce and stir until heated through. place the rolls on a cookie sheet and fill with 1 sausage link , cover link with the pepper and onion mixture and sprinkle cheese on top.

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Bake at 350 in the oven until cheeses is melted.

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You may also like to check out our other budget recipes:

Two Family Dinners under $6

 

Bonus Meal:

Used the leftover peppers and onions and mixture to make a yummy cheap gourmet breakfast.

Toast ($.15)

Egg ($.10)

Peppers and onions ($.00)

Coffee ($.16)

Total breakfast cost ($.41)

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