Those of you who have been coming to the Club House for awhile know that we cater to users of public assistance…many of you have signed up for our series of cooking tips-and we appreciate that, btw-but today I got a message from Tawra I just HAD to share:
“Cooking Tips To Save You Money!
by Tawra Kellam
Need a quick cooking tip? Here are a bunch of little things you can do to save a lot of money in the kitchen!
*Put flour in an old spice bottle to use when flouring cake pans.
*Unsure what a Dutch oven is? It’s just a 6-8 quart saucepan or large pot.
*Having leftovers again? Serve them by candlelight with tablecloths or place mats. A tablecloth and candles make even plain meals look special.
*This is an unexpected canape and a handy little finger food. Take your favorite cream cheese dip and roll about 1 teaspoon full into a ball. Press it between two walnut halves. Lay on a platter to serve.
*Save dry cereal odds and ends to add to your Chex mix when you make it.
*Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting it in the fridge. It will keep much longer.
*When you have one hot dog, hamburger, sausage patty, or slice of ham left over, put it in a container in the freezer. Use these leftovers to make a meat lover’s pizza or to add a little more zip to a regular frozen pizza.
*Add a few of your favorite spices to a frozen pizza or add extra cheese and toppings.
Mix and match any of these:
Bread and honey butter. This is an old fashioned easy stand by. Place some soft, fresh bread on a plate and honey butter in a bowl for something that is good and couldn’t be easier. Make honey butter by mixing a little bit of honey into regular butter.
Sliced fruit of any kind. Cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, kiwi and others work well.
Sliced veggies of any kind. Try tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots or celery.
Sandwiches of every kind. You aren’t committing a sin by serving your family easy sandwiches on a hot summer day. Combine them with fresh fruits or veggies and you’ve got a meal.
Salads – Jello, fruit, veggie, pasta or potato salads make great summer fare.
Desserts – Ice cream, ice cream and more ice cream. Make it into floats, banana splits, brownie sundaes or regular sundaes, milk shakes, ice cream pie or ice cream sandwiches.
If you have leftover brownies or cake, add a few pieces to the bottom of a dish and then top with pudding and whipped cream.
Keep a bag or container in your freezer to store that 1 or 2 pieces of coffee cake, donuts or other baked goods that are sometimes left over, which doesn’t happen often in my house . Then when you get enough for your favorite bread pudding recipe. Hopefully one that is in the Dining on a Dime Cookbook; use them instead of bread.
Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt, by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit Living On A Dime.”
*THANKS A BUNCH, JILL AND TAWRA! ~Mother Connie
We have all been in a spot. We KNOW what it feels like to be living on a dime. Been there, done that. Even have the Tee shirt…if you are using public assistance like SNAP or WIC or if you have food commodities or frequent food pantries you can benefit from Tawra and Jill’s good advice. If you have Angel Food Ministries bundles or you just appreciate a food budget that s t r e t c h e s…this blog and Jill and Tawra’s materials can really help a lot.
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