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Food Stamps Cooking Club: Is YOUR Breadbox Full?

March 25th, 2011

If your breadbox is full to overflowing, Rainy has some suggestions for you!

One of the best things about this Club are the generous, creative members who pop up with wonderful ideas for food prep!  Rainy has offered bits of wisdom, for which we are grateful:

“Got Bread Coming Out Of Your Ears?

At one time or another, we’ve all had bread piling up on the counter or in the bread box.  “What to do with it?” you may wonder.  Depending on your family composition…whether you have kids in the house, are a single person household…your bread needs may wax and wane day by day.  Still, most households have bread sitting around waiting to be used.

In my house, the heels of bread are rejected…left alone sitting in the bottom of the bread wrapper.  Now at certain times of the year, when it is more common for me to think of making stuffing; I will save them up in freezer bags to save up until I get enough to put together a nice sized dish of stuffing.

Those very same crusts of bread make great croutons for the tops of our salads when they are drizzled with a little bit of olive oil and dusted with some of my favorite spices and seasonings.  I love homemade croutons because I can flavor them the way that I want, without all of those preservatives that purchased croutons have in them.

There have been moments when I confess to having gotten overzealous in purchasing loaves of bread, when they were perhaps on sale, or I over-estimated how much my family would use for lunches and for toast to go along with their quick morning breakfasts.  This seems highly wasteful to have loaves of bread sitting in their wrappers going all stale and risking getting moldy.

Because of this…I have gotten very creative at saving loaves of forgotten bread.  I have to confess, when I first got married my mother in law tried to convince me of the wonders of bread pudding.  Can I just tell you that the way she described it to me turned me off right from the start? She said, “I just take all of the dried up OLD bread and the milk that is starting to turn bad and dump it into the bowl with some cinnamon, sugar and raisins.  It tastes great!”  That might be but, she needed to be a bit more creative in her descriptive skills.  lol

I had never had it.  She made it for me but I still wasn’t impressed.  Over the years I have come to love bread pudding…but I had to experiment with it.  For one thing, I love her dearly…but, her recipe seemed undone to me; it could have cooked a bit longer for my liking.  Another thing, I have discovered that bread pudding can be made with whatever fruits that you love that make your mouth water.   Bread pudding doesn’t HAVE to be made with raisins.  Just this morning I made two batches with varying fruits.  One of the dishes was made with blueberries and apples; the other was made with some left over canned peaches & pears.  Yummy.

Ok, so you may not have whole loaves of bread sitting there staring you in the face.  Maybe you only have a few slices.  Why can’t you just whip up some egg, milk & vanilla or cinnamon and fry up some french toast.  If you have extra…fry it up too and put it into freezer bags for those mornings when you don’t have time to cook.  Just heat it up for a quick breakfast on the run.

Still not feeling the love for that lonely loaf of bread?  How about a cheese strata?  In a large greased cake pan lay down a layer of bread across the width of the pan.  In a separate mixing bowl, whip eggs and milk.  Pour egg mixture over the bread, sprinkle some shredded cheese (either whatever flavor you prefer) and sprinkle some garlic powder, salt, onion powder and some tumeric.  Maybe you like some Italian spices or possibly some parsley…whatever seasonings you love sprinkle them over the egg mixture.  Then, layer another layer of bread over the egg, milk and cheese…pour the leftover egg mixture and pop it into the oven.  Bake until the Stratta is done when a knife is inserted in the bread and comes out clean…and the top of the strata is golden brown.

Always try to find veggies and/or fruits to have as a side dish when you are using bread as a main ingredient for one of your meals.  The bread is great because it can be a wonderful filler for hungry tummies…but, the body needs its fruits and veggies too.

I hope I have given you some useful ideas.  Maybe you have a few ideas of your own to share with the readers…please do.  I love learning new ideas for dishes made with left over bread.  Just because a family is limited on funds, it doesn’t mean that meals have to be stuck in a rut or boring, right?  It is great learning from one another!”

~Rainy

Yes, of course those ideas are GRAND, me love.  Thanks again!  I do hope others will chime in with their great ideas, too.

Mother Connie Sez:

Here’s my two cents’ worth.  I throw the leftovers-although we ‘fight’ over the crusts around here-into the food processor and crumble them til they look the way I want them to look.  They go into a freezer bag and are laid flat.  Whenever I need bread crumbs for a particular dish they are at the ready!

I can remember my mother slicing home made bread and lining it up on cake racks to sit overnight on the counter, draped with a fresh dish towel.  She wanted it to be dried out so she could make French Toast the next morning!  Some chefs advocate letting the bread soak overnight in the refrigerator in an egg/milk mixture.  So go figure!

I have fabulous news to share!  We have received more new club members this month than any month since we “opened for business” and it is thrilling to see the list of names growing!  We are grateful to each one who has come by.  We are excited to get comments and email messages: foodstampscookingclub@gmail.com.  Thanks, boys n girls!

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Connie Baum

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Food Stamps Cooking Club: Fall Calls for Bread Pudding

September 14th, 2010

Fall is in the air and so is the fragrance of bread pudding! Cheap n easy! That's how we roll at Food Stamps Cooking Club!

One of our faithful members, Rainy, has offered up this cute story and easy-do, inexpensive treat.

“Fall is inching towards us and along with all of the beautiful artistry that God paints our scenery with…Fall brings out the desire to wrap ourselves in comforting clothes, foods, and smells.  That means digging through closets for those nice soft, bulky sweaters and preparing foods and beverages that are piping hot and filling; evoking memories of meals that Mom and Grandma would make.

One of those types of treats is a basic bread pudding recipe. Years ago, my mother in law was talking about her bread pudding recipe.  She was going to make a batch because she said she had stale bread and souring milk to get rid of.  ha ha ha Now doesn’t that sound tempting.  NOT….and that is exactly what I thought.

When she had made it, the outcome didn’t look or taste any better to me, than my thoughts.  She took it out of the oven and served it to rave reviews by everyone except me.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love my mother in law and wouldn’t have hurt her feelings for anything in the world.  But, to my eye…it looked a little too gummy to my particular liking; maybe if she’d cooked it a little longer I might have had a different perception of it.

As it was, it took me years to fall in love with bread pudding because of my 1st impression. If it were me, I thought to myself, I would do this or that.  I started tweaking it in my own mind.  Her recipe had milk, sugar, bread, cinnamon and raisins.  Good ingredients and I have made it that way myself many times.

However, I started experimenting.  Over time, I added apples, peaches, nuts and so on.  IN OTHER WORDS, I add in whatever strikes my mood. Here is my basic recipe…add whatever you like:

A loaf and a half of bread (it doesn’t HAVE to be stale like my mother in law believed); rip the bread into pieces in a large bowl and add… About 2/3 cup of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, and enough milk (or if you desire you can use apple cider) to saturate the bread.  Spray a deep cookie sheet 11×13 with non stick spray.  Then pour the bread mixture into the pan and pat it evenly over the pan.  Add whatever fruit you desire…it can be fresh, canned or frozen.  Just remember, if it is frozen thaw it first and drain excess liquid.  Add nuts if you desire. An exceptional combination is to add cherries or raspberries and about a cup of dark chocolate chips/chunks and some walnuts or pecan pieces.   I have even made bread pudding with the apples and then made a orange flavored glaze to drizzle over the top after the bread pudding has cooked to a soft inside consistency with a slightly crispy, lightly brown topside.    This is a perfect dish to serve with coffee or tea for company; or, to serve alongside Connie’s quiche recipe for a great morning start to your day or, for one of those blustery Fall evening meals when you are chilled and just want the smells of fall to perfume the air.  Enjoy!”

–Rainy Please take the time to visit Rainy’s blog and leave a comment for her, won’t you?  Thanks; I’m sure she will deeply appreciate that.

Oh, good grief, Rainy!  I can hardly wait to get to the kitchen to stir this up this comfort food!  THANK YOU.

For those who are using Angel Food Ministries, EBT cards from WIC or SNAP, food from food pantries or food commodities will appreciate Rainy’s recipe because it is really comfort food on a shoestring.  And those who are frugal will want to try this goody!

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Connie Baum

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