Simple & Cheap Bean Soup

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Last year I created a soup quite by accident, but it turned out to be incredibly tasty and well-received. The plan was to have beans and cornbread ala Pioneer Woman. But my pinto beans, after cooking with two large beef bones all day, had created a very tasty broth, and there was a lot of it in the pot. The beans were already falling apart, there was too much liquid to boil down, and I wasn’t about to drain such … Read More

Quick and Simple Tuna Cakes

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Guest post by Jamie Oliver of Walking in High Cotton. Did you ever have “tuna patties” growing up? We did. And we thought they were awful! My momma mashed together tuna fish and hand-torn bread, patted them together, coated them in flour, and pan fried them until they were solid. Inexpensive? Yes. Tasty? Um…no. In all fairness, my Dad loved them. That’s probably why she made them that way. He topped them with a slice of tomato and ate a … Read More

Guest Post: Quick Chicken Stuffing Dinner

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Guest Post by Julie Rothacher of As Jules is Going There are many nights I look up at the clock with maybe 20 minutes to spare before our routine dinner time. THIS was one of those nights. Rushing into the kitchen staring at my dry-erase board menu (1/2 filled in and mainly with ‘Left Over’ from all my cooking the week before), I searched frantically for something that took about 15 minutes. I found it! Chicken & Stuffing! It’s healthy, … Read More

A Big Ol’ Pot of Beans

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Guest Post by Kendra Fletcherof Preschoolers and Peace My friend Cindy is a woman who inspires me in a multitude of ways. For starters, she has raised three biological children to adulthood and is raising five more who came to her and her husband, Mike, by way of adoption. Each of Cindy’s and Mike’s five children at home have particular challenges, from fetal alcohol syndrome to Asperger’s to severe asthma to Cerebral Palsy. Cindy and Mike take it all in … Read More

Whole Grain Cornbread With Corn

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In the fall and winter, we eat a lot of beans and soups. Cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to such meals. While the recipe I used to rely on from Bernard Clayton’s Complete Book of Breads is fine, this year I wanted to try something new. I had this thought that a cornbread that actually had some corn kernels in it would be yummy. So, I went on a Google hunt for such a recipe. It didn’t take long to … Read More

Easy Pantry Dessert: Homemade Pudding

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It’s nice to have a selection of desserts you can whip up simply with what you already have on hand. Pudding is one such dessert. Yes, that’s right. You don’t need those little boxes in order to make pudding, and it hardly takes any more time or effort to make pudding from scratch with real, whole foods. You might think that pudding with the boxed powder is a cheap dessert, but the milk is the bulk of the cost. That … Read More

Simple, Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce — 100% pure tomatoes

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Now is the time when the tomato plants are groaning under their load, and we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with. Even in the years when I don’t garden, I usually know people who do and come August and September, they are passing off tomatoes wherever and whenever they can. I will gladly accept them all, because I have this quick method for “preserving” them – no peeling or canning required. Quick & Easy Homemade Tomato … Read More

Veggie Chips

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Recipes for kale chips have been popular on food blogs for the last couple years, and with good reason. They are a delicious way to consume this nutrient-dense green, even for those (like my family!) that have no Southern blood and cannot stomach sautéed greens or wilty greens floating in soups. This year, I discovered that the same tactic I use to make kale chips works with zucchini and summer squash, as well! Another great benefit to making veggie chips … Read More

Quick & Easy Chicken Pasta Dinner Recipe

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So, the other day I was totally uninspired for dinner. As I near my third trimester, I know this is going to be a more and more common occurrence! Not only was I uninspired and tired, but I had no quick foods on hand. I only had 1 can of tuna left, no quick-to-defrost or cook anything, and not enough eggs for everyone. My shortcuts had been used up and unreplenished. It was 5 o’clock. I had 2 chicken breasts … Read More

Mystie’s Intense Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

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Making coffee ice cream was one of my top to-do items for the summer last year, regardless of my weight loss goals at the time.I started off with the Cuisinart ice cream maker recipe, but, of course, adjusted it. I wanted intense flavor. The only thing worse than no coffee ice cream is weak coffee cream. For this, I admit, I cheated and bought a product not on my pantry staples list: Instant Espresso Powder. So, here’s my version, which … Read More

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