Tex Mex Rice Bowls | Frugal Dinners

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There is nothing like the satisfaction that comes from a meal that hits all the right  notes taste-wise, pleases the pickiest eaters in  your house, satisfies your hunger for hours, takes five minutes to throw together, is nutritionally sound and is truly, veritably, and unbelievably inexpensive; And when I say unbelievably inexpensive I mean dirt…

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Spicy Smoky Barbecue Sauce

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Everybody needs a good barbecue sauce in their pantry. It’s easy to say, but that can be as hard to find as the perfect pair of jeans. Barbecue sauces on store shelves tend to be sickeningly sweet, anemically flavoured, glorified ketchup. Homemade barbecue sauce  is almost inevitably better than what you can buy, but is…

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Homemade Hamburger Buns and a Giveaway!

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Would you believe I’ve been writing here for three years?  Three years! I can hardly believe it. So much has changed over these years both in the ‘real world’ and here at my home on the internet. We moved to an Amish farmhouse, grew a teenager out of a little boy*, saw the end of…

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Cinnamon Rolls on a Stick

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Why is it that when you put food on a stick it tastes better? This isn’t just a Minnesota/Midwest thing. This is worldwide. Every country on earth has a favorite food-on-a-stick. Is it that we all secretly want to be Paul Bunyan, able to uproot pine trees and use them as toothpicks? Do we all…

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Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake

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I’m going to apologize to anyone who is on a diet or watching their waistline or avoiding sweets right now and get it out of the way. I also tender my deepest and most sincere apologies to carrot cake and pineapple upside down cake addicts because what I’ve done? Well, it’s dangerous. Really dangerous. My…

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Homemade Hot Dog Buns

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I make my own hot dog buns. I’ve had a couple friends tell me -in the most loving way possible- that I’m off my nut for making hot dog buns. “You can get them anywhere! You’re certifiable!” Why in heaven’s name would I make hot dog buns when there are so many available to buy?…

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Ultimate Guacamole

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I adore guacamole. I eat it on tortilla chips, pretzels, in burritos, on hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, over rice, by the spoonful… Whatever is the fastest and most efficient delivery system available to get the guacamole from the bowl to my mouth is the one I’m going to choose. This is one of those foods that…

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Brown Sugar Strawberries and Cream Mini Tarts

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This is the story of a dessert that shouldn’t have turned out. It should’ve been an abject failure, but instead, it turned into a giant kitchen redemption tale and an awfully wonderful Mother’s Day treat. It started out with a beautiful recipe. One that my good friend, Krysta, posted last year. Krysta has made her…

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Ham and Cheddar Stuffed Pretzels

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This recipe ran as part of my column in today’s Traverse City Record-Eagle. Yes I am obsessed with soft pretzels. And with shoving ham and cheese into things. Why do you ask? Is it because of this? Or this? Maybe this, this, this, this or this? Okay, that last one is bacon, but really? It…

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Cincinnati Chili

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So. Rain. Lots of it. And then some more rain. Add a few floods. And some more rain. A bunch more rain. Don’t forget a significant additional amount of rain. …This has been our weather pattern for the past three weeks.  Add colder than normal temperatures (with the exception of one glorious, magical, sunny, sixty-degree…

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