Tuesday, August 26, 2008

French Toast Casserole

This has all the goodness of cinnamon rolls without all of the work. When we are low on groceries we always have the ingredients for this favorite breakfast treat. This is also a great way to use the heels of bread. Store them in the freezer until ready to use. Enjoy!

Serves: 12-16
Prep Time: 5 minutes (overnight in fridge)
Cook time: 45 minutes
Cost: Approx. $2.50

1/2 cup brown sugar ($.25)
1/2 cup melted butter ($.50)
4 Tbsp cinnamon
8-10 eggs ($1.00)
3/4 cup milk
dash of salt
10-12 slices of bread ($.75)

In the bottom of a 9x13 pan mix brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Next, place bread in layers. Top with egg, milk, salt mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In morning bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cake Decorating Don'ts

More good reasons to just decorate your own cakes. Check out this hilarious blog dedicated to professional cake disasters.

Thanks Saralyn!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Great Depression Pork Stew

The manager's special on meat these days seems to be all about the pork chop. Looking for recipes I found this one and couldn't resist it simply because of the name. It was a tasty meal that I will be making again and again when the weather cools down.

Serves: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cost: approx. $7.00

5-6 pork chops ($5.00)
2 onions chopped ($.50)
6 stalks of celery with leaves chopped ($.50)
4 carrots chopped ($.25)
6 potatoes peeled and chopped ($.50)
1 gallon of water
1/2 cup of flour
2 chicken bouillon cubes

Boil the pork chops until meat begins to fall off the bone. Remove meat and break into pieces. Add meat, vegetables, bouillon cubes and additional water to pot and boil until vegetables are tender. Season to taste. Add several cups of stew broth to 1/2 of flour until well mixed. Add this flour mixture back into stew and let simmer and additional 15 minutes before serving.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Asian Tilapia

I found this recipe at recipezaar.com and made a few alterations. Talk about just about the easiest thing ever- fish in the microwave. It turned out perfectly and the kids couldn't get enough of it! I served it over rice with stir fry vegetables on the side.

Serves: 8
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Cost: Approx. $3.00

8 pieces of tilapia ($2- sale price)
1 can of crushed pineapple ($1)
1 onion coarsely chopped ($.25)
2 Tbsp. soy sauce

Place tilapia in glass baking dish. Top with pineapple, onions, and soy sauce. Cover dish with plastic wrap being sure to leave one corner vented. Cook in microwave for 10 minutes turning fish half way through cooking time.