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    I never bothered to transfer these recipes over from my blog.

    Century-old Banana Bread
    Calories: As much as in cake
    Source: @Clownmaster 's grandmother's mother

    1 1/2 cup sugar
    1 1/2 sticks butter
    1/4 cup milk
    2 eggs
    2 cups flour
    1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 1/4 cup mashed bananas (or just 3 bananas) (This can be replaced with pumpkin puree)

    Mix all ingredients (sugar and butter first) and bake on 350 for 35 minutes
    in a rectangular baking pan, on a solid flat surface (no grate in the oven)
    Coat top with butter before serving

    Chicken Wing recipe alternative, in the attempt to make them more healthy.
    Calories: Cut via baking instead of frying, juicy marinades to keep the chicken moist, and re-vamped low-cal sauces.
    Source: Spicing up a cooking yourself thin recipe.

    1 Package of chicken wings obviously. An eyeballed mixture of 3 parts Newman's Own Lime Vinegarette Salad Dressing, 1 part soy sauce, 1/2 part worsheshire (hell if I know how to spell it Lol) sauce, and a good few shakes of Grill Mates Monreal Chicken Spice in a plastic baggy to marinade. I let it marinade throughout the day.

    Piece of parchment paper in a pan, arrange the chicken wings on it and pour the leftover sauce on top of them. Cook for 12-15 minutes, turn over, and cook another 5-10 minutes. When they're almost done, turn the oven off and let them settle while making the sauce.

    Buffalo wing sauce: 1/2 cup chicken broth or stock that's low sodium and fat free, however much hot sauce you want (I looove frank's red hot sauce for it, and I used a lot..), a clove (or spoonful if you're lazy like me and buy it) of minced garlic. Mix 1 Tbsp of Cornstarch with 1 Tbsp of water, then add those two the sauce to thicken it and make it cling to the chicken. Heat it up in a small saucepan and it's good to go. Pour the chickens into a bowl, pour sauce on top, set them on a tray, pour remaining sauce over them.

    Bleu Cheese Dipping sauce: 1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk, 1/3 cup light mayo, amount of bleu cheese you want (I used almost an entire small store-bought container- 1/2 cup) salt pepper and lemon juice to taste and blend them all together in a blender and it's ready for dipping. Serve with celery and carrot sticks.
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    ^ So. I made stuffing adapted from the recipe listed above.

    Pumpkin Stuffing:

    Step 1. Replace the above recipe's bananas for that much pumpkin puree. Packed pumpkin in a can works just fine for this.
    Step 2. Bake the bread listed above. You'll need almost all of it, with just enough left over for breakfast that morning.

    After that, do this:

    6 cups pumpkin bread cut into bite-sized cubes
    1 cup butter
    1 cup chopped celery
    2 cups chopped red onion OR 1 cup chopped white onion and 1/2 cup chopped green onion
    2 cups sliced mushrooms
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
    (Cut those measurements in half if using dried herbs. I also tossed in a bit of Italian seasoning, cumin, and chile powder.)
    1 1/2 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. ground black pepper
    1/4 to 1/2 cup chicken broth*

    Spread cubes on a baking sheet and let dry overnight. The bread in the above recipe is SO moist that this will not be enough, especially if you live in a humid area like mine. Heat in a 200 degree oven until dried out and crunchy, then preheat the oven to 375 and grease up a baking dish with pam. Put the bread cubes into a bowl.

    Melt butter in a large skillet over medium/low heat. Sautee celery and onions for about 10 minutes until they're all soft, then add mushrooms and continue cooking for about 8 minutes, or until tender. Add herbs and seasonings. Pour this over the bread cubes and add enough broth to moisten them. (I added 1/4th cup, then when I put them into the pan and spread them out I poured slowly the edges of the bread with about half of the other half cup.) Cover the baking dish with foil as tightly as possible.

    Bake for about 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 minutes or so, just to make the top a bit crispier, and you're done! It came out looking like this. And it rocked. Perfect blend of savory and slightly sweet.

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    I'm reading a book called "How to feed your family for $25 a week." a $2 e-book by Gaby Sunheart. The book is really interesting.. It's a Mediterranean based diet for the most part, and uses some pretty frugal methods (such as growing your own vegetables to eat each day) but this lady actually fed her family this every day for quite some time.. It is interesting how she adapted to her situation.

    The recipes and the food works out for the most part--I'd probably up the rice intake especially during soup meals, but otherwise it isn't so bad. If you were strapped for cash seriously and still wanted to eat healthy, this book gives you everything you need to arm yourself for that.
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    Ive been developing some recipes on this thing, posting things I want to try, etc.. But I really want to create a cookbook of my own. Test, experiment, and compile the ingredients and sections to create something complete that I can use year-round that cover my favorite foods, ingredients, etc. I think it will be my first project when I finish the house, so look forward to something more comprehensive and organized in the following year or two.
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    I've been browsing around The Kitchn lately, it is an AMAZING website!! Thought I'd stick a couple recipes I mean to try.

    Category: Breakfast

    http://www.chow.com/recipes/30315-chorizo-scotch-eggs This is the source I'm basing it on.

    Mexican-inspired Scotch eggs. (This recipe would also work very well with cornflakes and breakfast sausage.)

    8 large eggs
    Salt
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    5 ounces corn tortilla chips
    12 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo, casings removed
    2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying
    1 tablespoon of the following mixture: 1 part each rosemary, tarragon, parsley, chives

    Put 6 of the eggs into a pot in a single layer, cover 1" past with cold water and bring to a boil. Then remove from heat, put on a lid, and allow them to sit for 3 minutes.
    Transfer eggs to an ice water bath and allow them to sit for 10 minutes. Remove shells and rinse and pat dry.
    Break the other two eggs and whisk until blended together. Add dried seasoning mixture to flour and stir.
    Roll the chorizo out flat between two sheets of plastic wrap until they are about 5 inches in diameter.
    Wrap the egg in the chorizo discs.
    Once egg is covered, dredge the egg in the flour and seasonings mixture.
    Dip the egg in the broken eggs, and let the excess drip off.
    Process tortilla chips in a food processor until fine crumbs form, and then roll egg-coated scotch eggs in the chips.
    Heat oil to 350 degrees F, and drop 3 eggs in at a time for around 4 minutes when the chorizo is cooked entirely through.
    Set the eggs to drain off excess oil.

    Dip for these eggs:

    1 medium avocado, cut in half lengthwise, peel and pit removed
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
    1/4 cup sour cream
    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 medium lime)
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

    Combine ingredients into food processor.


    Also, these just sound amazing.
    http://www.chow.com/recipes/29845-mi...sage-corn-dogs

    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/tuni...0400000123587/
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    Taken from my blog, and continued into detail:

    I've been working on developing a cheap, easy dietary plan for my parents and myself. They need to lose weight, it is my top priority for their health problems. Veggies need to be loaded on for my mother, and my father needs calories, but the right kinds.

    I'm going to have some fun with these recipes as I get home and start movin' and groovin'. My hope is, $100 worth of staples that we need for the month (flour, sugar, nuts, beans, spices, etc.), and $75 a week for food (veggies, fruits, meats, etc.) which is about all we can afford anyways.

    Sundays are a pre-prep day. Put the nuts to soak overnight, grocery shopping for the week, etc.

    Mondays we'll have quick, easy dinners and we'll cook for the week. Smoothie cups for the week, healthy muffins, pancake mixes, bread, soup mixes, marinades for meats, milk, nut-butters, and condiments all need creating so that they're super fast and easy the rest of the days.

    The items we'll need to make this work: a more powerful blender, a stand-upright mixer, a bread machine, 3 divided TV dinner-style glass plates with lids, and two casserole dishes. We have most of that stuff I believe.

    I think the idea is to have 2 weeks worth of meals planned out, and keep rotating those meals. That's eating the same thing twice a month, not too bad. So, make a list of the foods, and then sort them out into calendar style meals. For now, we'll just follow cooking yourself thin and skinny-style recipes and utilize a simple weight watchers program. As we move forward it'll be better.

    Breakfasts: One recipe a day + One Chocolate Java Green Smoothie.

    - Oatmeal (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/01/b...rries-and.html)
    - Cereal (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/09/e...d-granola.html)
    - Grits (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/03/shrimp-creole.html)
    - Pancakes (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/02/h...ip-banana.html)
    - Muffins (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/08/c...a-muffins.html) (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/03/i...l-muffins.html)
    - French toast (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/04/b...ht-french.html)
    - Casserole (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/12/m...usage-and.html)

    As we'll be making the bread ourselves, and have a ton of figs, I figured http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/...lah-book-tour/ this is a good start for the bread.

    Lunch style 1: Soup and salad + one green smoothie.
    Soups:
    - Tomato soup (http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recip...ipeId=25124510)
    - Bean stew (Our own recipe)
    - Chilled zucchini soup (http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recip...ipeId=25112010)
    - Broccoli and cheese soup (http://www.pbfingers.com/2012/02/03/...i-cheese-soup/)
    - Cream of potato soup (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/02/b...tato-soup.html)
    - Spinach zucchini soup (http://bewitchingkitchen.com/2012/04...-healthy-soup/)
    - Cucumber soup (http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recip...ipeId=25123180)
    - Asparagus soup (http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recip...ipeId=25128705)

    Salads:
    - Asian inspired salad
    - Simple garden salad
    - Tangy spinach and apple salad
    - Mexican-style salad

    Lunch style 2: Sandwich and Snack.

    Sandwiches:
    - Tuna salad sandwich
    - Typical turkey-and-cheese sandwich
    - Egg salad sandwich
    - BLT

    Snacks:
    - Pizza bites
    - Veggies and dip
    - Chips and dip (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/02/l...icken-dip.html) (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/07/skinny-taco-dip.html)
    - Fruits and dip (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/11/pumpkin-pie-dip.html)

    Dinner staples: Simply follow recipes and use portion control.
    - Lasagna (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/02/z...i-lasagna.html)
    - Enchiladas (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/04/t...nchiladas.html) (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/02/c...nchiladas.html) (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/03/c...nchiladas.html)
    - Tacos
    - Chicken wings (Cooking yourself thin recipe)
    - Chili
    - Gumbo
    - Sloppy joes (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/10/s...oppy-joes.html)
    - BBQ (Homemade sauce and a grill)
    - Hamburgers (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/05/b...ue-cheese.html)
    - Chicken nuggets (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/04/h...n-nuggets.html)
    - Eggplant Parmesan (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/03/l...san-5-pts.html)
    - Meatloaf (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/08/s...th-mashed.html)
    - Pizza (Veggie toppings, homemade crust, light cheeses)

    Sides: The idea is to use a smaller portion of these recipes to help give a bit extra to the dinners.
    - Potato salad (http://thisweekfordinner.com/2011/06...-potato-salad/)
    - Stuffed mushrooms (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/01/s...n-stuffed.html)
    - Mashed potatoes (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/03/g...ww-points.html)
    - French fries (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/11/b...ato-fries.html)
    - Deviled eggs (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/04/deviled-eggs.html)
    - Broccoli and cheese macaroni (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/09/s...aroni-and.html)
    - Mozzarella sticks (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/02/s...la-sticks.html)

    Desserts: One dessert + one cup of nut milk (Hazelnut chocolate milk or pecan cinnamon milk)
    - Ice cream (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/07/l...en-yogurt.html)
    - Cupcake (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/s...-cupcakes.html)
    - Yogurt cups (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/l...gurt-cups.html)
    - Cookies (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/12/t...t-cookies.html) (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/08/b...p-cookies.html)
    - Chocolate (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/12/b...-pancakes.html)
    - Cake (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/09/p...heesecake.html)

    We'll see how these work out for us and adjust from there.. I can adapt these recipes to keep them under budget as well.
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    Homemade glaze for a spiral ham: From Alton Brown. His recipe was a little confusing, so I just stole the glaze part of it and followed instructions on the packaging for the ham otherwise.

    I used this on a pre-cooked ham that just needed heating and was already sliced. Instead of that crappy pre-packaged sauce they give you to glaze it with, here's what I used:

    - Spicy brown mustard
    - Dark brown sugar
    - Bourbon
    - Cheap ginger snap cookies

    Put the cut side of ham down on the roasting pan, so all of the skin is showing. Rub the mustard on first, which acts like a glue for the brown sugar and creates a paste-y like substance. Spritz the entire thing liberally with bourbon. Mill the ginger snap cookies until they're a fine shred and coat the ham with as much as will stick until the surface looks almost completely dry as a result. A couple more spritzes of bourbon and, I promise you, it'll taste way better than that other crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    Chicken Wing recipe alternative, in the attempt to make them more healthy.
    Calories: Cut via baking instead of frying, juicy marinades to keep the chicken moist, and re-vamped low-cal sauces.
    Source: Spicing up a cooking yourself thin recipe.

    1 Package of chicken wings obviously. An eyeballed mixture of 3 parts Newman's Own Lime Vinegarette Salad Dressing, 1 part soy sauce, 1/2 part worsheshire (hell if I know how to spell it Lol) sauce, and a good few shakes of Grill Mates Monreal Chicken Spice in a plastic baggy to marinade. I let it marinade throughout the day.

    Piece of parchment paper in a pan, arrange the chicken wings on it and pour the leftover sauce on top of them. Cook for 12-15 minutes, turn over, and cook another 5-10 minutes. When they're almost done, turn the oven off and let them settle while making the sauce.

    Buffalo wing sauce: 1/2 cup chicken broth or stock that's low sodium and fat free, however much hot sauce you want (I looove frank's red hot sauce for it, and I used a lot..), a clove (or spoonful if you're lazy like me and buy it) of minced garlic. Mix 1 Tbsp of Cornstarch with 1 Tbsp of water, then add those two the sauce to thicken it and make it cling to the chicken. Heat it up in a small saucepan and it's good to go. Pour the chickens into a bowl, pour sauce on top, set them on a tray, pour remaining sauce over them.

    Bleu Cheese Dipping sauce: 1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk, 1/3 cup light mayo, amount of bleu cheese you want (I used almost an entire small store-bought container- 1/2 cup) salt pepper and lemon juice to taste and blend them all together in a blender and it's ready for dipping. Serve with celery and carrot sticks.
    Dood, I am so trying this out while I'm home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ism View Post
    Dood, I am so trying this out while I'm home.
    thanks! That one is one of my favorite recipes, I actually ended up liking it better than buffalo wings! My next adventure with them is to try shake-and-baking them tenders marinading them, mixing the blue cheese and buffalo sauce together, and dipping them in it to see if it tastes like fried boneless wings.
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    How to make perfect, crispy chicken wings without frying them. Honest.

    I really dislike fried items in comparison to other cooking methods. Chicken wings seems to be one of those issues where sans frying them they'll always turn out 'wet' in nature, or without any crisp to them. But! I've found the PERFECT method for fixing this. Check it out.

    - Chicken wings
    - A big pot
    - Lots of salt
    - Two towels
    - Tongs
    - Two baking sheets lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray

    Alright. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lay out one of the towels flat.

    So the trick is, fill the pot halfway with water and salt it until it tastes like something you'd try in the ocean after it has rained. Way too salty to be yummy, but you won't gag either. Boil the water. Keep it boiling and add the chicken wings and boil about 7-8 minutes. (I started taking them out at 6 minutes and was done by 8 minutes.) When you take them out, put them on the towel and put the other towel on top of them and pat them dry. After that, place them on the baking sheets and pop them in the oven for 30 minutes. Take them out, turn them over, and in again for another 10 minutes.

    They're comfortably crispy and crunchy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. No need for marinades or sauces, and they pick up the buffalo wing sauce and/or bbq sauces just as well as the fried stuff. No, seriously. The issue I have with this recipe so far is the chicken wings sticking to the foil when attempting to flip them over and then take them off the baking sheet... but I used a cheap butter spray, I think next time a good quality non-stick olive oil spray might just do the trick.
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