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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / spicy chicken hand pies (empanadas) with cumin-lime sour cream on: February 03, 2010 04:48:22 PM
The other day, I was taking stock of what we had in our refrigerator.  Over the holidays, I had clipped coupons and combined them with sale prices to get a steal on refrigerated pie crust.  After making holiday pies, I still had some leftover.  I was going to make the classic chicken pot pie, but decided to branch out a little.  After considering my husband's love for spicy foods, and my love for convenience, I decided to make some easy hand pies.  They were yummy!  And the sour cream had a nice smoky and tangy flavor--a perfect complement.

The recipe can be found at my examiner page:

22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / potato galette with roasted garlic, goat cheese, chicken, and rosemary on: January 27, 2010 07:42:39 PM
while my DH is going back to school, we are on a pretty tight budget.  that means we get to eat a lot of potatoes.  Since I don't like fried potatoes, I've searched for new ways to cook these cheap staples.  I was slicing some thin with the mandoline, when I was thinking about au gratin.  I decided to make a free-form pie with thin potato slices as the crust.  And since I had some goat cheese (on sale!  yay!), I used goat cheese, leftover chicken, roasted garlic, and rosemary to top it.  It was so delicious!

you can see my recipe at my examiner page:


23  COOKING / Dessert / panettone bread pudding with warm butter rum sauce on: January 23, 2010 11:10:58 PM
So, I was a sucker for the after Christmas clearance on panettone.  But my husband and I could not eat the whole loaf.  When it started drying out, I thought the best thing to do with it was make bread pudding.  And since panettone is full of raisins, what better way to serve it than with a rum sauce (mmmm...rum raisin...).

If you're interested in the recipe, you can find the instructions at my examiner site:


24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / super simple baked potato soup on: January 12, 2010 02:37:14 PM
I love, love, love potatoes.  To heck with Adkins and South Beach Smiley  Anyway, on a cold night,  like the ones that we've been having in St Louis lately, I like to make this super easy baked potato soup.  It uses already baked potatoes, so it doesn't take long at all to make.  Love that!

For a complete recipe, see my examiner page:  http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-24872-St-Louis-Budget-Meals-Examiner~y2010m1d12-Dinner--Baked-potato-soup

Thanks for looking!
25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Lupus awareness on: December 22, 2009 12:15:45 AM
I once ran with Team In Training and loved it, but I really wish there were a running team to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America.  Since there's not a team, I've decided to be my own team.  I'm running 50 races in 50 places (one half marathon in each state), with my first race being in Bowling Green, KY.  (see my blog for more info:  http://craftycookie.blogspot.com/)

Since there is not an organized training team, I had to make my own singlet.  This really didn't involve any fancy stencils--just simple freezer paper stencils.  But it was hard to do because of the porous, wicking fabric of the singlet.  The paint bled a bit.  However, if anyone is standing close enough to me to notice the bleeding, then they are too close Wink

Here's the front "after" shot.  You can kind of see the bleeding around the butterfly:  

here's the back:  
26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / National Cupcake Day! on: December 16, 2009 05:42:07 PM
Yesterday was National Cupcake Day, which I think should be a national holiday.  Anyway, in honor of National Cupcake Day, I made my favorite vanilla cupcakes.  I like homemade cupcakes--the boxed kind just tastes funny to me.  (And I HATE having boxed cupcake mixes around because I learned at the Houston Museum of Science that roaches LOVE that stuff. Ewww.)

Anyway, I forgot to take pics, but it's the same recipe that I used to make my 1-up cupcakes for Halloween.  Ignore my horrible job icing the cupcakes.  One day, I will learn to ice properly.

I posted the recipe for these moist, yummy basic vanilla cupcakes at my examiner page.  They're really easy and delicious:  http://www.examiner.com/x-24872-St-Louis-Budget-Meals-Examiner~y2009m12d15-National-Cupcake-Day--Vanilla-cupcakes

27  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / salmon patties - nice and inexpensive on: December 15, 2009 05:58:28 PM
My husband loves salmon patties.  I had never had them until after he and I got married.  But I've since grown to like them.  Granted, I prefer my salmon miso-glazed or coated in soy sauce. 

Anyway, I posted my recipe at my examiner site.  They were good, but I'd really like them to be more flavorful.  So, if you have any suggestions, please, please let me know!   Thanks! http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-24872-St-Louis-Budget-Meals-Examiner~y2009m12d15-Dinner--Salmon-patties

28  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Chicken soft tacos that are cheaper than Del Taco's $0.99 special! on: December 09, 2009 10:24:51 PM
So, I decided I wanted to make a chicken soft taco that was quick and easy, but cheaper and healthier than the fastfood alternative.  My tacos were bigger and better than the fastfood tacos.  And, per taco, they were $0.07 cheaper.  I was happy!

I posted my recipe on my examiner page:  http://www.examiner.com/x-24872-St-Louis-Budget-Meals-Examiner~y2009m12d9-Fast-food-makeover--Chicken-soft-tacos

29  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / healthier homemade tortillas on: December 08, 2009 02:07:57 PM
I love, love, love fresh tortillas.  I DO NOT love the lard in them (lard = saturated fat).  So, I make mine using olive or canola oil, and they turn out yummy!  I use them for tacos, wraps, baked tortilla chips, etc.

The recipe is on my examiner page:  http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-24872-St-Louis-Budget-Meals-Examiner~y2009m12d8-Breads--Tortillas

30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Creamy zucchini and hummus soup to warm you up when it's cold outside! on: December 07, 2009 06:16:52 PM
It has been really, really cold.  Therefore, I've been making a lot of soups.  One of my favorite soups uses leftover hummus and zucchini.  I love both, so it's a win-win as far as I'm concerned! 

The recipe for zucchini and hummus soup is at my examiner:  http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-24872-St-Louis-Budget-Meals-Examiner~y2009m12d7-Dinner--Zucchini-and-hummus-soup

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