Lasagna Spirals

22 Dec

Originally posted on Frugal Vegetarian Recipes:

Lasagna Spirals

12 lasagna noodles, slightly undercooked
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups spinach, chopped
2 cups ricotta cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
1/3 cup parmesan
1 teaspoon dry basil
4 cups spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella

In a large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in next 5 ingredients. Spread 1/3 cup onto each lasagna noodle and roll up. Spread 1 cup pasta sauce on bottom of greased 9×13 pan and arrange spirals seam side down on top. Spoon remaining sauce over spirals. Cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining portion of mozzarella, and cook an additional 15 minutes.

Spirals can be frozen individually in 1 cup containers.

Makes 12 servings.
339 calories, 31g carbs, 19g protein, 14g fat
$9.44 total, $0.78 per serving.


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Chilli and Nutmeg Dark Chocolate Bark

22 Dec

Originally posted on FrugalFeeding:

chilli dark chocolate bark

When one really takes time to delve into all things festive it quickly becomes clear that it is unlikely that there will ever be an end to Christmastime culinary possibility. In fact, it turns out that it’s dreadfully difficult to keep one’s blog up-to-date with all that is being produced. The weather is the entity most at fault here, but what can one do? It’s difficult to castigate the weather – it makes a mockery of us all.

Following on from my recent monologue regarding presents and the meaning of Christmas, a little gifting advice may be necessary. For those of you that weren’t aware, chocolate is always a safe bet – is there anyone who doesn’t covet one form of chocolate or another? It is in this spirit that I bring you my recipe for chilli and nutmeg dark chocolate bark; it is both frugal and spectacularly delicious. Perhaps…

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The Christmas Tree Conundrum

22 Dec

Originally posted on The Home That Yard Sales Built:

 So, you say you can’t afford a Christmas tree?  Well, not to worry friend, do I have the solution for you!


 As Thanksgiving gave way to Black Friday and Black Friday paved the road to full on, bell-ringing, jingle-horsing Christmas, I realized something.  This year, for the first time ever, I couldn’t justify the expense of a Christmas tree for my daughter and myself.  Things are tight.  Not just sort of tight, tight tight.  As in, “Pardon me, but do you have to buy two packages of Top Ramen to get the sale price?” tight.

 Not to be discouraged, I set to mulling over possibilities.  What you see below is the end result:

 In October I cleared overgrown ivy, underbrush and all sorts of critter infested debris from the backyard of the apartment building where I live.  Three days of sweat, scrapes…

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Shirred Eggs with Spinach, Mushrooms and Toast Soldiers

22 Dec

Originally posted on The Garum Factory:

When Jody said, “Hey let’s do Shirred Eggs with Spinach, Mushrooms and Toast Soldiers,”* I responded with an enthusiastic, “Huh?”  Something stirred in the part of my brain where meal descriptions from Dickens and Wilkie Collins rattle around with episodes of Jewel in the Crown and Downton Abbey, reasonably accurate associations because Googling shirred eggs brings up the original 1896 edition of Fanny Farmer.  She explains that “shirred eggs” derives from the dish used in the preparation, an egg-shirrer, a shallow gratin dish for baking the eggs.  Did you catch that?   …for baking the eggs.

That’s it, the whole circus?  I mean, shirred means baked?

[WARNING: Language geek paragraph coming up.]

The Victorians were obsessively specific about nomenclature.  If you don’t believe me, scroll through your vocabulary and gather all the unusual and strange words.  Cross out the foreign imports like weltschmerz and cri de coeur, Shakespearean bonbons like bodkin

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Christmas Cookie Extravaganza 2012

22 Dec

Originally posted on Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen:

Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie edition – 2012

Christmas cookie baking is finally finished for our family for 2012. I thought I would take you through the process of how we bake, package, and ship off cookies all over the country. We baked 35 different cookies in the past five to six weeks– all of which have already been posted.

This is a labor of love for our family. It is also one way we take our  hospitality ministry to others. We’ve been baking Christmas cookies for family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, church friends, seminary staff, doctors and other service providers since the first year of our marriage when we couldn’t afford to do anything else for family but bake cookies! It has expanded to what it is now. I think we baked about 7,000 or 8,000 cookies packed in 140-150 containers (trays, popcorn tins, and buckets) in 2012. This…

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10 Sep

5 Ways to Get Kitchen Help

10 Sep

Urban Farm Foodista:

Sing it, sister!

Originally posted on Slow Money Food:

Even if we love to cook, who doesn’t like to make the most of our time? Here’s five ways to make the most of kitchen time.

1. Use those timesaving appliances! Dig them out, make use of them. While having an afternoon to bake, have bread in the breadmaker, dinner in the slowcooker and goodies in the oven. This makes maximum use of time when you’re mixing and working in the kitchen anyway.

2. Let kids help. Many say kids don’t eat healthy, Kids don’t do anything but watch tv and play video games. Teach them! Find age appropriate things to do and make learning fun. This doesn’t mean give a  5 year old a sharp knife to cut up nuts with! They can, however, ‘help’ measuring ingredients. Learning to cook and bake is a lifelong skill.

3. Making baked goods? Make an extra dozen cookies to freeze for the…

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