Archives for January 2012

Pear and Apple Pork Chops with Stuffing ($10 Meal)

When Sweetbay Supermarket came to me to develop recipes for them for a new program they were launching I was so excited. They wanted to launch a challenge to all of their shoppers. What is the challenge you may ask? Feed a family of 4 for $10 or less. I was up for it, ohhhh, […]

How to make Vanilla Sugar

Last year when I threw my sisters baby shower( you can view the awesome-ness here ), I didn’t want to give away a favor that was a cheap-y piece of plastic or something that someone was just going to throw away. I was going to make homemade jam to send home with the guests, but […]

Chicken and Dumplings

What?…were you expecting a salad or something? Pfftttt. I think Chicken and Dumplings has to be one of my all time favorite comfort foods. It’s really not all that bad for you either. I mean there is no butter or oil in there. Sure the flour and the Bisquick turn right into sugars, but seriously, […]

Top 10 Recipes of 2011

Hi all, I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season. Mine, like I am sure everyone else’s was packed full and honestly is a bit of a blurr. I spent the last half of my Birthday(Christmas Eve) and into Christmas day cleaning up after my daughter who had the stomach virus. Poor little thing..who wants […]

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Pear and Apple Pork Chops with Stuffing ($10 Meal)

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When Sweetbay Supermarket came to me to develop recipes for them for a new program they were launching I was so excited.

They wanted to launch a challenge to all of their shoppers. What is the challenge you may ask?

Feed a family of 4 for $10 or less.

I was up for it, ohhhh, yes I was.
You see I am not much of a bargain shopper, coupon cutter or price watcher. Ha, I don’t even meal plan. Shocking I know, coming form a food blogger, you would think I was super organized in the grocery shopping department. But sadly, I am not. Well, that is until now.

Having to develop recipes, and price specific recipes at that, forced me to get organized and count every penny. Normally I would go to the grocery store about 4 times a week because I would always change my mind on what I was cooking or I had forgotten something.
Having a recipe prepared ahead of time not only saved me HUGE amounts of money at the grocery store, it also saved me time.

So why did Sweetbay Supermarket want to come up with this challenge, $10 Meals?
They believe you can feed a family of four a delicious, nutritious and quick meal for $10 or less.
I am here to tell you that you can!
Over the next 13 weeks, I will be sharing the $10 meals I created for Sweetbay Supermarket.
The trick to getting a delicious meal for under $10 is to purchase things that are on sale, to use store brand whenever possible, to take some shortcuts(using prepared items, such as the stuffing) and to make it simple!
You will notice that all of the recipes are very easy to cook and have minimal ingredients. Let’s face it, we are all busy and most of the time we don’t have 2 hours to devote to preparing dinner.

Oh and lookie here… I am now known as the “$10 Meal Expert”! Isn’t The way they did the $10 meal website super cute?
Sweetbay Supermarkets are located throughout West Central Florida. Click here if you would like to find one in your area.

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Pear and Apple Pork Chops with Stuffing ($10 Meal)
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Serves: 4
 
Delicious Pork chops with apples and pears served with stuffing.
Ingredients
  • 1lb. Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 red apple, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 pear, chopped into small pieces
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 6 oz. Box Hannaford Pork Stuffing Mix, cooked to package directions
Instructions
  1. Season the pork chops with the pepper, salt, garlic powder and onion powder.
  2. Add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the pork chops and cook for 3 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the
  4. middle and set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, add the butter, apple, pear, cranberries and cinnamon. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the fruit is softened.
  6. Add the pork chops and any juices that have accumulated on the plate back into the pan. Toss with the fruit and serve.
  7. Serve with the stuffing
Notes
*Price estimate does not include pantry staples you may likely already have. Prices are also adjusted for quantity; for example if a recipe calls for half an onion, we include the cost of that quantity.* Recipe Created for Sweetbay Supermarket by Leslie Green - The Hungry Housewife. Photo by Leslie Green - The Hungry Housewife

 

 

How to make Vanilla Sugar

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Last year when I threw my sisters baby shower( you can view the awesome-ness here ), I didn’t want to give away a favor that was a cheap-y piece of plastic or something that someone was just going to throw away. I was going to make homemade jam to send home with the guests, but I just didn’t feel like all of that work, so I decided on Vanilla Sugar.
Vanilla Sugar is something I ALWAYS have on hand. I have a continual container of sugar that I just throw my used vanilla beans in, so I always have vanilla sugar to use in my baked goods, coffee, oatmeal…etc.
Vanilla Beans can be SUPER CRAZY expensive if you buy them at the store. I purchase mine in bulk on ebay for a considerably lower price.
I also gave homemade sugar to my kids teachers at the beginning of the year. Homemade gifts are always the best.

I made this batch pretty big because I had to make like 50 Mason pint jars of it, but the ratio of sugar to vanilla bean I used was
2 cups sugar to 1 vanilla bean.

* You can keep vanilla sugar on hand indefinitely. Anytime you use a vanilla bean, just toss it into your sealed sugar container and give it a shake.

*If you are making vanilla sugar for the first time and plan to keep it on hand, allow the vanilla bean to do its magic for about 2 weeks in a sealed container w/ the sugar. Give it a shake every so often.

 

Get you some beautiful PLUMP and MOIST vanilla Beans
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Cut the bean in half
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Slice it down the middle…..
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But leave one end intact
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See the shiny black inside..Those are the vanilla Seeds
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With your finger or with the back of a knife, scrape out the seeds
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Plop the seeds in your bowl with the sugar.
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Heres the fun part, take your fingers and distribute the vanilla seeds into the sugar.
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Keep mixing…it takes a bit. And soon you will have vanilla sugar.
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To package it all nice and pretty, see below….

Get some pint mason jars, fabric and ribbon.
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Put one vanilla bean in the mason jar.
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Pour the vanilla sugar into the mason jar.
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Pop the lid thing-y on it.
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Cut a circle out of fabric, slightly larger than the jar top.
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Place the fabric circle on top of the lid.
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Screw the ring do-hicky over the fabric.
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Finish off with a simple ribbon and a tag if you wish.
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Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

What?…were you expecting a salad or something? Pfftttt.

I think Chicken and Dumplings has to be one of my all time favorite comfort foods. It’s really not all that bad for you either. I mean there is no butter or oil in there.

Sure the flour and the Bisquick turn right into sugars, but seriously, cut me a break here people. I live in my own delusional world. Let me be.
It’s an easy dinner to make, there are just a few easy steps. And let me tell you, my chicken and dumplings remind me of Cracker Barrels, only better.  Yeah better, try them for yourself!

They are they best you will ever have…pinky promise.

Chicken and Dumplings

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Chicken and dumplings

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5.0 from 5 reviews
Chicken and Dumplings
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The ultimate comfort food, chicken and dumplings
Ingredients
  • 1 5-6 lb whole chicken, reserve the bag of giblets
  • 10 cups water, or enough to cover the chicken
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, whole
  • ½ of a large onion, very rough chop
  • 3 tablespoons instant chicken bouillon
  • 1 26oz box chicken STOCK
DUMPLINGS
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon course Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ cups water
  • Flour for dusting
Instructions
  1. In a large stockpot, add the chicken, contents of bag in the chicken(heart,neck,liver,etc.) water, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic cloves, onion, chicken bouillon and chicken stock.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 to ½ hours or until the chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Remove chicken and allow to cool until cool enough to handle.
  4. Remove the giblets, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic cloves onion(optional) and discard.
  5. Bring the stock back to a boil.
Dumplings
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the Bisquick, flour, parsley, salt and pepper until combined.
  2. Add 1 cup of water and mix. Add the additional water in ¼ cup increments until a wet dough can be formed. You might not have to use the entire 1½ cups or it might take you a tad bit more.
  3. Turn dough out onto a nicely floured surface.
  4. Kneed the dough for about 15 seconds.
  5. Re-flour the surface and roll the dough out to an ⅛" thickness. (The dough will puff up when added to the stock, so it needs to be pretty thin)
  6. Flour the top of the rolled out dough and with a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into dumpling strips, about ½" x ½"..this does not have to be perfect.
  7. In small batches, carefully add the dumpling into the boiling stock.
  8. Once all of the dumplings are added, boil for 10 minutes.
  9. Thinly shred the chicken and add back into the dumpling and broth mixture.
  10. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Notes
The chicken and dumpling will thicken upon standing.

 

Top 10 Recipes of 2011

Hi all, I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season. Mine, like I am sure everyone else’s was packed full and honestly is a bit of a blurr. I spent the last half of my Birthday(Christmas Eve) and into Christmas day cleaning up after my daughter who had the stomach virus. Poor little thing..who wants to be puking on Christmas? And then she gave it to me the day after Christmas..good times..good times. Let me just tell you that Red Robin tastes so much better going in than coming back out. ugggg

New Years Eve was great. My husband decided he wanted to have a party last minute. And by last minute, I mean the day before. Gotta love em’.
If you read this post, you know that none of my clothes fit me, so I began stressing out on what I was going to wear for the party. I mean, people usually get all fancied up for New Years.
So I decided to make our New Years party a PAJAMA  party! Everyone had to come in the P.J’s. Sure, I still put on some make up, but let me tell you how comfy I was!!!!
I had too much to drink…doesn’t happen often, but when it does….good lord.  Diet Coke and Cherry Flavored Vodka is VERY easy to chug down.
I was dancing all night long. One low point was, dancing to Beastie Boys- Brass Monkey with my dog under one arm and a wooden spoon in the other hand as a microphone.
I had fun

 

I am wishing each and everyone of you a Happy 2012.
I can’t thank you all enough for continually stopping by my blog and reading what I have to say. You all are very much appreciated. You make doing what I do worth every calorie!!!!

So onto my top 10 recipe/posts of 2011 (according to Google Analytics)

#10 Rustic Love Bird Wedding Cake
Lovebird wedding cake

For the more photos of this beautiful wedding cake I made..click over to this post.

#9 Filet Mignon
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For tips on how to cook the perfect Filet Mignon click here

#8 Sugar Cookie Tips and Icing Tips
decorated halloween cookies
For my Sugar Cookie and Icing tips head on over to here.

 

#7 Rice Pudding from Left Over Rice
This has been in the top 10 every year. This post was when my blog was only 3 months old!
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Click here for the Rice Pudding Recipe

#6 Lemon Bars
Lemon Bars
Click here for the Lemon Bar Recipe

#5 Pretzel Rolo Turtles
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For the recipe for the Pretzel Rolo Turtles click here.

#4 Ice Cream Bread
Ice cream Bread
Ice Cream Bread Recipe is here

#3 Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
The ever popular Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal recipe is here

#2 Antipasto Kabobs
Antipasto kabobs
Antipasto Kabobs are here

#1 Nutella Hot Chocolate- Sooooooooo Addictive and delicious. My Nutella Hot Chocolate was ALLLL over the web!
Nutella Hot Chocolate

Nutella Hot Chocolate recipe lives HERE