Friendship Soup Mix, an Inexpensive Christmas Gift Idea

Friendship Soup Mix is a gift idea that I originally saw in Taste of Home magazine many years ago. You can layer these ingredients in a jar as shown, or in a regular quart size mason jar. The recipient can make the soup anytime using a few extra ingredients. A friend and I sold these at the Farmer’s Market a few years ago for $7 each and made some great…

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Friday’s Frugal Feast: Chicken and Dumplings

Warning: This recipe will not be appearing in “30 Minute Meals.” This Chicken and Dumplings is definitely food of love. It takes a total of about 90 minutes to cook. However, that also has some boiling time built in, so you can work in other tasks. It’s not fast, but it is cheap! I used some leg quarters that I got on sale at Harris Teeter for $.29 per pound!…

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Cooking with Dried Beans

Beans Beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you… um, can fit in your suit! …because they’re healthy, too. Yeah, that’s it. Anyway… A lot of people are intimidated by cooking with dried beans. You see the bags in the grocery store for $.99, but you think, “What would I do with them?” In this post, I’ll tell you some yummy, easy and inexpensive ways to cook…

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The Best Barbecue Chicken Ever

I guarantee this recipe is the easiest and yummiest barbecue chicken you have ever tasted! My mother-in-law introduced me to this recipe. I purchased chicken breasts this week for $2.50 / lb at Harris Teeter, so I made this for a friend who is going through a hard time right now. Barbecue Chicken (6-8 servings, about $.90 each) 3-4 boneless chicken breasts1 bottle of barbecue sauce1 12-oz can of Dr.…

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The Perfect Salisbury Steak Recipe

So you found a great sale on ground beef? Do you have some in your freezer, but you don’t want tacos or meatloaf any more? I have the perfect recipe for you! My husband and friends rave about this recipe, and it’s great for freezing, or providing meals for others. I learned this recipe from my dad, who is an amazing cook! Salisbury Steak (8-10 servings, roughly $1.00 each) 2…

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Friday’s Frugal Feast: Turkey Corn Chowder

I had planned to post a cheap and delicious Christmas gift today, Friendship Soup Mix, but I realized that we need to do something with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving! So I’m going to stick with the soup theme (because soup is usually cheap!), and share what I will be cooking this weekend! Turkey Corn Chowder To make thicker chowder, blend or process half of the corn until smooth before…

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