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PoorMan Pantry – Homemade Chili

Poor Man Chili w/ Cheese

Poor Man Chili w/ Cheese

๐ŸŽ‚ Rummaging The Cupboards

I didnโ€™t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didnโ€™t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.

A lot of families are really hurting in these tough financial times, I decided to share our PoorMan Pantry recipes from my childhood. I hope it helps those who need it most.

This weekend the man-child asked if we could have chili for dinner. We picked up a can of Hormel Chili and a bag ofย Tostito’s Scoops Tortilla Chips and waited for the weekend. A Saturday dinner would be perfect for this and we waited for the weekend to arrive.

Yeah, if anyone finds a stray can of Chili, let me know where it is. How we lost an entire can of chili I have no idea. But when $1.98 is a lot of money to your family, it’s worrisome and upsetting at the same time. And then there’s the desire to give the child what he asked for so he doesn’t feel neglected or deprived. Which means using supplies in the kitchen that could be used for something else that gets you through the week. It was frustrating!

But this event helped create a new Poor Man Recipe. Homemade Chili. Continue reading

Recipes – Homemade Southern Banana Pudding Pie

Homemade from Scratch Southern Banana Pudding Pie

Homemade from Scratch Southern Banana Pudding Pie

๐Ÿ“ A Tasty Recipe

There’s Easy Southern Banana Pudding Pie and then there’s Homemade from scratch Southern Banana Pudding Pie.

What’s the difference? Time, effort and the tender loving care that goes into making any thing from scratch by your own hands. “Baking with Love for those you Love” is what my paternal Grandmother called it.

My Dad’s mom wouldn’t be caught dead making something from a box. She’d spend hours in the kitchen, shuffling back and forth between the pantry, the counters and the stove. And her house always smelled so inviting, warm and wonderful.

She and my Grandfather raised 3 boys, until WWII. The middle son, was killed in action in his tank in Germany. Within a year, my Grandfather too had left this world. But even with grown sons, my Grandmother still worked in her garden, canned, cooked and baked. She never had much to dote on her grandchildren. But my sisters and I, who were her only grandkids were treated with some of the best down home cooking you could ever want when we went to visit.
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Recipes – Easy Southern Banana Pudding Pie

bananapudding๐Ÿ“ A Tasty Recipe

Every summer someone in my family was making banana pudding pie. At least once each month from June to August, it was a summer staple and perfect for the hot days playing outside and celebrating the warm season.

My grandmother always told me there’s only two things you MUST do when making nanner pudding pie; be patient and think presentation. Something she said those in the north don’t get about those in the south.

Down here we’re not in a hurry all the time. We slow down and take our time to do things right. Patience and Presentation are everything to a good Southern Banana Pudding pie.

That starts with the right serving dish. It must be a glass rectangular dish. Typically a Pyrex dish like the one pictured here. It’s not a big deep dish bowl, or a round pie dish or even a small individual serving dessert glass. Bigger or more doesn’t make it better.

If you want to make real “Southern Banana Pie”, it means a dish deep enough for a Nilla wafer to stand up on the side. That’s One wafer, not two rows of wafers. A deep banana pie means you’re serving too much to a guest or jipping them out of a complete delicious serving from top to bottom. Be reserved and think presentation. How it looks is as important in the dish as on the plate.
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PoorMan Pantry – Creating Creamy Alfredo

ragu๐ŸŽ‚ Rummaging The Cupboards

I didnโ€™t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didnโ€™t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.

A lot of families are really hurting in these tough financial times, I decided to share our PoorMan Pantry recipes and tricks. I hope it helps those who need it most.

When I was working our favorite Alfredo sauce is Bertolli or Classico. Primarily Bertolli. Yes we know about the controversy surrounding the company and it’s owner. Beggars can’t be choosers, thank you very much.

The tighter things have become, the more we have to watch what brands we purchase. Bertolli is twice as expensive as Ragu. But you get something with that larger price. A better creamy alfredo sauce.

There really is a difference in taste and we simply don’t like Ragu’s flavor. So I set out to find a way to make it better. Just because we’re seriously broke, doesn’t mean we don’t deserve tasty and rich tasting dinners. Sorry Ragu, love your price, but not your taste. But I’ve found a way to fix the latter.
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Recipes – Traditional Cucumber Sandwich

cucumbersandwich๐Ÿ“ A Tasty Recipe

Lifestyles of the Victorian upper crust were sedentary. This sandwich was designed for taste, not for nutritional value. You’re not going to build a house or plow the garden on this sandwich alone.

That makes the recipe and preparation of the perfect cucumber sandwich that much more important. You don’t want to end up with a soggy mess or a tasteless sandwich. And believe it or not, even some of the worlds most celebrated chefs can have a hard time creating the perfect cucumber tea sandwich.

Should you need any further persuading of the merits of this excellent dish, the cucumber sandwich was lauded by American scientists in 2012 as the best thing to eat to regulate body temperature and stave off dehydration during a heat wave –ย  Telegraph.co.uk : Food and Drink. Continue reading

Recipes – The History Of The Tea Sandwich

Traditional Tea Sandwiches

Traditional Tea Sandwiches

โ˜• ย Honoring Tradition

Tradition is more than doing what your Mom or Grand Mother has taught you. What your family has done for years and generations are a great way to feel connected to ancestors. But without the stories and the history behind the traditions, those special events or recipes lose some of their esteem and magik.

Today you can find “finger” sandwiches at nearly every party whither or not it’s formal or social. The Tea Sandwich has definitely evolved into something bigger. But not always better.

Evolution is part of life and all things, even family traditions change slightly from time to time. Each generation or person adding their favorite twist on the happening, be it an event or a recipe.

It’s nice to be able to tell the original tale and history of those traditions we hold dear. Where did they come from, how did they start and what was the original intent? All good questions that give importance and imagination to your family traditions.

When I was old enough, my Mom put me to work in helping to get things ready for a party. She would sit me at the dining table, give me ingredients and instructions then let me lose. Of course it wasn’t ever that difficult a task, but it was often fun for a 9 year old girl. I’d roll up cheese balls and coat them in nuts. Or roll up peanut-sweet balls and coat them in sugar. Or, make the finger sandwiches. Continue reading

Recipes – Southern Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

applebundtcake๐Ÿ“ A Tasty Recipe

My Aunt Betty loved to bake. And boy was she good at it. She would always invite us over to dinner when we went down to see family for a weekend or week of summer vacation.

Going home was always one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid. We lived 7 hours away from where we were born. My parents were the only members of the family to leave the place they were born and raised. It was kind of weird sometimes. But it was also a lot of fun to go visit. Continue reading