Category Archives: budget cooking

Pollo en Naranja, Calabacitas Guisadas

These recipes are all more or less from “The Essential Cuisines of Mexico”. I served these dishes with a side of frijoles de olla. Calabacitas Guisadas (serves 4): 2 tbsp oil 2 lb zucchini, diced 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped … Continue reading

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Lentils and Rice with Soujuk and Caramelized Onion

I adapted this recipe from “How to Cook Everything” to give it more punch. Lentils and Rice with Soujuk and Caramelized Onion (serves 4-6): 3 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 1 tbsp minced … Continue reading

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Iranian Meatballs and Fattoush

Recipes derived from “The New Book of Middle Eastern Food”. Meatballs with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Orange (serves 6): 1 1/2 lb ground beef or lamb 1 onion, finely chopped salt and pepper to taste oil 1 lb spinach 1 tbsp … Continue reading

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Meatloaf Serendipity

I accidentally happened upon a great way to make meatloaf. I couldn’t find any non-pork bulk Italian sausage, so I bought Italian-style cooked chicken sausages. The diced pieces of chicken sausage scattered throughout the meatloaf gave an interesting texture, and … Continue reading

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Chicken and Collard Stew with Barley

This is an original recipe of mine, very loosely based on this. Chicken and Collard Stew: Stock: 1 chicken, cut up 2 carrots, roughly chopped 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped 4 cloves garlic 2 bay leaves salt Stew: 2 tbsp … Continue reading

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Bacon Pea Pasta and Chicken Cacciatora

Both of these easy and cheap recipes are adapted from The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Bacon, Pea, and Ricotta Pasta (serves 4-6): 10 oz frozen peas, thawed 1/4 lb bacon, chopped 1/4 lb ricotta 1 tbsp butter 1/3 cup … Continue reading

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Chinese Red-Braised Pot Roast (in slow cooker)

I used my newly acquired slow cooker for the first time. This is the slow cooked version of red braised beef, a Chinese dish which is often served with soupy noodles. ¬†You could also eat this roast with rice, or … Continue reading

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