Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/12/2016 #food


After yesterday evening’s carnivore fest it was time for something lighter.

In fact, tonight we went vegetarian… no meat at all, and only a little cooking. Just a little blanching of some Sugar Snap Peas

This will really fit well into out Summer Electric Plan.

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Vegetable Stock – Budget Friendly


It seems like every time we go grocery shopping we have to toss out a few leftover vegetables that have started to go limp after two weeks in the fridge. Not much, just a few stalks of celery, a handful of baby carrots. Maybe a little parsley.

It also seems like an awful waste to toss our those vegetables. What could we do with them? Well we often have a need to buy stock for various dishes especially soups. So it seems like there might be a great opportunity here.

Why not make vegetable stock from them? In fact, the more I investigated the idea the more frugal and practical it seems. Because even the trimmings from vegetables used during the week can be used. The stems of various herbs, the root end of an onion and other trimmings from an onion, etc. can all be put into baggies and frozen until enough accumulates to make stock.

The options seem endless.  One recommendation I did see, though, is to be careful to keep the flavor of the stock fairly neutral flavor. As some recipes may not combine well with a strongly spiced stock. For instance, you may not want a lot of garlic in a stock you might want to use in soup. However, another dish might benefit from such a stock. Well it is easy enough to add it, but you can’t take it away once it is there.

So below is a simple neutral recipe:
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Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/11/2016 #food


This week we are starting with another large cut of meat. HAM!!

It’s going to be hard to make it last. . . . . We love it so much.

This will really fit well into out Summer Electric Plan. True, we have to bake it which will heat the house one day but later in the week we will get a reprieve.

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Baked Ham with Cherry-Pineapple Glaze


We love ham…..who doesn’t

This glazed ham is so delicious you want to eat the whole thing all at once. But don’t. You won’t be able to move.

One of the great things about ham is really the left overs. They make lunches and dinners later in the week worth the wait.
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Guess #whatsfordinner (well lunch) tonight 7/9/2016 #food


So at the beginning of the week we made Smoked Brisket.

The thing about brisket, though, is that you have to make so much. Ours was 12 pounds. Granted we had friends over but that still worked out to 2 pounds each. Way more meat than anyone needs in one sitting. So we set some aside for lunches and dinner Friday night.

Friday night though we ended up getting dinner out with family. So we shifted that meal to lunch today. It was a simple lunch Continue reading “Guess #whatsfordinner (well lunch) tonight 7/9/2016 #food”

Smoky Haricots Verts and Mushrooms


So here is the second of the sides our friends brought over for a dinner on the 4th.

This was a delicious combination. Especially with the crisp green beans. There is nothing worse than mushy vegetables. Add the bacon and mushrooms and you have a hit.
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Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/5/2016 #food


Almost two months ago we decided to give another blogger’s recipes a try.  whatsfordinnermoms posted a delicious recipe for a crock pot dinner. Being that cooking with a crock pot fits so well into our efforts to save electricity by not heating up the house this recipe was a perfect fit for tonight’s dinner plans. So for dinner tonight we had  Continue reading “Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/5/2016 #food”

Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/4/2016 its a #Grilling


So today was a day off for us due to the holiday here in the U.S. So we thought we would spend a little time with friends enjoying good company and conversation.

As seems to be the custom in most places, this type of activity revolves around food. With time off who can resist the opportunity to do a little grilling out, actually this time it is smoking meat.  Continue reading “Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/4/2016 its a #Grilling”