Making cheap turkeys tastier

By Valerie | November 19, 2009

Later today I hope to pick up a couple of the 40ยข per pound turkeys at Walmart. I like to get nice big ones, because I’m planning for leftovers. (I buy 2, freeze the second one, and we enjoy another nice turkey dinner in early spring.) One of the things I’ve learned about cooking a…

Stop the smoke when something spills in the oven

By Valerie | October 6, 2009

When you’re baking and something spills in the oven and starts to smoke up the house, the ideal solution is to turn off the oven, let it cool, and get it cleaned up. But what if you’re having company and must get the food cooked… or worse yet, in the middle of cooking a thanksgiving…

Flour Tortillas – Recipe

By Valerie | August 5, 2009

  Flour Tortillas Valerie Cudnik (aka Dolly Domestic) Rate this recipe 1 2 3 4 5 0 ratings Yum Category Bread Cuisine Mexican Prep Time:  40 minutes – Cook Time:  3 minutes Servings:  36 A good friend taught me how to make these when I was a teenager, he’d learned from his mother. Thanks, Jimmy!…

Cheesemaking – 2nd attempt

By Valerie | August 5, 2009

On the cheese-making front: Success!!! The curd didn’t quite look like the pictures in the instructions, but it definitely worked. It’s yummy, too! I’ll have to work out why my curd looks more like cottage cheese instead of a custard. I wasn’t able to make the ricotta with the whey and I imagine that will…

Cheese Making

By Valerie | July 31, 2009

I’m really getting frustrated. I’ve been to countless stores (okay, I guess I *could* count them) and I can’t find rennet anywhere. Dang if The Original White House Cookbook 1887 Edition that I got at a garage sale for a buck doesn’t have a whole section on making cheese (as well as lots of other…

Super Sandwich Rolls

By Valerie | July 17, 2009

Valerie’s Super Sandwich Rolls – Serves 12 9 oz beer3 tbsp powdered milk1/4 cup potato flakes, instant1-1/2 tbsp shortening1-1/2 tsp salt1-1/2 tbsp sugar3 cups bread flour2 tsp Yeast, Active Dry* Put ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Set machine for 1-1/2 lb, dough setting. Start. When the dough is ready, take it out of…

Raisin Bran Muffins

By Valerie | July 16, 2009

It just wouldn’t have been right not to share this wonderful recipe after mentioning it my previous post. The beauty of this is that you can keep the batter in the fridge for up to a month after mixing and just make as many muffins as you need. 1 15-oz box raisin bran cereal (about…

Boiling Hamburger to Save Time in the Kitchen

By Valerie | July 14, 2009

I boil most of the hamburger I buy (some I make into meat loaves & meat balls). I usually buy it on a loss-leader sale when it’s about a buck a pound, and can boil 10 pounds at once in my largest stock pot. Not only do you get the finer texture, you also cook…

Couponing Myths Debunked

By Valerie | June 17, 2009

Here’s a link to a creat article debunking a common couponing myth: Couponing Myth: No Coupons for products I use I just found this site tonight and it looks like there are a lot of good resources.

Frugal Vacations – Camping!

By Valerie | June 14, 2009

I grew up in a family that went camping for vacations and have many fond memories of hiking with my sisters in the Santa Cruz mountains and swimming in lakes further inland. Camping was the time when my mom splurged and bought us soda pop to drink and other treats like the makings of s’mores.…