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Taco Pockets Reboot: Cheap and Healthy Version

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Back in the day, I was drowning in little kids and the only structure I could create was around meals.  I made this hilarious, totally bad for you, not frugal summer menu.  It was just EASY.  A couple of folks complained that it wasn’t healthy or it wasn’t frugal.  Another commenter came to my defense, […]

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Easy Homemade Vegetarian Vegetable Soup

by Daisy Main Dishes

If you’re like me, you salivate over gourmet soup recipes with exotic, esoteric, and expensive ingredients, elaborate preparation techniques, and great gobs of cream and butter. Then you go to the pantry and ask yourself what’s for dinner that won’t clog your arteries, require you to take out a loan, and will be ready before […]

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REAL Smoked Almonds

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Mmmmm, smoked almonds.  And not the kind with “smoke flavoring added.”  The real thing. You will need: 2 lbs raw almonds 6 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 3 tsp Onion Powder 3 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp Sonny Salt 1 tsp ground mustard 4+ dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce Mix wet and dry […]

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Easy Awesome Smoked Ribs/Chicken

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Mr. Caswell loves his smoker. He is a smoked meat fanatic.  He has tried every recipe under the sun, taken classes, and even become a barbecue judge for the Memphis Barbecue Network.  Everywhere he travels, he finds the local BBQ masters and picks their brains.  Well, this last trip to Athens, AL paid off big time. […]

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Food From Elk River Guest Ranch: Peppery Pork and Vegetable Roast

by Daisy Main Dishes

Not to complain, but recipe posts are some of the hardest. If you blog, you may understand. Having to stop multiple times in the middle of cooking to arrange and photograph, wiping messy hands for the camera, trying to stir or pour or slice and shoot at the same time while keeping the camera from […]

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Smoked Pork Loin (and sandwiches)

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Ooohhhh, the sandwiches.  Below is the whole routine for making smoked pork loin and not cooking for a week. 1.  THE NIGHT BEFORE, make a brine.  Smoked meat gets too dry without it.  Follow the below recipe for a 4 to 5 lbs loin. 8 cups of water 8 tablespoons kosher salt 8 tablespoons sugar […]

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Crockpot “Hollandaise” Roast Chicken

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Crockpot “Hollandaise” Chicken one hen, icky gibblet bag removed salt (and/or preferred seasoning blend) Aluminum foil 3-6 egg YOLKS 1-2T lemon juice pinch salt possible extra slosh of olive oil or wad of butter if you can have it 1.  Place rinsed, dried hen in crockpot, breast side up, on a big enough wad of […]

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Turnips Twelve Ways–Recipe Round-Up

by Daisy Main Dishes

Thanks to the many, delicious responses to my plea for ways to prepare the huge basket of turnips I harvested, I have a great selection now. I didn’t want to hog them all to myself, though, especially since many of the suggestions came direct to email instead of in the comments.  Here is a round […]

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Gado-gado

by Daisy Main Dishes

Gado-gado is an Indonesian dish of vegetables covered with a seasoned peanut sauce.   It’s very versatile because you can use whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand, although cabbage, particularly nappa cabbage, bean sprouts, green beans, bitter melon (seeds removed) and corn are traditional.  You can vary the spiciness of the dish by adding hot […]

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Cajun Chicken Soup

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

This is one of those recipes born of having a bunch of odds and ends and not wanting to go to the store.  But YUM! Cajun Chicken Soup 2 T olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped clove garlic, pressed 3-5 andouille chicken sausage links (any andouille will do), chopped 1 quart chicken […]

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

by Daisy Main Dishes

I once served this soup to a man recently in the US from his native Peru. He said it was the first dish he had tasted in America that he actually liked. I was both flattered . . . and embarrassed for my great nation. Here’s the recipe: Chicken Vegetable Soup 1 T. olive oil […]

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Fresh Asparagus Pie

by Daisy Main Dishes

Another asparagus recipe to follow the Asparagus Soup, this time a main course.  If you like, you can call it a quiche. Fresh Asparagus Pie 1 single pie crust 1/2 bunch fresh asparagus 1 onion, sliced into strips 2 cloves sliced garlic olive oil 1/3 cup chopped roasted red bell pepper 3 eggs, slightly beaten […]

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Falafels

by Daisy Main Dishes

Falafels are a Mid-east staple but less common in Mid-America, which is a shame, they’re so tasty.  We eat falafels around here in pitas, on salads, and on their own.  If you make them smaller they make a tasty appetizer. With tahini sauce. Mmmm.  Tahini sauce is dangerous.  It is wisest to make tahini sauce […]

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Asparagus Soup with Roasted Garlic & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

by Daisy Main Dishes

I wanted a soup with depth of flavor but without cream or butter.  Roasting the garlic and the asparagus tips and caramelizing the onion gives it a richness without the dairy.  The family gave it an A+. This is a non-dairy soup and if you make it with vegetable broth, vegetarian, too. Asparagus Soup with […]

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Ivory’s Chili

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

At my house, there really are no recipes.  So this is most properly called Ivory’s February 2010 Chili…as it will never be the same again. I have really enjoyed forcing my kids to eat by hanging the Wii over their heads as a carrot.  Two nights ago, I thought it would be grand to make […]

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Salmon Patty Puffs (Gluten-free)

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

My hubby says that these are like salmon hush puppies, fish hush puppies…FUSH-puppies. That’s what he settled on.  Fush-puppies.  So here you go!  And since I can’t have flour, they’re gluten free.  I suppose any coarse flour would work.  Whole wheat, cornmeal, what-have-you, but mine are from rice flour that I grind myself. Ivory’s Gluten-Free […]

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Zesty Tuna Steak Fajitas

by Daisy Main Dishes

Tuna Steak Fajitas makes 8 fajitas 1 package of 2 frozen tuna steaks, or fresh equivalent, thawed and sliced into strips 1/3 cup lime juice 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp smoked Spanish paprika (don’t put this away yet, you will need it and the cumin again) 1/2 tsp salt 1 large clove garlic, crushed (keep […]

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Thai Fried Rice

by Daisy Main Dishes

This is a restaurant recipe cut down a bit, but it still makes a whole lot of fried rice. It’s vegetarian, but if you prefer you can go vegan and remove the eggs, or go carnivore and substitute your favorite meat for the tofu. I often substitute the vegetables I have on hand for the […]

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Chard Pie

by Daisy Main Dishes

If this recipe sounds familiar, you may have seen the Zucchini Pie I posted a few weeks back. It follows the same general formula but the featured vegetable this time is my beloved chard. By the way, when you tell your family what you are cooking, you might want to spell the word chard lest […]

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Zucchini Fritters

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

It’s getting to be that “what-am-I-going-to-do-with-all-this-zucchini” time of year!  Here’s my FAVORITE zucchini recipe. Zucchini Fritters 2 pounds zukes salt 1 onion ~1/2 cup whole wheat flour 2 eggs salt and pepper 1. Wash zukes. 2. Grate with uber-cool grandma’s hand-crank grater thingy onto a cloth. Sprinkle with salt and ignore for ten minutes. 3. […]

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