Five Fast & Easy Frugal Food Dishes

Here are a few fast & easy frugal food ideas…all random dishes that I’ve cooked in the last week or two…

If you have bread that is going to be stale within a day or so, before you can use it all up for sandwiches or what-have-you, here are two ways to put it to use :

Simple & Quick Waffle Iron French Toast:

Simply soak your bread in beat up eggs ( You don’t need milk, seasonings, or anything ) and then place the bread in the waffle iron for a few minutes and it’s done. Add some syrup or topping of choice and it’s a fast breakfast with minimal cleanup. These freeze nicely as well.

East French Toast in Waffle Iron

Strata:

Take the crusts off of your bread ( I throw them out for the birds ) and layer the bread in the bottom of a glass baking dish to cover the bottom. Depending on your preference or what is on hand or purchased on sale, cook up some breakfast sausage or ham, and sprinkle that ( drained, if it is sausage ) over the bread. Sprinkle some cheddar cheese or any cheese over this mixture.  Beat up 7-9 eggs, depending on whether they are large or medium sized eggs with 3/4 cup milk. Pour over the bread / meat / cheese. You can put this into the fridge overnight and cook it in the morning at 350 degrees, covered,  for about 45 minutes or so.  The toothpick in the middle test works for this :)

Strata Collage

Here is a very easy, cheap and delicious way to cook potatoes :

Oven Crisped Potatoes :

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees ( or 425 or 450 is fine as well )

Peel and cut your potatoes. Place them on a baking sheet or foil.

DO NOT use Pam or any cooking spray. DO NOT use any oil or butter. Because you are not using any oil, the potato cuts are just going to puff up and crisp on their own.

crisped potatoes

I LOVE these potatoes..they are so good with just a little butter and salt and pepper.

cut open pot

While the oven is fired up at that high temperature, you could also cook some roasted cauliflower, which  is delicious.

Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic

Our grocery store recently had cauliflower on sale for 3.00 per head and this was one of the ways that I cooked it. Just place some florets in a baking dish with some chopped garlic and drizzle a little olive oil over that. Toss, and bake, covered, for about a half hour ( I did mine at 425 degrees ) Here it is right out of the oven, before I seasoned it with salt, pepper, Parmesan, and a bit of lemon juice.

Roasted Cauliflower Right out of the Oven

Quick Cucumber Salad with or Without Tomatoes

In the winter the only tomatoes that I buy are grape or cherry tomatoes and they don’t really have much of a taste, so whether you add tomatoes to this or not, it’s just a quick variation of what is commonly called German Cucumber Salad.

Simply combine some vinegar ( of your choice…I generally use Apple Cider Vinegar ) and  Hellman’s Mayo. Basically I use about a 1/2 Tablespoon  of vinegar to every Tablespoon of mayo, then stir it up. It may have a few lumps…these will disappear within a few minutes once you have stirred in the cucumbers.  I like a little coarse ground pepper as well.

They are all fairly fast and easy and cost-effective as well! :)  For many of us any extra money is going towards our heating bills, which are larger this year than the last several winters, so every little bit helps!

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Haunted House Story Local to my Area: The Demon of Brownsville Road

I live south of Pittsburgh in Western Pa. and this was a story on a local Pittsburgh news station.

Ex-County Commissioner Authors Book About Dark Forces Haunting His Home

 

(Photo Credit: KDKA)
Source is in the title above )
When I read this article I followed a few links…one to the book site which led me to a People Magazine article about all of this, and more.
I ended up at another link, viewing this entire video and crying at the end since there are several stories and the last one involved an autistic child and how a grandmother unknowingly opened up a nightmare for the child and her daughter ( it does have a happy ending though! ) This link below involves one of the gentlemen that assisted in the Pittsburgh case.
The reason that I cried at the end of the video ( Link Above ) was because if you’ve read any stories lately about children suffering from mental illness ( CNN has run a few over the last few months…generally because the parents are beseeching for help ) then you’d assume that the little autistic child in the last video was suffering from the same, and I cried because how would we or anyone know the difference.
In the case of the Pittsburgh house haunting I cannot imagine staying there…a family staying there while they endured this / that was my initial reaction.  Yet they must have felt that they were in a war and needed to win it, who knows..
At any rate, this story and following the links and reading more about the various people in the initial story and the video was fascinating and scary and informative on many levels. Since it was a local story I thought to go ahead and do a post about it :)
Though I will say that the paragraph spacing in my draft simply will not show up in the post preview no matter how many times I have tried to save it so I give up and am just posting as is.
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