18 Dec 2008

kaigou: this is what I do, darling (W] organizing)
A few days ago in answer to a post, [livejournal.com profile] chibidrunksanzo mentioned she has recipes to offer, and I realized, hrm, that's a really good idea (especially with the way things look economically for a lot of us right now). Instead of fancy stuff, just give me TESTED RECIPES. Although I promise not to fuss if I fail a recipe on my own, but I do prefer "I grew up with this and it's a solid tasty good meal" recipes. Those are the best. I think.

I grew up with chicken & fish, so if it's got chicken in it, I can usually come up with something, and failing that, it's casserole. (Hey.) The only other meat we had with any regularity was ground beef, because we were military and there's a lot you can make with ground beef for really cheap. (And actually, my mother makes a really fine meatloaf, which leaves me baffled why she only made it at most once every year or two.)

But the upshot is that CP likes red meat, and I just don't have much experience in cooking it, but I know there are excellent long-cooking recipes that use the really cheap cuts to really good advantage. Yeah, so you can't do steak with shoulders, but I know there are things you can do that are awesome... but what are they?

So, if you know, or have some other recipe that's a tried-and-true, and uses few ingredients OR uses basic, affordable, even cheap, ingredients, do tell. I can't be the only one reading me that would be curious.

In return, here's a few things back from me, but I'll skip the casserole basics for you. No need to make you suffer (unless someone really really wants to know).

Substitutions when baking! )

What you get when you substitute... )

Oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies, because the oatmeal is good for you. REALLY. )

Now, don't you feel smarter? Possibly also hungrier, but sorry I can't help on that one.

All that's left now is to wait and see if [livejournal.com profile] clarentine made those rumored double-ginger shortbread cookies herself, because those sound rather intriguing... Oh, and MEATLOAF. Right. Wait! The ultimate cheap-ass barbecue sauce ever, which now that I know what's in it, I will never ever eat again, SORRY MOM.

1 can grape jelly
1 bottle ketchup

YEAH. That's it. One of those things that tastes great... until you find out WHAT'S IN IT. And then no eating, EVER AGAIN. *grosses*


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