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Everything Meals on a Budget Cookbook: High-flavor, low-cost meals your family will love (Everything Series) [Paperback]

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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 8.09" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   1.29 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Adams Media
ISBN  1598695088  
EAN  9781598695083  
UPC  045079905085  

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With the cost of milk and other food staples on the rise, it's important to save wherever you can.This thrifty cookbook offers 300 delicious recipes that are short on cost but long on taste, including:

  • Big Batch Guacamole for pesos on the dollar
  • Curried Chicken Pot Pie that elevates your leftovers to new heights
  • Sicilian Meatballs made from pantry items you already own
  • Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles that are cheaper than take-out
  • Beer Cheese Soup made with beer from last night's party
  • Peach Foster Crepes for only 56 cents per serving

Also included are tips for food shopping on a budget and how not to get stuck in grocery store price traps. With "The Everything Meals on a Budget Cookbook," you'll feel like you're dining at a gourmet restaurant-at a price you can afford

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Linda Larsen has another winning cookbook!  Apr 19, 2008
Once again, Linda has come out with a FABULOUS new cookbook. I own every one of her books and this one is just as good as the others. Sorry, Kiwanis lady, you are waaaaaaay off mark! :) She's too literal as far as the costs go; I mean, fuel prices are causing everything to skyrocket, and regionally there can be wide variations in those costs. I use this book as a valuable guide and would never quibble about a penny here or there. With gas prices so high right now, every tip I get on how to save money is VERY MUCH appreciated, so thanks, Linda!!

After I graduated from college and became responsible for my own kitchen, I decided that a required course in all universities should be "refrigerator management!" My hubby and I threw out so much food! Linda addresses this subject in her introduction, as well as giving tips on clipping coupons and shopping more efficiently. (A personal tip: My father does all the grocery shopping for himself and my mom, and if something is spoiled, i.e. produce, he always takes it back to the store for a refund. Some people might think that's a waste of time, but think about it: he's alerting them to a potentially unacceptable supplier and raising their standards. I feel I have him to thank for higher-quality produce at the market we both visit! So don't settle for rotten food right off the shelf. Return the item on your next visit to the store and you won't even waste gas money.)

Back to the book -- Linda's tips on refrigerator management, as I call it, are invaluable. So are her food-safety tips, which all of her books have featured and are SUCH an integral part of working in the kitchen! I especially liked the money-saving tips in the first chapter (p. 8), and tips on storing food (p. 12). DON'T MISS her SUGGESTED MENUS at the back of the book, complete with space for your own shopping list. I always struggle with menu combinations, and Linda's a master at it.

I've had a chance to try several of her recipes, and these are my favorites so far:

Big Batch Guacamole (p. 24) -- My husband adores this, and I can't believe the tip on stretching it with LIMA BEANS! Who knew?! I got an extra veggie in him and he was none the wiser. Really cuts down the cost, too.

Peanut Butter Bread (p. 36) -- My picky, picky kids just love this one. As the school year goes on, they hit the snooze button more and more, leaving them less time for breakfast. I stick a piece of this in their hands as they run to the bus and all is well in the world. I like to buy large sizes of the really good, fresh peanut butter at Costco or Sam's to really save money, although Skippy would probably be fine, too.

Cottage Cheese Oatmeal Pancakes (p. 61) -- After giving up on mixing wheat flour into the kids' pancakes (again, picky!), I loved this tip of "sneaking" oatmeal and cottage cheese into pancakes! Ha! And they are delish.

Pizza Burgers (p. 92) -- Once again, my kids would never consider eating beans, but they love ground beef. I love the fact that the beans not only cut the cost in this recipe, but also provide quality protein and allow me to cut back on the red meat. Very good.

Fork Tender Pot Roast (p. 124) -- Just like Grandma used to make. . . sigh. The house smells heavenly. I watch the Sunday circulars and buy my roasts on sale, of course.

Freeze Ahead Cheese Puffs (p. 30) -- The ladies in my neighborhood love cocktail hour and Bunco. These were a big hit with them! And I did splurge and add the crab meat - yum!

French Bread Braids (p. 38) -- One of my daughters loves to make yeast bread with me. It's a very cozy time for us! We have made French bread together many times before, but we loved this recipe with the addition of an egg.

Chocolate Tassies (p. 246) -- My other daughter has a wicked sweet tooth and is a chocolate-chip cookie master. These were a neat take on the classic C.C. cookie. It's fun to use the mini-muffin cups, too. Her friends gobbled them up. . . and only 13 cents per cookie. WOW!

So, there you have it -- my overview of Linda's latest book. You've got to pick this one up! You won't be disappointed. Bon (marche) appetit!

Look at the per meal price suggestion not the per serving.  Apr 16, 2008
Much good advice for making a grocery list, keeping track of pantry items, making a pricebook, using less meat to begin with and not throwing away food. It's often known we throw away, she says almost half, of what we have on our plates. If you don't believe that then look at your kids plate the next time they head to the trash can. Or watch them pour a glass of milk to later dump half of it down the sink. We do waste a lot as this author mentions.

And one of the biggest ways to save is to eat less. It's an epidemic in this country that we all eat too much, do we really need to eat a whole bag of chips? And it certainly would save money to eat less.

Some of the author's suggestions was to grow your own food, start a compost pile, can your own food, use food dehydrators, go vegetarian, etc. While all good suggestions I'm not sure most families have the time or capability of start their own garden or willing to go vegan but it certainly is worthy advice. Also, buying food in season was listed as a saving suggestion but there were no lists given as to when in season was "in". Check "producepete" for a list of in season fruits and vegetables. Also the website quoted in book was mistyped, it's "yourgrocer" (not yourgrocery) if you want to find it.

One of her budget saving suggestions was to have breakfast for dinner. Our family has always enjoyed that, the kids love to have a "breakfast dinner". I've seen some families go so far to call it an inside out dinner and they turn their clothes inside out for dinner to make it a silly event for the kids!

I've tried her suggestion of making my own milk with the milk powder and water and it never "tastes" as good as real milk. I don't know that I would follow that suggestion either but if you were budget conscious enough it's helpful. One I have heard people do use is to purchase a gallon of whole milk and then when it gets to half a gallon refill it with the powdered milk/water mixture and most family members will never tell the difference.

I did love the suggestion about buying meats on sale and making 2 or 3 meals and putting the extras in the freezer. Our family has practiced that for years using "Don't Panic Dinner's in the Freezer" or "Super Suppers".

Her meal price was $2.00 or less per serving and in many cases, less. The recipe for quick and easy salsa was labeled as .26 cents per serving with a serving being 1/4 cup. The recipe served 12 so if I did the math right the total is $3.12. I'm not sure where'd you buy 3 tomatoes, 1 green bell pepper, 1 japaleno pepper, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, and the other spices (assumed you had them in your pantry already) for $3.12?

Another recipe was spicy pita chips listed as .03 cents per serving. It was using 4-4" pita breads cut into 8 wedges making 64 chips. I guess a serving is 2 wedges? That total came to $1.92. I've never seen pita bread sold in a 4pk but a 10pk of pita bread is $3.99 plus adding roasted garlic vinaigrette, cotija cheese, and other spices I don't see how it's .03 cents per serving. What am I missing?

The Big Batch Guacamole recipe calls for making your own lima beans by soaking them overnight, simmering for 80 minutes and then pureeing. On top of all that you add onions, butter, spices, and 3 ripe avocados and the per serving price was .34 cents serving 8-10. That comes to $3.40. I think I'll just buy the Wholly Guacamole for $1.99 at Kroger and save 2 hours of cook time plus the overnight soak the night before. whew.

Also, the entree serving suggestions are per serving not per meal. So if you're trying to be truly budget conscious you'll have to add the cost of the entree and its sides to get a total cost figure. Her suggestion for the swiss steak which serves 6 was to add mashed potatoes and sauteed peas and radishes which only serve 4 (hummm..which 2 people go without?). In this example, the swiss steak is listed as $1.90 per serving of 6 so for $11.40 you'd have to buy 1.5 lbs of cube steak, 2 cans of diced tomatoes, carrots, can of mushrooms, plus have on hand onions, worcestershire, marjoram leaves, etc. I think that's possible. Now add the mashed potatoes of .22 cents a serving and the sauteed peas with radishes of .34 cents a serving to get a meal price of $2.46 per serving. The sauteed peas and radishes for $1.36 you'd have to purchase 2 radishes and a 16oz bag of peas. I know the birds eye frozen vegetables are $1 something and I don't know if you can get 2 radishes for .30 cents?? I'm not saying it's not possible but you'll have to know if it is to determine if the cost per serving is legit for you.

I did make the baked tuna mac and cheese and her .84 cents per serving suggestion was realistic. It calls for a packaged box of kraft macaroni and cheese adding onions, tuna and other spices. For a total of $3.36 I was able to buy a packaged version of kraft mac n cheese for $1.33 and a can of tuna is $1.50 (I have gotten it on sale for $1.00). I'm guessing the difference was to cover the onions, salsa, egg, parmesan cheese, etc. Another recipes calls for making the boxed mac n cheese and adding peas for a price of $1.89 for 3 servings. ouch.

Lots of good recipes, with menus in the back. Lots of good suggestions for your budget, but you could also find them at "frugalmom" ; "couponmom" ; "dollarstretchertips" or "livingonadime" for free.

Check it out at the library first to see if it will benefit your family. As a cookbook it's OK as a realistic budget helper...iffy.

If you want good advice on using leftovers or planning your menu around using leftovers, better option is Better Homes & Gardens Cook One Eat Twice for that.

There are a few in-colors pics on the inside of the front and back flaps. The lay-out is similar to the Dummies books layout in that there are shaded boxes with tips, hints and tricks in them. The "Everything" layout calls them "facts", "alerts" and "essentials". I like that design but I know it does bother others because it interfers with reading the recipe. There is no pantry list so you don't know up front which items the author considers you'd have already thus not included in the prices. No nutritional or calorie information so if you need that it's not listed.



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