Cheap Eats that Actually Taste Good [CharlieBrown'sDildo]

One of the unpleasant realities of child-rearing is that the little bastards have to eat -- apparently every day. Oh, I have tried to limit their intake, hoping that the reduction in energy would decrease the volume of their squawking, but it seems to increase it. And as they get older they not only go out and eat unspeakably foul fast food, they expect to return home and eat again.

My solution has been to stock the refrigerator with large containers of inexpensive but reasonably healthy (compare it to the crap they eat when they are with their friends) foods that are also easy to make.

I blame Purina (for not selling Teenager Chow) for what little work I have to do to keep them from complaining non-stop. I could put a dispenser in the garage, and just hose it out every few days. Life would be grand.

Pasta With Spicy Sausage and Spinach

1.5 lbs. Spicy Italian Sausage, casing removed
2 oz. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced fine
6 oz. white wine
16 oz. Frozen Spinach (or lots of fresh if you have access to it)
6 oz. ½ & ½
1 oz. unsalted butter
4 oz. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 lb. Pasta (I use shells, but any ½-1 inch shape would work well)

Boil a large pot of salted water for the pasta.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat. Cut the sausage into ¼-½ inch pieces and then sauté until the sausage is cooked through and lightly browned. Remove the sausage from the pan, leaving the fat and the oil (It might be a good time to put the pasta in the boiling water). Turn the heat down and add the garlic. Cook for a few minutes, and then add the wine. Deglaze the pan on high heat, making sure to scrape all the little bits of sausage and garlic into the liquid. When it has reduced a bit, add the spinach and cover until the spinach has defrosted completely. It won’t take long, so don’t walk away for another glass of wine. It is a little disconcerting how little spinach is left if you use fresh, but it is enough to flavor the dish. Turn the heat down to medium and add the ½ & ½ and butter. Swirl the sauce around until it thickens a bit and the butter is completely incorporated. Put the sausage back into the pan, and when it is reheated, dump it over the pasta. Toss the pasta into the sauce as you sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the whole thing, and serve hot.

Per Serving:
578 Calories
26g Fat (42.1% calories from fat)
21g Protein
60g Carbohydrate
3g Dietary Fiber
57mg Cholesterol
543mg Sodium

Posted by: Open Blogger at 03:25 PM



Comments

1 LOL!

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 03:26 PM (tcw1u)

2 Second!

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 03:26 PM (tcw1u)

3 Can you substitute ground hog for the sausage?

Posted by: Hanoverfist at February 02, 2013 03:27 PM (HiKk0)

4 Posted by: Hanoverfist at February 02, 2013 03:27 PM (HiKk0)

Ground hog would be great!

Groundhog? Never tasted it, but I used to shoot them when I was a kid.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 03:29 PM (GsoHv)

5
My daughter desires rice. Easy, peasey, lemon squeezy. When you are married to a Pinay, everything goes with rice. We purchase 50 pounds sacks of the stuff.

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 03:29 PM (tcw1u)

6 You'll get nothing and like it!

Posted by: Judge Smails at February 02, 2013 03:29 PM (ydcPg)

7 Hamburger Soup is a quick, cheap and nutritious meal for all ages.

Posted by: locomotivebreath1901 at February 02, 2013 03:30 PM (tUT9B)

8 If I had a son, he'd eat skeet.

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama at February 02, 2013 03:31 PM (ydcPg)

9 Throw some ground beef in mac and cheese.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 02, 2013 03:31 PM (l86i3)

10
Cheap eats:

Quiche ( but don't call it that)
I use frozen crusts and make two at a time.
Bacon, ham, cheese, broccoli, mushrooms, whatever you have.
I like to thinly slice a tomato and fan it out on top.
Freezes well.

Red beans and rice

Quesadillas

All of these are good ways to disguise and use up leftovers.

Posted by: Justamom of the LiB camp at February 02, 2013 03:32 PM (Sptt8)

11 Posted by: Justamom of the LiB camp at February 02, 2013 03:32 PM (Sptt

I call it egg pie.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 03:33 PM (GsoHv)

12
Spinach? How droll.
Don't you people have access to maiche or something less gauche?

Posted by: Michele Obama's Landing Strip at February 02, 2013 03:33 PM (ydcPg)

13 Any cut of beef, can of tomatoes, whatever veg is left in the fridge.

Put it in the slow cooker.

Turn it on

Posted by: runninrebel at February 02, 2013 03:33 PM (J4gw3)

14
Can you substitute ground hog for the sausage?

Posted by: Hanoverfist at February 02, 2013 03:27 PM


I'm thinking skeet might be a good sausage substitute now that Choom Boy is bagging enough to pass around....

Posted by: MrScribbler at February 02, 2013 03:34 PM (XScks)

15
>>I use frozen crusts and make two at a time.<<

Quel horror!

Posted by: garrett at February 02, 2013 03:34 PM (ydcPg)

16 Chip beef and Campbells cream of Mushroom Soup over White Toast AKA SOS

Posted by: Clemenza at February 02, 2013 03:34 PM (x59Gv)

17
Mix up two pounds of taco meat, shred the cheese and i have enough "fast food" to last my girl about a week. Tacos, burritos, nachos.
Saute one chopped onion in a little oil. Add the ground chuck. Add 1 Tbls ground cumin, 1 teaspoon black pepper and one pack of taco season. This will last us one week. i can have tacos on the table in 6 minutes. By the time it takes a bowl of the stuff to reheat in the microwave, i can have lettuce and 'maters chopped up and the skillet hot for tortillas.

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 03:34 PM (tcw1u)

18
Uh, I cannot imagine making any alteration to Mac and Cheese without causing wailing and gnashing of teeth!
And it must be the kind in the blue box.
I think Kraft puts something in it to program little brains.

Posted by: Justamom of the LiB camp at February 02, 2013 03:35 PM (Sptt8)

19 Chili Dog Chili

1lb lean ground beef, browned
2 large cans Hunts tomato sauce
1 can petite Hunts diced tomaoto
1 large can Bush's Hot Chili beans
1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 tblspns black pepper (or to taste)
3 tblspoons Mexene chili powder (or to taste)
3 Nathan's Hot Dogs, in 1/2 inch pieces

Brown ground beef, put it in Crock Pot with all other ingredients on Low for 6 hours.

Seve with cornbread, saltines or Fritos Scoops

Posted by: ChampionCapua at February 02, 2013 03:36 PM (KZi9D)

20 At Costco, "country style" pork ribs are $2/lb and chicken thighs are $1/lb. I generally just saute the former and bake the latter. Maybe I'll dice them up and put them into a bowl of cream of mushroom soup. I live an exciting life.

Posted by: Sandra Fluke's solid gold diaphragm at February 02, 2013 03:36 PM (7xeJQ)

21 I just wait for the big ones to eat the little ones.

Posted by: zsasz at February 02, 2013 03:36 PM (MMC8r)

22 Quiche ( but don't call it that)

I use frozen crusts and make two at a time.

Bacon, ham, cheese, broccoli, mushrooms, whatever you have.

I like to thinly slice a tomato and fan it out on top.

Freezes well.



Red beans and rice



Quesadillas



All of these are good ways to disguise and use up leftovers.

Posted by: Justamom of the LiB camp at February 02, 2013 03:32 PM (Sptt

I'm making some quiche this weekend. Bought some nice pancetta to put in it.

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 03:37 PM (X6akg)

23 Tombstone pizza. PB&J. Tuna Salad. Hot dogs. Good to go.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 02, 2013 03:38 PM (7NpGw)

24 "I blame Purina (for not selling Teenager Chow) for what little work I have to do to keep them from complaining non-stop. I could put a dispenser in the garage, and just hose it out every few days. Life would be grand."

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Haa! Good one, CBD.
Teenagers are bottomless pits, aren't they?

Recipe looks yummy.
Printed out for future use.

I like to use JC Potter's Italian Sausage...it comes in a roll, like breakfast sausage.
I crumble it, and cook it up to put on pizzas and in spaghetti sauce.
But I've never used it in a recipe like this, that is non-tomatoey.

Posted by: wheatie at February 02, 2013 03:38 PM (BZMZX)

25 I make the same dish with a tomato base. No 1/2 1/2 or spinach.. just a can of diced tomatoes and a can of sauce. And I let it cook for an hour.. or less.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 02, 2013 03:39 PM (UTq/I)

26 I send them into McDonalds to steal ketchup packets, creamer, and salt. That'll hold 'em.

Posted by: zsasz at February 02, 2013 03:40 PM (MMC8r)

27 After asking a few nutritionists, and asking a PhD in Food Science, who is now VP of one of the largest food companies in Asia, about the ultimate question:

"Why can't we make a 'Human Chow', where it covers everything you need?"

I always get the same answer: "No need. just eat regularly with a good variety of vegatables".

I think nobody wants to get sued. Or perhaps Purina's "Chows" are killers. I don't know, but I'd sure as hell buy it.

Posted by: suicidal idiot at February 02, 2013 03:41 PM (iX/Ib)

28
Dish TV went out yesterday and "supposedly" tech will show tomorrow morning. So started cleaning frig. Had some left-over eye of round steak. Made two dishes. Philly cheesesteak w/ Cheese Whiz. Next Beef Stroganoff w/ green onions, 'shrooms, sour cream and (optional) can of crm of mushroom soup for extra moist and 8 oz med. noodles.
Do youthinkI'll see a repairman from Dish on SuperBowl Sunday?

Posted by: olddog at February 02, 2013 03:42 PM (A9na/)

29 I have 80 feet (in rows) of spinach which will be ready to thin in about a month. (You plant the stuff at Thanksgiving in a cold frame)

Timely recipe -- sounds good.

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 02, 2013 03:42 PM (Qxe/p)

30 Posted by: suicidal idiot at February 02, 2013 03:41 PM (iX/Ib)

Supposedly Purina has dozens of generations of dogs that have been fed nothing but dog chow for their entire lives.

For an emergency supply of food, People Chow would be great!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 03:44 PM (GsoHv)

31

>>I'm making some quiche this weekend. Bought some nice pancetta to put in it.


Pancetta and Roasted Asparagus make for a tasty combo.

Posted by: garrett at February 02, 2013 03:44 PM (nnUUK)

32
Sometimes I wish we could just eat like the Jetson's. Those tasty little pills.
But then there's pizza.

Posted by: Justamom of the LiB camp at February 02, 2013 03:44 PM (Sptt8)

33 Posted by: wheatie at February 02, 2013 03:38 PM (BZMZX)

Cutting the sausage out of the casing is the biggest time waste in the recipe.

My local supermarket makes great Italian sausage for not much money, but they can't be convinced to sell it to me loose.

I have no idea why.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 03:46 PM (GsoHv)

34 had some killer fish tacos this morning

Posted by: USS Diversity at February 02, 2013 03:47 PM (QLJPW)

35 Don't care what the nutritionist says, Teen Chow is a winner. Think three flavors would be enough since they would have forgotten what they ate the day before last. Hmm, maybe two flavors would be enough.


Another AoS IPO is in the offing!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 02, 2013 03:49 PM (Cnqmv)

36 Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Tuna (best to splurge for enveloped-no draining needed, instead of being a cheap bastard- and ending up with a few tsp. of tuna after draining) Use as much as desired.
Hot banana pepper rings chopped to desired size
Fresh cracked pepper
Desired pasta (angel hair is good and the fastest to cook)

Don't need to heat oil in skillet. Put in tuna and desired amount of extra virgin olive oil, hot banana peppers (add some juice from jar of banana peppers if desired and like spicy food) and heat. Add fresh cracked pepper at the end.
Toss with pasta

Tasty, fast and cheap.

Posted by: Deli LLama at February 02, 2013 03:50 PM (lGu1O)

37 You want a cheap pasta dish? Chicken gizzards.

No seriously, try it once and you'll be amazed. If they ask just tell them it's chicken, they'll never know what part.

2 lbs gizzards, sliced thinly (try to slice across the grain of the muscle.) Pat dry.

Brown them in a heavy pan with olive oil.
Deglaze the pan with a couple cups of dry red wine.
Add a cup or two of chicken stock, simmer on low for about 45 minutes. At this point you can add a little dried herbs (oregano, thyme, savory, sage) but don't go overboard.

You want the stock to reduce quite a bit, but never dry up.

When the stock has reduced stir in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste, reduce heat and keep warm.

Cook your pasta al dente (I typically use bow ties, anything short and medium heavy will work.) Drain pasta, add to pan containing gizzards, raise heat, stir to finish. If sauce starts to tighten up too much add a splash of pasta water.

Posted by: ThomasD at February 02, 2013 03:51 PM (FA+FN)

38 Why can't we make a 'Human Chow'

Been there, done that. Trust me, it doesn't end well.

Posted by: Detective Thorn at February 02, 2013 03:51 PM (CypDC)

39 Pancetta and Roasted Asparagus make for a tasty combo.

Posted by: garrett at February 02, 2013 03:44 PM (nnUUK)


Ha....bought asparagus too.

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 03:51 PM (X6akg)

40
"My local supermarket makes great Italian sausage for not much money, but they can't be convinced to sell it to me loose."


My boys wanna' talk to youse guys.

Posted by: Sausage Stuffer local OU812 at February 02, 2013 03:51 PM (tcw1u)

41 Lemon curry?

Posted by: Zombie Viking Ed Koch at February 02, 2013 03:52 PM (W4rUE)

42 Don't care what the nutritionist says, Teen Chow is a winner. Think three flavors would be enough since they would have forgotten what they ate the day before last. Hmm, maybe two flavors would be enough.


It would have to have crunchy bits and chewy bits, also have a salty sweet combo with Spices (Sold seperatly) to heat it up for those who like spicy, also mabye a nacho cheese or BBQ spice.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 02, 2013 03:52 PM (l86i3)

43 Actually, Purina does have such a product. Purina Monkey Chow works perfectly well for sustaining humans for long periods of time.

Jerry Pournelle likes to tell stories of when his sons were in Scouts and he was a troop leader on long multi-day hikes. One of the essential problems was instilling food discipline so that when the time came to make dinner, they wouldn't find that the kid who had been entrusted to carry certain supplies had eaten it all on the move. A certain portion of the supplies would be Purina Monkey Chow. Nobody wanted to eat that but it would get everyone home alive if somebody got greedy and ate up the proper food.

Ever since microwave ovens got popular, there has been a running gag referring to stuff like Budget Gourmet as Purina Bachelor Chow.

Posted by: epobirs at February 02, 2013 03:52 PM (kcfmt)

44 Show on History Channel about Jonestown. Good thing nobody will ever be able to convince large groups of people to do horrific things again.

Posted by: USS Diversity at February 02, 2013 03:54 PM (QLJPW)

45 love pancetta....use it my carbonara and also in Pasta ala vodka....YUM!

Carbonara btw, is super cheap AND super easy...did I say yum?

Posted by: kawfytawk at February 02, 2013 03:55 PM (qdzWt)

46 This time of year, for mysterious reasons, I keep receiving these tax document thingies that you open by tearing various ends of.

Invariably, you find "See Reverse Side For Easy Opening Instructions" printed somewhere on them.

I'm sorry, but if you need to give instructions about how to open the document, it's not "easy opening".

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at February 02, 2013 03:55 PM (1c58W)

47 33 Posted by: wheatie at February 02, 2013 03:38 PM (BZMZX)

Cutting the sausage out of the casing is the biggest time waste in the recipe.
My local supermarket makes great Italian sausage for not much money, but they can't be convinced to sell it to me loose.
I have no idea why.
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Have you ever tried the JC Potter brand of Italian sausage, CBD?

Most grocery stores have it...in the refrigerator case with the rolls of breakfast sausage.
It's not bad...good meat content.
Not very 'spicy', though.
But you can add more spice, to taste.

I've tried other Italian Sausage, the kind in casings, but wasn't very impressed with the flavor or the meat content.
But then...maybe we don't get the 'good stuff' out here in Okla.

Posted by: wheatie at February 02, 2013 03:55 PM (BZMZX)

48 Good thing nobody will ever be able to convince large groups of people to do horrific things again.

Posted by: USS Diversity at February 02, 2013 03:54 PM (QLJPW)


Trust me, the accommodations at the camp will definitely be an upgrade to what you have now!

Posted by: Bill Ayres at February 02, 2013 03:56 PM (Cnqmv)

49 Johnsonville sells a loose Italian sausage thats pretty good. I'm real careful buying cheap suasage cause I cracked a tooth once on a bone chip.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 02, 2013 03:57 PM (l86i3)

50 CBD, if you wanted to you the nutritional value, substitute kale for the spinach. Kale is actually more nutritious than spinach.

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 03:58 PM (X6akg)

51 43
Ever since microwave ovens got popular, there
has been a running gag referring to stuff like Budget Gourmet as Purina
Bachelor Chow.


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Futurama didn't invent that? Matt Groening is dead to me now!

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at February 02, 2013 03:59 PM (1c58W)

52 you = up.....up the nutritional value

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 03:59 PM (X6akg)

53 Two words: Cereal.

There is nothing it can not do.

Posted by: nip at February 02, 2013 04:00 PM (11Tdq)

54
Make that teen' chow like 'gravy train' and we have a winner. Served over mashed potatoes. Or rice.

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 04:01 PM (tcw1u)

55 Two words: Cereal.

There is nothing it can not do.
Posted by: nip at February 02, 2013 04:00 PM (11Tdq)

Amen, when I was single, it was a staple.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 02, 2013 04:02 PM (l86i3)

56
Homemade pizza is cheap and easy. Kids like to make their own.
Make a big batch of dough, and freeze dough balls in plastic wrap in a freezer bag.

Posted by: Justamom of the LiB camp at February 02, 2013 04:02 PM (Sptt8)

57 I'm looking for a recipe to make the muesli bread that is in the starbucks protein bistro boxes....if anyone finds one please pass it on. ....I love that stuff.

Posted by: kawfytawk at February 02, 2013 04:03 PM (qdzWt)

58
Our "go to" quick and cheap meal is black bean soup (out of the can) over rice, with some turkey pepperoni and shredded cheddar cheese on top.

Posted by: RightWingProf at February 02, 2013 04:03 PM (E/o+q)

59 >>>44 Show on History Channel about Jonestown. Good thing nobody will ever be able to convince large groups of people to do horrific things again.
Posted by: USS Diversity

Believe it or not there are groups out there trying to rehabilitate them, claiming that they were only seekin social justice.

Posted by: Waldo at February 02, 2013 04:04 PM (jwumz)

60 55- Maybe that is my ticket out. Shitty documentary whereby I eat nothing but various cold cereals for a month to see what happens.

I won't eat regular either, I will have a complete box per meal.

Too bad I have a face and body for Radio.

Posted by: nip at February 02, 2013 04:05 PM (11Tdq)

61 Waffles, bacon, goldfish crackers, 1% milk, and water.

That's what my kids have consumed today.

I'm not proud; I'm just saying.

Posted by: Truman North, every time, no exceptions at February 02, 2013 04:05 PM (I2LwF)

62 61- May I recommend sliced banana?

Posted by: nip at February 02, 2013 04:06 PM (11Tdq)

63 Our "go to" quick and cheap meal is black bean soup (out of the can) over rice, with some turkey pepperoni and shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Posted by: RightWingProf at February 02, 2013 04:03 PM (E/o+q)


That's new and sounding good.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 02, 2013 04:06 PM (l86i3)

64
Waffles and bacon is our traditional "breakfast for dinner" meal.

Posted by: RightWingProf at February 02, 2013 04:07 PM (E/o+q)

65 I fed my cat Purina once. 22 years later she died from some unspecified cause. Coincidence?!

Posted by: Truman North, every time, no exceptions at February 02, 2013 04:07 PM (I2LwF)

66 We are goin to JTs for Pizza tonight, carry out. It aint cheap but its damn sure easy.

Love Love rons and Ronette.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 02, 2013 04:08 PM (l86i3)

67 Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 03:58 PM (X6akg)

That is a great idea!

I had a kale salad a few weeks ago that was shockingly good. I had no idea that it actually tasted like actual food. It has the aura of locavore asshole hippy jerkoff food, so I always steered clear.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 04:09 PM (GsoHv)

68 Posted by: Truman North, every time, no exceptions at February 02, 2013 04:05 PM (I2LwF)

Are they still alive?

If so, you did your job.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 04:10 PM (GsoHv)

69 Hamburger has gotten so expensive, I don't consider it part of a cheap meal any longer. (Especially because I won't buy the super-fatty stuff.) Having grown up in the Hamburger Helper generation, it's stunning to realize how dear it is (today). As others have said, pork or chicken are cheaper, at least where we are.


If you're kids are adventurous, pick up those mung bean Asian "glass" vermicelli noodles (most grocery stores carry them now in their Asian food aisle) and use as a base for Vietnamese bun. Especially great in the summer. The noodles cook by steeping in hot water for a couple of minutes. Top with fresh herbs (mint, cilantro), fresh veggies - usually shredded carrots, lettuce or cabbage, cucumbers, but really most things except tomatoes would work - and make a "dressing" using lime juice, rice vinegar, fish sauce (optional), and hot red pepper. Then add a little bit of meat (I often use left-over pork warmed up in a teriyaki bbq sauce). Sprinkle peanuts on top.

It sounds complicated, but it's really just a matter of having the veggies around. The noodles themselves are good for old folks like us, but still filling. And you use very little meat.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:10 PM (5H6zj)

70 64 Waffles and bacon is our traditional "breakfast for dinner" meal.

Yep...one of our favorites, too.

Potato pancakes and ham, is also a fave.

Posted by: wheatie at February 02, 2013 04:11 PM (BZMZX)

71 May I recommend some culinary advice from the president?

“Away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted skeet (crunchy).” -- Barack Obama

Posted by: AmishDude at February 02, 2013 04:11 PM (xSegX)

72 Detective Thorn

LOLsock, gracias

Posted by: DaveA at February 02, 2013 04:11 PM (tAie3)

73 "White spaghetti" was always one of my mom's go-to easy meals. Canned chicken, cream of mushroom soup, and mushrooms (she usually used canned, I think they were cheaper than fresh). Make sauce with that then stir in the cooked spaghetti. Top with parmesan cheese.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:12 PM (5H6zj)

74 >>And it must be the kind in the blue box.

My husband and I lived off of that when we were first married and still enjoyed it for many years. Funny thing is that I've finally lost my taste for it. I don't know if they changed something or what, but I can't stand it now.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:14 PM (5H6zj)

75 I have a newly teenage son who wants to eat almost all the time. He can eat almost an entire pizza pizza and be hungry three hours later Having never had a teenager before, this is all new to me. Is this normal?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 02, 2013 04:15 PM (+qMCO)

76 pasta, pasta, pasta, with anything you want to throw on it...cheap tasty, comfort food.

Posted by: Guido at February 02, 2013 04:15 PM (XLuH2)

77 75
I have a newly teenage son who wants to eat almost all the time. He can
eat almost an entire pizza pizza and be hungry three hours later Having
never had a teenager before, this is all new to me. Is this normal?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 02, 2013 04:15 PM (+qMCO)


Yes....and if he brings a bunch of friends over, Katy bar the door!

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 04:16 PM (X6akg)

78 One of the reasons I make this dish is that I can eat it too. I am unwilling to make food just for the little brats.

Of course that is a bone of contention in the house....

"There's nothing to eat!"

"Yes, there is. What you mean is: 'there is nothing to eat that resembles fast food.'"

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 04:16 PM (GsoHv)

79 we used to call pasta "macaroni" and sauce was "gravy"..just sayin.

Posted by: Guido at February 02, 2013 04:16 PM (XLuH2)

80 Is this normal?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 02, 2013 04:15 PM (+qMCO)

No. It shouldn't take him that long to get hungry again.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 04:17 PM (GsoHv)

81
Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:10 PM (5H6zj


In the Philippines it's known as 'bihon'. saute sliced veggies, mebe add cooked chicken meat or sliced beef, add 50-50 mix of water and soy sauce and heat gently until just starting to dry. They have a unique bite, dont't they....like calamari or rubber bands! We make this for Thanksgiving pot luck.

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 04:17 PM (tcw1u)

82 "there's nothing to eat!"
"if you are hungry enough cereal will taste great."

Posted by: Guido at February 02, 2013 04:18 PM (XLuH2)

83 he can eat almost an entire pizza pizza and be hungry three hours later
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He goes a whole 3 hours before feeding again? Consider yourself lucky.

Posted by: mama winger at February 02, 2013 04:18 PM (P6QsQ)

84 >>37 You want a cheap pasta dish? Chicken gizzards.

I love gizzards. They can be hard to find around here. Heck, even the livers are hard to find sometimes.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:19 PM (5H6zj)

85
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 02, 2013 04:15 PM (+qMCO)


If he cannot eat the ENTIRE pizza i would say there is something wrong withhim.

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 04:19 PM (tcw1u)

86 Gizzards: can't you also buy chicken livers cheap???

Posted by: Guido at February 02, 2013 04:20 PM (XLuH2)

87 nevermind questions answered. 84

Posted by: Guido at February 02, 2013 04:21 PM (XLuH2)

88 We seined minnows out of the creek one summer and canned them.

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 04:21 PM (tcw1u)

89 75 I have a newly teenage son who wants to eat almost all the time. He can eat almost an entire pizza pizza and be hungry three hours later Having never had a teenager before, this is all new to me. Is this normal?

Yeah, totally normal, FenelonSpoke.

I grew up with a house full of brothers...so I noticed what bottomless pits they are, at an early age.

In fact...it's kind of a warning sign that something isgoing onwith your teenage son, if they *aren't* hungry.
You know, like sick, or love-sick, or being tormented at school.

Posted by: wheatie at February 02, 2013 04:21 PM (BZMZX)

90 Minnows? like sardines maybe?

Posted by: Guido at February 02, 2013 04:22 PM (XLuH2)

91 You morons need to buy cookbooks from Sam the Cooking Guy (link is my name for now).

All of his recipes are simple with few ingredients.

He was at his best when he verbally bitch-slapped the Today show talking heads for speaking over him during his segment (http://tinyurl.com/bkmr75f).

Posted by: John P. Squibob at February 02, 2013 04:22 PM (kqqGm)

92 Canned minnows pressure-cooked are exactly like sardines.

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 04:23 PM (tcw1u)

93 Chicken cacciatore is one of our go-to meals when someone is coming down with a cold. Always use thighs and homemade sauce, of course. Only expensive part are the peppers - we like the red bell, but green bells aren't very expensive.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:23 PM (5H6zj)

94 Similar to.the 2,lbs.of ground beef, boiling and shredding a whole fryer chicken will give you about 3 meals worth of "emergency protein".

Posted by: Lauren at February 02, 2013 04:23 PM (wsGWu)

95 mmmmmm.....love sardines....now I guess minnows. delish..thx. for the apocolypse..we live on a canal.

Posted by: Guido at February 02, 2013 04:24 PM (XLuH2)

96 Chicken cacciatore is one of our go-to meals

Safeway Select does pretty well with this dish. It's one of the better "bachelor chow" meals.

Posted by: boulder hobo at February 02, 2013 04:25 PM (QTHTd)

97 When i was a batchelor a baked chicken and pound of soft corn tortillas would last me three days.

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 04:25 PM (tcw1u)

98 Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 02, 2013 04:26 PM (piMMO)

99 Oh, here's a good recipe:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/
2008/01/cook-the-book-farro-risotto-with-butternut-squash-ham-sage-toasted-walnuts-recipe.html


Very filling. Reheats well. "Good for you."

Farro can be hard to find (Italian markets have it and some grocery stores) but I think you could substitute barley.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:26 PM (5H6zj)

100 Liver? I hope I'm never that hungry.

Posted by: BignJames at February 02, 2013 04:27 PM (HtUkt)

101 The expensive part is often having a well-stocked pantry with the herbs and spices you need to jazz up simple things like chicken.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:27 PM (5H6zj)

102 OT, but has anyone seen a photoshop of TFG's shotgun photo?

Anyone out there with the skills?

Here's the link to the photo....

http://tinyurl.com/b5re9x9

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 04:27 PM (GsoHv)

103 @ 86 chicken livers rolled in Wondra Flour and some Rosemary fried in OLIVE OIL ,

Posted by: Clemenza at February 02, 2013 04:28 PM (x59Gv)

104 I cooked a turkey a couple of days ago - about 15 pounds of meat at $1.19 a pound. Cheaper than almost anything out there. And there's nothing like a good turkey sandwich. Hot or cold.

Posted by: mama winger at February 02, 2013 04:29 PM (P6QsQ)

105 Cheap and nutritious (I think) breakfast:

I get dried hashbrowns from Costco: http://tinyurl.com/acekdsa
(I get about 3 helpings from each 70 cent box)
2 or 3 eggs (over easy)
Whatever meat I had from last night.

+coffee, and juice or milk

Total cost: about 75 cents

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 02, 2013 04:29 PM (Qxe/p)

106 Throw some drained tuna in mac and cheese.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at February 02, 2013 04:29 PM (Jcd0S)

107 Know what's real good? Roast beef hash in the can at your grocery store and mac n' cheese. Tuna in the mac n' cheese. Summer sausage in the mac n' cheese...

Posted by: DAve at February 02, 2013 04:30 PM (XDC0v)

108 Teenage boys who like to eat are as normal as Democrats who like to talk bullshit

Posted by: boulder hobo at February 02, 2013 04:30 PM (QTHTd)

109 102 OT, but has anyone seen a photoshop of TFG's shotgun photo?

Anyone out there with the skills?

Here's the link to the photo....

http://tinyurl.com/b5re9x9

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 04:27 PM (GsoHv)


That's only part of the photo.
Here's the full picture: http://tinyurl.com/aajelkd

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 02, 2013 04:31 PM (Qxe/p)

110 In the Philippines it's known as 'bihon'. saute sliced veggies, mebe add cooked chicken meat or sliced beef, add 50-50 mix of water and soy sauce and heat gently until just starting to dry.

Hmm, sounds good. It's a bit different than "bun," which is more like a salad. The veggies are raw in bun.


Other quick, easy "good for you" one-pan meals are those soba noodles sold in the refrigerated section as a "kit" with a seasoning packet. Just add whatever stir fry veggies and meat you have handy. Usually not that expensive.

Also, those udon soup kits that they sell are good bases for a meal.


Soup is kind of the magic food to fill people up, whether it be teenagers or old folks like us on diets. If you can have a cup of soup before your main meal, it can help with portion control.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:31 PM (5H6zj)

111 OT, but has anyone seen a photoshop of TFG's shotgun photo?


============


SooperMexican already did.




http://tinyurl.com/aajelkd

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 04:31 PM (X6akg)

112 Posted by: Clemenza at February 02, 2013 04:28 PM (x59Gv)

Cook them gently in a bit of olive oil and butter, then mix them with a ton of caramelized onions, add SP and blend until smooth. It is a great appetizer on crackers or toasted bread rounds.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 04:32 PM (GsoHv)

113 Speaking of soup, I haven't done it (yet), but apparently Honey Baked Ham gives away ham bones. Since ham hocks are so friggin' expensive, that seems like an awesome deal. Ham bone, dried peas or beans, a few veggies -> soup!

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:32 PM (5H6zj)

114 I know this is drifting a bit off topic, but for anyone who is trying to do a low-fat or lower-fat diet, sauteed onions are a great low-cal way to give the illusion that there is more fat in your dish. Sautee slowly with the cooking spray until they get slick, then add to whatever.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:34 PM (5H6zj)

115 I want to make Osso Bucco but I am having the hardest time finding pork shanks. I've checked at my regular grocery store, Costco and BJ's....nada.

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 04:35 PM (X6akg)

116 Osso Bucco - huh. Our family had that with lamb IIRC.

Posted by: boulder hobo at February 02, 2013 04:36 PM (QTHTd)

117 Anyone have a good longpig recipe?

Posted by: USS Diversity at February 02, 2013 04:38 PM (QLJPW)

118 I put this together at the last minute one evening at summer camp when I found out we were expected to feed ourselves (6 adults) plus two members of the camp staff and we had not brought a cook kit with us for the week.

1 bag broccoli slaw (preferred, but cabbage is acceptable)
1 bag craisins, small
1 bag crushed pecans, small
1 bottle salad dressing, poppyseed

Mix together first three ingredients (use about one half of the pecans)

Add dressing to individual taste (leftovers keep better if the dressing is not mixed in to the whole batch)

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at February 02, 2013 04:38 PM (Jcd0S)

119 116
Osso Bucco - huh. Our family had that with lamb IIRC.


Posted by: boulder hobo at February 02, 2013 04:36 PM (QTHTd)


It's often done with veal but I can't use that because hubby can't eat beef. I had it with pork at a restaurant and it was fantastic.

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 04:38 PM (X6akg)

120 I thought osso bucco is usually made with veal, but I guess there are variations.

Tami, I guess you could try calling around and see if you can find either an Italian grocer (some of them have freezer cases with them) or maybe you can find a friendly restauranteur who will tell you who there supplier is.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:39 PM (5H6zj)

121
Cheap eats? Our local grocer/meat-cutter gives away beef suet. Just slice and heat thouroughly in the skillet. Serve on wonder bread with mayonnaise. We callit the 'Barako sandwich'.

Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 04:41 PM (tcw1u)

122 Tami, I guess you could try calling around and see
if you can find either an Italian grocer (some of them have freezer
cases with them) or maybe you can find a friendly restauranteur who will
tell you who there supplier is.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:39 PM (5H6zj)


Good idea....there are several little Italian grocers around here. I'll try that. Thanks!

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 04:42 PM (X6akg)

123 Posted by: DAve at February 02, 2013 04:30 PM (XDC0v)


You can easily make a great corned beef from scratch. Corned Beef (1 tin) diced, potatoes as desired, large sweet onion). Boil potatoes, cool and dice. Saute diced onion. Throw it all in a skillet, heat and season to taste. Voila!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 02, 2013 04:44 PM (Cnqmv)

124
I send them into McDonalds to steal ketchup packets, creamer, and salt. That'll hold 'em.

Free Ice cream:

Get a cup of ice water at your fav restaurant. Drink the water, save the ice. Sprinkle salt over the remaining ice. Add a couple of those little coffee creamer things....closed, of course. Shake well. Ice Cream!

Top with sprinkled sugar, or if you're at one of those fancy pants restaurants that put those little jelly packets at the table, top with that. Pay for the water, (Don't forget the 15% tip), leave.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at February 02, 2013 04:44 PM (L7hol)

125
Bone in pork ribs
A whole head of garlic
Cumin and pepper. About a tbsp of each
Advocados
Cilantro
Cotijacheese
Cover the ribsin apot with water by about an inch, add cumin and pepper and the garlic. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low simmer and cook until water is gone. Remove everything and take out the bones; shred to desired size.Use a separate pan to crispa handful of the shredded goodness.

Put some shredded pork in a warm tortilla and top with crispy stuff, advocado slice and cilantro andcotija cheese. Maybe squeeze a little lime over top or just put the lime in the Sol.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at February 02, 2013 04:45 PM (ummNV)

126 Per Iowahawk, technically not a photoshop

http://tinyurl.com/bjvcyxy

Posted by: olddog at February 02, 2013 04:45 PM (ibOIj)

127 BTW, Tami, how is your pooch? IIRC last year you were struggling with skin problems.

I had a run of skin issues with my rough collie which I think got triggered by a bath she was given in late November when she was boarded (they forgot I don't want her bathed). So it was almost two months of battling hot spots with oatmeal sprays and medicated hot spot sprays, then an oatmeal bath, and then just regular (daily) brushing with a very gentle brush. Finally prevailed but boy was it a pain.

I know from experience vets always want to shave hot spot areas, but my dog will get an even worse rash when that's done, so that is why I handled it at home.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:45 PM (5H6zj)

128 88 We seined minnows out of the creek one summer and canned them.
Posted by: Cicero Kid at February 02, 2013 04:21 PM (tcw1u)


Back in the day on Lake Superior, smelt (a small, minnow-like fish) would do their spawning run up rivers in early spring.

Armed with nothing more than hip waders and a dipping net, you could scoop up dozens at a time and store then in large bucket or washtub. Clean by removing the heads and innards, dip them in beer batter, fry and eat, accompanied by cold beer.

Of course, cold beer was part of the netting, too, and about one person would drown every year when they'd wade out too deep, fill their waders and get pulled out into the lake.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at February 02, 2013 04:47 PM (Jcd0S)

129 I know from experience vets always want to shave hot
spot areas, but my dog will get an even worse rash when that's done, so
that is why I handled it at home.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 04:45 PM (5H6zj)

Daughter's very long haired dog got shaved two summers ago to "help" with heat. Took two years for the coat to regrow properly. First time I had ever seen a self conscious dog, poor baby!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 02, 2013 04:49 PM (Cnqmv)

130 @JCinQC has an interesting observation on the gun photo.

The tweet that had the photo said it was August 4, 2012.

Reuters has a photo and a story that Obama spent that day on the golf course.

"Obama, an avid golfer, played with colleagues and friends at the Andrews Air Force Base in hot, muggy weather conditions before taking Marine One to Maryland's Catoctin Mountains in the afternoon.

The White House did not release details of the president's evening plans or share the menu for the birthday meal he was expected to share with wife, Michelle."

Well, unless he got to Camp David and then decided to shoot right away (no "quiet evening" there) while there was sunlight, they at least posted the wrong date.

I hope they did because I want to knock the "how dare you question us" off their shoulder.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 02, 2013 04:50 PM (xSegX)

131 BTW, Tami, how is your pooch? IIRC last year you were struggling with skin problems.


I had to have him put to sleep, Y-not....it will be a year ago end of this month. His arthritis got so bad he could stand up. Still miss him a lot.


I've had my daughter's dog since June....her new job and work schedule just won't work with a dog. She's gone from 7 am to 6 pm.





Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 04:52 PM (X6akg)

132 "Two-Can Spaghetti Sauce":

In 4- or 5-qt pot:

Brown 1 lb ground beef, drain.
Add 1 small/medium finely chopped onion, cook until clear.

Add:
2- 16oz cans diced tomatoes
2- 8oz cans tomato sauce
2- 4oz cans mushroom pieces/stems
1 tbsp dry Italian seasoning
2 cloves pressed garlic
2 tbsp sugar (you won't taste it, but would miss it's absence--cuts the acidic bite of tomatoes)

Let simmer over low heat for an hour or so...

Serve over pasta of choice with shredded parmesan cheese, garlic toast on the side. Yum.


Posted by: JeanQueenie at February 02, 2013 04:54 PM (Gmp2Z)

133 Quiche recipes have been mentioned, so here's a simple, tasty and hard to screw up recipe from Tommy Thompson, (actually his chef), when he was the governor of Wisconsin:

http://www.virtualcities.com/ons/wi/gov/wigov90.htm

Posted by: jbarntt at February 02, 2013 04:58 PM (UNFot)

134 I had to have him put to sleep, Y-not....it will be a year ago end of this month. His arthritis got so bad he could stand up. Still miss him a lot.
-----

Oh my, that's right! I'd forgotten. Sorry to bring up a sad subject! I blame menopause.

Are you enjoying your "grand-dog"? What kind is it?

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 05:00 PM (5H6zj)

135 Clean by removing the heads and innards, dip them in beer batter, fry and eat, accompanied by cold beer.
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My husband introduced me to the joys of (pan-fried) smelt. I guess it was a big tradition in his family. Really tasty. Not the easiest thing to find, tho.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 05:02 PM (5H6zj)

136 130 @JCinQC has an interesting observation on the gun photo.
The tweet that had the photo said it was August 4, 2012.

Reuters has a photo and a story that Obama spent that day on the golf course.

----------

AmishDude,
August 4th is also his Birthday.

And yeah...the whole 'Sacred Skeet Photo which shall not be mocked'...is truly laughable.

Let's not forget, that his remark about shooting skeet, was done in the attempt to act like..."Hey, I am one of You. I shoot guns too!"
Done, sothat he could manufacture some sort of image of credibility in his efforts to ban guns.

So when people questioned it...they mocked them, as "skeet birthers" and "skeeters".
Then issue a mockable, contrived-looking photo, and declare that it "Shall Not Be Mocked!"

Posted by: wheatie at February 02, 2013 05:05 PM (BZMZX)

137 Oh my, that's right! I'd forgotten. Sorry to bring up a sad subject! I blame menopause.



Are you enjoying your "grand-dog"? What kind is it?

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 05:00 PM (5H6zj)


LOL! That's ok.....
Grand dog is part lab, part black and tan hound...so muttish. Daughter got her from a rescue her last year in college. She's a sweetie but loves to bark at critters and deer.
My husband has made plans several times to take her to my daughter in Missouri....and each time he finds an 'excuse' not to. Uh...huh....rough, tough cream puff he is.

Posted by: Tami at February 02, 2013 05:08 PM (X6akg)

138 To quote Coach Ditka "Stop it!" You are making me hungry.

Posted by: georgeofthedesert at February 02, 2013 05:08 PM (Eq2MX)

139 135 My husband introduced me to the joys of (pan-fried) smelt. I guess it was a big tradition in his family. Really tasty. Not the easiest thing to find, tho.
Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 05:02 PM (5H6zj)


The smelt runs have pretty much dwindled to nothing, or so I'm told. Introduction of the coho salmon into the Great Lakes has been blamed. In the 60s / 70s the native trout species were down severely in numbers due to the parasitic sea lamprey, so the smelt flourished.

I shudder to think what will happen to the sport fishing on the Great Lakes once the disgusting Asian jumping carp finally makes its way into that ecosystem.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at February 02, 2013 05:08 PM (Jcd0S)

140 So, is everyone going to photoshop dumbass' photo?

Posted by: Waldo at February 02, 2013 05:08 PM (jwumz)

141 #75 Yes, this is normal. My son used to eat the entire leftover beef roast (I am talking like over a pound of meat) , cold, with A-1 steak sauce as a dip. He also used to open cans of corn and eat it cold.

When we ordered pizza, he used to eat an entire pizza himself. When we got burgers at McDonalads, it was 2 Big Macs, 2 large orders of fries, shake, coke, 2 apple pies, and he would STILL be hungry a couple of hours later!

My son is not heavy and never has been, even though he is now in his 40's. My grandson is doing the same thing. Comes home from school and eats 3 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. LOL!

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 02, 2013 05:14 PM (GoIUi)

142
Cheap easy pasta?
I find that Ragu actually makes a decent alfredo sauce if you don't mind your sauce heavy.
I sauté up about 1 large onion (I'm partial to Vidalia's myself.) Add in 1lb sliced chicken breast (thin sliced!)
Cook completely, throw in 1-2 cups of frozen peas and either (depending on what your local supermarket sells) 1oz or so pancetta chunks or 1 container of Hormel Real bacon bits (the latter being easier to come by.)
mix in 1 jar of Ragu Alfredo, I usually add 1/4 cup cream (to clean out the jar) and 1oz parmisean to spice it up a bit.
Toss over 1 box penne noodles.

Is it "traditional" fuck no, but it's tasty.

Posted by: tsrblke at February 02, 2013 05:16 PM (GaqMa)

143
OT:

On January 28, 2013, the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) authorized the small, Caribbean country of Antigua
and Barbuda (Antigua) to suspend its obligations regarding American
intellectual property rights.


Thanks to our 'war' on online gaming. We here in the freest nation on the face of this here earth, don't tolerate the evil online gambling. So now we can purchase bootleg copies of whatever floats your boat....legally.....from Antigua.

http://tinyurl.com/d25u6h2

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at February 02, 2013 05:16 PM (L7hol)

144 Brown some pork chops.
Put them in a crock pot with potatoes, carrots, and a can of tomato soup. Adding a little Worcestershire sauce makes it gourmet. This is surprisingly good.

Posted by: nerdygirl at February 02, 2013 05:19 PM (pY9an)

145 Mac and Cheese:

1 pound elbow macaroni....cooked.
1 pound velveeta, (or similar), diced into smallish pieces
1 pound cheddar, grated.
1 medium onion, diced.
1 clove garlic, chopped fine.
1 pound of bacon, (add some diced ham too).
2 cans condensed milk.

Cook bacon, ham, onion, and garlic until crispy. Mix all ingredients together in baking dish, top with a little grated cheddar, and bake at 350 for approximately 35 minutes, or until top is brown and bubbly.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at February 02, 2013 05:23 PM (L7hol)

146 She's a sweetie but loves to bark at critters and deer.
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That can be exhausting! Our puppy (now 5 1/2 mos) is very barky, but so far just when she's riled up from playing.

The older dog barks at: leaves, flags, cars, lawn mowers, birds, the wind... you name it. I can often get her to stop by saying "Thank you" in a very calm tone of voice. The only thing she's really uncontrollable about are sprinklers. She hates them. I really need to find a way to get her to ignore them b/c it's a pain in the rear in the summer. She'll wake up to the neighbors' sprinklers, some of which go off before dawn. Sigh.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 05:25 PM (5H6zj)

147 Phil is kicking butt today at the Phoenix Open.

Posted by: Y-not at February 02, 2013 05:26 PM (5H6zj)

148 Doritos thread up

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 02, 2013 05:27 PM (piMMO)

149 Can you make this without the cheese or butter? I'm lactose intolerant.

Posted by: Unemployed since February at February 02, 2013 05:27 PM (06qTP)

150 We here in the freest nation on the face of this here earth,

Well, except for New Zealand. And Canada. And all of Fenno-Scandinavia (including Estonia). Germany, I guess. And, um, Namibia. And all those other places where they don't throw you in jail for posting stupid crap on Youtube -

http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2013,1054.html

Posted by: boulder hobo at February 02, 2013 05:31 PM (QTHTd)

151 But thank God we don't live in *searches map* Paraguay!

Posted by: boulder hobo at February 02, 2013 05:32 PM (QTHTd)

152 Super easy Meatloaf:
Mix about a pound of burger with 2 eggs, 1 package of stuffing mix, such as Stovetop (or cheapo brand, and about 2/3 of a small can of tomato sauce.

Put in a bread pan. Drizzle rest of tomato sauce on top.
This is very salty but good. The stuffing mix has lots of flavor.

Posted by: nerdygirl at February 02, 2013 05:37 PM (pY9an)

153 EASY Italian Pasta
Saute some Italian sausage, minus casings. Don't need too much.
Add Italian canned tomatoes, the kind that have basil, garlic or whatever right in there, and heat through.
Put on cooked pasta.
Top with cheese, parmesan or whatever.
This is really easy, and if you use low fat Italian sausage, not too fattening.

Posted by: nerdygirl at February 02, 2013 05:40 PM (pY9an)

154
I'll make the inevitable reference to the Monkey Chow diaries (enter "monkey chow diaries" into your favorite search engine and it should pop right up). The funniest part of that whole incident was that once it started getting some publicity, ZuPreem (the maker of the "monkey chow"), quiet as AP putting assault rifles in and out of a story, changed the directions for Primate Diet Dry from reading "suitable for all primates" to "suitable for all non-human primates".
Good times ...

Posted by: Stephen at February 02, 2013 05:41 PM (2HzUl)

155 A simple chicken and sausage Jambalaya is still one the tastiest and cheapest meals ever. And you can't help but mack enough to last a week.

Posted by: lowandslow at February 02, 2013 05:50 PM (Fz2C7)

156 Supposedly Purina has dozens of generations of dogs that have been fed nothing but dog chow for their entire lives.

For an emergency supply of food, People Chow would be great!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 02, 2013 03:44 PM (GsoHv)

Dog Chow is... PEOPLE

Posted by: Zombie Charlton Heston at February 02, 2013 05:51 PM (DGIjM)

157 Go to teenager chow: throw the largest, cheapest cut of pork you can find in a crock pot with half a can of root beer. When done cooking, pull it out, shred it, put it back in for a couple hours with a bottle of BBQ sauce. Freeze in small containers. Serve with mac 'n cheese.

And we're blessed with Fareway stores, here in the heartland - the best butcher/grocery chain ever! Choice beef, great sales, and they grind their own sausage and sell it by the pound.

Posted by: Chicagorefugee at February 02, 2013 05:53 PM (MbXOQ)

158 Tripe is underrated. A couple of shakes from a bottle of Texas Pete and there you go!

Posted by: mrp at February 02, 2013 05:55 PM (HjPtV)

159 American Chop Suey Pa-TWO-ey:

2# ground beef
2# elbow macaroni
2 jars spaghetti sauce

Brown the beef and season with whatever's on the counter. Drain fat. Add sauce. Dump over cooked macaroni. Stick entire pot in the fridge before the pubs close so your sons and their buddies don't eat another 10# ham on you.

Posted by: Yan Kee at February 02, 2013 05:59 PM (ILwW0)

160 Adding a little Worcestershire sauce makes it gourmet.

For everything else besides beef, white wine worcestershire (now marketed as The Rooster Booster or Worcestershire for Chicken) is even better. I use it for pork and fish marinades.


Posted by: comatus at February 02, 2013 06:05 PM (qaVK+)

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Posted by: Long Island at February 02, 2013 06:06 PM (hl8SI)

162 Shit I just thought about cut and paste from word. Sorry.

Posted by: Long Island at February 02, 2013 06:09 PM (hl8SI)

163 70 64 Waffles and bacon is our traditional "breakfast for dinner" meal.

Yep...one of our favorites, too.

Potato pancakes and ham, is also a fave.

Posted by: wheatie at February 02, 2013 04:11 PM


Gee, one of the many things I have in common with that widow I seem to be seeing is we like to invert meals.

Posted by: backhoe at February 02, 2013 06:09 PM (ULH4o)

164 That's my sig other at 161. Really, she sounds like she types.

Posted by: Pargus at February 02, 2013 06:13 PM (hl8SI)

165 5 can chili

Brown up 1 lb ground beef, drain. Toss in one chopped whole onion.

Add:

2 cans chili beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can black beans (drained....it's gonna be fugly if you add it. Edible, but fugly)

Toss in a packet of taco seasoning, or make your own (I use 2 t chili powder, 1 t cumin, 1/2 t oregano, maybe some sriracha)

Optional....toss in some frozen corn. Yeah, I know.....not traditional, but it works in this.

And you're done. Got a whole lotta chili, not a lot of effort. Top with grated cheese.

Posted by: bigpinkfluffybunny at February 02, 2013 06:14 PM (1Ialr)

166 The poor barrel.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 02, 2013 06:15 PM (UOM48)

167 Pargus all I will say to you is I am a very patient woman.

Posted by: Long Island at February 02, 2013 06:23 PM (hl8SI)

168 In a big crockpot,

Peel and chop up about four sweet potatoes
Finely chop one onion, clove of garlic*
1cup of red lentils
1cup of peanut butter
One box of chicken stock
Two cans of diced tomatoes, fire roasted are best
Spices*

*. To your tastes: chili powder, red pepper, hot paprika, some chilies, all work.

Mix, cook forever, mash the potatoes at some point.
Garish with salted peanuts and plain yogurt
Works with rice, bread, in lettuce roles, etc.

Posted by: Jean at February 02, 2013 06:29 PM (0cUd9)

169 Dog Chow is... PEOPLE©
Posted by: Zombie Charlton Heston.
.................
Yeah, actually that's our Cat Chow.

Posted by: Purina Public Relation Dept. at February 02, 2013 06:38 PM (bzw/I)

170 I thought at first this was a Hobbit Hate thread, until I realized it doesn't say Charlie Drowns Bilbo.


My bad.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 02, 2013 06:43 PM (/hphm)

171 Hey, CBD, I made your ratatouille recipe the other day. I had bookmarked it to try later.
It tasted super, even with my lame-ass skills, and my picky husband liked it.

I'm having to go back on my paleo diet since I gained weight over the holidays. This dish goes great with a hunk of meat or fish, and there's your meal.

Posted by: stace at February 02, 2013 06:47 PM (m+UHL)

172 1 can Campbell's split pea/ham
2 cans butter beans
1 can chicken broth
1 tbsp butter

Heat up per instructions for the beans. Kids love it. It's even better the next day.

Posted by: el cheapo at February 02, 2013 06:52 PM (mV5Rx)

173 Smelt were an invasive species in the Great Lakes too. We used to catch them in L. Ontario in minnows fishing for perch in the fall. Salmon were planted to eat the smelt, and the alewives which are useless to humans, too small and bony.

Posted by: Bill sometimes Bill from Canada at February 02, 2013 07:08 PM (JoFDY)

174 Pork shoulder in a crock pot works fine for my kids, just stock up on buns and barbecue sauce.

Posted by: Bill sometimes Bill from Canada at February 02, 2013 07:10 PM (JoFDY)

175 Cheap Eats that Actually Taste Good [CharlieBrown'sDildo]






....surely you didn't mean that headline ??

Posted by: Mikey at February 02, 2013 08:17 PM (db4pz)

176 My 16 year old is a runner who eats 6,000 calories each day. He eats nonstop.

Posted by: NCKate at February 02, 2013 08:38 PM (vIKD5)

177 @ 4

I've had Groundhog Stew. I thought it was nasty, but it could have been the cook. I don't think he parboiled it first.

Posted by: No more redhot poker up the ass at February 02, 2013 08:47 PM (1XRS7)

178 mmmmmm.....love sardines....now I guess minnows. delish..thx. for the apocolypse..we live on a canal. Posted by: Guido at February 02, 2013 04:24 PM (XLuH2)

I'm the only person I know who likes sardines, although I hated them as a teen. Strange how your tastes can change. Easy cheap, filling and very nutritious meal - one of Anne Chung's soup bowls (Hot and Sour soup, or Miso) with sardines and Sriracha hot sauce thrown in. Ready in a minute.

Posted by: Donna V. at February 02, 2013 09:25 PM (BStAJ)

179 There was a family of 14 living door to us when I was a kid - 10 boys, 2 girls. Whenever I see a nature show on TV showing a pack of wolves devouring a deer, I think of being over at the neighbors' during dinnertime.

5 of the boys joined the Army after HS. I asked one of them once if it had been difficult to get used to the lack of privacy in military barracks. He said, "You have got to be kidding me. We had 4 bedrooms and one bathroom in our house. The word 'privacy' had no meaning to me whatsoever when I enlisted."

Posted by: Donna V. at February 02, 2013 09:34 PM (BStAJ)

180
#141#75 My son is not heavy and never has been, even though he is now in his 40's. My grandson is doing the same thing. Comes home from school and eats 3 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. LOL!
Ran between 50-60 miles a week through the later part of high school and college. In high schiil, I'd get home at 5, and dinner was at 6. I'd have to eat 2-3 peanut butter sandwiches and a glass of chocolate milk to last till dinner was on the table without passing out from hunger.
RWF and I used to set out the coffee and bagels after church. We kept running out early, adn couldn't figure out why until we realized that the high school group sometimes got to them first. They'dscour the table so clean there were bite and lick marks on it. We started callin them "the Locusts."

Posted by: RightWingProf at February 02, 2013 09:49 PM (E/o+q)

181
One of my Furry Herd is a big Maine Coon cat who has irritable bowel syndrome(and for the life of me, I have asked him multiple times how he can even begin to feel stress with the life of ease that he leads). One of the things I do to keep his weight up is give him a couple of handfuls of Royal Canin's dry Maine Coon food in the evening (that company does breed-specific food). Royal Canin is too expensive for me to feed him that full-time, but he lovesto have that handful orso at night.

The first time I opened the bag of the Royal Canin food, I was amazed at how wonderful it smelled.Seriously, ithas anfabulous roasted chicken aroma.I'm steeling myself to try a piece.

The Science Diet pet food people have about 50 beagle dogs that eat nothing but Science Diet food at one of their national facilities. I had a freind who is a vet tech and she got to take a business trip to that plant. The beagles live quite the life of ease; they are kept indoors, but not caged and have access to a huge yard. She was pretty amazed at the whole set-up.

Posted by: dwagyak at February 02, 2013 09:52 PM (o56WO)

182 From my long-ago days in a psych research lab, I seem to recall that Purina (I think) banana pellets were pretty good.

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at February 02, 2013 10:07 PM (5hNpF)

183 I would never use frozen spinach, otherwise it's a good basic southern italy dago recipe. use orecchiete ("little ears") pasta to be real autherntic. I dump in a jar of artichokes (with the juice) and some slivered sun-dried tomatos. Dump in some capers too if you have them.

Posted by: TonySoprano at February 04, 2013 08:29 AM (7ObY1)

184 TeenChow Recipe: A box of Rice-A-Roni(does it really matter what flavor?) with a can of chicken tossed in. They will make and eat it seven days a week. I've never seen anything like it. I evensaw one get crazy one time by adding Spam to a box of Rice-A-Roni fried rice.

Posted by: Manolo at February 04, 2013 09:35 AM (kl3xJ)






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