Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dollar Dinners or there abouts

With it coming to the end of the month, slave thought it would throw together a few ideas for very cheep eating! While they might add up to two or three dollars, the idea is to be as cheap as possible, yet still be healthy.

Roasted Corn
Three ears of corn for a dollar yields about 3 cups of the most fantastic dish. You really don't need anything else except for ice water.

3 Ears of corn
3 Tbs oil
1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Husk the corn and brush well to remove the “silk”.
Cut kernels from the ears into a large bowl
Add the oil and toss with fingers until well mixed. Spread it out on a foil lined pan.
Sprinkle the sugar across evenly followed by the kosher slat.
roast in 450 degree oven for 20 minutes stirring once. Trust your senses on this, you will be able to smell the corn as soon as it is ready and a few of the kernels are starting to turn color.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Jump at what is on sale! Slave found this individual Chicken Cordon Bleu frozen packs on sale 2 for $1.29. Needed something to balance it out so I opened a can of peach halves.

Spooned some left over Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting on each and dusted with cinnamon.
About 4 minutes before the time was up on the chicken, I slid the peaches in the oven to heat up together.

Yes, the total was more than a dollar, but still incredibly inexpensive and the taste was fantastic.


French Toast
This whole meal was taken from things already in the pantry. A good meal does not have to include a big hunk of cow


4 slices on white bread
½ Cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 Eggs
½ Cup milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Heat 3-4 tablespoons oil in skillet over medium high heat.
Mix the flour and salt, then add eggs, vanilla, and milk. Whisk together just until no big lumps.

Dip first piece in batter then fry in skillet. Turn when patches of golden brown show.

Do this first one by itself!. I was amazed to find that most chefs agree the first one usually does not come out right, so it is disposable!



Slave is so lucky to have a BFF like Charlie. You see, Charlies family has a farm and he butchers every year and freezes the meat. This week he brought over some beef liver. (Charlie loves it but his wife does NOT). Liver is just full of all kind of good stuff for your health and at the same time is very inexpensive.
Unfortunately many people just have not taken the time to learn HOW to cook it. Try this easy way that keeps your house from smelling like onions for a week.


    • 4 slices calf liver (deveined) Could also use pork liver
    • 1 (10 ½ oz) Campbell's Beefy Mushroom Soup
    • 1 (10 ½ oz) Campbell's French onion soup
    • 1 medium onion (sliced)

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray a 13"x9"x2" baking dish. Mix soups together, spread a thin layer over bottom.
  • Put a layer of liver, a layer of onions, and a layer of soup mixture.
  • Cover dish with foil and bake 70 minutes to 1 ½ hour.

Pick up a couple of Yukon Gold potatoes.
Peal and dice in 1 inch pieces. Splash with water and microwave for about 6 – 7 minutes. Then mash. The sauce from the liver makes a fantastic gravy!

How about making a dinner off of a salad? Or putting together three vegetables and calling it a Buddhist special? Get the picture?

Look at it as a challenge to exercise you newly learned prowess in the kitchen.

Tell me how it turns out.

Serving my Master Indy

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil,
comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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