Thanksgiving is sometimes known as the “season of plenty,” a celebration associated with a bountiful fall harvest. But Thanksgiving also serves as a reminder that “bounty” can quickly turn into “waste” when it comes to cooking more food than your hungry holiday crowd can possibly eat, and then dumping what’s left in the trash can. In fact, according to an article in U.S. News and World Report, Americans end up throwing away about 25 percent of the food they prepare on this feast day.
With fall here and the football season underway, here are the recipes for some of my favorite frugal tailgating fare. Notice the names of the recipes. Do you detect a theme? That's right, I'm playing the devil's advocate with these devilishly delicious dishes, but in each case the spices can be reduced or even eliminated to turn down the heat factor. Be sure to wear rubber gloves when handling hot peppers and spices.
The American Pie Council declared January 23 National Pie Day in honor of the centuries-old tradition first crafted by the ancient Egyptians. While the APC website details a brief history of pie, it also provides a list of events nation-wide so that you can find a celebratory event in your area.
When it comes to calories, soup is such a bargain that even during the summer months, I hate to give it up. But now that cold weather is returning, I can easily delve into my repertoire of filling soups for delicious and satisfying meals.
I don't remember where I first came across the idea of replacing shortening in brownies with puréed black beans. Applesauce or vanilla yogurt had been my go-to replacements in the past. But the idea of using black beans in place of shortening intrigued me, and I couldn't wait to see what the outcome would be.
Latinos love food, period. But the one thing that we love more is succulent, juicy and tasty grilled food. The smell of some costillitas (baby back ribs), pimientos asados (grilled peppers) and chorizos (sausage) can seduce even the most determined weight watcher. I confess that I am guilty of being one of those that checks in their will at the door when attending a family barbecue.
Springtime is gardening time, and here's a clever garden-themed repurposing tip: Bake cute, individual servings of fresh bread in clay flowerpots, like those pictured here.
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