Did You Know…….


That by eating  just one meatless meal a week you can save $415 a year?

That chilling an onion in your fridge for 15 minutes prior to cutting can help stop tears?

You can rub your hands with fresh parsley to take away garlic or onionodor?

You can boil your potatoes for 10 minutes in salted water before baking to speed up baking time?

If you double your pasta recipes and casseroles and freeze one-half you will have a quick dinner ready in the freezer for busy days or for days when you just don’t feel like cooking.

You can clean stainless steel by pouring a little olive oil on a soft cloth and buffing the surface?

You can wash and sanitize your kitchen sponge by putting it in the top shelf when you run your dishwasher. In between times place a wet sponge in the microwave for 10 seconds to kill germs. You can spray your sponge with vinegar to discourage germ growth.

Olive oil can also prevent wicker furniture from drying out?  Brush on with acooking brush and gently rub with a cloth.

If you add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to your liquid dish soap and shake it up it will last longer, and make your dishes and counter tops shine, shine, shine? It’s green too and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg like those new grocery store green items. 

If you use white vinegar in the rinse compartment of your dishwasher instead of expensive store bought rinse solutions your dishes will come out cleaner and shinier.

If you brush stale bread with some water, wrap it tightly in foil, and place in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes it will perk right up?

You can make a thrifty facial exfloiant using baking soda? Mix about a teaspoon of baking soda with a little dab of mild liquid soap, and a drop or two of water. Gently rub your face with your fingers and rinse with plenty of warm water.

You can make some cool summer treats by using a mini-muffin pan, line it with those little paper liners and place softened ice-cream or yogurt in them and put in the freezeer. Then when you or your kids are hungry just give them one to munch on.

Lemons cut grease? Cut a lemon into sections and use to pre-scrub anygreasy pan? Washing the pan will be much easier.

If you freeze cheese for 25 minutes before grating, it will shred much easier and quicker? 

If you microwave a lemon for 15 second you will double the juice?

If you microwave garlic for 15 seconds the skin comes right off?

If you add a bit of salt to garlic before you chop, the garlic will not stick to your knife?

If you put your potato masher in cold water as soon as you are done it will clean up quicker and easier?

Vinegar can deodorize a kitchen drain? Pour 1 cup down the drain every week, let sit 30 minutes and rinse with cold water.

You can keep your fridge and freezer smelling fresh by putting an open container of baking soda inside?

If you add a ¼ of a lemon to the water when boiling a new potato or cauliflower this will keep them white and stop them from turning grey.

Featured Recipe:   Creamy Mushroom Chicken

I love this recipe. It is so easy and so delicious. Yet it is elegant enough for company too.

People will think you slaved over a hot stove all day. Don’t tell them any thing different. Just accept the applause with a slight bow and say, “Oh, Thank you. It was nothing.”

And they don’t need to know it costs only $3.44 per serving either!!!

This is what you will need for 3 people: 

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1-2 teaspoons cooking oil

1 medium onion

8-10 ounces mushrooms

½ cup sour cream

¼ cup water

Salt & Pepper to taste 

Here is what you do: 

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Heat about 1 teaspoon of oil over medium to medium high heat.

Sauté the chicken breasts until they are golden on both side; about 8-10 minutes each side.

While the chicken is cooking slice the onion ………..

……..using a mushroom brush wipe the mushrooms clean……….

…….then slice the mushrooms.

When the chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken to a plate and tent with aluminium foil to keep warm.

If necessary, add about a teaspoon more oil to the skillet. Now add the onion and sauté until they just start to color.

Then add the sliced mushrooms………….

……and cook until onions and mushrooms are golden and tender.

Now reduce the heat to low; stir in the sour cream and the water.

stir everything together and heat through.

Place the chicken on individual plates. Add any chicken juices that have accumulated into the sauce and stir.

Spoon some of the mushroom and onion sauce over each chicken  and serve with a vegetable or rice side and a salad.

Bon appétit!!!


Chicken breasts        $5.81

Cooking oil               $0.07

1 onion                    $1.19

Mushrooms              $2.29

Sour cream              $0.96

Total cost for 3 = $10.32
Cost per person = $3.44

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