Frugal Tip ~ Remove Odour from your Carpet

To remove odour from your carpet that seems to never want to go away, sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and let it sit overnight.  The following day, sweep up the baking soda and vacuum up whatever baking soda is left over.

 

Champagne Sauce with Scallops Recipe

 

Are you entertaining for New Year Eve?  This is a perfect dish to serve for any event like this:

What You Will Need:

–   ¼ cup of sour cream

–   ½ cup of champagne

–   1 ½ Tbsp of olive oil

–   1 ½ lbs of scallops

–   1 cup of sliced mushrooms

–   1 ½ Tbsp of chopped shallots

–   1 Tbsp of Dijon mustard

–   ¼ tsp of tarragon

–   ¼ tsp of salt

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a pan, heat the oil.  Once the oil is heated, add the scallops and cook for about 3 minutes on each side.

2.   Next, add the mushrooms to the pan and sauté for about 3 minutes.

3.   Add the champagne, tarragon, mustard and salt and mix everything together and let cook for a few minutes.

4.   Remove from the heat and stir in sour cream.  Once everything is mixed well, this dish will be ready to serve.

 

 

Pomegranate-Ginger Martini Recipe

I’m definitely making this drink for New Years!  Yum!

 

What You Will Need:

Ginger Sugar:

–   2 Tbsp of sugar

–   ½ tsp of very finely chopped gingerroot

–   1 slice of gingerroot

 

Ginger Syrup:

–   1 cup of sugar

–   1 cup of water

–   2 Tbsp of very finely chopped gingerroot

 

Cocktail:

–   Ice

–   2oz of pomegranate juice

–   2oz of gin

–   2oz prosecco

–   1oz of the ginger syrup

–   1 Tbsp of pomegranate seeds

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a bowl, mix 2 Tbsp of sugar and ½ tsp of chopped gingerroot together.  Place mixture on small flat plate.  Rub fresh gingerroot slice around rims of 2 martini glasses to moisten.  Dip moistened rims of glasses in ginger sugar mixture.

2.   In a saucepan, heat the ginger simple syrup ingredients over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Let stand 15 minutes.

3.   Fill martini shaker with ice.  Add gin, pomegranate juice and 1 oz of the ginger simple syrup; place lid on shaker and shake until cold and blended.  Pour into prepared martini glasses; add prosecco.

4.   Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

 

Sweet Potato and Rosemary Soup Recipe

 

This is an easy recipe but great way to change up the usual, average soup:

What You Will Need:

–   1 minced clove of garlic

–   1 Tbsp of olive oil

–   4 cups of vegetable broth

–   1 cup of milk

–   4 cups of cubed sweet potatoes

–   1 tsp of pepper

–   1 tsp of salt

–   1 Tbsp of rosemary

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a pot, sauté the garlic in olive oil.

2.   Add the broth and sweet potatoes to the pot.  Bring contents to a boil and then let simmer until the sweet potatoes become tender.

3.   Next place the contents of the pot in a blender and blend until everything is smooth.

4.   Pour the contents of the blender back into a pot, turn the heat back on and stir in the milk, pepper and salt.

5.   Once the contents are mixed well, slowly stir in the rosemary and serve.

 

Brie and Mushroom Soup Recipe

 

Two of my favorite ingredients wrapped up in one dish!  I’m a HUGE fan of brie and combined with mushrooms in a soup, perfect!

 

What You Will Need:

–   3 cups of sliced mushrooms

–   ½ cup of a chopped onion

–   1 Tbsp of chicken broth mix

–   1½ cups of chicken broth

–   3 cups of milk

–   ¼ cup of butter

–   ¼ cup of flour

–   6oz of thinly sliced brie cheese

–   ¼  tsp of poultry seasoning

–   ¼ tsp of pepper

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a pot, combine the chicken broth, chicken broth mix, mushrooms and onions together and bring to a boil.  Then reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.

2.   In a separate pot, melt the butter.  Then slowly add the flour and poultry seasoning.

3.   Next, slowly stir in the milk.  Continue to cook until the contents begin to thicken.

4.   Now add the mushroom mixture to the flour mixture.  Add the pepper and continue to stir until everything is mixed well.

5.   Finally, pour the soup into serving bowls, add the cheese equally to the bowls, let sit for a few minutes and then serve.

 

Homemade Cheddar Fish Crackers Recipe

This is a DIY, frugal recipe to make the famous cheddar fish crackers at home:

What You Will Need:

–   1 ½ cups of grated cheddar cheese

–   3/4 cup of flour

–   4 Tbsp of butter

–   1/8 tsp onion powder

–   ¼ tsp of salt

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2.   Mix all the ingredients together in a food processer and mix until the contents form into a ball.

3.   Lightly flour a flat surface and roll out the dough so it is about 1/8” thick.

4.   With the desired cookie cutter of your choice, make the cracker shapes.

5.   Place wax or parchment paper on a baking sheet and transfer the dough shapes onto sheet.

6.   Bake the crackers for 12 minutes or until the edges become golden brown.

7.   After baked, place crackers on a cooling rack and once cooled down, enjoy!

Homemade Cheese Sticks Recipe


 

Making this treat at home is a fraction of the price, compared to buying the frozen bag and much more tasty.

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 cup of Bisquick mix

–   1 lb of the cheese of your choice (we usually use mozzarella) cut into 3 x ½” sticks

–   1 tsp of paprika

–   ½ cup of milk

–   1 egg

–   vegetable oil

–   spaghetti sauce or any type of dipping sauce

 

What You Need to do:

1.   Place the cheese sticks on a tray and place in the freezer for an hour.

2.   In a pot, pour 2” of oil and heat to 375°F.

3.   In a bowl, mix the Bisquick mix, milk, paprika and egg together.

4.   Dip the cheese into the batter that you just made, covering the cheese.

5.   Place breaded cheese stick in the pot of oil for 1-2 minutes or until it becomes light brown.

6.   After, place on a paper towel, to get rid of the excess oil and enjoy!

 

 

Slow Cooker Red Curry Chicken Wings Recipe

This is a great appetizer or part of a meal:

What You Will Need:

–   3lbs of chicken wings (equivalent to roughly 15 wings)

–   ¾ cup of unsweetened coconut mil

–   3 Tbsp of red curry paste

–   3 Tbsp of fish sauce

–   2 Tbsp of cornstarch

–   1/3 cup of finely chopped onion

–   2 Tbsp of water

–   Optional:  ¼ cup of finely chopped fresh basil

What You Will Need to do:

1.   BBQ the wings or preheat your broiler.  If not already done, cut each wing at joint to make 2 pieces.  Place wing pieces in a single layer on the unheated rack of a foil-lined broiler pan.  Broil 4 to 5” from the heat for 10-12 minutes or until chicken is brown, turning once.  Drain off fat.

2.   While you’re waiting for the wings to cook, combine the coconut milk, fish sauce and curry paste into your slow cooker.

3.   Next add the cooked wings and onion and cook the wings on LOW for 3-4 hours in your slow cooker.

4.   Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken from cooker; cover with foil to keep warm.  Skim fat from curry mixture.

5.   For sauce, in a medium saucepan combine cornstarch and water; stir in curry mixture.  Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.  Stir in basil, if desired.  Serve chicken wings with sauce.

Cheesy Gratin Brussels Sprouts Recipe

 

 

Even if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you will with this delicious recipe:

 

What You Will Need:

–   4 slices of bacon

–   1 finely chopped onion

–   7 cups of Brussels sprouts

–   1 minced clove of garlic

–   1 cup of chicken broth

–   1 ½ cups of milk

–   5 Tbsp of flour

–   ¼ cup + 4 Tbsp of butter

–   ½ tsp of salt

–   ¾ cup of grated parmesan cheese

–   1 ½ cups of grated white cheddar cheese

–   1 Tbsp of Dijon mustard

–   ¼ tsp of thyme

–   ¼ tsp of pepper

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 375°F.

2.   In a skillet, cook the bacon and then set bacon aside.

3.   Keep about 2 Tbsp of the bacon fat from the pan and sauté the onions, add the garlic and continue to cook.

4.   Scrape the onions and garlic into a large, shallow casserole and spread them around evenly.  Set aside.

5.   Trim the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half lengthwise.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the Brussels sprouts and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.  Drain and then transfer to the casserole dish, spreading the sprouts evenly in the dish.

6.   Mix the milk and chicken broth in a saucepan.  Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.

7.   Next, melt the butter in a large saucepan.  Add the flour and cook, stirring for about 1 minute or until the flour becomes light brown.

8.   Whisk in half of the hot milk and broth.  Continue to stir until contents become thick.  Add the remaining liquid and cook for about 5 minutes, whisking frequently.

9.   Whisk in the Parmesan cheese, mustard, salt, pepper and thyme.  Pour the sauce evenly over the Brussels sprouts.  Mince the bacon and sprinkle it over the sauce.  Sprinkle the Cheddar cheese on top.

10.   Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

 

 

Sundried Tomato & Bacon Risotto Recipe

 

 

Risotto is a new favourite of mine.  This risotto recipe is simple in how easy it is to do but not simple in taste:

What You Will Need:

–   2 cups of chicken broth

–   1 cup of water

–   4 slices of cooked, chopped bacon

–   2 cups of freshly sliced mushrooms

–   ¼ cup of sundried tomato vinaigrette dressing

–   1 cup of uncooked rice

–   ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Cook bacon in skillet.  Once cooked, add the mushrooms and continue to cook for a few minutes.

2.   Add the rice and vinaigrette dressing and continue to cook together for about a minute.

3.   Next, add half of the water and half of the broth.  Continue to cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

4.   Add the rest of the broth and water and continue to cook for about 10 minutes or until the rice becomes tender.

5.   Sprinkle the cheese on top and enjoy!

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