Monday, January 26, 2015



Well the "big game" is coming up very soon. February 1st to be exact. This is the game ending series of the NFL season in the United States. It's where two top teams compete to become the NUMBER ONE team in the NFL. Do I understand the rules of football? Not really. It's not my number one sport to watch and not really number two either. However it is the number one sport of millions of people. And even those like me get into watching this fantastic display of grit and athleticism displayed on the football field this one time during the year.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pork Chops in Orange Sauce


A meaty bone in pork chop is always welcome in our home. We love them braised in a liquid to tender and about falling away from the bone as we often make braised pork chops with onions or a variation thereof and serve them with fresh mashed potatoes.

The inspiration for the dish came from scouring through my lovely collection of Williams-Sonoma cookbooks. They made a similar recipe using chicken, fresh orange and marjoram. It sounded delicious. However we have been a little chickened out recently and wanted a different protein. When I spotted bone in center cut pork chops for $2.19 a pound switching it out to pork was a no brainer.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentines Day Candies


I originally shared these Chocolate Coconut Pecan Candies last year. They will make the perfect Valentine's Day Candy. You can make them in advance and keep them in the freezer. They are absolutely scrumptious!

As I write this I am remembering back many years ago now when my husband and I were newlyweds and me sternly telling him that there are just certain times when a man must never forget. Their anniversary, his wife's birthday and VALENTINES Day. I expounded on the importance of the need to express his feelings of love by making these days special.

In the first few years or so he did a bang up job on Valentine's day. He would break off of work early, grab something out of the everyday meal budget and make a wonderful dinner complete with a beautiful table setting of our china, some candlelight and perhaps a small bunch of my favorite flower - alstromeria. One year he had our wedding song playing as I walked through the door, and later the VCR was set up with our wedding video to watch together after the kids were settled in bed.

I look back with a smile on my face remembering those cherished moments but as I have aged the need to be shown love in the form of candlelight and roses has certainly faded. What matters most is that despite the ups and downs we are still together. We did not choose to depart just because things changed or because things got rocky; rather we chose to stick it out for the long haul.

But I encourage you if you are reading this to do the little things along the way of your relationship that show you care. If your significant other thinks Valentine's day is important do something to show that you understand that, even if it's making a "special" dinner at home because dining out is out of your budget, or something as simple as a home made gift like these delicious Chocolate Coconut Pecan Candies.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ham: Left Over Make Overs


With just two people when we purchase a whole ham for baking or making New England boiled ham dinner we are left with a ton of meat. Therefore we must use the ham in a variety of ways after the fact. Even if you have a larger household you may have the need to use the left over ham as well.

If we make ham in the colder months I tend to go for soups. Utilizing the broth you already have if you've made a New England boiled ham dinner is the best start to making a ham stock. Adding that ham bone with ham into that broth and working it into a deeper broth gives you a wonderful base for so many different kinds of soups.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lentil Soup with Ham


I created a post back in November of 2011 titled Brown Lentils Recipes-Lentil Soup with Ham. I had no camera and in fact as a new blogger no clue that photographs were a must in any food blog. What I did was take an "article" I had written for a now defunct website and place it on this blog. Originally my blog was a way to catalog family recipes I had growing up so that my kids could grab them any time they wanted to.

Since I decided to do a collection of uses of left-over ham and knowing I was not making this particular soup any time soon, I placed a call to my sister who was intending to make it and asked her to take a photograph for me for the blog. Last evening I was elated to see she had indeed made the soup and snapped a photo and it was in my e-mail.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cowboy Chili


It's been a while since I have posted any thing new here at Cooking On A Budget. Part of that was due to the fact that our propane tank gauge was not reading properly and we ran out of gas. That took a couple of days to get squared away. The other factor was that like many households money becomes extremely tight so we have been living off what we had hanging around and also I think I had fallen into a slump. Creatively speaking that is.

Today I decided to take a breather from the blogging world and spend the day with a friend of mine. The intention was to then come home and make a list for the store to have something to eat and something I could blog about and share with you all. I was all prepared to head out and find a comfortably priced protein to toss together something for supper.

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