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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/10/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been buying these frozen roaster chickens (at Aldi's). They are $0.79/lb . . . so a nice size chicken is still just under or just over $4.00. They do take overnight and half the next day to thaw. . . so allow enough time for that.

I've done this three times now . . . having company for dinner. Last evening we had four extras for dinner . . . so there were 6 of us eating and only one of them was a light eater. I took this nice chicken and washed it, put it in a shallow pan, seasoned it well, and popped it in a 350 degree oven. No basting, no buttering, no cover, no fussing. 2.5-3 hours later, we enjoyed a scrumptious dinner. I carved the bird and served it w/mashed potatoes, gravy, steamed carrots (also cheap), and cole slaw.

Well . . . I am always shocked at how far one chicken will go. After dinner, I boned the remaining meat and put it in a pie tin, added the leftover gravy and enough frozen mixed vegies to almost fill the pied tin. Today . . . I'll just cover it with some pie pastry (no need for a bottom crust . . . the top is always the best anyway and I feel less guilty eating pot-pie this way). So NO COOKING tonight!!!

So . . . last night's meal was a bit of work . . . but my guests (my kids and grands) actually helped a lot. It was a beautiful meal and the TOTAL meal was ander $7 . . . and I get the bonus free meal tonight!!

I thought this might even work for some of you who have too small a group for a turnkey dinner on Thanksgiving. This is the third time I've roasted a chicken in three weeks and everyone just raves about it. (I'm addicted)

I think the cooler weather has me enjoying my oven WAY too much because I've been making a lot of bread and pies too. I've acquired a pie dough recipe that makes 6 single crusts and it can be stored a long time in the fridge or it can be frozen . . . So I can whip up a pie last minute too!! Wooo hoooo!!!

I hope each of you reading this will soon have enough energy to enjoy simple daily tasks like cooking. I sure don't take it for granted. I think of ALL of you every time I am able to normal stuff like this.

Sending each of you your choice of apple pie or pumpkin pie!!

Blessings!

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   Posted 11/10/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
This sounds so good. Thank you!
My DH is the family cook and he loves "two for one" meals.
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Rosie now ya got me hungry! That is a great idea. They have an aldi's in poncha city which by chance I have to drive thru today to get to newkirk. The stupid pharmacy mails my scripts and they got lost in the mail. Now they are making me pay to get them filled again! It's not even my fault and my meds are are like 800 bucks! I told them to give me a week supplu and hopfully the meds will show up. Anyway back to the meal. With the economy what it is times are tight. So every bit helps. I don't know if you seen that commercial for the fuzzy blankets with the sleeves. They are 20.00 bucks a peice but they are bogoso I ordered them for everyone here to get thru the winter. Hey if I can spent 70 bucks with shipping for 4 people for christmas I'm doing great!

Well thanks for the tip enjoy the night off from cooking.

love ya

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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I am all for quick, easy and cheap meals.  Here's a way to spuce up those premade frozen, breaded chicken patties.  defrost in microwave and then crisp up by frying in a small amount of oil.  Put in a baking dish, cover with pasta sauce, top with mozzerella cheese, a dash of garlic salt and some italian seasoning.  Bake at 350 until cheese is melted 15-20 min and serve over spaghetti and viola', chicken parmesean.  Another fav of my family is to get boston butt pork roast or country style ribs, throw them in a crock pot with a cut up onion and tons of BBQ sauce.  Turn on the crock and let it go most of the day.  when the pork is cooked, pick out bones, drain the fat, add more BBQ sauce and I add about a cup of raisins and stir until pork is nicely pulled.  Give it about another hour and serve on hamburger buns.  These are just a couple of my favorites quick and easy meals.  I've got tons, let me know if you want more.

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/10/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
((((( Carol ))))) Sorry about your meds. AHHHHH!!! I hope they show up soon. *sigh* so expensive!! Your gift idea is FAB!! Great find!!

Jennifer . . . YUM! I do some similar meals here . . . the raisins in the pulled pork sound really good! I'll have to try that.

I'm getting some great mileage out of dried beans too. A pound of beans costs about a buck and I'm finding that if I do the overnight soak method, they come out really tender (trick is to NOT add any tomato product until they are fully tender, as the tomatoes stop the tenderizing). So the beans have tons of fiber and protein w/o any cholesterol and fat. Yeah!! Now I'm trying to find ways to include them in rice dishes etc.

Thanks for your ideas! Always nice to have a new trick up our sleeve!!

Blessings!

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puccini914
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   Posted 11/10/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
My dad taught me the simplest terriyaki sauce recipe. 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup sugar, about a tablespoon of ginger and I like to add a dash of garlic powder. Cut up boneless chicken and marinade in about 1/2 the sauce for about 1 or two. Stir fry on high with a little oil until cooked, add a package of forzen stir fry veggies and drizzle a little more sauce over it. Cover and let veggies steam until just tender. Serve over rice. One pan, one bowl a piece and one frying pan. Love it!!

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/10/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Got it Jennifer! I used to make a lot of stir fry's . . . just hadn't thought of it recently. I have some fresh ginger . . . I think I'll try that.

Blessings!

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   Posted 11/10/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just thinking (and dreading) about Thanksgiving today.  We always have it at my house instead of my brother's house because my sister-in-law hates to have to make a turkey.  Ditto here.  I actually thought about buying 3 rottiserrie chickens and cutting them up in advance so nobody has to know.  Teehee!  Much easier, but your way is a lot cheaper.  I'm thinking if they elect me for Thanksgiving, they're getting chicken unless one of my other 4 "healty" siblings or mother wants to provide the bird.  I really don't mind hosting the holiday and I really enjoy cooking for everyone, but I end up with so much turkey that it makes me sick feeling.  So, we'll see.  Great suggestion:)
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/10/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((( Firebabe )))))))))

If you do decide to do a Turkey . . . the same rules apply. Season it well and put it in a shallow pan, stick it in the oven . . . no basting, no butter . . . just let it cook until the timer pops up or until you can wiggle a leg and it feels like you could pull it right off. (or check it with a meat thermometer) You can ask one of the guys to carve it. Its really funny . . . even the ones who don't cook will take you up on it, IF you ask.

At the end of your party, divide the leftover turkey into several zip-lock bags. . . and send it home with your guests. But . . . if its already in the zip-lock bags . . . you might want to pop them in your freezer and have ready food for soup, pot pie, etc.

Also . . . MAKE SURE you make a menu and ask each guest to bring an item or two. Be specific and tell them exactly what you need.

Good luck!!

Blessings!

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MJLD
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   Posted 11/11/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey! I love this thread! I love to cook! I hope I am able to for the holidays. If you want the most moist turkey or chicken you've ever eaten try this: Clean the bird, inside and out. Rub the inside with juice of half a lemon and salt. Then stuff it with 1/2 yellow onion, quartered; celery stalks, top and bottoms, 2 carrots, a sprig of frsh parsley. Rub outside with butter, salt and pepper. Bake the bird breast down! This is so juicy and flavorful! I love this time of year! Everyone seems nicer...and its fun to share special meals with friends and family! Judy

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   Posted 11/11/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Judy . . . I've done the veggies inside the bird . . . but never heard of turning it over. I guess I'll have to try that one. I haven't tried the lemon either. Mmmmmmmmmm.

Blessings!

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   Posted 11/12/2008 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Turkey is the one thing I really take my time with. After washing inside and out, I do the onion celery and parsley with about 1/2 a stick of butter inside the bird. Give him a nice rub down with butter on the outside, and salt and pepper. Then I melt another stick of butter in a saucepan, add lemon juice, garlic and basil. After 30 min of baking I baste with the butter mixture, and then baste every 15-20 min. I bake it breast side down and covered tightly, until the last hour of cooking, when I flip it back over to get nice and brown. It takes longer to cook because of all the basting, but it comes out so tender and juicy, you don't even need a knife to eat it. My family is renting a cabin up here for X-mas, so I told them I'd do the turkey and the gravy, but they can make the sides. One of my brothers doesn't really cook, so I guess he gets the dishes.

Jennifer

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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
One year I tried a Emeril Lagasse (sp?) turkey recipe where you baste it with butter and maple syrup and lay strips of bacon on the outside! It was good!

Went last night to by all the stuff for our church Thanksgiving Dinner. My sis and I cook it every year for our ACTS program. (people who attend Alcohol/Chemical Treatment Seminars at our church) We got two huge turkeys from Winn Dixie for under $40 bucks. ONe was 18.7 lbs. one was 23 pounds!!! (butterball) Judy

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   Posted 11/12/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I was lurking here and saw this thread.  They just opened an Aldi's in my area and I'll be looking for those chickens!  I love to roast a chicken.  I do it just as AlwaysRosie does except I spray it with Pam before I season it.  The seasoning sticks really well and the skin browns up and is a little crispy, which I like.  The Pam adds no calories either and I like that too!  Just thought I'd pass that on.  Happy eating!
 
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puccini914
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   Posted 11/12/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, just made this tonite and it was awesome. Take that left over chicken off the bone and heat it up in a pan with some onion and a little oil. Put it aside in a bowl. Make one package of Rice a Roni chicken flavor, when you add the water and seasoning, throw the chicken and onions in and finish cooking as the package directs. It was easy and really good.

Jennifer

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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
My hands aren't too happy about the idea of de-boning chicken anymore....

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   Posted 11/13/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Mmmm...I love rice a roni! Lynnwood i'll come debone the chicken 4 ya if I can stay for dinner! Anybody have a good dessert recipes?

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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a great and super easy and no mess recipe for caramel.

take a can of eagle brand milk (even generic will do) This is the sweat thick milk. do not open the can but put it in a pot and cover with water. bring to a boil and keep boiling for 3 and a half hours. then turn off the heat. leave over night and then you open both ends of the can and plop out the caramel. slice and cut into wedges. this even makes a good Christmas gift. you can wrap the individual wedges in wax paper
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Here's an easy dessert that kind of reminds me of terramisu, forgive spelling. Take regular premade pound cake, can even be the frozen kind. Cut slices about 1/2 and inch. Put one slice down and spread with Nutella hazlenut spread, then place another slice of pound cake, followed by more Nutella , make as many layers as you want and top with fresh whipped cream. YUMMY!!!!

Jennifer

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   Posted 11/14/2008 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Some YUMMY ideas up there!!! I love this time of year . . . when we can use the oven again!! Woooo Hooo! But, Jennifer, that cake sounds good! And no oven!

OREO CAKE
We do a really yummy cake that is best done at least a day ahead. You are supposed to split two round cakes . . . but I pour my chocolate cake batter into two oblong pans (its thin because you are using one cake mix for two pans) so I don't need to split it. If you use a glass pan for one of them it will look nice too, because you can see the layers. After the cakes cool completely, you spread a container of cool whip over one of them and top it with the other cake. Then frost with chocolate icing. This goes in the refrigerator overnight. I'm not sure why . . . but this cake is amazingly wonderful. The texture changes and everyone will ask for your cake recipe . . . when you tell them its a box mix, they will ask what brand . . . when you tell them its generic, they'll want to know what your special ingredients are. I think it has to do with the cake sitting and absorbing the moisture from the whipped cream. It just makes it so yummy. I've also made this cake ahead and put in the freezer . . . still great.

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   Posted 11/15/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
This is an awesome dessert called butterfinger cake...You bake german choc. cake mix in a sheet pan as directed, when it cools you cover with condensed milk,then you spread on cool whip, then you put a layer of crushed butterfinger candy bars, llast you drizzle with carmel ice cream topping.  It's awesome!  I love the caramel recipe using the condensed milk, i'm going to try it!  Judy
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