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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted February 22, 2014



Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?




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  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 23, 2014

    Privileges- thanks for the recipe! Inspires me to make homemade bread again!

  • privilegesrevoked Feb 23, 2014

    CORRECTION! On the bread recipe, is using normal sugar you would use 1/3 cup but if using the 'light sugar' mixes, make that 3 tablespoons - whew! I was so used to making it with regular sugar and had the amount in my head, I forgot :)

  • privilegesrevoked Feb 23, 2014

    Bake the loaf on 350 for 22-24 min. Take out of the pan, wrap in foil to keep the crust soft, let cool then slice.
    I figured the price of 70 cents a loaf based on getting eggs for $1/doz, 5 lb bag of bread flour for $2.99 (that's an average since it's often on sale for less and reg price is $2.99-$3.29), yeast cost is a couple pennies.
    I make dry ingredients packets all at one time - using ziploc bags, that way I make the mess once and just pull out a bag when I want to make a loaf, only needing to add wet ingredients and yeast.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 23, 2014

    Jdouglas- fun! And we just ate... so good. But, I think I'd like it even better w/the Al Fresco Apple Chicken Sausage... mmmm! The fresh thyme makes such a difference, too.

  • privilegesrevoked Feb 23, 2014

    For those with breadmakers who would like to make bread the easy way, I have a fav recipe we use at our house.
    It's a sweet bread recipe and I only use the breadmaker on dough cycle, take it out, punch it down, shape it into a loaf and drop into a sprayed loaf pan. Cover with clear wrap loosely, toss a kitchen towel over that and let it rise for about 30 min.
    In the bottom of the breadmaker, place 1 cup milk with 2 TB butter which has been heated in the microwave for 1 min on high. Add one egg. Then put in 3 cups bread flour, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/3 cup sugar (we use Domino Light or any of the 'light' sugars with Stevia and reg sugar mix). To the center of that add 2 and 1/2 tsp active dry yeast. Put in breadmaker on dough cycle.
    A 5 lb bag of flour yields 5 loaves. I buy active dry yeast at BJ's, comes in (2) 1 pound vacuum sealed bags for under $5. I keep the open bag in the fridge tightly sealed.
    Cost is under 70 cents a loaf basically and so delicious!

  • jdouglas13 Feb 23, 2014

    RFB, you really brought me back with your acorn squash with maple syrup. My grandmother used to make it that way. So good!

    Raesmom, it sounds like you are having lots of fun in the kitchen these days! :)

    Faye, your dinner with your Dad sounds like it was wonderful. The broth will be delicious in the matzo ball soup. Save the schmaltz!

    Our roasted dinner ended up pretty yucky last night because I lost track of the time and burnt the whole mess. The pork was edible with some applesauce, but not much else. I had a pan of Rhodes cinnamon rolls in the freezer, and made them for dessert to make up for dinner.

    Tonight is either going to be Caesar salad with sautéed shrimp or spaghetti and sausage.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 23, 2014

    Tonight we're doing a roasted lunch/dinner. I bought some acorn squash and will cut in rounds (so pretty!), remove seeds and drizzle w/olive oil, salt and pepper. Then about half way in, drizzle with some maple syrup. Then on another pan I'm roasting apples (take these out sooner or they will get mushy), leeks and Butterball turkey smoked sausage (from past HT doubles) all cut in rounds and drizzled with olive oil, and seasoned with fresh thyme, salt and pepper. When all roasted, top the squash with the sausage mixture and top with shaved parmesan... so easy!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 23, 2014

    Faye- I made brownies last night too! We have a ton left from past sales, plus some good sales this week on them at Kroger! Glad you had a nice dinner!

    And yoga... it's a love/hate thing. I wonder for about the first 1/2 hour, why, why??? Then the last half, and the rest of the day I feel so much better :-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 22, 2014

    Dinner with dad was great. Ended up making brownies with a homemade cream cheese frosting for dessert. So yummy.

    Now I am making a homemade chicken stock with the leftover chicken carcass and chicken from dinner as well as celery, onions, carrots, garlic, pepper, salt, bay leaves and parsley. The house smells so incredibly good after a few hours of simmering. Once cooled and the fat is skimmed it will go into the freezer tomorrow for matzah ball soup in April. Yum!

    RaleighFoodBlogger - early morning yoga sounds like early morning torture. ;-)

  • raesmom1612 Feb 22, 2014

    Of course Faye!! :)

    Jdouglas~ Rae thinks every time we go in the kitchen its time to "mix" LOL.....I think I've created a monster!! And yes Diamond and Princess love when Rae is in the kitchen....they just know they are in for some tasty treats hahahaha