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What's for dinner Tuesday?

Posted September 17, 2013



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 for what to make with all the great deals you have bought on sale recently.

What's on your menu tonight?


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  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 19, 2013

    jdouglas- yes squeamish lol! Great tip on the wings/legs! Very cool.

  • jdouglas13 Sep 18, 2013

    RFB - you have to try homemade turkey gravy with homemade turkey broth or stock. When I was a kid, there was always a pot of turkey broth being made on the stove, My mother used the neck and assorted innards that come in the little paper bag. If that makes you squeamish, you can buy some turkey wings or legs and use those instead.

    My mom was the queen of squeamish "special" foods. I've shared most of it here already, but maybe someday I'll repeat it for a special treat !! ;) lolol

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 17, 2013

    Thank you so much, jdouglas and Gator Girll! That is very helpful... can't wait to try it! Both sound fantastic, and not too difficult. And jdouglas, love the idea of adding the fresh parsley, peppercorns and bouillon cubes (which you know I have plenty of ;-) Great tip on how to freeze too. And Gator Girll... interesting on the other options- never thought to make a turkey broth!

  • educgrad Sep 17, 2013

    tuna patties and basil vegetable medley(Green giant steamers)

  • Gator Girll Sep 17, 2013

    I should have added that if you just want to make broth you can skip the second boil and reduction. Stock is different than broth. Either way, make sure you strain it well to get rid of any solids and be sure to degrease it.

  • Gator Girll Sep 17, 2013

    rfb - I make chicken stock all the time with chicken carcasses. I boil the bones down with carrots, celery, garlic, onions (no need to peel any of them). I bring it all to a boil, then turn the heat down and let it slow boil for quite a while (generally a few hours - checking the water level to make sure it doesn't run dry). Once I've sucked all the life out of the bones and vegs I strain the juice into another pot. I let it cool a bit and skim any fat off the top. Then I slow boil the juices until it reduces by half. I then strain again to get any solids out and freeze it in quart size containers. I don't season it until I get ready to use it in a recipe. You know you've got a great stock if it isn't cloudy or muddy (hence the straining) and if is a rich color. You can do the same with beef, pork, turkey, etc.

  • jdouglas13 Sep 17, 2013

    RFB, you know I have to put in my two cents, right? ;)

    Get a big stock pot, throw in the chicken carcass (cooked or raw) including skin if you have it, a couple of carrots halved, several of celery stalks including leaves halved, 1 or 2 yellow onions washed well with the skin ON quartered, a whole head of garlic washed skin ON and halved horizontally, half a bunch of flat leaf parsley, a bay leaf, a chicken bouillon cube OR a generous teaspoon of kosher or sea salt, and some black whole peppercorns. Fill the pot with water, bring almost to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Let it cook for as much time as you have. I like to cook it for at least 2 to 3 hours or more. Cool, discard solids, and strain liquid in a fine mesh strainer.

    I know it sounds weird to add the bouillon cube, but it really adds something. The best chicken broth you will ever have, and freezes perfectly in ziploc screw-top containers. Leave 3/4 inch of air space.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 17, 2013

    Does anyone make fresh chicken stock from leftover whole chickens? I saw FL has them on sale and I love a good roasted chicken. I've always wanted to try it, and found a few slow cooker recipes online... but wanted to check with you all first! Sounds SO much fresher and cheaper!

  • raesmom1612 Sep 17, 2013

    chicken something tonight lol maybe spinach stuffed bacon wrapped chicken breast, or creamy oven baked chicken breast or salsa chicken who knows :) that i think about it, salsa chicken wins!! With all the cheap (close to free) taco packets i got from HT triples and the free mahatma rice and cheap newmans own salsa, some beans on the side, with a dollup of sour cream on top.......yup salsa chicken it is, and still a few pieces of cheesecake left over for dessert YUM!!!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 17, 2013

    Chicken Packets! Rotisserie chicken, crescent rolls from HT, frozen peas from HT, croutons from HT (all sale with triples coupons), cream cheese and milk from Target w/cartwheel discount. It's my husband's favorite... and fun!

    jdouglas- I get it! That was me just 2 months ago, before I found couponing. So grateful, and I enjoy it too :-)

    Gator Girll- that sounds so yummy! The perfect coming up on fall dish! :-)