Volume 12, Issue #1
Our new cookbook features more than 150 recipes for inexpensive meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, side dishes, beverages and snacks.
New web site launched for Culinary Collection.
"Olive Oil" & "Cupid's Kitchen" added to Food Fare Culinary Collection.
Read all about Pine Nuts in Food Fare's newest food article.
MAKE YOUR OWN COCOA MIX:
The weather is ripe for a good cup of
hot chocolate. Rather than buy the packaged variety, try making your
own. It will cost less in the long run and likely last through the
10 C dry
confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 3/4 C
unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 C
powdered non-dairy creamer (Coffee-Mate brand is best)
In a large bowl, combine dry milk powder, confectioner's sugar,
cocoa powder and non-dairy creamer. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Store cocoa mixture in an airtight container. Recipe makes 15 cups
of cocoa mix, or enough for about 45 servings.
To make an individual cup of hot cocoa,
place 1/3 C mix in a mug. Add about 3/4 C boiling water, and stir to
dissolve. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.
The weather is ripe for a good cup of hot chocolate. Rather than buy the packaged variety, try making your own. It will cost less in the long run and likely last through the winter months.
10 C dry milk powder
4 C confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 C powdered non-dairy creamer (Coffee-Mate brand is best)
In a large bowl, combine dry milk powder, confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder and non-dairy creamer. Stir until thoroughly combined. Store cocoa mixture in an airtight container. Recipe makes 15 cups of cocoa mix, or enough for about 45 servings.
To make an individual cup of hot cocoa, place 1/3 C mix in a mug. Add about 3/4 C boiling water, and stir to dissolve. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.
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It is proven fact that the aromas of cooking can trigger powerful memories in people. Baking bread or savory sizzles can bring back comforting recalls from the past, mostly pleasant but sometimes bittersweet.
While assembling the Recipes-on-a-Budget Cookbook earlier this year, part of my work led me into the dusty archives of both Food Fare and my food blog Appetizing Muse. The offline archives reach back more than a decade. In my attempt to find originally appealing yet inexpensive dishes for the new cookbook, I managed to resurface many happy memories from my own past. A few of them were also quite humorous.
Let's set the scene. I was living in Washington in March 2004 with my late husband and former Food Fare recipe contributor, Wilbert Alviso. At the time, Wilbert worked the night shift at a local hospital (in the brain trauma unit, no less). While I've always done my fair share of cooking, I've never been enthralled with the daily slog of trying to decide what to prepare for any given meal. However, I decided to be the "good wife" for once and prepare Wilbert a meal before he awakened from a well-deserved sleep.
My description of the effort went as follows:
The memory is made all the more poignant because Wilbert passed away last September. He was one of my best friends, so reading about our life together is rather bittersweet.
In yet another "archives" foray, I found a long-forgotten recipe dubbed Turkey-Moo Lasagna. Apparently, I developed the dish on-the-fly in April 2005. Inspired by a desire for healthier meals (Wilbert was diabetic) and the need for food economizing, I created the recipe using ground turkey with just a small amount of ground beef thrown in. Known to be wary of healthier food variations despite his diabetes, my concoction of Turkey-Moo Lasagna passed Wilbert's taste-meter nonetheless.
The dish is one of more than 150 included in the newly-released Recipes-on-a-Budget Cookbook. The e-cookbook features recipes for inexpensive meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides, beverages and snacks. For a complete list of recipes, click here (PDF). Recipes are also freely available on the Food Fare web site.
The current economic climate has forced many to trim their food budgets. Families either do without, or find ways to stretch ingredients in multiple dishes with inexpensive fillers. Ironically, as many also go without health insurance, they are forced to buy "cheap" foods that are often unhealthy in order to feed their families. It doesn't have to be that way. With a little pre-planning, such as coupon-clipping and opting to buy generic brands, healthy food can be prepared without exceeding the weekly budget.
I know what it's like to live on ramen noodles for weeks and months on end because of dire financial straits, which in part inspired me to assemble the Recipes-on-a-Budget Cookbook. I'm quite familiar with the dread and semi-panic of digging for change just to buy a few packages of ramen and frozen vegetables in order to feed myself for the week. Thankfully, those days are over but I will never forget them.
Eggs have suffered a bad reputation over the years, but they are actually full of protein and fairly inexpensive. Frozen vegetables, pastas and beans are also economical, especially when generic brands are substituted. The notion that generic brands equal inferior quality is a misnomer. More often than not, the same product being presented in brand-name packaging is the same in generic foods. Some people have psychological fixations that preclude buying generic for fear of being labeled. However, if it comes to feeding your family or going without, the choice is obvious.
Not all dishes in the Recipes-on-a-Budget Cookbook are health-strict, but they are nutritious for the most part and affordable.
Now on with more of the latest "foody" news...
Olive Oil contains information about the olive tree, planting, harvesting and pressing olives, different grades of olive oil, terminology, infusions, health benefits, recipes and links for further study. More >
Food Fare has launched a special web site for the Culinary Collection. The site includes individual pages for each book, a "search" feature and links to online recipe pages. Check it out!
Food Fare will launch a drawing for the Recipes-on-a-Budget Cookbook in March 2012.
Food Fare will accept e-mail entries from March 1st to April 30th, with the winner being announced on May 1st. The prize will be a free Adobe digital edition of the Recipes-on-a-Budget Cookbook.
Keep your eyes peeled for the official announcement!
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Look for more new titles in the Culinary Collection before summertime, as well as additions to our roster of online Food Articles. We're also planning more free giveaways and drawings. Check for updates on our News page, or visit us at Appetizing Muse, Facebook and Twitter.
Happy Cooking from Food Fare,
Chief Editor, Food Notes
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In honor of Valentine's Day, why not prepare this tried-and-true luscious dessert for your loved one?
3 egg yolks
1/4 C white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/8 C mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 C brewed coffee
1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
Beat yolks with sugar and vanilla until smooth and light yellow. Fold mascarpone into yolk mixture. Set aside. Dip ladyfingers in coffee and arrange in the bottom of an 8x8" baking dish. Spread half the mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers; repeat with remaining cookies and mascarpone. Cover and chill one hour. Sprinkle with cocoa just before serving.
CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Who says you have to settle for corned beef and cabbage when celebrating Ireland's patron saint?
For more about Ireland, get a copy of The Emerald Isle by Food Fare.
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