Monday, January 16, 2006

Fabulous Food from Frugal Females Folks: a blogger cookbook in progress

I've noticed that female personal finance bloggers have a tendency to post recipes for cheap eats, so here's a mini cookbook I've compiled from some that I've noticed recently. (Guys, if any of you have posted recipes that I've missed, let me know! But so far, I think I may have stumbled onto an interesting difference in how males and females think about ways to save money. 'Cause, you know, the little ladies are always barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen anyway-- NOT!)
[Updated 1/24/06 with the first recipe from a male blogger, Funny Munny, and 3/22/06 with one from Cap, our 2nd chef with the Y chromosome.]
I'll keep updating this with additional recipes as I find them and add a link to this post in the sidebar so people can check back for updates. If you have a good cheap recipe to share, let me know and I'll add it. If you can include information about the cost of the ingredients, even better! And actually, even recipes that don't necessary count as "cheap eats" are eligible, as any cooking at home is cheap if you compare it to eating out. You can post submissions in the comments or email them to me at openwallet1 [at] yahoo [dot com].
(Note: some of the posts I've linked to may just be about the experience of cooking a recipe that is not the author's own creation, but is linked to within the post.)

Appetizers and Soups
Mapgirl's Lentil Stew
Mapgirl's Sausage & Lentil Stew
Mapgirl's Jook (an Asian chicken & rice soup)
Caitlin's Kale & Kielbasa Soup
Caitlin's Hunkar Begendi (eggplant)
Baselle's Tomato Chickpea Soup
Mrs. Micah's Lentil, Sausage & Rice Soup

Main Courses
Boston Gal's Lazy Lady Lasagna
Funny Munny's Chicken Kiev & Carrot Apple Casserole
Boston Gal's Easy Curry Chicken & Rice
Caitlin's 6 Meals from a Costco Chicken
Baselle's Wisconsin Farmhouse Mac & Cheese
Claire's beans
Udandi's Chicken Enchiladas
Cap's Broccoli & Cheese (and Salmon)
Madame X's Frankenscampi
Poe's Chicken Salad
Kate's Vegetarian "Chicken" Quesadillas
English Major's Chicken tip
Mapgirl's Chicken Recipes
Trent's Chicken Casserole
Mei's Pasta Fazool a.k.a Pasta e Fagioli
Mei's Red Cabbage and Sweet Potato Curry
Mei's Feijoada
Mapgirl's Sheherd's Pie

For some reason, I am having trouble finding dessert recipes! What, are we all on a diet or something?!? Please send dessert recipes, as the only one I know how to make is those cookies that come in a log. ("Buy log, hack into chunks, bake at 350 until a few of them aren't burnt. If that is too much trouble, just microwave the dough for 20 seconds and eat like pudding.")
The closest things I could come up with were these posts:
Boston Gal's tale of Banana Bread gone wrong
The Debt Defier on the cost of ingredients for Pecan Pie
Now I have some actual recipes:
Savvy Saver on Homemade Chocolate Syrup (as well as some other recipes for presumably non-edible items such as laundry detergent and drain declogger)
Kate Spills the Beans on Sugar Cookies
Wenchypoo's Watchagot Cake
Boston Gal's Apple Pie
Udandi's Cookie Pizza
Kate's Apple Cobbler
Domestika's Quick Fancy Desserts
Terri W.'s Banana Cookies

Condiments, Dressings & Miscellaneous
Caitlin makes Breadcrumbs
Madame X's Salad Dressing
Dawn's tips for dealing with hard brown sugar
Savvy Saver's Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Terri W.'s variation on the Hillbilly Housewife's Brown Sugar Granola
Trent's Homemade Bread

Menu Plans
The Hillbilly Housewife's emergency menu plan that feeds 4-6 people for a week for only $45!
Stephanie Tries the Mega Menu Mailer

Cooking & Recipe Tips
Kitchen tips from Dawn
Frugal food tips from Trent
Get Rich Slowly on How to Feed Yourself for $15 a Week
English Major's Frugal Food Wrap-Up

Now all we need is for someone to do a "Julie & Julia" and write a blog about actually making all of these recipes!


savvy said...

I have two recipes I've posted in the past... one is for salad dressing

and I also have a very old post of my favorite frugal recipes

mapgirl said...

I will be posting more recipe stuff soon. My problem is that I toss stuff together and so I can describe a recipe, but not really write one out. I'm game to try a few recipes. I'll let you know when I do.

Armchair Cook said...

The best dessert recipes I've seen come from bakingsheet:

Most of her recipes are simple and don't require hard-to-get ingredients. I've made her Orange Chicken and her Yellow Sheet Cake and they were fantastic.

Debbie said...

Check out the Hillbilly Housewife's site at -- she's got lots of recipes of all types, including desserts (as well as tons of tips, including a $45 a week emergency menu for 4-6 people, and a somewhat more "costly" plan for $70 for 4-6 people!).

Anonymous said...

I'm a bad cook, so I'm not going to share my recipes. :-)

lpkitten said...

ditto to nyc money...i don't want any lawsuits for sharing any of my recipes. :)

Anonymous said...

Another one for you...

Tiredbuthappy said...

Here's one for your list:

Andi @ udandi / Lunch It Punch It said...

I'm not a PF blogger, but a DIY/craft blogger.

An easy dessert is Cookie Pizza

MommyLydia said...

the link for Madame X's toast is broken :(

Caitlin said...

Yeah...the toast link is broken!

it should read:

LOL ;)

(I'm still sticking with toast)

domestika said...

Into every penny-picher's life, a little dessert must fall. Allow me to offer you a few "Quick Fancy Desserts" -- I'm all about whipping up something in a hurry, that can impress the pants off the in-laws without breaking the bank --

:) Jen

Anonymous said...

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Amy said...

I have a menu planning blog for the Aldi shoppers out there, or those who just want to eat on the cheap:

And here are all of our recipes on The Mother load:

Great compilation!!

Anonymous said...

An addition to Caitlin's kielbasa and kale stew - if you add 4 more oz of liquid and a cup of lentils, you'll have stew that can be stretched a little further! Also, instead of using beef broth, I've used chicken broth and squash broth, and they both work very well. And bok choy, arugula, and chard can all be substituted for kale.

Anonymous said...

I have a "frugal"
category on my food blog. A lot of the recipes on the blog focus on costing less
than $1.00 per serving. Stuff like
pasta fagioli,
curry, feijoada and more. Enjoy!


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Save Money Hound said...

Thanks for the recipes. Some interesting ones to try. You can never have too many recipes!

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"fabulous blogs" I know why you are considered fabulous!