The last 6 weeks or so, I’ve been skimming through “The Complete Tightwad Gazette”- it’s over 900 pages, 3 books in 1. Wow! They have some really penny-pinching ideas that make me think I am not much of a tightwad. Some ideas most of us wouldn’t do, but some were really great. I got a few good recipes from it. I still want to try to make my own “cream of Chicken/mushroom soup”, and haven’t done that. I did make my own crackers for the first time with the “tightwad” recipe. They were fairly good. Would I make them again? Yes, but not weekly. It’s a bit of work. They had a crouton recipe which my family REALLY loved. What a great way to use old bread.
I’ve been wondering why I have less time this year (especially to blog and weed). I am teaching less piano, but I added another child and I’ve been in the kitchen more.
In the last 2 weeks (not necessarily out of the “Tightwad” book and not necessarily for the first time), we have made from scratch:
shortcake for strawberries
Oatmeal pecan cookies (inspired by Anne B)
Sweet and Sour Sauce w/meatballs
Here is the CROUTON RECIPE:
4 slices of bread-cubed to the crouton size you desire
1/3 cup of olive oil
2 tbs Parmesan Cheese
2 tbs powdered garlic
1 tsp celery salt
Mix all together in a bowl and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 for 4 minutes, stir them around and bake another 4-6 minutes, checking so they don’t over-darken. They are really easy to make and way cheaper and better. Store in an airtight container or reuse the plastic bread bag from which the bread came if you really want to be a tightwad:)
Hope you enjoy, Hyd.