Budget Cooking...Comfort & Gourmet!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Thanks a bunch!

Well, I've finally completed the transition from YouTube. After having closed my YouTube account in May, I needed to transfer my videos directly from OneTrueMedia.
For your convenience, all video links are fully operational.
Thanks so much to everyone for sticking with me during this time. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

EMERIL 10 PC Stainless Cookware Set

Stainless Cookware Set
ALL EMERILWARE STAINLESS STEEL COPPER COOKWARE has been designed with all of your cooking needs in mind. The vessel and handle are constructed of 18/10 stainless steel for a long lasting lustre. The lids are made of tempered glass with a rim of 18/10 stainless steel. The handles are heat resistant during stovetop use due to a new Hollow Core technology for increased thickness and an ergonomic grip without the added weight. The base of your EMERILWARE Stainless is crafted by combining aluminum for long lasting heat conductivity with the added benefit of copper for fast heat conduction.

Set includes:
8" fry pan
10" fry pan
1.5 qt. Saucepan w/lid
3 qt Casserole w/lid
3 qt Sautepan w/lid
6 qt Tall Stockpot w/lid

I purchased this set in February 2009 from Boscov's. It was a bargain @ $149.99.
AllClad made this set especially for Emeril.

I was nervous about using it right away. Many of the reviews I read online talked about using a special cleaner on the outside to maintain the shiny exterior. I have yet to purchase it. LOL
My most frequently used pieces are the 3 qt casserole w/ lid as well as the 6qt tall stockpot w/ lid.
The hubby & 1 of the kids are not fans of broccoli. However, after having steamed some fresh broccoli w/ a pinch of seasalt, I received rave reviews. Cooking in stainless steel really makes a difference.

What do you think?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wildtree Alfredo Extraordinaire Review

INGREDIENTS: Cheddar Cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes),
Whey, Cream, Sweet Cream Buttermilk, Salt, Garlic Powder, Spices, Parmesan
Cheese (pasteurized milk, salt and enzymes), Dehydrated Parsley, Citric Acid
Contains: Milk
Contains Whey protein, which is a soluble, easy to digest protein and is efficiently
absorbed into the body. It is often referred to as a “fast” protein for its ability
to quickly provide nourishment to muscles

This is an AMAZING product!

A friend shared a sample with me. I used it for the base of a late dinner last evening.

Grilled Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli


a stick of margerine
3 fresh pressed garlic cloves
black pepper
1 tsp parsley flakes
16 oz sour cream
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup parmesan cheese

two 24 oz bags of egg noodles
a 16oz bag of frozen broccoli
1 bag grilled chicken

Boil egg noodles in salted water with 1 tsp oil.
Drain & set aside.

On medium high, melt margerine
Add fresh pressed garlic, parsley & black pepper.
Whisk in Wildtree Alfredo Extraordinaire Mix
Add sour cream
Add 8 oz water
Reduce heat so cream won't break.
Add thawed broccoli cuts
Add thawed grilled chicken to heat through
Add egg noodles..coating with sauce.

My family LOVED this! Forget about those prepackaged noodles & sauce mixes. Having the Wildtree Extraordinare as a staple in the pantry is the way to go! I'll have to add pics next time I make it because they DEVOURED it! LOL

To Order this product, please click on the hyperlink
Charlene's WildTree Website
to order this product.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

BLT Sandwich

Every once in a while, I get a craving for bacon.
Use your favorite items. Turkey Bacon with cracked pepper is an awesome alternative to those who choose not to eat Red Meat.

Aldi is my FAVORITE supermarket. A perk of shopping there was finding These Organic Vine Ripened Tomatoes for just $2.49.

Romaine Lettuce Hearts are a favorite in our home.

These are my a couple of my favorite breads.

This simple sandwich is very satisfying.

Helpful Tips:
Heat a large skillet before adding bacon.
Drain excess grease to prevent burning.
Use paper towels to drain bacon.
- While bacon is cooking:
- Toast bread if desired
- Add mayo to bread slices.
- Slice tomatoes
- Cut up lettuce
Add fresh cracked pepper if desired.

My family was so eager to eat these sandwiches, I was unable to snap a photo of the complete sandwich LOL

Helpful Kitchen Tools:

I used the original PC bread knife from my kit. It used to sell for $8. I believe it is discontiued. You may still be able to find it on ebay. Great for slicing the tomatoes & the finished sandwich.
The current one sells for $19.50

Bread Knife
The nonstick serrated blade gently slices breads, tomatoes, angel food cakes. 8" blade.

Large Grooved Cutting Board $30.00
Two boards in one! One side is flat, the other features a generous 3/4 cup capacity groove to catch excess juices from meat and fruit. 18" x 12".

All Purpose Spreader $4.00
Split bagels and add cream cheese or top a sandwich with your favorite spread. Its new contoured handle looks great in the kitchen and on the table! 4" serrated blade. Dishwasher-safe.

Buy your kitchen tools @

What do you think?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey

I prefer to purchase my greens already washed & cut. It costs more, but can you REALLY put a price on the convenience of not having to do it yourself to save time? LOL

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Tenderize those greens with some honey!

My Favorite Apple Cider Vinegar

Swap out the butter for olive oil for a healthier choice.

Liquid Smoke = Secret Ingredient

The greens would be incomplete without fresh pressed garlic & hot sauce.


3lbs smoked turkey wings
3lbs washed, cut collard greens
fresh pressed garlic (3 or more cloves)
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup hot sauce
1 tsp each: poultry seasoning, dried thyme, lawry's seasoning salt,
2 tsp each: garlic powder, onion powder,

- Cook Smoked Turkey in pressure cooker with 2 cups water for 3 hrs. (until the meat falls off of the bone).
- Remove the turkey from the pressure cooker
- Reserve the liquid.
- Add 2 lbs washed cut collard greens
- Add 1 1/2 press garlic cloves
- Add 3/4 of the rest of the seasonings

-Cook collards for 7 minutes. Transfer to an seperate stock pot, reserving liquid.

Seperate skin & meat from bone. discard skin & bones. Add meat to the cooked collards.

Add remaining collards to pressure cooker. Cook for 4 mins. Transfer to the other cooked greens. Serve over rice.

Optional side dishes:
corn bread
baked whole grain rotini & cheese