Budget Cooking...Comfort & Gourmet!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Quick Sticky Buns

I made this on a whim!


2 cans of cinnamon rolls
raisins or dried mixed berries
smart balance
2 small jars of butterscotch sundae topping


1. Open cans
2. Arrange cinnamon rolls
3. Sprinkle with nuts
4. Dot with butter
5. Pour Sundae Topping over mixture
6. Cook on 400 for 15 minutes
7. Let it cool


If I would change anything about this recipe, I would reverse the order of the ingredients. Sauce, butter, nuts, rolls. I would flip the whole cooked dish onto a serving platter. I would add orange zest and a little concentrated orange juice. It reminded me of the Entenmann's sticky buns from a long time ago. I do believe they have discontinued them.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sloppy Joe Video

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Quick Onion Dip


1 8oz pkg cream cheese (Neufchatel)
1 16 oz pkg (light) sour cream
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce
1 finely chopped or grated onion (optional)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


- You will want to stir after the addition of each ingredient.

1. Warm Cream Cheese in microwave for 1 minute.
2. Add Sour Cream to Cream Cheese
3. Add Dry Onion Soup Mix
4. Add Cayenne Pepper
5. Add Hot Sauce
6. Add Worchestshire Sauce
7. Add Chopped Onion
8. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight for best flavor.
9. Enjoy with crudite, and chips.

Tastes great on a baked potato!

Turn this in to clam dip by adding 1 drained can of minced clams, 1 tsp old bay seasoning and 1 tsp of lemon juice. YUM!

Red Beans and Rice (Crockpot Recipe)

I got this recipe from (Robin) lovekisses99 of YouTube.

Sort, Clean, and Soak the Beans Overnight

Fresh pressed Garlic makes this dish a winner!

Oops! I inadvertantly omitted the onions. (Added them later with the meat)

Cover the beans with water.

For a main dish, I used 2 lb.s of Beef Kielbasa

Half and quarter the kielbasa.

Add meat (I added an additional 1/4 cup of water because we like gravy and with the additional meat, I was afraid it was going to be dry)


Replace Lid and cook for an additional hour.

After 8 hours of slow cooking, it's finally done!

Mmmmm...serve it up...

...over your rice of choice.




1 lb kidney beans (sorted, cleaned, and soaked overnight)
1 tbsp Emeril's Bayou Blast
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 quarts of water
1 lb kielbasa (optional) cut and cubed
substitute 1 tbsp of liquid smoke for a vegan recipe

Instead of 1 tsp of Perfect Pinch , I used 1 tbsp of Emeril's Bayou Blast Click Here for Recipe.
I also used pressed instead of minced garlic. I planned this as a main dish instead of a side dish. I used 2 lbs of Beef Kielbasa instead of 1 pound.


1. Sort, Clean and Soak Beans overnight.
2. Drain rinse and strain the beans.
3. Add beans to crock pot.
4. Add garlic, onions, seasonings, and bay leaf.
5. Stir
6. Cover with water.
7. Place lid on crockpot and cook for 7 hours on HIGH.
8. Add kielbasa and cook for an additional hour.
9. Stir.
10. Remove Bay Leaf.
11. Serve over rice.


* I reserved 1 cup of cold water & mixed in 2 tbsp of corn starch.
This thickened the "gravy". I also cut the kielbasa & rendered the fat in the oven about 20 minutes before beans were done. I added the meat just before serving.

Please check out lovekisses99. She's an incredible cook!