Budget Cooking...Comfort & Gourmet!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Crab Rangoon & Sweet Chili Sauce

I was inspired to make this recipe by fellow blogger & supporter,  Mz. More



Sweet Chili Sauce
Fresh Ginger Root (grated)
5 Garlic Cloves (pressed)
1 tbsp Crushed Red Pepper
1 tsp Oyster Sauce
1 tsp Rice Vinegar
2 tsp Honey
1/4 cup Boiling Water
1/2 tsp sea salt


Pulse grated Ginger Root, pressed Garlic, Crushed Red Pepper flakes in Food Processor.
Put ingredients in a glass jar with a spoon. Add boiling water. It's important to let the spoon remain in the jar as it absorbs the potential energy from the hot water. Otherwise, the glass would shatter. Add remaining ingredients. Stir well. Please let ingredients sit for an hour. It tastes better if you let them sit overnight.
Left Over sauce should be good in the fridge for about one week.
Credit Recipe Source

My daughter made these. Much neater than the ones I made. *smiles*

Imitation Flake Crabmeat
1 egg ( beaten)
8 oz Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
Scallions (sliced)


1. Flake Crab Meat, set aside.
2. Heat Neufchatel Cream Cheese in microwave for 30 seconds. This will make mixing it easier.
3. Add flaked Crab Meat to Cream Cheese.
4. Add sliced Scallions with tops. 
5. Add Salt & Pepper
6. Add Pressed Garlic Clove. Mix Well.
7. Assemble Won Ton wrappers.
8. Using a small Stainless Steel Scoop, Add mixture to center of square.
Try not to over stuff them. Otherwise the filling can come out while cooking. (No Bueno)
I found adding just 1/2 of the stainless steel scoop worked best.
9. Brush edges with egg.
10. Fold edge over to form a triangle. Try to push out as much air as possible.
11. Seal edges.
12. Fry until desired brown color.
13. Serve with Chili Sauce

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Loaded Potatoes and Pan Seared Tilapia


Sea Salt
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
2 oz. Cheese (shredded)
4 Scallions, (Washed, Dried, Snipped with Tops)
Bacon (Cooked and Snipped)

Lemon Pepper Seasoning


1. Grate Cheese, Set Aside.
2. Render fat from Bacon. Set Aside.
3. Wash and Prick Potatoes.
4. Cover with Oil if Desired.
5. Microwave Potatoes.
6. Slice in Half.
7. Scrape with Fork.
8. Add Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.
9. Sprinkle Potatoes with Grated Cheese.
10. Add Snipped Bacon.
11. Return to oven to keep warm. (200 Degrees Fareinheit)
12. Just Before Serving, Snip Scallions over Potatoes. Dollap with Sour Cream If Desired.

Season one Side of Tilapia with Lemon Pepper Seasoning. Stack the Fillets. This will Coat both sides with Seasoning.
Heat Reserved Bacon Fat. Add Tilapia to Pan.
Cook Tilapia Until Opaque. You will Need To Flip It.
It takes about 4 - 6 minutes to cook the fish.

Serve with Loaded Potatoes and Garden Salad.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Touchdown Taco Dip


16 oz Vegetarian Chili pureed
8 oz Neufchatel Cream Cheese
1 cup Light Sour Cream
2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning Mix Click HERE for recipe
2 Pressed Garlic Cloves
2 ounces Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
1/2 cup Pitted ripe Olives (sliced)
2 tablespoons fresh snipped Cilantro
2 Roma Tomatoes, (seeded and chopped)
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions with tops

1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Spread pureed Vegetarian Chili over bottom of pan.
3. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream & taco seasoning.
4. Add pressed garlic. Mix well.
5. Spread over beans.
6. Sprinkle with shredded cheese
7. Bake 15-18 minutes or until hot.
8. Sprinkle Tomatoes, Onions, Olives and Cilantro Slice Olives.
9. Garnish with additional sour cream if desired.
10. Serve with baked Tortilla Chips.

This is a tweaked recipe from Pampered Chef Stoneware Sensations Cookbook.

Hot Wings and Blue Cheese Dip

Oil for frying Chicken
4 lbs Chicken Wingettes

1 Tsp Salt (optional)
1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
Louisianna Hot Sauce

1. Fry Chicken in hot oil. Drain and coat with seasoning while hot.
2. Douse with Hot Sauce.

3/4 to 1 cup of Light Mayonnaise
Blue Cheese Crumbles
2 rounded kitchen spoons Light Sour Cream
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper *optional.

1. Place Mayonnaise in a bowl.
2. Add Blue Cheese Crumbles. Mix Well
3. Add Light Sour Cream. Mix Well.
4. Add Lemon Juice.
5. Add Pepper.

Serve with Hot Wings & Celery


Friday, February 4, 2011

Coming Soon...Super Bowl Recipes

This weekend in the US, households will be enjoying snacks while watching the SuperBowl.
I will be sharing a couple of our family's favorite recipes.

Hot Wings


Touch Down Taco Dip

Please be on the lookout for these upcoming posts. Thanks for your support.