The Cheap Gourmet was recently featured in the "Expert Interview Series" at CilantroCooks.com. We discussed ways to prepare affordably-priced, yet delicious meals, along with kitchen tools and equipment, favorite desserts and evening meals.
Our beach barbeque menu consists of jerk chicken kabobs, pineapple BBQ shrimp kabobs, multi-colored peppers pasta salad, baked beans, fresh veggie platter with Beau Monde dip, and grilled banana boat S'mores.
I was recently invited to participate in a blog tour to promote Dawn Lerman's new book, My Fat Dad. I was excited because 1) I haven't read a book in longer than I care to admit; 2) I love reading memoirs of food and family; and 3) I love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes.
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Growing up, my mom made ham and bean soup with cornbread on a weekly basis. She was the Queen of stretching a dollar, as she was a stay-at-home mom with 4 kids trying to feed 6 people on one income. She would prepare a bone-in ham for Sunday dinner and use the leftovers for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and ham and bean soup.
Buttermilk cornbread has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. My mom used to make homemade ham and bean soup with a side of cornbread dripping in butter. I now add chopped jalapenos to give it an extra kick. And, sometimes I even toss in cooked bacon bits, which makes it even better!
My family refers to these red potatoes with bacon and gorgonzola as "crack" potatoes because they are so addicting! Better yet, they are easy to prepare and make the perfect side dish for just about anything. We enjoy them with hamburgers, steaks, pork chops, ribs, and even seafood.
Personally, I love sausage and beef hand pies because they contain an entire meal in flakey dough and can be consumed without utensils. These meat pies have become a favorite in our household. Give them a try and let us know what you think.
When making the BBQ Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Onion Bombs from the previous post, you'll likely have some leftover meat. Here's a way to utilize leftover meatloaf and squeeze an extra meal out of it. Not only are these stuffed jalapenos perfect for a fast dinner, they also make fabulous appetizers.
Everything about these BBQ bacon wrapped meatloaf onion bombs is amazing and certain to please the carnivores in your family. Not only are they easy to prepare, they can be made in advance and frozen for those nights when you don't want to cook.
Need a fast, yet flavorful appetizer or meal? If so, you'll love these pepperoni and mozzarella pizza rolls. With only 4 ingredients and less than 30 minutes, you can enjoy ooey-gooey pizza rolls for a fraction of the cost of delivery pizza.
After a few tries, I came up with what I refer to as 'Faux Pho'. While there's nothing fake about it, the process takes less than 30 minutes and the taste is pretty close to the restaurant at a fraction of the cost.
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The slow roasted garlic chicken is the star of our Sunday dinner. I stuff the cavity with any leftover vegetables in the crisper. Most common selections include: one whole onion, two carrots, two celery stalks, and one lemon.
The following Banana Bread recipe is not 100% organic; however, the only ingredients that are not include the cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda.
Broasted fingerling potatoes are a great alternative to fried and take half the time of roasting. This easy to prepare recipe is ready in 30 minutes and is a great side dish with beef, chicken, seafood, or seasonal vegetables.
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Tailgaiting Fingerling potato pockets are perfect for camping, cook-outs, and for a no-mess side dish at home.
Black Beans and Rice with Bacon and Andouille Sausage use Success Thai Jasmine rice. This dish is a fusion of Brazilian and Thai and offers a rich, robust flavor. It is very hardy and will likely become one of your most cherished comfort foods.
Roasted Fingerling potatoes in herbed olive oil is a great side dish with beef, chicken, seafood, and all types of vegetables.
You are going to love these Chocolate Banana Changas. This easy-to-prepare dessert includes a banana smothered with chocolate chips, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla, deep-fried and and slathered with pecans, caramel and chocolate sauce.
Not only is this Bacon, Gorgonzola and Scallion Waffle a great meal, it is also a great appetizer. Rather than serve it whole, cut into 8 slices and serve with warm maple syrup and confectioner's sugar. It's amazing!
This recipe for chocolate balsamic glazed sirloin and potato onion bacon hash is certain to be a huge hit! While it tastes as though you spent hours preparing it, this gourmet meal takes less than an hour from start to finish.
Chocolate covered marshmallows on a stick are one of the easiest treats to make and almost everybody loves them. I prefer to use the giant-size marshmallows, but you can use regular or mini marshmallows.
Here is a simple rustic Italian chicken sandwich recipe that's affordable and easy to prepare. I purchase a loaf of freshly baked bread from our local bakery, which yields 4 good-sized sandwiches.
When The Better Chip asked me to review their new Spinach and Kale chips, I was hesitant. I love raw spinach and baked kale chips, but couldn't imagine combining these flavors into a tortilla chip.
This Florida red royal shrimp scampi with linguini entree is a family favorite. Since these shrimp are only available a few weeks each year we stock up our freezer so we can enjoy it more often.
These incredibly tasty deep fried bacon cheese biscuit appetizers will be a great hit at your next party. They are also perfect for a late afternoon snack.
What's great about this sausage and bean soup is you can make it with just about any type of sausage. Mild or spicy Italian pork sausage, Chorizo, chicken or turkey sausage, or even breakfast sausage works well.