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Comment by Pat on November 4, 2014 at 11:34am

Now that winter is closing on on us, I break out the slow cooker/crock pot. Today, I have ham and beans which will be ready when I get home. 1 pound bag of great northern beans, which I soaked overnight, a couple of smoked ham hocks I got from a very rural store ($4.00 worth makes two batches - I froze the other half for later use), some chopped up leftover ham, and a few herbs with salt and pepper. It will feed me for a week for just about $2.00 a day.

Comment by Plinius on November 4, 2014 at 10:48am

I usually eat frugal for different reasons; green living is not compatible with very elaborate cooking, I'm always dieting (and never getting anywhere), I haven't got much tme for cooking and my income is below average,

So any frugal recipe is welcome!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 10:29am

Randall, I, too like the "real" flavor of most foods....especially veg.  I do like "decorating" baked potatoes with bacon, or cheese, or other goodies, but salt, pepper, and butter are just fine.  (And I like the skin baked till it's crispy.)

That is one of my main objections to adding large amounts of garlic to everything; besides making your breath and skin stink, it totally overwhelms the natural flavor of veg, and delicate things like shrimp.  I think it was originally used to hide the fact that meats and vegetables tended to go "off" after a few the ages before refrigeration.  I have read in many sources that this was the main reason the French came up with all those elaborate sauces.

I wonder if that's also true of highly spiced (hot peppers) cuisines....

Comment by Randall Smith on November 4, 2014 at 7:33am

It's difficult to prepare any thing more than a "frugal" meal when one lives alone. Sometimes, I get inspired and try something new or challenging. But mostly, it's pretty simple. Plus, I actually like the tastes of vegetables by themselves--plain and basic.

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2014 at 7:59pm

Carl, I've been concerned about you as well.  Thanks for the update. 

I know how you feel about energy....

We should start a thread on frugal cooking.  I've live most of my life on very frugal meals, and they were as good as any.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 2, 2014 at 7:36pm

Thanks, all of you for your well wishes.  I feel fine except for my energy level.  I get tired easily and tend to sleep a lot.  Mentally I'm doing fine, as well.  My "spirits" are good and I'm sure looking forward to a normal life after surgery.  I'm hoping that takes place by the end of this year or sometime in early 2015. 

I really enjoy cooking, so when my energy level is not up to the task, it's frustrating.  At this time I'm also trying to conserve my financial resources since I'm not working, so I'm cooking very basic meals without the extravagance. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 2, 2014 at 7:21am

As usual, the food photos and descriptions make my mouth water. Your mention of mushrooms, Daniel, reminded me of "harvesting" some wild "shelf" mushrooms when I last played golf a week ago. I had to take a golf club to reach them high up a tree. There are still some out of reach. They were fresh and delicious tasting--those I didn't freeze.

I agree, Carl, gas stoves are better. But I, too, have electric. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

Comment by Pat on November 2, 2014 at 5:53am

Joan and Daniel, those dishes look absolutely fantastic. It would be tough deciding which one to dive into first. Though, I admittedly have a weakness for broccoli - one more reason I didn't vote for George H.W. Bush. 

Carl, take care of yourself, and hope you get to feeling better. My daughter lives up in your neck of the woods (near Univ. of Chicago), and I grew up near Kankakee. So I'm aware the balmy weather has moved south for the rest of the year. Stay warm and healthy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 2:23am

king, I like your picture with you laying on your ear, but just for the fun of it, I rotated your photo to see how you looked up-and-at-it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 2:17am

Carl, I am sorry you are not feeling tops right now. What is the status for your health? I hope you don't mind my asking. I just hope you can keep your spirits up as you go through all this. Good luck on finding a place that fits your needs just right. 


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