I can’t remember how I stumbled across Karen McLaughlin’s blog “Abundance on a Dime”. I do know that I got hooked on it when I saw that she posts weekly about the treasures she finds while bicycling from garage sale to garage sale.
By following her blog I learned that she has written a book, “Cheap Appetit” http://abundanceonadime.blogspot.ca/p/cheap-appetit-my-book.html
Being the frugal soul that I am, I didn’t run right out and purchase a copy. I put in a request to purchase at my local library. The library did add Karen’s book to their collection and I was first in line to check it out.
I hesitate to call this a cookbook although there are dozens of tempting recipes in it. In my opinion the best part of the book comes first where Karen shares the principles of feeding a family on a limited budget. For years I have shared many of Karen’s philosophies on shopping and meal preparation but even with all my years of frugality some of her pointers were new to me. I think everyone would benefit from reading Cheap Appetit. It would be especially beneficial to those new to the concept of household management and meal preparation.
There is nothing to compare to any baked good fresh & warm from the oven. However I believe that these Rhubarb muffins are equally delicious the next day when the moisture of the fruit has permeated the breadiness of the muffin.
Parmesan Baked Fish
Raspberry Cream cheese Squares http://abundanceonadime.blogspot.ca/2010/08/recipe-raspberry-cream-cheese-squares.html
I had blackberry jam to use up so I made a substitute for the raspberry jam called for in the recipe. These are really delicious and rich. The texture is similar to a brownie with cheesecake on top. Mmm, Mmm.
I make my granola from Karen’s recipe too. http://abundanceonadime.blogspot.ca/2010/12/gifts-from-kitchen-christmas-granola.html
Again I tweak it a bit for my personal taste. I add flax seed and use almonds instead of pumpkin seeds.
I also eat granola sprinkled on yogurt.
I have a long list of other recipes from the book that I hope to try including;
Cream of Tomato soup
Potato, cheddar, bacon soup
Lentil burgers (I’ve been looking for a tasty recipe for homemade Garden Burgers for a long time)
Morning Glory Muffins
Spinach & Parmesan Pasta Bake
Creamy Tuna pasta with peas & carrots
And Turkey Pinwheels.
(but most likely I won’t do that until after I finish eating myself out of house & home)