What to Eat Thursday (on Friday) 4/18/14

Welcome back to What to Eat Thursday (on Friday!) 4/18/14. What To Eat Thursday features recipes around current grocery store sales in Chicago, most of which started Wed. 4/16 or yesterday 4/17. This week: Cream cheese edition!

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First up from The Frugal Homemade: Simple Mini Quiches with Cream Cheese Pastry Crust. Which looks super easy and tasty!

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Or how about some Jalapeño Poppers from Sunday Scratchups? Jazz them up with some bacon bits and French’s fried onions on top.

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Then, I was poking around and found this Mock Crab Dip recipe on Mashup Mom from four years ago! How time flies…

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And from even earlier in 2010 (oh my), Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas. Seriously — cream cheese makes everything taste good. :)

So where’s cream cheese on sale?

  • ALDI — Happy Farms cream cheese or Fit & Active neufchatel, $.99.
  • Butera — Food Club Brick Cream Cheese $.79 (Limit 2)
  • Jewel — Philadelphia cream cheese bricks, $1.50. On the buy five save $5 instantly sale (must buy five mix/match items): Philadelphia 8 oz cream cheese tubs, $1.49. Print $.75/1 here and get them for $.74.
  • Mariano’s — Philadelphia cream cheese bricks, $1.50.
  • Meijer — 8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese brick, $1.50.
  • Piggly Wiggly — Food Club Cream Cheese, 8 oz – $0.79 Limit 2.
  • Target — Market Pantry Cream cheese (through 4/19), $1.00. Use 5% off on Cartwheel.
  • Ultra Foods — Dutch Farms cream cheese bars, $.78 limit 3.
  • Valli Produce — Wed.-Sat. Philadelphia cream cheese bricks, $.98 limit six.

What are you making with cream cheese this week?

Please share in comments here, because variety is the spice of What To Eat Thursday!

What’s new on Sunday Scratchups 4/13/14

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Happy “it’s about to thunderstorm any minute Sunday!” Here’s what’s been cooking this week over on Mashup Mom’s sister recipes and food site, Sunday Scratchups. Sunday Scratchups evolved out of the “grocery matchups cooking from scratch” series here on Mashup Mom, and chronicles the adventures of an accidental cook — around sales, food allergies, and Atkins.

Two easy and allergy friendly recipes this week

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Both recipes this week are allergy friendly scratchups around stuff that was on sale at the store — getting back to our roots, here! First, we have easy gluten free dairy free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes. Through yesterday, 24 oz bags of Bob’s Red Mill brown rice flour were $1.51 after coupon + price cut at Target, making these uber affordable (as gluten free pancakes go!).

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Then we have an easy Avgolemono recipe for naturally gluten and dairy free Greek Egg Lemon Rice Soup. If you picked up one of those cheap $.79 bags of lemons at ALDI recently like I did, here’s one use for them.

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What to Eat Thursday on Friday 4/11/14

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Welcome back to What to Eat Thursday (on Friday!) 4/11/14. What To Eat Thursday features recipes around current grocery store sales in Chicago, most of which started Wed. 4/9 or yesterday 4/10. This week, everyone has ham on sale for Easter, so we’re featuring two yummy soup recipes beyond split pea that you can make with your leftover ham. And, wait — bonus! How about some gluten free dairy free rice flour pancakes with your cheap rice flour from Target?

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First up, Easy Slow Cooker Ham & Lentil Soup. This one is easy, cheap, and healthy!

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Next, we have Slow Cooker Ham Bone Vegetable Soup. I’m making this today, sans corn and kicking up the spices.

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Lastly, for breakfast or a nice Sunday brunch: Gluten Free Dairy Free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes. These are tasty, friendly to some food allergies, and easy to whip up!

So where are these things on sale?

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Ham

  • ALDI: Appleton Farms spiral sliced half ham, $1.69/lb. Smoked butt, $1.19/lb. Smoked shank, $.99/lb. Specially Selected spiral cut double glazed brown sugar ham, $1.89/lb.
  • Butera: Nottingham Smoked Shank Portion Ham $.39/lb (with $30 purchase – Limit 1). Cook’s Honey Spiral Ham $.99/lb (with $30 purchase – Limit 1).
  • Jewel: Cook’s shank portion ham, $.68/lb. limit one with additional $25 purchase. Butt, $.88/lb with additional $25 purchase limit 1.
  • Meijer: Cook’s spiral sliced half ham, $1.27/lb limit 2.
  • Ultra Foods: Sugardale shank ham, $.78/lb or butt $.98/lb. with additional $.25 purchase limit 1. Ultra Foods will match any competitor’s per lb price on any identical ham with proof of ad. We do not match $$ off coupons only advertised per lb price.

What are you making with your ham leftovers this week?

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What’s new on Sunday Scratchups 4/6/14

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It’s still Sunday — so here’s what’s been cooking this week over on Mashup Mom’s sister recipes and food site, Sunday Scratchups! Sunday Scratchups evolved out of the “grocery matchups cooking from scratch” series here on Mashup Mom, and chronicles the adventures of an accidental cook — around sales, food allergies, and Atkins.

Just one recipe this week

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Were your kids on Spring Break this past week, too? It was a busy one! One of the things we did, though, was scratch up some allergy friendly Simple Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour Pizza Dough.

What are you making with yours? I’d love more recipe ideas — I’m thinking crackers will be next on our list here.

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Oh yeah, bonus pizza recipe — also check out my Pomi Portobello Pizza recipe and natural Pomi tomatoes giveaway (through 4/8).

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What To Eat Thursday — carrots edition

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Welcome back to What to Eat Thursday 4/3/14. What To Eat Thursday features recipes around current grocery store sales in Chicago, most of which started yesterday 4/2 or today 4/3. This week, the sale ads are kind of zzz. So let’s work on eating our veggies while we wait for next week to roll around, shall we?! Carrots are cheap a few places — but you know what? Carrots are always cheap. So it’s good to have a lot of different ways to make them. Here are two:

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First up, simple Roasted Carrots from Frugal Homemade. Roasting brings out carrots’ sweetness, and fresh herbs provide a nice counterpoint.

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Then, we have Easy Sriracha Carrots from Sunday Scratchups, for a different kind of twist.

Who has carrots on sale, again?

This is just what’s in the ads, but carrots are generally fairly cheap in general at the produce markets and/or ALDI.

What are you making with carrots this week?

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What’s New on Sunday Scratchups 3/30/14

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Here’s what’s been cooking this week over on Mashup Mom’s sister recipes and food site, Sunday Scratchups! Sunday Scratchups evolved out of the “grocery matchups cooking from scratch” series here on Mashup Mom, and chronicles the adventures of an accidental cook — around sales, food allergies, and Atkins.

Chicken Smackdown

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A couple of weeks ago I showed you a crazy shopping trip where I picked up three kinds of chicken in order to do an at-home taste test. Well, the results are finally in:

Tools, favorite

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I also started a page listing a few of my favorite kitchen tools, and why — check it out!

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What To Eat Thursday 3/27/14

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Welcome back to What to Eat Thursday 3/27/14. What To Eat Thursday features recipes around current grocery store sales in Chicago, most of which started yesterday 3/26 or today 3/27.

This week, peanuts are on sale! And if life gives you cheap peanuts… make peanut butter.

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Trish shows us how to do just that, with a super easy recipe for Homemade Natural Peanut Butter.

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Peanut allergies in your house? Never fear, there’s a variation for you, too. Check out easy (and more affordable than SunButter) Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter over on Sunday Scratchups. No huge sales this week, but 16 oz roasted unsalted sunflower seeds run about $1.99 every day at Trader Joe’s. If you have a food processor, you can easily make either of these two recipes!

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And here’s a bonus recipe for gluten free dairy free Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies. If you make homemade peanut butter instead, make these as GF DF Peanut Butter cookies — they’re good either way.

So where are peanuts on sale this week?

  • Jewel — on the buy five save $5 instantly sale (must buy five mix/match items for this price): Planters 16 oz peanuts, $1.99. Use the previously available $1.00/1 printable, $1.00/2 printable here, or $1.00/2 in the 1/26 SS (exp. 3/31) to get them as low as $.99 a jar.
  • Ultra Foods — on the buy six save $3 instantly sale (must buy six mix/match items for this price): Planters 16 oz peanuts, $2.28. Use the previously available $1.00/1 printable, $1.00/2 printable here, or $1.00/2 in the 1/26 SS (exp. 3/31).

What else do you guys make with peanuts?

Please share in comments here, because variety is the spice of What To Eat Thursday! :) Homemade trail mix? Different peanut butter variations? Let us know your own faves.

What’s new on Sunday Scratchups 3/24/14

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Here’s what’s been cooking this week over on Mashup Mom’s sister recipes and food site, Sunday Scratchups! Sunday Scratchups evolved out of the “grocery matchups cooking from scratch” series here on Mashup Mom, and chronicles the adventures of an accidental cook — around sales, food allergies, and Atkins.

First — OK, only this week — the recipes

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First up: Dairy Free Gluten Free Bisquick Blueberry Muffins. In texture, these came out kind of in between a scone and a muffin — a scuffin, if you will. But they were super easy to make with Gluten Free Bisquick, and both kids loved them (and devoured them all within a few days).

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Then we have Easy Lemony Garlic Sauteed Kale, which makes a pretty and nutrition-packed bed for chicken or fish. This is super lemony as a contrast to the bitterness of the kale, and if you like bitter-sour-strong, you’ll like it. If not, well — half of us here like it, and half don’t!

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What To Eat Thursday — First Day of Spring Kale Edition!

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Welcome back to What to Eat Thursday 3/20/14. What To Eat Thursday features recipes around current grocery store sales in Chicago, most of which started yesterday 3/19 or today 3/20.

This week, several stores have kale on sale — for the first day of spring!

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 So, look what we have for you! Recipes, recipes, kale recipes galore — because kale, it is a side! It’s a chip! It’s a soup! It’s versatile, it’s healthy, it’s often cheap at the store, and it’s easy to grow in your garden.

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So how about four different recipe options to get you started on kale beyond the big lump of raw restaurant garnish you push to the side of your plate…

So where is kale on sale this week?

  • Angelo Caputo’s: Organic bunch chard or kale, $.99 each.
  • Mariano’s: Green kale, $1.25/lb.
  • Pete’s Market: Bunch organic kale, $.89.
  • Tony’s: Organic green kale bunch, $.99.

What’s your favorite kale recipe?

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Allrecipes review — New magazine from the online community!

This post is sponsored by Allrecipes magazine. I received the magazine to review for purposes of this post, but all opinions here are my own.

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If you do as much poking around searching for recipes on the Internet as I do, you’ve probably run across Allrecipes — one of the world’s largest recipe sites. But did you know that they just launched Allrecipes — the magazineWhile online recipes are fun, and I use them all the time, there is also something kind of special and serendipitous about browsing through the pretty recipes in a magazine. Those in Allrecipes magazine all seemed easily doable and family friendly, and I’m looking forward to future issues.

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The Allrecipes magazine tagline is “a different kind of food magazine,” so let’s put that to the test. They sent over the April/May issue for review, and it’s a good thick magazine (120 pages!). Right away, I’m cracking up at their April Fool’s recipes (a switcheroo involving “spaghetti” dessert and a meatloaf/mashed potato “cake”). But the true mark of a good food magazine is the number of recipes you dogear to make later, and I’m looking at everything from Bulgogi to Enchiladas Verdes to Gouda and Spinach Stuffed Pork Chops to … OK, they got me with that meatloaf and mashed potato “cake…” I also like that many of the foods feature multiple recipes — several pork chops recipes, several Matzoh recipes, several rhubarb recipes — because everyone has different tastes, and choice is key.

Beyond recipes (although there are a lot, I mean, a lot of recipes), this issue of Allrecipes magazine features articles on everything from knowing your fish lingo, to choosing and using asparagus, to raising healthy vegan kids. I especially appreciated the step-by-step, nicely illustrated article on how to cut up a whole chicken!

Want to check it out too?

Right now you can pick up a year’s subscription to Allrecipes magazine for just $8.99, plus a free gift — their Slow Cooker Favorites cookbook. That’s not bad for the magazine and a cookbook, plus you already know I’m all about the slow cooker over here. ;) This was a fun magazine to read, and I’ll definitely be trying out a few of these recipes over the next few months. Recommended.

Note that this is auto-renewal, but they will send you a reminder before it renews.