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    Quote Originally Posted by McE View Post
    Mac n cheese seems to be a running theme.

    Anyone have a cheap recipe for making mac n cheese that would be cheaper than the prepackaged cheese dust offering?
    I dont think you'll find one cheaper than the box o mac as the cost of cheese alone to make it homemade would exceed the price of a box o mac.
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    Never calculated cost, buy pasta in bulk and shred block cheese to reduce overall cost.

    2 cups elbow macaroni cooked & drained
    2 tbsp flour
    1 ½ cups milk.
    1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

    Dissolve 2 tbsp flour in ½ cup milk set a side. In large pot put in 1 cup milk and heat to hot not boiling over med heat. Add in milk and flour mixture and stir in until it thickens, about 3 minutes. Turn heat off and mix in 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese. When well mixed and cheese is melted add in cooked noodles. Season to taste, little salt and black pepper is good.

    Cheese types can be mixed up to taste.
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    Cheese ought to be cheap here in Wisconsin. I don't buy much of it. Only cheese I've bought lately is Midnight Moon from Cypress Grove, as that is my favoritest cheese. Highly recommend it. Not for melting in dishes or topping a whole pizza, but more of a super flavorful, interesting, let melt on your tongue before biting into little crystals in the cheese and enjoy the lingering layers of flavor and sip a teeny bit of dry sauv blanc . . . . dang. Gonna have to go pick some up now, budget be damned.
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    I'm from Texas. I believe you foreigners would call them Pinto Beans. Here we just call them beans. Water, salt, pepper, bacon.

    Quote Originally Posted by McE View Post
    What kind of beans? Think I could make baked beans in a crock pot for cheaper than the canned stuff?

    I've crock potted beans before- started with dried chickpeas, slow cooked them, and made hummus. Saved a lot compared to buying premade hummus, esp since I used peanut butter instead of tahini.

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    I have a lot of canned tuna.

    What are some interesting ways to use it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by McE View Post
    I have a lot of canned tuna.

    What are some interesting ways to use it?
    Get some canned Salmon instead. You may be able to pull off the recipe with Tuna, but I don't know how it would taste.

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    At my supermarket, Publix they have beef soup bones. They have so much meat on them that I use them in soups and stews. But boil them in beef stock add spuds veggies pasta etc...freeze.
    Making a big pot of chilli with rice tomorrow. Will do me for breakfast and lunch for the week and the wife lunch for the week. Cost $10.00 thats 15 meals.
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    Lintels, add chicken broth, mushrooms and onions, season to taste. Very healthy as well. I add a little cheese and a dab of sour cream. A bag of lentils is usually less than a buck and will feed my family two dinners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mingaa View Post
    You hit it with the whole chicken - oven roasted chicken is too often forgotten. Rub with olive oil and herbs - garlic powder etc. and 350 for about n hour - yum.

    Some say an internal temp of 180 is best. I pull it at 170 (meat thermometer in the deep meat of the thigh AND breast) and rest it for 15 minutes on a platter. It will reach 180 sitting there AND cut much easier!

    Some fuss and baste while cooking. Put foil tents on and off. I have really good luck just leaving it the heck alone. Want a bit crispier skin? Start at 450 degrees then drop to 350 when the bird goes in. Easy peasy!

    Toss in small taters, onions and carrots (any veg really - late if they are more delicate). Let em cook in the drippings. Roasting concentrates the flavor! We like beets (not everyone does though).

    This will make 4 or more good meals. If you get tired of it cold - toss it in doctored up Ramen as long as you are talking cheap. The spice packets are okay but my rack is better - I'll add curry powder and stir in a beaten egg as a thickener.

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    I didn't read any of your post i just saw that chicken and the mouth started watering now i'll go back and read it. Thanks..
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