Hit Up Your Grandma's Cookbooks for Frugal Cooking Ideas
There are many families that share generational cooking traditions as a long standing family tradition. Since there are many families that are also feeling the pinch of the recession while still working hard to keep food on the table, now may be the perfect time to go back and look at grandma's recipes.
Taking an adventure of my own over the weekend, I found many hand-me-down recipes from one family member to another includes basic ingredients and a little bit of elbow grease. Just browsing through some of my personal favorite dishes of all time, it occurred to me that they were some of the best foods I had ever eaten and in reality, very cheap to make. Since I was never the cook of the family, I really had no idea what it took to create the scrumptious concoctions I grew up eating but now that I have my own family who are getting sick of the same old things, it was refreshing to go back in time and find the recipes for some old family favorites.
Perhaps instead of spending time online or paging through magazines to find something new for dinner, find your family recipe books. You may be surprised to learn how your ancestors were able to pull together some hearty meal on a budget even tighter than most of our families face today. Stocking your pantry with basic ingredients leaves you prepared to create nearly any meal for only a few dollars. It also can help you find healthier meals to prepare instead of the expensive, pre-made store bought processed foods.
If you are blessed to still have family members around to consult with, take some time and go over some of the recipe books that have been passed through the generations. Having the opportunity to not only jot down your own recipe cards from loved ones but to also share some family-inspired memories is a gift that will last a lifetime and can mean more than anything when those loved ones are no longer around.
Here is one example of my favorite holiday and any time side dish – filling. It's stick-to-your-ribs delicious and I celebrate my dad every time we eat this dish!
Big Jim's Famous Filling
- 2 loaves of stale bread
- 2 cans of chicken broth
- 2 eggs
- 3 large carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 small or 1 large onion
- Butter for saute and additional 4 pats for filling
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13 pan. Chop carrots, celery, and onion into small pieces. Saute in enough butter until soft. Let cool. Tear up bread into pieces. Mix bread, broth and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in cooled carrots, celery and onions with bread mixture. Mix well together. (Works best to mix with your hands.). Smooth out mixture into greased pan. Place pats of butter on top of mixture. Place in oven for 30-45 minutes. Enjoy!!
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