Tag Archives: Cooking

Amazing Homemade Pumpkin Fudge Recipe ~ Fall Favorite

Bookmark and Share 

A  reader favorite, re-posted by request…

The sights of autumn all around have put  Pumpkin Fudge on the front of my mind and have prompted me to share this ADDICTING recipe (you were warned)! This is the most amazing, melt-in-your-mouth fudge and best use of pumpkin from a can!

Pumpkin fudge is simple to make ~ just be sure to use a candy thermometer to get the consistency right (otherwise you might end up with a culinary creation other than fudge).

Bon Appetite, y’all!

Amazing Pumpkin Fudge

Ingredients

1  (12-ounce) package white chocolate morsels
1  (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
1  cup  chopped pecans, toasted
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
3  cups  sugar
3/4  cup  melted butter
2/3  cup  evaporated milk
1/2  cup  canned pumpkin
2  tablespoons  corn syrup
2  teaspoons  pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Go here for the original recipe and complete cooking directions.

Enjoy and Share! :)

 


Want to keep up with fresh ways to save money
and button down the family finances?

Subscribe to Frugal in Fort Worth now. It’s FREE!

Subscribe to My FeedGet Blog Updates Delivered By Email - FREE!Follow Us On Twitter!


Linking to Amazon through our site helps support
Frugal in Fort Worth (bunches of thanks!)

Countdown to Thanksgiving: How to Make a Perfect Pie Crust From Scratch

Bookmark and Share

We just received an email from a wonderful reader who was searching our archived posts for our instructions on “How to Make A perfect Pie Crust.” In case you might find this helpful in your Thanksgiving preparations too, we are reposting this for all (be sure to tell us what kind of pie you make ~ we’d love to drool!).  

As we countdown to Thanksgiving, we are reminded deeply of our many blessings, and that includes each of you ~ we are soooo thankful for you! 

Enjoy and Bon Appétit y’all!  :)

A few years ago, I started making homemade pies to share with family and friends at the holidays. After trial and error, I have burned a few pies honed my skills on both savory and sweet pies and even watched a video on YouTube to learn how to make a lattice topped pie crust (it really is easier than it looks).  It is so satisfying to see the bubbling filling and golden brown crust of a pie come out of the oven ~ always a crowd pleaser!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to download the 99 cent Gooseberry Patch Savory Pies Cookbook.

10 Tips for Making a Perfect Crust for Any Pie

Store bought crusts are always a time-saver, but if you want a blue-ribbon pie, you need to make your crust from scratch.  It’s really not hard, and the results are fabulous when you use these tips:

1.  Start with a no-fail pie crust recipe. This recipe for Butter Flaky Pie Crust (allrecipes.com) is a favorite and will probably make you decide to never use shortening or margarine again in your baking.  The instructions are pretty easy to follow, too.

2.  Use very cold fresh butter. For the flakiest dough, chill the butter really well and cut into small pieces.  This helps keeps the butter from being over-worked when mixing the butter into the dough. If your kitchen is hot, chill the other ingredients and freeze the butter for 10 to 15 minutes before you mix it into the dough.

3. Make sure the butter is visible in the dough.  While many recipes call for you to work the butter into the flour until it resembles cornmeal, you should still see a few larger chunks of butter within the dough to insure optimum flakiness. You can use a fork, but cutting the butter into the dough is easiest when you use a pastry blender.

4. Limit the water in the recipe. Use just enough cold water so that the dough holds together when pinched.  Start with the smallest amount of water or liquid called for in the recipe. If the dough doesn’t hold together, add water by the teaspoon until it holds together.

5. Gently pat the dough into a 1″ thick round disk and chill.  Chill the dough disk at least 30 minutes before rolling.  Again, if your kitchen is warm, freeze the dough for 10 minutes to get it really cold before you start to roll it out.

6. Roll and turn the dough.  Use a floured rolling-pin to roll out the dough on a very well-floured work surface. After each roll of the pin, turn the dough 90 degrees to help prevent the dough from sticking. If the dough starts to stick to the rolling-pin or surface, re-flour the rolling-pin and/or the surface underneath the dough.

7. Roll with even pressure on the dough.  Keep the pressure of the rolling-pin even across the dough so that the edges are as thick as the center of the dough. Roll the dough out and away from yourself until the dough is evenly thick.

8. Brush milk or egg wash on the pie base and top. 
Brush the bottom crust with milk or egg white with a pastry brush (before adding the filling) to prevent the crust from getting soggy during baking.  Brush the top crust with the milk or egg wash to get a golden hue (to avoid burning, be careful not to wash the edge of the crust with the egg/milk).

9.  Avoid burning the crust by covering the pie edge with aluminum foil or a pie shield  (see below list of tools).
 Place aluminum foil strips or a pie shield (much easier than foil) around the edges of the pie before baking. Be sure to remove the foil or pie shield during the last 15 minutes of baking so the edge browns as well.

10. Place your pie plate on a baking sheet or jelly roll pan.
 The baking sheet helps brown the bottom crust evenly, makes it easier to remove the pie from the oven, and catches any pie filling that might spill.

 

My Favorite kitchen Tools for Making Pie Crusts:

Adjustable Pie Shield ~ love this for preventing burnt edges.


Adjustable rolling-pin
~ Evenly flattens dough and makes a uniform pie crust (also great for making cookie dough for cut-out cookies).

Ceramic Pie Plate ~Professional bakers recommend ceramic for pie plates since it absorbs and distributes heat evenly and bakes a crisper crust.  It really does make a difference in results!


Pastry blender ~ Mixes and cuts cold butter into flour quickly.

Pastry brush ~ Useful for brushing excess flour off
of dough and for applying egg wash.

 
99 cent pie cookbook ~ For a short time, you can get a 99 cent download of the Gooseberry Patch – 25 Savory Pie Recipes cookbook. For dessert pies you might want to check out Martha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts cookbook.

What are your favorite things to bake at this time of year?

 

Subscribe to My Feed Get Blog Updates Delivered By Email - FREE! Follow Us On Twitter!

Want to keep up with fresh ways to save money
and button down the family finances?
Subscribe to Frugal in Fort Worth now. It’s FREE!

 


Linking to Amazon through our site helps support Frugal in Fort Worth (bunches of thanks!)

FREE Raised Bed Gardening 101 E-Book

Bookmark and Share

Raised Bed Gardening 101, an 89-page free e-book, is designed as an introduction for beginner gardeners. It briefly explains gardening basics and provides you with various design ideas for your own raised garden beds. Learn more or download the book here.

Looking for more great gardening titles?
Check out this list of FREE Gardening Resources and Tips.  Towards the bottom of this link, you’ll find a list of recommended books for North Texas and Dallas/Fort Worth area gardening.

You might also be interested in these popular FREE books
(Kindle Editions):

Do note that if you plan to get any of the free titles, you might not want to wait, as we don’t know how long they will be available for free.

============================

Don’t Have a Kindle?
No worries.  If you are reading this, you likely already have a device to read Kindle ebooks in your home.  All you need to do is download one of the following FREE applications for your PC, Mac, Blackberry, iPhone/iPad/iTouch, Android, or Windows Phone.

*Free Kindle for iPhone/iPad/iTouch
This is the app I use to read my FREE books.  Download, here (or download directly through the iTunes App Store on your device) to be able to read Kindle books on your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch.

*FREE Kindle for PC
Download a FREE application
to read Kindle books on your PC.

*FREE Kindle Blackberry App
Get Amazon’s free Blackberry application to read Kindle books. Download yours for FREE here.

Find more Kindle apps for Mac, Android, and Windows Phone 7, here.

============================

Enjoy and Share! :)

FREE Printable Cooks Helps from Martha Stewart

Bookmark and Share

When you’re making that quick bread, can you swap a muffin tin for a loaf pan? How many tablespoons are in a cup? These handy (and FREE!) kitchen charts from Martha Stewart have all the answers.

Go here to get 3 free printables which include: baking pan substitutions, measuring equivalents, and candy-making temperatures.

To make them even more handy, we suggest you take the printouts to your favorite office supply store and have them laminated.  You can then always have them at your fingertips by turning them into refrigerator magnets (glue a magnet to the back) or bookmarks for your favorite cookbook.

Enjoy and Share!    :)

 

Subscribe to My Feed Get Blog Updates Delivered By Email - FREE! Follow Us On Twitter!

Want to keep up with fresh ways to save money
and button down the family finances?
Subscribe to Frugal in Fort Worth now. It’s FREE! 

 

Linking to Amazon through our site helps support Frugal in Fort Worth (bunches of thanks!)
 

Kitchen Houseware & Book Bargains: Buy 3 Get 1 FREE at Amazon

Bookmark and Share

Amazon is running a fantastic Buy Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Offer  in their Home, Kitchen, Garden, and Book departments.  There are literally thousands of items that qualify (and the special is on top of the already discounted price). To get the discount, you order any four eligible products and get the lowest-priced item free.  Even if you don’t need 4 things for yourself, this is a great way to stock-up on gifts for upcoming birthdays, Mother’s Day, Weddings, and other special days.

Here is a sample of qualifying items:


Lock & Lock BPA Free Storage
$2

Stovetop Popcorn Popper $16.99 (On Sale ~ Retail $29.98)

Everything Kids’ Cookbook $8.95


OXO Good Grips Batter Bowl $12

 

1-2-3 Texas Children’s Counting Book $8.95


Zwilling J.A. Henckels Knife Sharpener $19.95 (Retail $40)


Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks  Starting at $4.95

How to get the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Offer:

  1. Go here to see the list of qualifying 4 for 3 promotion items in the home, kitchen and garden departmentsGo here to see a list of books that qualify (there are 1000s in every genre!).  You can mix and match qualifying items from these lists if you’d like.
  2. Add 4 qualifying items to your cart and the lowest-priced item will be deducted from your order. Make sure to select Amazon.com only as the seller, as items from 3rd party sellers will not qualify.
  3. The discount shows up on the final checkout Review Your Order checkout screen.  It will show up after you submit your mailing address, and before you place your order. Be sure to double check to see the discount applied in your cart before finalizing your order.  The shopping screen will look something like this (click on the image to make it larger):

SAVINGS TIP: you’ll save the most by selecting 4 items that are about the same price.  Most orders over $25 will qualify for FREE Shipping and will be sales-tax free, too!

Enjoy and Share!    :)

Subscribe to My Feed Get Blog Updates Delivered By Email - FREE! Follow Us On Twitter!

Want to keep up with fresh ways to save money
and button down the family finances?
Subscribe to Frugal in Fort Worth now. It’s FREE! 


Linking to Amazon through our site helps support Frugal in Fort Worth (bunches of thanks!)

Favorite Recipe: Chicken and Corn Chowder ~ Post #2

Bookmark and Share  

Note about this post:  We are taking a little blog-cation over the coming days and are republishing some of our top posts from the past (in no particular order).  Perhaps you’ll find a new nugget or two that you’ve missed along the way or maybe just a timely reminder.  We look forward to being back with you in a few days!  :)

I was flipping through my recipe file this morning and pulled out this family favorite, which I thought I’d pass along.  I love this chicken and corn chowder recipe because it is delicious and easy, yet not full of “bad” fat calories.   I hope you enjoy it, too!

Chicken-Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 4  medium onions, diced
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil
  • 5  medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2  celery stalks, chopped
  • 1  tablespoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  pepper
  • 2  cups  chicken broth
  • 5  cups  milk
  • 2  (15 1/4-ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1  (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1  cup  half-and-half (I use the fat-free version to cut down on fat)
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 3  cups  chopped cooked chicken*
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Saute onion in olive oil in a Dutch oven until tender.
  2. Add cubed potato and next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender
    (about 15 minutes)
  4. Add milk and next 6 ingredients; cook until heated
    (10-15 more minutes).
  5. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.

*3 cups chopped cooked ham or turkey may be substituted.

Tip:  I double this recipe, as this soup freezes nicely and is great to have on hand for a fast dinner.

 

Enjoy and Share! :)



Want to keep up with fresh ways to save money
and button down the family finances?

 Subscribe to Frugal in Fort Worth now. It’s FREE!

Subscribe to My Feed Get Blog Updates Delivered By Email - FREE! Follow Us On Twitter!


If you found these savings tips helpful, we’d love to know!
Leave a note in the comments section or forward this
site to others with the button below.

Bookmark and Share

..

FREE Grocery Buying Guide From Cook’s Illustrated: Get The Most From Your Food Budget

Bookmark and Share

Cook’s Illustrated, the magazine pub from TV’s America’s Test Kitchen (and a favorite magazine of foodies), has put together their annual Buying Guide for Supermarket Ingredients, and you can print it out FREE here

This handy list compiles the America’s Test Kitchen winning finalists for hundreds of name brand packaged foods in lots of grocery categories from ketchup (winners = Hunts and Heinz) to chocolate chip brands (winners = Ghiradelli, Guittard, & Hershey’s).  This useful guide is compiled based on blind taste tests conducted over the last year, and winners are selected based on best overall quality, taste, and convenience.

Tips on How to Use This List:  I have used these “best of” lists from Cook’s Illustrated for the last few years, and find them extremely helpful in getting the best quality for my grocery dollar.  It prints on a standard letter size piece of paper and is a convenient reference to keep with my weekly grocery list.  I also save a copy to my iPhone so I’ll always have the list with me at the store (this is a pdf, so you can save it to your computer or any smart phone capable of reading a pdf document)!  I hope you find it useful, too.

Click here for the FREE guide.

What tips do you have for making the most of your grocery shopping budget?   Tell us in the comments section!   

 

Enjoy and Share! :)



Want to keep up with fresh ways to save money
and button down the family finances?

Subscribe to Frugal in Fort Worth now. It’s FREE!