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Includes recipes for homemade versions of store-bought items, as well as tips and substitutions for the frugal saver. [photo of: Substitute for Buttermilk]
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It was a garage sale bargain I couldn't resist. So after all these years, I am first using a crockpot--and one of the first things I made was this--and these chickpeas are outrageously good. No more canned chickpeas for me.

Recipe #392583

93 Reviews |  By Bobbin

This shower cleaner came from an Everyday Cheapskate e-mail, and it is truly magic, as the title states. I just tried it and it got the soap scum off my glass shower door with hardly any scrubbing. It was amazing, as I have tried to clean that door with various products. It is so easy, too. Try it and you will be sold. Be careful because a little bit goes a long way. You need a 24-oz. squirt bottle for this.

Recipe #434275

Works wonderfully masha Allah. Adapted from recipe#82410. Works well on the glass of cabinets too!

Recipe #436542

Some recipes call for blanched almonds (almonds with their skins removed). This is a quick and easy way to do this, about 5 minutes. Afterward, you can prepare them as you like, whole, halved, or slivered.

Recipe #451094

i find this helpful when I cook the annual bird. This is from the National Turkey Federation.

Recipe #262564

This recipe has been going through constant revisions in my private recipe files for more than a year. It is now ready for its debut.

Recipe #199955

2 Reviews |  By dojemi

Put a stop to weeping whipped cream. I think this is the greatest idea since sliced bread. : ) I've doubled this recipe with the same wonderful results.

Recipe #340006

Don't throw away your foam soap dispenser or spend extra on the refills when you run out. It's easy to make your own! This also works with shampoo.

Recipe #103893

8 Reviews |  By Xabbyy

This is when you run out of cake flour. I use this all the time. No need to buy cake flour anymore.

Recipe #424532

8 Reviews |  By Debber

The original recipe came from an old "Make-A-Mix" cookbook years ago. I've customized to fit our tastebuds and pocketbook. My thought is: why buy those expensive, chemically flavored little packets when you have all the ingredients on the spice shelf in Mrs. Hubbard's Cupboard?

Recipe #256141

"From the Chef's hat" column of the Thursday magazine dated April 10-16'03. DO NOT DRINK!

Recipe #64426

78 Reviews |  By Hadice

Use this recipe to clean your coffee maker. A clean machine makes better tasting coffee!

Recipe #156833

2 Reviews |  By Oolala

Don't know who Annie is. This recipe is from an auto-glass company's compilation cookbook which was given out as a gift. It contains recipes from all different insurance companies in the US. This was submitted by Kim Houser of the Sterling G. Thompson Company, Louisville, KY. Sounds different-no relish or pickles. Here for safe keeping. Good with all kinds of seafood and and even on other sandwiches.

Recipe #292802

YOU DO NOT NEED VINEGAR PENNIES, ZAAR WOULD NOT LET ME PUBLISH THIS RECIPE BECAUSE PENNIES ARE'NT A FOOD SO I SAID VINEGAR PENNIES! I have no idea why or how this works but it does! Our garbage can is right outside of our kitchen door and when you went out the door you could usually count on a fly or two getting in the house. Since we've hung this by the door, there is not one fly! We've got them at different places now in the back yard where we spend a lot of time. There's two on our back porch and not one fly is on the porch. Theres one hanging from the big umbrella over our chairs and there are what I call the stupid "teenage flies" that will occasionally bug the heck out of you but nothing like it used to be. We're having company over Saturday for a backyard bbq so I'm anxious to see how it works for that, we'll hang one from the tree over the table. I don't know if its the reflection of the pennies in the water or what that makes it work. If you try this let me know how it works for you.

Recipe #390660

The most inexpencive and easiest recipe of all. The simplest way to soften fabrics and control static. Makes towels more absorbent.

Recipe #387244

34 Reviews |  By Bergy

This is really good for between patio stones or rock areas that tend to sprout weeds. Do not use it on your lawn. The weeds will grow back but then just spray them again

Recipe #37424

I can't believe I like this dish as much as I do. I was surprised. This is a variation of a rather bland scrambled egg mix that I found on the net but turning it onto an egg foo yung is really special. Add your own favorite things but this is a good start. If you add water chestnuts, ham, shrimp, pork, whatever- then you will have to adjust the cooking time. This is a basic recipe- make it your own. But an easy recipe to amend- as soon as the egg is set- then it is done! I really love this and it is so good for a family on a budget or a bachelor short on time. If you want a terrific egg foo yung sauce then try this one Recipe#45270 .

Recipe #133513

There were times when older (and younger, too) people had bad teeth or no teeth at all. When people couldn't afford to discard stale bread because they were happy to have bread at all. Need is the mother of invention - make fondue or raclette out of old bread and old cheese when you have nothing else to eat but have to see how you can manage that old stuff with bad teeth or no teeth at all. That's the swiss way. Germans seem to be more simple minded: Just dip your stale bread into hot coffee or tea. In my area of Germany there is something called "Knabbeln" which my dear FIL introduced to me. He used to get up at four in the morning, put the ingredients for white bread into his bread machine, start the machine and then go back to bed until the bread was ready. One day the yeast he used must have been too old, the bread came out as a brick stone. So he smashed the brick stone into smaller pieces, put them in the oven to make kind of rusk which he brought me, telling me that when he was young this was called Knabbeln. Toast old bread so that it doesn't get bad and then have it for a simple breakfast with hot coffee or tea or for a fast lunch with some soup. Now like cheese fondue or raclette, we developed our ultimate comfort food out of this old time need. Measurements and prep time are just fantasy - actually you can just take some stale rolls, a cup of your favourite coffee and start enjoying...

Recipe #361831

This make fluffy basmati every time- easy and comes out perfect. I like the Texmati brand of basmati-its available in many supermarkets and no rinsing is required. You can double, triple or quadruple this for more servings.

Recipe #283116

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