If you make it yourself, then you KNOW what's in it! Foodstuffs you can make at home better and cheaper! For homemade remedies and beauty, see my Mama said... cookbook. For household items, see my Don't put THAT in your mouth! cookbook.
One of the easiest ways to save money on your family's grocery bill is by purchasing foods in bulk when they go on sale. When ground meat goes on sale, rather than just stocking up to store in the freezer "as is," many cooks find it helpful to prepare meat mixes for using later in their favorite family recipes. By preparing this recipe for All-Purpose Ground Meat Mix, you'll be ready to fix any number of tasty ground meat recipes without needing to brown the meat, onions and spices each time you cook. Not only will this technique save you money, it saves time too. The following recipe is from the book "Frozen Assets: How to Cook for a Day and Eat for a Month"
Posted in response to a technique request. This creates a crystal clear broth. You can also substitute ground chicken and chicken broth to make a chicken consomme. This recipe is from "On Cooking" by Labensky and Hause. You can add anything you like to it: cooked beef, cooked vegetables, croutons, or use it as a base for soups.
As proof of my lifelong love of chocolate, I give you the recipe that is listed in my baby book as my favorite food. I still request it every year for my birthday, and I make it for St. Patrick's Day, but it's rich and creamy any day. I used to make it for an after-school "snack" when I was in junior high. Pour milk over your serving or slather whipped cream. Sprinkle toasted slivered almonds for added yumminess. I suggest small portions, especially for children. My kids love to lick the pan when I'm done. I've also had great success with this recipe in making a chocolate pie with a vanilla wafer crust (sprinkle vanilla wafer crumbs on top)