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Frugal Gourmet

Famous Chef: Jeff Smith" "When you want down-home, old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness REAL food, then this is the cookbook you want!

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Smith note: This is a tasty way to use up leftover lamb, providing you haven't over-cooked the lamb in the first place. MY NOTE: Oh yum! I'm a believer in using up every square inch of meat -- especially stuff as expensive as lamb. AND since this year was my first foray into making, serving and EATING lamb, I wanted to get my money's-worth out of the roast! I didn't make it EXACTLY as Smith directed, but we loved it just fine the way I prepped it. Cooking time includes overlapping the pasta cooking with the meat prep/stir-fry.

Recipe #492450

Recipes are an illusion. Gourmet Cooking doubly so. At least that's my story for now. There are no amounts for this recipe, thus the illusion. Quantities are constantly in flux when I prepare this for my family, depending on how much garlic I have, how many olives I feel like chopping, whether I remembered to buy Parmesan cheese yesterday, and what shoes I'm wearing. Not too long after we married, my husband and I really got into watching "The Frugal Gourmet" on PBS. On one of the first shows we watched, Jeff Smith prepared this dish. I practically freaked out trying to write this down, since I had not yet learned my laid-back, pinch o' this, handful o' that way of cooking. He was just tossing things in the pan! How can you COOK like that? (Just fine, thankyouverymuch) At that time I was trying to make myself into a gourmet cook, so I bought the whole green olives and pitted them myself. I bought the wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano that played havoc with the week's grocery money, grating it over the top, with my own freshly Band-Aid-ed fingers, just before serving. I got over it. Nowadays, I just have fun in the kitchen, and we manage to eat pretty well, gourmet cook or no. So, here it is, the way I make it now. More or less.

Recipe #29634

This recipe is from a Jeff Smith (Frugal Gourmet) cookbook. I often use a chuck roast for this. The original recipe also calls for 3 or 4 dried mushrooms to be added with the other ingredients, but I have never used them.

Recipe #162525

THE FRUGAL GOURMET'S HUMMUS. Serving size is for an appetizer and a total guess.

Recipe #98460

The best chicken soup I've ever eaten. This came from "The Frugal Gourmet On Our Immigrant Ancestors" by way of a friend of mine. It's easy to make, although you need to make sure you have all of the spices, and at least for me, they aren't the most common of spices. Having said that, you won't have any problem finding them in the local Safeway.

Recipe #83983

1 Reviews |  By KCShell

I think this came from the Frugal gourmet's tv show - was it back in the 80's? Anyway, this technique of "sealing in the juices" is wonderful and it ends the controversy (at least with me) whether the chicken on the grill is "really done". Try this.

Recipe #95150

from Jeff Smith's "The Frugal Gourmet: On Our Immigrant Ancestors"

Recipe #1117

This was Jeff smith's recipe. It's simple and really good. My boys love this.

Recipe #107432

4 Reviews |  By Charmed

This is a recipe for homemade tahini from The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines NOTE: Since I have not made this, I could not tell you what the amount it yields is. The recipe says 4 servings, but I don't know what that is based on.

Recipe #92742

Recipe #35010

1 Reviews |  By CindiJ

Here's another great recipe from Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet that says "This is an oldie and goodie. The biscuit topping puffs up and provides you with a whole meal in a wonderful form. If you don't want to make your own biscuit dough, you can use good old Bisquick." I've added a few things to make it my own. My entire family loves this recipe - even those that say they don't like pot pies. This is great dish to prepare and share with friends or family that is need of some good old comfort food.

Recipe #109116

This was posted about 10?15? years ago in a ladies magazine and I kept all of The Frugal Gourmet's Recipes. Jeff Smith aka The Frugal Gourmet recently died. He had his own cooking show on PBS and his recipes were fantastic! Hearty Meatloaf with a creamy gravy that is fantastic over the loaf and of course the mashed potatoes! Freezes WELL and is great the next day! *MY notes: I find using 1/3 beef, 1/3 ground turkey & 1/3 ground pork works really well here too **

Recipe #109149

I copied this recipe from the Frugal Gourmet show years ago as I watched Jeff Smith prepare it. It certainly looked delicious and I had to try it. It is good! (Rise time is not included)

Recipe #117067

If you watched The Frugal Gourmet on PBS years ago when his show was the best, you may have seen Jeff Smith make this barbecue sauce. It's a very old recipe (not one of his originally) and it makes a great pork or beef rib marinade. If I recall correctly, Jeff Smith said an old woman who ran a hotel in Chicago gave him the recipe. Anyway, it will keep for a long time, stored in the refrigerator. Another great use for this blend is as a Bloody Mary base -- see directions below. This sauce is much thinner than most barbecue sauces and the recipe makes a LOT as listed! Enjoy. big pat.

Recipe #191190

8 Reviews |  By CindiJ

I got this recipe from Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet back in 1987. He made this recipe and ran it by Pizzeria Uno in Chicago and they smiled and nodded "It's almost as good as ours." This is easy, no roll recipe.

Recipe #109113

This is a terrific and simple fish dish. I've made it for many years. This is best with a flaky fish such as cod or snapper but tilapia will work, too. A Jeff Smith/Frugal Gourmet recipe.

Recipe #222309


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