How to a $1.99 bag of perogies taste like a gourmet meal!

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I love perogies, but I cannot see myself ever making homemade ones. They take up an entire day, and actually cost quite a bit of money once you do the math. No, I am more of a “buy a bag of perogies for $1.99 and figure out how to make them amazing” kind of person!

I have had so many compliments from this recipe that most people actually think they are homemade…..hahahaha! It almost feels like I am insulting the good people that take the initiative to make them from scratch!

So I am going to share my secret to taking a bag of $1.99 perogies and turning them into  a “gourmet” meal your family will request on a regular basis!

How to make cheap Perogies taste gourmet!

  • Bag of cheap, frozen perogies
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Super easy…..super cheap! I bought everything I need (except for spices and butter because I already had that) plus the sour cream and salad for only $8.00. This will feed four and that is $2.00 a person for an amazing, “gourmet” meal!

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Instructions

  • Caramelize onions until translucent, fragrant and brown to your liking in oil. Remove from pan.
  • Add frozen perogies to pan and sprinkle with spices.
  • Add butter and water and let simmer, stirring often.
  • The water, butter and spices with start to create an incredible smooth, silky sauce as it cooks down. Once there is a small amount of liquid in the bottom of the pan, turn the heat off. If you let them go too long, they will dry out.
  • Top with caramelized onions and serve with sour cream and salad!
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Enter a Caramelized onions…smells so good!
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Perogies before cooking down
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Sauce thickening and looking amazing!
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Gourmet Perogies for $2.00 a plate!

If love perogies I encourage you to try this recipe out! Please let me know what you think!

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Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

Even thought it is technically April, Mother Nature just refuses to let it be Spring. I am watching tiny snowflakes dance around my yard as I write this and this kind of weather makes me want soup!

So naturally, I go through my cupboards and fridge to see what I have to make soup. Do you ever do this? Just make up recipes based on what you have on hand? I do all the time, actually that probably makes up over 80% of my recipes. They don’t always turn out amazing, but it usually gives me a base to work with and improve on every time.

This recipe hit the bulls eye on the first try! It is perfect comfort food for cold days, but has a taste of freshness to hint to warmer days coming and fresh veggies right out of the garden. It is also cheap….and that is right up my alley. You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat good and tasty food!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

After gathering the ingredients and grilling the corn, peppers and chicken, it is all easy peasy from there! Melt the butter in a pot and sautee the onions and garlic until fragrant and translucent. Add the broth and potatoes and simmer until they are tender. Puree 1/4 of the potatoes and liquid (or more if you like thicker soup). Return puree to pot and add corn, peppers and chicken. Let the flavors mesh together by simmering for 20-30 minutes (your house will smell amazing by the way)! Add milk, cumin, chili peppers and salt and pepper. Simmer another 15 minutes to heat and you are done!

Serve with a nice crisp salad and buns and you have the perfect dinner for a cozy night in watching movies!

 

Trials and Tribulations of a Foodie

Being a Foodie isn’t always dinner parties and cooking shows! It not only changes your life, it changes your friends and families lives too. They are constantly having to listen to you blab on about new recipes or the new, exciting fruit that is now available at the farmers market! Little do they know the daily dilemmas this lifestyle has created for you!

Here are 5 Trials and Tribulations of a Foodie that my friends will understand:

  1. Going to restaurants becomes an opportunity to take new and exciting pictures of food! Whether you are a blogger or not, taking great food pictures is an addiction for a foodie. When you go to a restaurant with an amazing table setting, perfectly plated food and interesting lighting, the first words out of your mouth when the food arrives is “Don’t touch anything…..I have to snap a picture!” delicious-1853300_1920

  2. After taking four hundred pictures of your food (and your friends food) at a restaurant, your immediate reaction after digging in is “I can make this better!” Whether it is a dessert, BBQ meat or the seasoning on veggies, you will always compare it to your own recipes. And if by chance you think theirs is better, although you would NEVER admit to it, you are secretly trying to figure out their recipe and anxiously awaitin going home to try it out the minute you walk in the door. You’ll be damned if some restaurant out there is making better waffles than you! breakfast-690128_1920


  3. Being a Foodie means constantly trying out new recipes. This means shopping for ingredients ALL THE TIME! Great recipes usually begin with great ingredients, and by great, I mean hard to find ingredients that will put you on a scavenger hunt around town. There is always that recipe that calls for Fig Leaves. “Where the hell do you find Fig Leaves?! So begins the great ingredient hunt! 

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  4. Foodies love food, and anyone that loves food that much will always be just a little fat! There really is no way around it. You can try and be healthy all day long, but if a friend comes over with a lemon meringue cheescake for you to try, you will probably eat the whole thing! There is nothing to be ashamed of! We Foodies enjoy life through food, whether it is growing it, creating it, cooking it or eating it! Just go with the flow and feast on my Foodie friends! macaron-2462247_1920


  5. Foodies put their heart and souls into creating new recipes, and when one fails, it hurts man…..I mean really hurts. It is a feeling of failure that a lot of Non Foodies would not understand. Imagine creating a invention that so many people will benefit from and enjoy, and when you go to produce it for those people, it isn’t great at all and those people snub you and your invention. Recipe Blues is a real thing!pexels-photo-299863


What are your trials and tribulations as a foodie? Sometimes it helps to come together and share frustrations, stories and lifestyle dilemmas!

 

 

Meal Planning on a Budget


I went to the grocery store this morning and was super happy with some “discount” finds! I am always trying to keep my weekly grocery budget under $40.00 ($30 is always my goal) and looking for recipe inspiration isn’t always cheap! 

They say the most brilliant, creative ideas come out of poverty, so the way I look at it, if I only bring $40 to the store, I am going to come up with the best ideas on how to spend it and make it go as far as I can! 

Today I spent $35.00 and my meal plan is as follows (some stuff I already have and that was all taken into consideration when making my list…..I am always planning!) 

  • Steak Roll Ups with peppers, onions and a big salad
  • Cauliflower crust pizza with cheese, olives and tomatoes 
  • Turkey tacos in corn shells, lettuce, tomato, refried beans and cheese
  • BBQ sausage with fried apples and potatoes 
  • Cheese omelettes with a big salad

I will still have lots left over for snacks 🙂 Keep an eye for some of these recipes later this week!

Spiced Rhubarb Jam Recipe

When rhubarb comes in season, I cannot resist making this delicious jam that is so good with so many things! It was perfect on toast, crackers, in oatmeal, yogurt and perfect for canning so you can enjoy on cold winter nights. It is also amazing with cheese, on a pork roast or over ice cream. I do have a recipe for spiced rhubarb bars that are also to die for. Ask me for the recipe if you want it!

So start with some rhubarb, the redder the juicer! We grow it right in our garden so I am always waiting for it to ripen just to make this recipe!



Put rhubarb in a pot with brown sugar, lemon juice and spices. Let sit for 20-30 minutes to start extracting the natural juices out of the rhubarb. There! Now the hardest part is done! Feel free to pour a tea or relax outside with a good book!



Once the rhubarb starts creating liquid, put it in the stove on low for 1-3 hours depending on the total amount of sugar, rhubarb and the temperature of your stove.

You will know when it’s done when you can split the jam with a spoon and it stays like in the picture below:


I just put it in a big jar in my fridge because let’s face it, it doesn’t last long enough to worry about canning it. If you have a large supply of rhubarb and want to do this in a large batch (perfect for Christmas presents!), place it in a boiling bath for 10 minutes after canning and you are good to go! My friends practically knock down my door for a jar of this when I make it. It is like instant popularity!!

If you are new to canning,  check out this great starter canning kit from Amazon that has everything you need to get you started for super cheap! This kit will pay for itself over and over again as you continue to enjoy seasonal treats all year long!

Amazon also has some great deals on mason jars if you are up for the challenge! I am telling you, you will want to make lots of spiced rhubarb jam, especially once your friends start asking you for some every spring!

So there you have it! I wish you could smell it as you read this because that is the thing that will tip you over the edge with the recipe. The sourness of the rhubarb mixed with the sweetness of the brown sugar and all of the spices must be something straight out of heaven!

Try it and let me know what you think 😁

Spiced Rhubarb Jam Recipe – recipe makes 4 x 8 oz jars

That is all! No pectin, no crazy ingredients. Just let cook down on low until it is nice and think (1-3 hours depending on size of rhubarb, amount of sugar and how hot your burner is) and enjoy the amazing aroma in your house!

Bon appetite!