Lazy Budget Chef: November 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Crock Pot Turkey or Chicken Stock

To keep our sanity Husband and I flip flop major holidays with each side our respective families. After last year's Tofurky Thanksgiving, we traveled deep in the heart of Texas to spend this Thanksgiving with Husband's family. As we were cleaning up I stopped his sister from tossing the turkey carcass. It was stripped clean of meat but was still able to produce a bunch of tasty homemade turkey stock. 

I asked Husband - the King of Homemade Turkey Stock to work his magic. He's a Lazy Chef too because he makes his turkey stock in a crock pot.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Thanksgiving Tofurky

Tofurky. It sounds like the punch line to some sort of food joke, doesn’t it?

And yet I ate it. Not only did I eat it but I enjoyed it.

Last Thanksgiving Husband and I decided to do something different and made a Tofurky for Thanksgiving instead of the traditional turkey.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Made Pumpkin Curry!

Many Americans forget that pumpkin, while tasty in desserts like pie, it is actually a squash.

Pumpkin a great budget stretcher because you can get a  fresh 10 pound carving (squash) pumpkin for around $1.99 - $4.99 at the grocery store.

Some people claim that the big pumpkins are too tough or too bland to eat. I disagree. The small (pie) pumpkins are sweeter which is nice for pie and desserts. However, the big pumpkins work just as well with the right combination of pumpkin spices.

If you think your pumpkin dishes are too bland, check your pumpkin spices. The spices are what gives pumpkin dishes and desserts their kick of flavor. My favorite pumpkin spice is Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice because it has a hint of black pepper that makes all the difference in the taste of my dishes. I buy at least two bottles of it every Fall and use it year round.