Chicken and Gnocchi Soup–Tastes like Olive Garden!

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

With cooler weather coming to Northeast Ohio this week, my kids are requesting that I make this knock off recipe of our absolute favorite soup from Olive Garden: Chicken and Gnocchi Soup.  This recipe is a cross between a few others I found online.  It's a creamy, garlic-y soup with chicken, … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: Crock Pot recipes for Boneless Pork Loin

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Did you see that Giant Eagle has their Whole Boneless Pork Loins (cut to order) on sale for $1.77/lb this week (ends today!)?  I usually get two pork loins when Giant Eagle runs this sale.  I have them cut so about 1/3 is a roast, and the other 2/3 cut into chops.  Sometimes I've had to ask the … [Read more...]

New Year’s Appetizer Recipes

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  After all the sweets available at Christmas time, I start to look forward to some of my delicious savory favorites for New Year's Eve! Our annual party is a little unconventional, since it includes at least 15 kids ranging in age from infant - 10!  We start our party around dinner time, … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: Make-Ahead Stuffed French Toast with Caramel Sauce

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Here's a delicious, make-ahead recipe that's fancy enough for a holiday brunch, but simple enough for any weekend morning.  Definitely a great choice if you want something special for Christmas morning!  You can assemble the ingredients ahead of time, even the night before, then just bake it when … [Read more...]

How to Transform your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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I'm totally game for a meal or two of re-running the Thanksgiving feast, but after a while, I think most of us get turkey-ed out!  So what's a frugal girl (or guy) to do when it goes against every frugal bone in our body to waste food? Freeze it!  I love having a few bags of frozen turkey on hand … [Read more...]