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Corned Beef Hash – Deal of the Day

I am a fan of Corned Beef Hash and my latest Deal of the Day is quite tasty, even from a can. What makes it a hash is the addition of cooked diced potatoes. There are a lot of purveyers of canned Corned Beef Hash out there, and as for this one, American Pride, it […]

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Milk – Deal of the Day

There is no real expiration date for my latest Deal of the Day, Gossner’s U.H.T. Shelf Stable Milk, that I retrieved not from a refrigerated cold case, but from a regular room-temperature grocery shelf. I have seen this type of milk for a while now, but I never picked up a carton – until this […]

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Mom\’s Cajun Potato Salad

Mom is back in the Chintzy kitchen with her delish Cajun Potato Salad recipe video – I say mashed potatoes, she says not….hmmm, there could be potato peels flying and a rumble in the scullery because of a few choice words. This is one delish side dish however you describe it. My Mom recently visited […]

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Clam Chowder – New England Style

Let the wind and rain rattle the windows, and the snow block the driveway; it’s time to get toasty with this classic East Coast autumn soup — rich with cream, and made hearty with potatoes and clams. Fortunately, anyone can enjoy my New England Clam Chowder, as all the main ingredients come cheaply: just a […]

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Fried Sweet Plantains & Tostones

Black is beautiful for the sweetest Fried Plantains. Green is the color for the nutty, potato-like Tostones. When shopping for plantains keep this in mind. In this week’s continuation of all things Cubano, I’ll show you how to prepare both Fried Plantains and fried Tostones. It’s an easy and quick dish to make; the only […]

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Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce

Like L.A. with its taco carts, Thailand has its own street food, and that is grilled Chicken Satay. The Chef has only been to Thailand through travel cooking shows like Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and food websites that describe street vendor food, but he likes nothing better than pulling over to the curb to investigate […]

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Baked Lasagna with Ground Chicken

Talk about patience, I’ve been on the lookout the last couple of years for packages of lasagna for 99.99 cents, so I could make a budget lasagna. Finally I picked up a few boxes at this Hollywood 99c only Store, along with some ground chicken, 2 containers of cottage cheese, and a large can of […]

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Pancake & Sausage on a Stick – Cheap$kate Review

My latest Deal of the Day should not be so good. I think you can understand my suspicion of any meat that’s on a stick from a frozen deli case. But I am a fan of McDonald’s McGriddle, a hybrid breakfast sandwich with a pancake bun that’s injected with maple sryup. I like my McGriddle […]

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Asian Style Rice Bowl – Deal of the Day Review

While not anything to write (email) home about, my latest Deal of the Day, Asian Style Rice Bowl by Banquet, is just okay. Banquet frozen meals are often more miss than hit. But this thawed entree has some tasty bits. The cooked veggie pieces are a nice size, not chopped into pulp. And chopped broccoli, […]

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Orange Sesame Chicken Bowl – Deal of the Day Review

This is one sweet Deal of the Day. And it’s a delish Orange Sesame Chicken Bowl by Smart Ones, under the banner of SMARTMADE. I am a fan of Smart Ones by Weight Watchers, and this frozen entree lives up to their tasty reputation.  Frozen & Zapped You first taste the sweet orange sauce. It […]

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Chicken Tinga Bowl – Leftovers Series

Some recipes are better served as leftovers. And my Latin-flavored Chicken Tinga recipe fits the bill. Chicken that’s cooked in smoky chipotle red chiles in adobo and tomato sauce tastes better over time. to see the recipe, or watch my recipe video at the end of this blog post. Chicken Tinga It’s an […]

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Ultimate Dessert Bar – Deal of the Day

This is quite the sweet tooth satiater. My latest Deal of the Day is just desserts made by Luxe Bakehouse (trademark of Dawn Foods.) And what a great bargain it is. You get four chewy Salted Caramel Ultimate Dessert Bars that measure two inch square, apiece –now that’s a mouthful. I’m not a big dessert […]

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Creamy Cheesy Enchilada Casserole with Chicken, Corn & Peas

Got Leftovers? If you’ve bought a rotisserie chicken from the market and are looking for a recipe to use up the leftovers – like leg, wing and backbone meat, then read on for a delish dish with a Latin flare: my Creamy Cheesy Enchilada Casserole with Chicken, Corn & Peas. If you cook with turkey […]

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Cinco de Mayo – Recipe Battle Royale

On the 5th of May, 1861, Mexico battled and defeated the French invading army. It became a celebrated holiday started in the United States. And here in Los Angeles the clashing continues in the Cheap$kate Cocina. For my latest recipe roundup it’s Mexican verses the French, redux, and the battlefield is the palate. Can we […]

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