I decided to save money this month by actually using a calendar and a shopping list. I pulled up some older recipes, put them on the menu, and made my shopping list accordingly. We will see at the end of the month if I actually followed through or if I went bananas.
I have been saving my recipes on my computer for a really, really long time. It started with Meal Master, an ancient DOS program. I had about 350 recipes that were all my own, and then I had to get something better. I picked BigOven because it did everything I wanted it to, and it imported Meal Master recipes. Then, BigOven did something I think is kind of stupid. They went web/android only and decided not to support BigOven software on Windows 10. That meant I would have to put new recipes in on my phone or tablet, which is a real pain in the a–s. No thank you! I have a Windows 7 computer which I will eventually (soon) upgrade to Windows 10, and then I will no longer have BigOven available. So, today, I went shopping for new recipe software, and I found Living Cookbook. I was able to import all 675 recipes. It seems to be just what I wanted, I think I’m a happy camper now.
This recipe for Shrimp and Crab Casserole Bake was given to me by my cousin and was one of the original recipes on had in Meal Master. She made it one day, and I loved it. I think you will like it, too.
I am so happy that it is finally getting cooler in Southern California. As a matter of fact, there was thick cloud cover this morning, and I had to wear a sweater. It was a good day for soup.
After making Crab Salad with Thousand Island Dressing, I had a half a package of crab left over. I also had some cream left over from making something else. I knew I needed to use that crab, I needed to use the cream, and I wanted something warm. I have always liked crab bisque, so I decided to make that.
I had this brilliant idea when looking in my pantry and spying a can of Great Northern white beans. I didn’t have that much cream, and I really wanted the soup to be filling. To compensate for not using real crab, or real crab stock, I added a little anchovy paste for flavor. Both additions worked beautifully. Honestly, if you wanted to, you could omit the cream completely, as the beans do a fine job of thickening without all those calories.
When I was a little girl living in Germany, my mother used to get frozen crab cakes. I loved them. A few years ago, I found a package of Zatarain’s crab cake mix, and I made it with imitation crab. Yup, you heard me right – imitation crab.
Here’s my thoughts on imitation crab. What is imitation crab? Imitation crab is made from surimi, a concoction of fish, usually pollock, a binder and flavoring. I never think of imitation crab as crab, I think of it as Krab.
I went to the market yesterday, and stood there thinking about what to make for Friday Food. Krab was on sale, and there was a nice package of small bay shrimp on sale as well. Since I was going to be making this for Amber’s family as well as mine, I got both, and thought I would mix them together.
I asked my six year old what he wanted for dinner, and he said “Armenian”. That sounded good to me, because it always means the freshest ingredients. I had forgotten that it was Cinco De Mayo, but this sounded so good, we are shelving that for another day.
We like Lula Kabob Burgers, also called Koobideh Kabob, yogurt salad, and herb rice. The yogurt salad always seems like a lot, but it goes very quickly.
You can get Lula Kebob, otherwise known as ground meat kebob at Middle Eastern or Armenian butcher stores. There are also spice packets available at those stores, and recipes on the Internet. I have found that my butcher has a very good recipe, so I just buy his ground spiced meat. Form the meat into patties, and cook as you would a regular hamburger. You can serve them with Lavash and Secret Garlic Sauce.
When you go to get the ingredients for the yogurt salad, it is advisable to go to the market early in the morning to get the freshest vegetables and herbs. This is a very easy to make salad. Continue reading →