Friday, September 24, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Cooking: Mary Alice's Hoagie Dip

Believe me, you won't be able to stop eating this. When reading the recipe, it may sound like too much, but the combination is so yummy. Perfect for an afternoon of football with your family and friends.


1 medium onion
2 pickled pepperoncini peppers
1/2 head iceberg lettuce
1 large tomato, halved and seeded
1/4 pound deli-sliced genoa salami
1/4 pound deli-sliced ham
1/4 pound deli-sliced prosciutto
1/4 pound deli-sliced roast turkey
1/4 pound deli-sliced provolone cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 10-to-12-inch round loaf Italian bread
8 hoagie rolls, cut into pieces, for dipping


Chop the onion, pepperoncini, lettuce and tomato into bite-size pieces. Dice the meats and cheese.

Combine the chopped vegetables, meats and cheese in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise, olive oil, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes and stir until everything is all mixed up and tasty. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Carve out the center of the bread loaf to make a bowl (don't cut through the bottom) and cut the scraps into bite-size pieces. Serve the hoagie dip in the bread bowl, with the extra bread and hoagie rolls to scoop it up.

From Food Network website

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Chatter: $300 Grocery Challenge -- Week 4

We're in the home stretch and I still have $94 to spend. My goal for week four is to spend only $50 at Safeway. If I can do it, I will come in $40 under budget for the month!

Here's my shopping list:

shrimp (Great coupon for $4.88 for a bag of shrimp)
frozen strawberries
trash bags
flour tortillas
red onion

Here's the menu for the week:

lemon pepper pasta with shrimp and sage butter
beef and bean tostadas
homemade pizza
scrambled eggs and bacon
chicken caesar salad
Others: egg burritos, pasta salad, tamales and rice

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What's on your menu this week?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Deal of the Day: Paperless Post

My friend Lisa just sent the cutest online birthday party invitations using this new site and I must say that Paperless Post is worth a look for sure! Twenty "stamps" cost $4 but you earn 25 points when you sign up. Great prices and way-too-cute designs. Sounds like a win-win to me.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Favorite Things: Rubbish Roll Sleeve T-Shirt

Ok, so a $36 t-shirt isn't cheap but I got for $24.90 during the Half Yearly Sale ... and my mom bought it for me as a birthday gift so it was actually free ... but I digress. This shirt is cute, comfortable, and versatile. Pair with a skirt, skinny jeans, walking shorts. Throw on a necklace, or not. I have it in both colors but can't decide which is my favorite. Everyone needs a favorite fall tee. What's yours?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Chatter: $300 Grocery Challenge -- Week 3

So my week three shopping is complete! My goal was to spend $70 and I spent $71.95. I added in our soccer snacks since we're responsible for them next Saturday and still only went $1.95 over budget -- not too shabby! Price and selection wise, I was very pleased with my Target grocery experience. I will return to Safeway next week; we do get points towards school scrip at Safeway so we need to be consistent about shopping there.

We still had several dinners (raviolis, tamales, omelettes/waffles, chili, and tacos/burritos) on hand so this shopping list was focused on restocking breakfast and lunch items, plus snacks and a few toiletry items.

Here's what I got:
cream cheese
banana nut muffin mix
Honey Bunches of Oats
wheat bread
sourdough bread
peanut butter
frozen pizza (great $2 coupon)
Betty Crocker cookie mix (Matthew's treat request and had a great coupon)
Wheat Thins (great $2 coupon)
soccer snack: juice boxes, granola bars, fruit leathers, extremely green bananas
Hefty bags

I think I am forgetting a few things, but you get the idea. Almost there!

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: How is the $300 challenge going for you?


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