Parmesan Prosciutto Potato Packets

Unlike most Sunday Scratchups recipes, Parmesan Prosciutto Potato Packets are not dairy free, and decidedly not low carb. Last night the kids ate Miracle Soup as an early dinner, while ScratchupsDad came home late with a hankering to grill up some hamburgers after Mr. 7 was in bed. (Yes, he had a hankering for hamburgers and I had a hankering for potatoes, so you begin to see why he is the only low carb one in the family here...) Never fear, the children aren't deprived; they're getting the … [Read more...]

Perfect Pot Roast in the Dutch Oven

All of these pot roast pictures came out very dark, sorry! It was actually very dark when I made pot roast, though, in my house on a stormy winter afternoon. Just to clarify: Not in my soul, because you can't have a single dark thought while being soothed with the comforting aroma of pot roast a-slow-cooking in your oven all afternoon. So: Let's talk pot roast! I usually make this in the Crock Pot, because the cheap chuck roasts you use for pot roast lend themselves to long, slow cooking. … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Ham Bone Vegetable Soup

About a year ago, I first scratched up this spicy slow clooker ham bone soup around the Easter ham sales. I always thought it needed more veggies, and so jumped on the chance to mess with the recipe again when my ALDI was running a "$3.00 off every ham" promo recently. This one is like double slow cooker mega fun! What's better than one Crock Pot meal? Two Crock Pot meals in a row, of course! Because slow cookers, they rock. Day One: Make Easy Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Ham. Day Two (or … [Read more...]

Slow cooker Mustard Pork Chops and Potatoes

The other day, I picked up half price clearance pork chops -- and then came home and realized I had no idea what to do with them. So, I started poking around to see what I had in the house that might go well with pork chops. Do you ever do this? Sometimes, these scratched up recipes work out serendipitously well, and sometimes ... not. This time, though, turned out to be one of the good ones, so I thought I'd share my Slow Cooker Mustard Pork Chops and Potatoes recipe with you! In poking … [Read more...]

Spinach sausage potato strata

It's Sunday! Time for some Sunday Scratchups, old style: AKA, cooking from scratch around grocery store matchups and sales. This week, I picked up some $.25 bags of spinach (it was on sale for $1.00 at my local store, and there was a handy dandy $.75 coupon available). While I was out shopping for spinach, I also spotted clearance Jimmy Dean hot breakfast sausage rolls for $.79 -- so, a couple of those jumped into my cart as well. So, what do you make with a dollar's worth of breakfast … [Read more...]

Mashing up the leftovers — Chile-lime tikka masala potatoes

So let's say you have just a few left over roasted chile-lime potatoes, and you also have just a little bit of leftover chicken tikka masala from Indian carryout a few nights ago? Yeah: You just mashed up lunch! These were surprisingly good together... What surprising flavor combinations have come out of your leftovers lately? … [Read more...]

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