Dining on a Dime Cookbook by Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper, (Temple, TX: T&L Group), 2004 was formely published under the titled, Not Just Beans.
On page 3 the authors tell you how to save money throughout the year by giving up something. For instance, in 2004, if you gave up one pizza delivery each week (they say the cost is $20) that you could save $1040 over the course of one year.
Page 8 “Basics of Frugal Cooking” are suggestions to help you spend less on your grocery bill. For instance, “Drink water with your meals.” You will save on the amount you spend on milk, juice or soft drinks.
Plan your meals in advance. That way when you go shopping you buy only what you need.
This book has tips on how to eat better and spend less, to make your own baby food, how to save on herbs, and it even has a shopping list that you use. There is a “Freezer Guide” that tells you which recipes freeze well, the foods that do not freeze well, and several freezer tips.
No cookbook would be a cookbook without recipes. And this book is packed with recipes for even the most pickiest eater. And the recipes are simple and the instructions are easy to follow.
Here is a Ham and Bean recipe that will warm you up this cold winter.
2 cups dried lima or great northern beans, washed well
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups ham, cubed in pieces
Soak beans overnight in 6 cups of water. Drain and put in pot with 6 cups fresh water. Season with salt and pepper. Add ham and simmer over low heat for 2 to 3 hours or until beans are tender. Serves 6 to 8.
If you serve a bowl of this ham and bean with corn bread you have a low cost hearty meal that keep you warm while the weather outside is either cold or swirling with snow.