If these were in abundance in your kitchen, what would you make, using these ingredients and very few others?


flour, sugar, eggs, milk and butter
If you had the basic staples such as flour, sugar, butter, milk, cocoa, vinegar and egg and very little else in the kitchen what would make? (You would also have the standard spices.)
  • a can of corn to add, or a little leftover meat, you could throw together some kind of a chowder.
  • eggs
  • pancakes.
  • Brownies.
  • wacky cake sometimes known as Vinegar cake
  • cream puffs/eclairs (if I had some pudding mix) or fill with tuna salad for an entree
  • homemade noodles
  • toffee – great if I have some chocolate candy…if I don’t –no big deal….the toffee is still good, even without chocoate or nuts
  • toffee over saltines makes a great “cookie” especially if you have pecans
  • pie shell
  • biscuits
  • sugar cookies
  • chocolate pie
  • wacky cake
  • chocolate syrup
  • white gravy
  • white sauce
  • creamed tuna on toast if I had tuna and bread in my staples
  • crepes
  • scrambled egg sandwich or egg salad, either one, if I have bread
  • boiled eggs
  • chocolate gravy and biscuits
  • roux
  • flour tortillas  http://www.texascooking.com/features/sept98flourtortillas.htm
  • dumplings
  • German pancakes or Crazy pancakes are a baked pancake made from eggs, flour, sugar, milk, vanilla, salt and butter.  sort of like a thick crepe, eggy in flavor but they puff up to yummy goodness. worth trying at least once. Serve with lemon juice and powdered sugar or syrup or jam. all are good. like yorkshire pudding for English folks out there. the difference is they are baked in butter, not meat drippings)
  • Yorkshire pudding (same as German pancakes but they are baked in your meat drippings instead of butter!
  • Quiche – use your onion, shredded carrots and celery in the quiche
  • Veggie Pot Pie – if you have broth for flavor
  • Bechamel sauce*
  • Hot rolls or bread – check out the Recipe Box forum. LINKFRY BREAD
    from KiraINGREDIENTS
    4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
    4 cups shortening for fryingDIRECTIONS
    Combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir in 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water. Knead until soft but not sticky. Shape dough into balls about 3 inches in diameter. Flatten into patties 1/2 inch thick, and make a small hole in the center of each patty. Fry one at a time in 1 inch of hot shortening, turning to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.If you want it for sweet SCONES instead of Navajo Taco’s add sugar, maybe 1/2 cup*ADDITIONS TO BECHAMEL:

    • cheese (Mornay sauce)
    • shrimp, butter and cream (Nantua sauce)
    • heavy cream (Crème sauce)
    • prepared mustard (Mustard sauce)
    • finely diced onions that have been sweated in butter (Soubise sauce)
    • cheddar cheese, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce (Cheddar cheese sauce)

carrots, celery, onion and cabbage

If these were in abundance in your kitchen, what would you make, using these ingredients and very few others? And of course you would have your spices available to you, such as garlic and onion powders.
  • Lentil stew –  saute carrots, onions, celery & garlic, add lentils & water according to package directions. Add salt & pepper to taste. Cooks up in less than an hour, no pre-soaking needed.To make it really tasty you can add leftover ham, or some form of tomato -I like adding a can of stewed tomatoes (or chopped tomatoes & sauce).
  • soup, if I had a little meat and a potato…oh and some stewed tomatoes
  • roasted mixed vegetables
  • coleslaw
  • stir fry
  • Celery and carrot sticks
  • Bierox if I had a box of hot roll roll mix and hamburger meat
  • chicken and noodle soup if I had a piece of chicken and some cream of chicken  soup
  • shred veggies and use as filling for egg rolls
  • Cabbage rolls or Pizza pockets
  • stuffing bread with the celery and onion and then slice it for turkey or chicken sandwiches.
  • Slow cooker cabbage rolls   Can be served over rice.
  • With the Cabbage, I would make potstickers


Potato and onionIf all you had besides regular staples (flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, spices) what would you fix with potatoes and onion?
  • potato soup
  • potato pancakes
  • hashbrowns
  • baked potato
  • mashed potatoes
  • potato salad
  • fried potatoes
  • Slice potatoes thinly. Layer in a greased casserole dish with thinly sliced onions, red kidney beans, and sprinkles of flour, salt & pepper. Dot with butter & pour milk on top. Sorry, no measurements, we just wing it. Bake until potatoes are done, 300* – 350* or so. Tasty, nutritious, inexpensive & filling.
  • Roast chunked potatoes and onions in oven.
  • Dice potatoes and onion and wrap in foil packets to bake or grill.
  • Crockpot potato soup -Peel and dice potatoes (I do about 5 pounds.) and one onion.Put them in the crockpot.
    with enough chicken broth to just cover potatoes. Salt and pepper. Cook all day on low till potaotes are tender.
    When you’re ready to eat, use a potato masher to mash up about half the potatoes (right in the crock pot!) add two cans of evap milk and one stick of butter.Put the lid back on and call everyone to dinner.Serve!
    You can top it with bacon crumbles or cheese or green onions.
  • curried potatoes
  • Peirogi http://familyfinances.suite101.com/article.cfm/polish_pierogi_recipe
  • HINT: keeping the peel on while boiling made it so the potato didn’t soak up water and get mushy. It gets soft and cooked without getting waterlogged, which will affect the texture when you go to mash/slice, shred, whatever.


If you had a hunk of cheese but very little else besides basic staples (bread, flour, milk, eggs, onion, mayo, ketchup, mustard, and spices) what would you do with it?
  • eat it plain
  • Cheese toast
  • grilled cheese
  • mac and cheese, if pasta is available.
  • egg and cheese on english muffin
  • quiche
  • egg bake (the cut up bread with egg mixture dumped on it and sits in fridge overnight before baking)
  • quesadillas – flour, oil and water or milk make tortillas
  • Tuna wiches – if tuna was available (open face tuna toasted in oven with cheese on top.)
  • Cheese Biscuits
  • fried cheese sticks
  • Enchiladas if you have corn tortillas! You can use chili powder to make the sauce.
  • Cheese Chips & Salsa. Microwave little pieces of cheese until it melts and turns crispy. Eat it with salsa like you would a tortilla chip. So good….

Look what I found:Enter an ingredient you have in your kitchen e.g. “salmon”. For best results, add what ingredients you have at home and it will bring up all the recipes that have that in it. What could be easier!!!!http://www.supercook.com


MyFridgeFood.com lets you quickly give it an inventory of your fridge’s contents (well, beyond the fridge, to be accurate), and finds recipes you have all the ingredients for in its database. How cool is that?

You only have to enter your ingredients once; MyFridgeFood.com remembers what you’ve got, and you can add and subtract ingredients. You can also create your own account by logging in with Facebook.

Ingredients are broken down into categories – Beverages, Bread, Canned Products, Cereal, Condiments, Dairy, Ingredients (like oil, herbs, spices and extracts), Liquor, Meats, Pasta/Grains, Produce, Seafood and Snacks – and the options are pretty comprehensive. After entering your ingredients just click “Find Recipes,” and bam! You’re on your way to a delicious meal.

“The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.”
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