These recipe cards were made from some of my favorites recipes on the Craft Stew site. These are the recipes I make again and again. They are loved by both my family and the many guests we have frequently have. Hopefully, you’ll love them too.
To make these recipe cards, first download the 5 pdfs. Next, print out the pdfs on cardstock. Finally, carefully cut the cards out, trimming just inside the lines.
Download Set 1
Download Set 2
Download Set 3
Download Set 4: Includes Spicy Indian Style Tomato Sauce, Quick and Healthy Tomato Salad, Just Wonderful Split Pea Soup, Jerusalem Pesto and Pasta Salad, Israeli Salad With Red Wine Vinegar
Download Set 5: Includes Vegan Hater’s Bean Soup, Vegetarian Sizzling Rice, Vegan Mashed Potatoes, Vegan I Can’t Believe It’s Not Chicken Soup, Vegan Almost Joes.
I make this recipe several times a year. It is loosely based on a recipe I received from my mother-in-law decades ago. She called this meatloaf Hidden Treasures, because of the hot dogs inside.
2 pounds ground meat
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup mashed potato flakes
2 1/2 tbsp onion soup mix
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup ketchup
2 eggs, beaten
5 hot dogs, halved lengthwise
6 pineapple rings, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine ground meat, brown sugar, mashed potato flakes, onion soup mix, pineapple juice, 1/3 cup ketchup and eggs.
Place half the meat mixture into a medium baking pan. Top with the 10 hot dog halves. Arrange the rest of the meat mixture on top of the hot dogs, making a neat loaf.
Bake for one hour, covered. Remove cover. Pour out excess fat (I do this into a unwanted jar or onto the ground to avoid clogging the sink.)
Spread the 1/4 cup ketchup on top of meatloaf, and bake for another 20-30 minutes without cover.
Option 1: Top meatloaf with the pineapple rings before baking. When spreading the ketchup after the first hour, pineapple rings can also be coated.
Option 2: The mashed potato flakes can be replaced by 1/4 cup fresh mashed potatoes and 1/4 cup matzoh meal.
With summer just months away, now is a great time to start thinking about swimwear. Here are 10 free bikini tutorials to get you started.
Why make your own bikini?
One reason is to save money. But, a more important reason is to insure a perfect fit. By sewing your own swimwear, even if your one size on top, and another on bottom, your bathing suit will fit just right.
How To Create A Bikini (video)
Before I left the US, and decided to pare down my belongings, I owned 300+ cookbooks. Even now, when I’ve spent the last six years simplifying my life, I still have over 100 cookbooks. And yet, I rarely cook from a book.
Like a lot of women, at least 90% of the meals I make come from my own recipes, accumulated over the years. My great aunt had slips of paper stuck in a cookbook and my mother had index cards organized in a file box, but it was all the same idea. We begged recipes from any great cook we came across, and kept them forever.
How I Store Recipes
I first stored my 25 year old accumulation of recipes by taping and stapling them into a spiral notebook. When the pages started to fall apart, I glued them to computer paper, hole punched them, and filed them in a binder. In ten years, when the binder cracks, I’ll just buy a new one. The one thing I’ll never do, is throw the recipes out.
What’s In My Notebook?
The recipes in my notebook come from dozens of sources. Some are from family members and neighbors whose food was so good I wanted to duplicate it. Some of the recipes come from AllRecipes.com, my favorite online cooking source. And, a lot, come from cookbooks.
The Cookbooks I Culled Recipes From
I must have penciled in recipes from at least 50 different cookbooks, but here are the ones that stick out in my mind.
- a biscuit and a pancake recipe from an old Joy of Cooking
- a universal muffin and a grain recipe from Tightwad Gazette
- a herb biscuit recipe from Herbal Treasures
- tons of pasta recipes from The 5 in 10 Pasta Cookbook
- a pizza dough recipe from The Fanny Farmer Baking Book
- a broccoli sauce recipe from an early Mollie Katzen books
- a chili recipe from Quickies (Chatelaine)
If you’ve spent years working on your own cookbook, or if you’ve inherited one from a relative, I’d love to hear about it. Please drop me a line the comment box, and I’ll be happy to post it.
Image by Ariela R.
I live in the Middle East.
Here, company or holiday meals always start with a wide selection of Mezze. Mezze are tiny dishes, usually simple salads, breads, and spreads, that are laid out family style before the meal begins. Mezze are the western equivalent of appetizers, but served much more frequently.
Why are mezze on my mind?
I’ll be eating at my sister-in-laws table tonight. I can almost predict there will be an enormous selection of mezze available. Her usual dishes are challah, dill dip/spread, fish, eggplant salad, zhug (middle eastern version of pesto), charif (hot sauce), hummus, techina, eggs and onions, pickles and olives, sliced and seasoned onions, and tossed salad. She also will probably add one or two extras like carrot salad or Israeli salad.
Mezze sounds like a tremendous amount of work, but it’s not. It isn’t nearly as much trouble to throw together as it seems. Most of the dishes are available ready made and at very reasonable prices for the small amounts needed. Other dishes, like coleslaw, are very easy to produce. People generally serve a combination of purchased and homemade mezze.
If you’d like to create your own mezze, here are a couple of recipes I posted in the past:
This chili is HOT. If you need a milder chili, add more beans or eating the chili over rice.
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 large red onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 can (undrained) chili beans (vegan/parve)
1 17 oz can (undrained) chopped tomatoes
1 cup cashews, whole or halved
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Saute the onions in oil for 2 minutes. Add the green pepper and saute for another 2 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer, uncovered, till most of the liquid cooks out.
Serve immediately or refrigerate for several days.
To me, the most mundane thing man ever produced, has surely got to be the thumbtack.
And yet on my latest look at Pinterest, I found dozens of clever thumbtack projects; jewels, washi tape, clothespins and tons more.
As usual, I’m awestruck at some of the things my fellow crafters come up with. Thumbs up to every crafter on this list!
Sometimes, when I have children visit, I like to make a few quick, disposable playthings using my computer. Most of the projects listed on this page can be assembled in an hour or less. I also frequently choose a project that requires black ink only, in order to save money.
Because of the nature of paper, none of these toys will last beyond a few hours. So keep that in mind when deciding how much of your time you want to invest in one of these projects.
Free Toys For Kids
- Flying Disc
- Penny Butterflies (b&w)
- Magic Fortune Ball
- Marble Mice
- Whirleycopter (b&w)
- Circle Sewing Card (b&w)
- Turtle Racing
- Sewing Card (b&w)
- Spring Pinwheels
- Truck Sewing Card (b&w)
Free Theater Set For Kids
Free Puppets For Kids
- Treetures Finger (b&w)
- Lion King Finger Puppets
- Red Riding Hood (b&w)
- Finger Puppet Stage
- Town Mouse/Country Mouse
- Monster Finger Puppets
Free Playsets For Kids
- Car Parade Playset
- Farm Playset
- Duckburg Airport Playset
- Western Fort Playset
- Underwater Station
- Operation Desert Treasure
- Space Station Playset
- Cinderella’ Castle Playset
- Indian Village
- Castle of Nottingham
Free Board Games For Kids
- Memory Game (b&w)
- Printable DIY Bingo Cards
- Green Eggs In A Row
- Easy Lotto Game
- DIY Animal Concentration
- Printable Dominos
- Gingerbread Baby Game
Printing : Print these projects out on the thickest cardstock that will go through your printer. If only regular paper will go through your printer, paste the printouts onto cardstock using a glue stick.
If you don’t own a color printer, print the projects out in black and white, but on colored paper.
Gluing : Avoid using glue if you can. A good quality glue stick works much better because it doesn’t warp the paper.
Cutting : Make each cut as long as you can. The more individual snips you make, the worse the result.
There are very few free men’s sewing patterns available on the internet. I never looked at statistics but I would guess there are two hundred women’s patterns for every one pattern for men.
This is a list of the very best patterns available. Enjoy!!
Underwear & Pajamas
source: Daniel Go
When I first got married, I used to make deep fried french fries all the time. But like most people, 30 years ago, when information started to circulate about the dangers of cholesterol, I switched to oven frying instead.
Today though, I woke up with an unexpected urge to make my own.
Since it had been decades since I deep fried anything, the first thing I did was look online to get some tips. I spent over a half hour reading hint articles, watching YouTube videos, and perusing answers to deep frying questions.
By the time I was finished, I knew everything I needed to know in order to produce some truly delicious french fries. Everyone who tasted them said they were much better than anything they had ever tasted in a restaurant.
frozen french fries (do not defrost)
1. Fill a medium pot with 2/3 of the way with olive oil.
2. Place pot over medium to high flame and heat till oil is hot, but not smoking. To test for appropriate temperature, place a single fry in the pot and allow till cook till light brown. If fry is tender in the middle and crispy on the outside, temperature is correct.
3. Place a small amount of frozen fries in the hot oil. I only cooked about 1 1/2 handfuls per batch, in order to avoid substantially lowering the temperature of the oil. You will need to make one batch per person, if using the french fries as a side dish.
4. When light brown, remove the french fries with a slotted spoon and place on a double layer of paper towels. Blot the tops of the french fries to remove excess oil.
5. Sprinkle very lightly with salt and serve with ketchup.
Note: I used much less salt than I do when making oven fries. When making oven fries, most of the salt falls onto the pan, but with deep fat fries, most of the salt sticks.