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My personal recipe collection

Will these recipes help you achieve financial independence and retire early? Of course they will. When I figure out how that is supposed to work, I’ll let you know. Until then, please enjoy these recipes I’ve collected and modified over the years to be easy (mostly), quick (fairly), and fool proof (nearly).

Many of these recipes were based off of one I either found online or in a book and honed over time to make it into our personal menu rotation. I’ll try to point to the source material if possible but many of them are hybrids where I took the pieces or techniques I liked from several recipes and combined them to a version I preferred.

Cooking is important

Learning to cook is one of the most valuable skills you can acquire in your lifetime. The obvious reason is that it can save you a fortune over your life in terms of reduced dining out expenses, grocery bills, and medical bills. Cooking for yourself *can* be healthier and help reduce your medical expenses over time but isn’t a guaranteed payoff though. Emphasis on the can in that statement since I love desserts and pastries as much as the next person.

The less obvious reason cooking is so important is because of the community it creates. My dad learned to cook from his dad, he taught me growing up, and I regularly cook with my son who already sees the enjoyment in the craft. Instilling a love for cooking and learning to cook is a legacy I’m proud to pass on.

Recipes –>

Plaza Chili Recipe
Easy, quick, inexpensive chili recipe. Roughly $6 worth of ingredients can be served in a warm bowl in about 30 minutes. Delicious
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plaza chili recipe instructions
Creamy Mushroom Pasta Recipe
A very simple pasta dish that involves no draining and only one pot. Perfect for a warm, filling dinner on a weeknight for less than $2 per serving
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creamy bowtie mushroom pasta
Easy Southern Biscuit
An easy southern style biscuit you could bake up in 30 minutes for breakfast or as a side dish.
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plaza biscuit recipe
Dry Brine, Butterflied Roast Turkey
My hybrid recipe to roast the most delicious Thanksgiving turkey in half the time. No wet brine bucket, no wasted space in the fridge, all tasty. Start the brine up to 3 days in advance.
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Vegetarian Potato Leek Soup
A hearty, filling soup using only four ingredients anyone can make quickly on a weeknight. It is vegetarian too, but can be altered with any mix-in you like to suit your needs.
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Oktoberfest Cucumber Salad
German cucumber salad (gurkensalat) we make every year for our Oktoberfest party. It pairs well with beer, sausage, pretzels, potatoes, and spaetzle.
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oktoberfest cucumber salad
Pandemic Travel Scones
Light buttermilk scones easy enough for us to make as a family every Sunday morning
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scone jam travel covid