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A quick and easy meal including reader submitted recipes for Mexicali Pork Chops, Cottage Cheese Salad and a delicious Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe!

Here's an easy 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies recipe which makes a quick and easy snack for your kids or for unexpected company!

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe, Mexicali Pork Chops


To save money at the grocery store, try to only shop the perimeter of the store. In other words, make a circle around the outside edge. You can find most of what you need there – meats, vegetables, fruits, dairy, bakery and sales items. Don’t wander up and down each aisle. Only go down an aisle if there is something you really need there. Every couple of weeks (or better yet, once a month) or when there is a good sale, stock up on your canned goods and the other things found on the aisles.

With school started in most places and the temperatures dropping, many of us are dragging out the cookie sheets. Here are some helpful cookie hints to make your cookie baking easier:

  • If you prefer chewy cookies, bake them only until the edges are golden brown. The centers will look a little under baked. You will need to let them cool for a minute or two before removing from the pan.
  • Use shiny cookie sheets and not dark or burnt ones. In the same way that dark clothes and car upholstery absorb heat, dark baking sheets cause cookies to burn more easily.
  • If you have a small amount of dough to bake or if you don’t have a cookie sheet,turn over a regular baking pan (like a 9×13 or 9×9) and bake your items on the bottom.


We get some very yummy recipes submitted by our readers and I have decided to use a couple from our archives in this menu. I hope you enjoy them! The Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe is especially yummy!


Mexicali Pork Chops*
Boiled Potatoes
Peas and Carrots
Cottage Cheese Salad*
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe*



Mexicali Pork Chops
(from Jacqui D.)

Taco seasoning mix* (see below)
Pork Chops

Rub a package of taco seasoning mix onto pork chops and fry in a little oil! They are really good (not bad for only 3 ingredients)!

Cottage Cheese Salad II
(from Sheila H.)

This would make a pretty Christmas salad and is great for barbecues, too. I thought of our Australian and New Zealand readers who will be celebrating Christmas in the heat of their summer.

Cottage cheese (16 oz.)
Pimento, 1 small jar
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2-3 green onions, chopped

Mix everything and serve.

Easy 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups baking mix
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat milk and peanut butter until smooth. Add baking mix and vanilla. Mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork. Dip fork in flour to prevent sticking. Bake 6 to 8 minutes at 375 degrees.


We are so often asked what kinds of recipes and tips are included in the Dining on a Dime cookbook. There are so many good old-fashioned basic scratch cooking recipes in the cookbook but at the same time we have included many harder to find recipes, too. This recipe is from Dining on a Dime. There are also recipes for Italian Seasoning, Seasoned Salt, Pumpkin Pie Spice and so much more.

*Taco Seasoning Mix

6 tsp. chili powder
4 1/2 tsp. cumin
5 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. oregano
3 tsp. onion powder
2 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. One teaspoon of homemade taco seasoning equals 2 teaspoons of store bought taco seasoning.

For more homemade recipes like this easy peanut butter cookies recipe, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!