French Fridays: Eat Like the French

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One of the things that we did to prepare our kids for a month in France was a practice I call, “French Fridays”. Instead of serving regular Friday night pizza, I switch up the menu to serve our dinner more in the French style.

To do so, the girls enjoy setting a nicer table. I serve the meal in courses. The guys have to slow down and pace themselves when it comes to eating.

All this preparation served us well in France. Not only were they more familiar with the rhythm of a French meal, but they also came to prefer this style of eating. In fact, on our last Friday in France, FishChick almost popped a gasket when I didn’t serve our meal in courses. It was French Friday, after all.

For my part, I lost six pounds eating the French way, so I have no complaints. [Continue reading…]

Pork Medallions with Sherried Shallot Sauce

You’ll feel like a rockstar chef when you serve up this amazing meal: slices of pork tenderloin bathed in a sherry and shallot sauce atop mashed potatoes. It tastes like a million bucks, but it won’t cost you more than ten.

Pork Medallions with Sherried Shallot Sauce - You'll feel like a rockstar chef when you serve up this amazing meal: slices of pork tenderloin bathed in a sherry and shallot sauce atop mashed potatoes. It tastes like a million bucks, but it won't cost you more than ten bucks.

This meal has been on our dinner table a lot over the past year. As I watched the price of beef slowly shoot into the heavens, I started looking for alternate (read: affordable) proteins. I’ve been very pleased to find pork tenderloin on sale in the $3/lb range. The price makes it doable for our family.

This recipe makes it delicious.

My boys are meativores. (Their term, not mine.) Their eyes light up when something meaty is on the menu. This dish ranks as a top favorite. My family loves this meal so much that it’s become a request for special occasions. It’s perfect for holiday get-togethers, birthdays, anniversaries, tonight’s dinner. You name it.

Pork tenderloin is just that — tender. I have a hard time not overcooking pork chops, so this is a great cut that allows us to enjoy “the other white meat.” [Continue reading…]

Good Cheap Eats Giveaway Week #3

Good Cheap Eats Cookbook Giveaway - Win one of three copies of Good Cheap Eats each week in November.

Win one of three copies of Good Cheap Eats each week in November. This month, we’re sharing a dozen copies of Good Cheap Eats with readers. As the holiday season approaches, so does the temptation to go overboard in grocery spending. You know how that is, right? With Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for […]

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Thanksgiving Recipes to Make-Ahead and Freeze

Thanksgiving Recipes to Make Ahead and Freeze - Freezer cooking can help your holiday. Choose from many Thanksgiving recipes that you can make-ahead and freeze to save time on turkey day.

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast can be difficult work. Make it a bit easier by choosing some make-ahead dishes that are freezer-friendly or can be stored in the fridge for a day or two. You know what a big fan I am of freezer recipes. If I can make a double or even triple batch of […]

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8 Fantastic Desserts for Thanksgiving

8 Fantastic Desserts for Thanksgiving | Good Cheap Eats - Finish off your Thanksgiving feast with one -- or more -- of these delicious desserts!

Finish off your Thanksgiving feast with one — or more — of these delicious desserts! You know the old adage, “So many desserts, so little time.” It’s true, of course. It’s so hard to choose just one dessert to make for Thanksgiving. Even though we often have only eight people which would maybe need a […]

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Cheat Sheet for Freezing Baked Goods

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You know how I love to use the freezer to help me get ahead. There’s no better time to do that than at the holidays. Spend a day baking up a storm (grab this holiday baking freezer cooking plan if you need inspiration) and then stock the freezer with all that yummy goodness. Not sure […]

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Rebel with a Cause Smashed Potatoes

Rebel with a Cause Mashed Potatoes - Mashed Potatoes can make a great meal. Prepare these simple, non-fussy potatoes to go with your favorite gravy and roast meats.

Smashed Potatoes can make a great meal. Prepare these simple, non-fussy potatoes to go with your favorite gravy and roast meats. Mashed potatoes are one of the best parts of a meal. Honestly, I could just eat mashed potatoes and gravy. And maybe some veg on the side. In fact, I do, quite often. Potatoes and […]

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How to Choose Wine for Your Thanksgiving Meal

How to Choose Wine for Your Thanksgiving Meal - Ever get paralyzed by the thought of choosing a bottle of wine to serve your guests? Don

Ever get paralyzed by the thought of choosing a bottle of wine to serve your guests? Don’t fear the wine aisle anymore. The Wine4.Me App can help. Broiled Bruschetta This past weekend, I prepared a big Italian feast for my parents, sister and brother-in-law, and all the kids. Since we had six adults in the […]

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Dinner Every Night for Under $10?

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You know what they say, if you don’t have a target, you’ll never hit anything. This is true for so many areas of life, but quite importantly for financial goals. If we don’t strive to achieve something, we’ll more than likely achieve nothing. Success takes effort. Cooking at home, frugal shopping, and meal planning can […]

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Grocery Geek Falls Overboard

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Last week I said that I wouldn’t worry about it if I went overboard (or budget, as the case may be) on our groceries this month. I have to remind myself of that tonight as I type up this post. We were gone for a month and there was no food in the house. Groceries […]

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