Simple Last-Minute Appetizers

If you’re enjoying time with family and friends, you don’t need a big, complicated spread of dips and layered concoctions. Lean on these simple last-minute appetizers.

Simple Last-Minute Appetizers | Good Cheap Eats

So, you know how a holiday dinner usually goes down at my house? The meal is a good hour later than I plan for it to be. It’s not for lack of trying. But, typically, I overestimate how efficient I will be in my prep time. If I haven’t made everything in advance, I’m working in the final minutes and past them to finish up the meal prep.

I also get to talking. Ahem.

This means, if I invite you for dinner at 5:30, we probably won’t sit down for the meal until 6:30. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t be eating at 5:30. Continue Reading »

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

I grew up eating chicken noodle soup from a can, and I loved it. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found out that Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is tastier and cheaper, too!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe from Jessica Fisher

As I type, I’m feeling a little under the weather. A mild sore throat, a few aches and pains, and a regret that there’s a rock solid, frozen chicken sitting on my counter thawing instead of in the crockpot braising. Because a slow cooked chicken leads to homemade chicken stock which leads to homemade chicken noodle soup.

We’re also all out of frozen chicken tenders, so I am up a crick unless I want to head to the store, which I don’t because: mild sore throat and a few aches and pains.

Needless to say, homemade chicken noodle soup is a comfort food in these parts. Continue Reading »

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie

Mix things up this season with a Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie. It’s rich and creamy and chocolatey — and practically fool proof! I never liked Pumpkin Pie as a kid. And I didn’t like it as an adult. But then my mother-in-law made me the best pumpkin pie in the world.¬†And I was hooked. Hooked. […]

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How to Make Homemade Pie Crust Without Freaking Out

Gramma John's Pat in Pan Pie Crust Recipe

Want to make a homemade pie crust for the holidays this year? You can totally do it — without freaking out. Some of my fondest memories are those spent with my Gramma John, my dad’s mom, baking. She had a special second kitchen in her basement where she baked. It was like a dream come […]

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Our Must-Make Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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The turkey may be the star of the Thanksgiving feast, but these must-make recipes are perfect Thanksgiving side dishes. Last week I spent a few hours getting ready for Thanksgiving. I put on some Christmas music and prepped for our big feast. We’ll be hitting the road early on Thursday to visit my in-laws and […]

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Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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A slow cooker pot roast is a welcome sight on a cold and busy evening. The slow braise allows the flavors to develop, making this one of my favorite recipes. This post contains one or more Amazon affiliate links. When you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in advertising […]

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie is the perfect cold-weather dish. Enrobe your favorite gravy-laden chicken and vegetables with flaky pie crust and settle in for the winter. When I was a kid, one of the highlights of my small life was when mom would buy me a frozen chicken pot pie at the grocery store. You know, […]

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

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This Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake¬†will be a hit with your holiday guests this year just as much as it will please the regulars around your coffee table. With flavors of raspberries, orange, and luscious cream cheese, it’s a delicious way to start the day! This post contains one or more Amazon affiliate links. When you […]

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This Month’s Meal Plan: Good Enough for Company


This Month’s Meal Plan is “Good Enough for Company” but easy enough for any weeknight. Get four weeks of delicious dinners all planned and ready to go. I love having friends and family over for a meal. We’ve got two large tables that seat 8 people each. To have company, we have to use both, […]

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Thanksgiving Savings Tips

Thanksgiving Table Setting

Need some Thanksgiving savings tips to keep you in the black this holiday season? A few little tricks can help you eat well and spend less! One of my favorite culinary holidays is approaching: Thanksgiving! I love the meal that is Thanksgiving, and have no trouble eating leftovers morning, noon, and night the following day. […]

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