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How to Make a White Sauce

This basic white sauce is the building block of great recipes like homemade mac and cheese or lasagna. It comes together quickly and easily on the stove.

How to Make a White Sauce

I first learned to cook out of my mom’s yellow Pillsbury cookbook. It was written in 1971, back in the days when home economics was still taught in schools and when branded cookbooks listed real ingredients like 1 cup flour instead 1 6-ounce package Mary Mary’s baking mix.

Nowadays many cookbooks offer you recipes that are simply open this can, shake in this mix, stir and done. While the convenience is nice, the ingredients not so much.

I am the first to say that I love the Cheesy Potatoes that my Gramma and grandmas everywhere made with canned cream soup. “Church potatoes” were always one of my favorite things at family reunions.

But, I’ve found how to make it myself — from scratch — without all the preservatives and junk. The secret is in the sauce — the white sauce. [Continue reading…]

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Spicy Grilled Tri-tip

This spicy rub recipe for tri-tip and other cuts of beef is super easy to prepare. Rub the meat and throw it on the grill for a super supper.

Spicy Grilled Tri-tip

The first time I had tri-tip I didn’t understand what it was. The year was 1990. I was a senior in high school and on a road trip with the baseball team. I was a stat girl. I was probably distracted by the boys.

Fast forward four years and I was married and living on the Central Coast where tri-tip flowed abundantly. We could buy a large roast for about $1.99/pound. We ate a lot of tri-tip in those days. It was a cheap alternative to steak and we loved it!

It wasn’t until 2003 Kansas City when I searched high and low for a roast and came up empty that I realized how much I had taken my beloved cut of beef for granted. It is a California cut that butchers in most other parts of the country traditional carved into steaks or made into ground beef. Sad! [Continue reading…]

*Flash Sale* Ultimate DIY Bundle – Limited Time

I’m an affiliate for this bundle. If you buy it, I receive a small portion in advertising fees. Thanks for your support! This Ultimate DIY Bundle was available back in January and it’s back for only a few short days this week. It’s chock full of food-related goodies, like ebooks on canning and cake-decorating as well […]

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Meal Planning: How do YOU do it?

Meal Planning: How do YOU do it? | Good Cheap Eats

There are all kinds of strategies for meal planning. Some are better than others. What’s your method?

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Sausage and Potatoes with Sour Cream Sauce

Sausage and Potatoes with Sour Cream Sauce | Good Cheap Eats

Make a quick fix dinner of sausages and potatoes topped with an herbed sour cream sauce. The recipe is super versatile, allowing you to mix up the herbs with what you have on hand. Our month in France was pretty fabulous. I finally finished posting the story of our European vacation, and I’m dying to […]

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Budget-Friendly Recipes for Easter

Easter recipes

Looking for a new recipe to try this Easter for the holiday meal? Here are a few easy favorites that won’t break the bank.

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Real Food Products We Love: Real Maple Syrup from Costco

Real Food Products We Love - Real Maple Syrup

I didn’t used to be brand loyal, but now that we’re working to improve our diet, I love finding products that are simple good food, like Costco’s Maple Syrup.

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Easy Chicken Fajitas

Easy Chicken Fajitas

Pull dinner together in a jiffy with this recipe for Easy Chicken Fajitas. Slices of chicken, onion, and pepper are simply seasoned with cumin, oregano, and garlic for a quick-fix dinner.

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Weekly Meal Prep Can Save You Time & Money This Week

Weekly Food Prep featured

Take a little time each week to prep food for upcoming meals. It will save you both time and money — and help you eat more healthfully.

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Ham and Cheese Salad

Ham and Cheese Salad | Good Cheap Eats

Ham and Gruyere cheese add rich flavor to this hearty salad that evokes tastes of France. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and tastes great! Did you catch the Fish Packets recipe that I shared earlier this week on Life as MOM? They were the main course for a meal that we […]

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