This is Real Life in My Kitchen

Here’s a peek into my kitchen and all its problems. I hope you’ve got some good solutions to my kitchen dilemmas.

This is Real Life in My Kitchen - Here's a peek into my kitchen and all its problems. I hope you've got some good solutions to my kitchen dilemmas.

Growing up I thought that the only spotless kitchens were those you saw on television. I didn’t realize until I was in junior high or high school that other people had really clean kitchens. I’m not sure that all those families did much cooking in their kitchens, but their kitchens were showrooms, nonetheless.

There’s a lot of cooking done in my kitchen. Whether it’s me or one of my family members or many of us at one time, there’s almost always some food prep going on in our kitchen. Also some messes. I’d like to change the latter. I’d like one of those pristine kitchens: a well-used, but also tidy, space.

After cooking in some pretty tiny kitchens in France this fall, I came home with a new appreciation for the ginormous space I have for cooking. But, I also realized that it needs some improvements.

I tend to stay away from kitchen stores and magazines because I want to be content with what I have. Looking at “bigger and better” doesn’t help me do that. Improving how I care for what I do have does.

However, sometimes a girl needs a little help. Since I can’t have you all over for coffee, though that would be quite fun, I thought we could chat about some of my problem areas. Maybe you struggle in the same way? Or maybe you’ll have a great solution. [Continue reading…]

Grocery Geek Report

Here’s my weekly report of what I spend on groceries for a family of 8. We focus on mostly whole foods, few processed items, and organics when it fits the budget.

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We go through eggs and yogurt like it’s going out of style. I know, we could raise chickens and make our own yogurt, but the property managers wouldn’t like the first, and my family doesn’t love the second. We are huge Fage fans, and I just can’t get homemade to taste the same.

FishPapa’s go-to snack at work or home is Fage with maple syrup. Have you tried that? Super yum.

Anyway, grocery shopping is a blur this week. I don’t remember where I went, what I did, or what we ate. Hmmm…. my brain must be maxing out its bandwidth. Here’s the photo diary of it all. [Continue reading…]

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 […]

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Pork Medallions with Sherried Shallot Sauce

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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. This meal has been on our dinner table a lot over the past year. As […]

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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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