Wines to Pair with Good Cheap Eats

Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you. 

Bonus Feature #3 - Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you.

Blogging has been such a wonderful experience for me. I’ve met so many great people over the years, yourself included. ;) One of those sweet people is my friend Amy. We met at a blogging conference almost five years ago. Since then I’ve taken her to her first hockey game and driven her a steep windy road in the California mountains. She has helped me navigate taxis and airports as well as taught me a lot about wine.

I’m not a big drinker, but I couldn’t really call myself a lover of all things French if I didn’t enjoy the occasional glass of wine with dinner. Amy is my go-to girl for all things viniculture. A few years ago Amy decided to educate herself about wine and has since built a successful wine blog and developed a wine app to help folks like you and me figure out what kinds of wine we like.

Amy has also been one of my biggest cheerleaders in this cookbook writing business. She’s tested recipes, offered feedback, and generally been a big part of my rooting section.

One thing she did for me this summer is study the recipes in Good Cheap Eats and match them with budget-friendly wines. How cool is that?!

Unless you are a wine connoisseur — which I’m not — it can be difficult to choose the right wine to go with your meal. It really can make a difference! In case you didn’t know, a good wine paired with the right meal can make both taste out of this world remarkable. A bad pairing can be totally disappointing. Amy is full of knowledge on this point which is why I regularly text her from the wine aisle of Ralphs for feedback.

Bonus Feature #3 - Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you.

This week’s bonus feature is a wonderful wine pairing booklet to help you find great wines to go with the recipes in Good Cheap Eats.

Basically, Amy wrote an ebook on my behalf. The booklet is full of tips and tricks for choosing, serving, and storing wine as well as which ones to buy for which meals in the book. It’s a great resource to help you stretch your dinner and wine dollars a little farther.

Want this ebooklet? You’ll need to pre-order Good Cheap Eats and submit your info on the form by Tuesday, September 2nd.

If you’ve preordered the book, fill out the form below (or go here for the live form). We’ll send you the pdf when the book ships so you’re all ready to go.

Leaving a comment on this post will NOT get you your preorder bonus — though I do love to chat with you. You have to fill out the form. Them’s the rules. Thanks again for your support! I can’t wait for you to have a copy of Good Cheap Eats in your hot little hands.

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5 Quick & Easy Meals to Freeze

Save money and eat better with these quick and easy freezer meals.

Quick & Easy Meals to Freeze - Save money and eat better with these quick and easy freezer meals.

You’ve probably heard that making a bulk batch of something is a surefire way to save money and eat better. It’s totally true. Freezer cooking has helped us bridge the gap between a small budget and great food for years.

If you’re not already on the freezer cooking band wagon, I’m guessing your hesitation may be that whole intimidation factor:

  • It’s too daunting.
  • It’s too complicated.
  • I don’t know where to start.

Sound familiar? Freezer cooking doesn’t have to be intimidating or complicated. I confess that years ago, I made it a lot harder than it had to be. I was so desperate to fill my freezer in a short amount of time, that I heaped huge to do lists onto my kitchen counter and probably scared the living daylights out of some of my readers.

These days freezer cooking is pretty simple around here. It involves assistance from the troops and some simpler approaches to meal planning.

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Oven Roasted Ratatouille

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Enjoy the flavors of summer eggplant and squash in this easy oven-roasted ratatouille.   I’m a lifelong francophile. I’ve loved French culture since I was about five years old. I studied French literature in college, just because really, since there are few “practical” reasons for majoring in French literature. I had the amazing opportunity — […]

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Make Your Meal Plan Happen This Week

Make Your Meal Plan Happen This Week - Take these steps to make great meals, save money, and enjoy time with the people you love.

You can be a freezer cook extraordinaire or a whiz at grocery shopping on a budget or even a dynamo when it comes to creating a delicious and nutritious meal plan, but if you don’t get food on the table in a timely manner, all your prior efforts kinda fall on their faces. If the […]

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Presentation is Everything

Food doesn’t need to be expensive to look special. In fact, the way you present the simplest, cheapest eats can deliver a powerful punch.  This post was originally posted on June 26, 2009. The lessons still hold true. Years ago I worked in a catering kitchen, assembling deli and cheese trays, preparing cocktail sandwiches, and […]

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Spicy Sausage Burgers

Spicy Sausage Burger - Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer

Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer’s not over. Live up the lingering days of the season with these Spicy Sausage Burgers. Despite the fact that the kids and I are finishing our first week of school, the calendar and the warm weather both concur that summer is still here. Fall doesn’t […]

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5 After-School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

After-school Snacks Your Kids Will Love: Make after school time a happy hour. Provide your kids with these tasty snacks that are easy as well as delicious.

Make after school time a happy hour. Provide your kids with these tasty snacks that are easy as well as delicious. We are halfway through our first week of school. So far, so good. I’ve stayed (mostly) on task, teaching six kids, keeping the house (mostly in tact), and no one has starved. I had […]

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Another Bonus Feature for Good Cheap Eats

Another Bonus Feature for Good Cheap Eats: Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less? Well, check out a new bonus feature waiting for you.

Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less? Well, check out a new bonus feature waiting for you. So I wrote this cookbook called Good Cheap Eats. It is full of budget-friendly, kid-friendly, easy-to-prep meals. It’s our newest baby. I […]

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How to Audit Your Grocery Spending

How to Audit Your Grocery Spending - Think you should be spending less on groceries and other food costs than you are? Wondering if your food budget is a realistic one? Then it may be time for a grocery spending audit.

Think you should be spending less on groceries and other food costs than you are? Wondering if your food budget is a realistic one? Then it may be time for a grocery spending audit. Six years ago when I was pregnant with my sixth baby, we spent $400 a month on food. That’s right. A […]

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Prep-Ahead Breakfast Plan

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As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, it can be a crazy time of day to be in the kitchen. Forget the crazy and enjoy some good cheap eats with my latest budget-friendly meal plan. It comes complete with shopping list and make-ahead tips. Hop on over to Good […]

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