Must-Have Kitchen Tools for the Home Cook

12 Must-Have Kitchen Tools for the Home Cook - What are your must-have kitchen tools? What helps you the most in getting food on the table quickly and deliciously?

What are your must-have kitchen tools? What helps you the most in getting food on the table quickly and deliciously? When we went on our big European vacation this fall, I got to do some cooking. In both Collioure and Paris, we had vacation apartments with small kitchens. While they weren’t “fully equipped”, they did […]

12 Great Recipes to Use Leftover Turkey

12 Recipes Turkey Leftovers | Good Cheap Eats

Don’t want to just reheat your leftover turkey? Try one of these recipes! Even though I’m not in charge of cooking a turkey on Thursday, I fully intend to buy a few turkey breasts to stash in the freezer. I love having an abundance of meat to use in recipes after the holidays are over. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Easy and Elegant Thanksgiving Day Appetizers

Easy and Elegant Thanksgiving Appetizers - Have a selection of appetizers on hand for your family and guests on Thanksgiving so no one gets hangry!

Have a selection of appetizers on hand for your family and guests on Thanksgiving so no one gets hangry! I don’t know about you, but it’s rare that I have a meal ready when I think I will. I might invite guests over for dinner at 6, but it may actually be 7 before we […]

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes | Good Cheap Eats

Thanksgiving will be here soon! Get thinking about your menu with some of these delicious side dish recipes. Thanksgiving is our family’s favorite holiday. Oh sure, we like Christmas and Easter. But the food on Thanksgiving rocks it, you know? And really? It’s the side dishes for me. That’s what makes Thanksgiving. I’d rather eat […]

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 […]

12 Easy, Make-Ahead Appetizers

12 Easy, Make-Ahead Apps - Want to entertain easily and effortlessly? Or just wind-down with a fun little app for the fam? Check out these easy, make-ahead appetizers.

Want to entertain easily and effortlessly? Or just wind-down with a fun little app for the fam? Check out these easy, make-ahead appetizers. The weekend approacheth! That means time to tone down the activity — at least a little — and get ready for some relaxation and/or socializing. I’ve been working like a fiend this […]

Fish for Fridays?

Fish for Fridays? Whether you observe a meatless Friday fast or just want to add more seafood to your diet, fish can be a high-quality, low budget protein to enjoy.

Whether you observe a meatless Friday fast or just want to add more seafood to your diet, fish can be a high-quality, low budget protein to enjoy. My mom grew up in an era where fish served on Fridays was common place, particularly so in her Roman Catholic family. That was the meal of the […]

Make Pancakes for Mardi Gras

Pancake recipes and ideas for Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday) | Good Cheap Eats

Celebrate Mardi Gras with pancakes for dinner! Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. During the middle ages, it was tradition to abstain from eating eggs and butter during Lent. So as to not let anything go to waste, people would use up their stores of rich fats on the Tuesday […]