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 […]

8 Sweet Valentine Desserts

8 Sweet Valentine

What is Valentine’s Day without a little bit of chocolate? Ready for Friday? It’s Valentine’s Day. Whether you have a sweetheart or not, I think it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in a little chocolate. Chocolate makes everything better. It’s true. It’s a law of nature. Check out this roundup of some of our favorite […]

Merry Christmas!

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Thanks for being such loyal readers and companions on this journey toward healthier, more economical eating. My family and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May 2014 be full of good cheap eats for you and yours!

Cheesy Corn & Chile Tamales

Cheesy Corn & Chile Tamales - Quick and Easy, Meatless, and Cheap

This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this site. So thanks! Years ago, probably fifteen, my husband said something like, “We should learn how to make […]

Growing Basil that Doesn’t Die & a Recipe for Cranberry-Basil Baked Brie

Growing Basil that Doesn’t Die & a Recipe for Cranberry-Basil Baked Brie

The following content is sponsored by AeroGarden in partnership with Kitchen PLAY: I am the daughter of a farmer. Well, a farmer who decided to go to college and become a teacher. Instead of growing hundreds of acres of corn and soy beans in South Eastern Minnesota, my dad planted a quarter acre of sweet […]

Oslo Kringle

Oslo Kringle Recipe

My Gramma John was full-blooded Norwegian. Though she was born in Minnesota, both her parents emigrated from Norway in the early 20th century. She grew up speaking Norwegian, making lefse, and eating lutefisk. My dad, her youngest son among 8 children, grew up with this heritage. My Aunt Cass, my mother’s sister, spent a year […]

An Easy Wine & Cheese Gift Basket

How to Make an Easy Wine & Cheese Gift Basket

As you mark your calendar for upcoming holiday events and get-togethers, consider how you can bless your hostess (or host) ask thanks for the effort and preparations that they’ve invested into said shebang. Here’s a fun gift basket idea that you can pull together rather quickly, perfect for a hostess gift. It’s also a great […]

Great Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Great Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes | Good Cheap Eats

The biggest meal of the year is just around the corner. I don’t know how it shakes down at your house, but with all the “once-a-year” kind of recipes that we serve on Thanksgiving, it can be a pretty big to do around here. And, while I’ve been trying to cut our sweets, you must […]