Holiday Baking Tips & Tricks

Holiday Baking Tips and Tricks - This is the perfect time to get baking. Check out these tips and tricks for success before you get started.

This is the perfect time to get baking. Check out these tips and tricks for success before you get started. Are you ready for the holiday baking season? Over the last two weeks I’ve been thinking about what we’re going to bake this year and gearing myself to plug the big freezer back in. (We […]

How to Measure Flour Properly

How to Measure Flour Properly - The proper way to measure flour involves weights, not measures. And... you may be doing it wrong.

The proper way to measure flour involves weights, not measures. And… you may be doing it wrong. Chocolate Mint Snow-Top Cookies I am a lazy cook. I am an even lazier baker. I take whatever shortcuts I can, often because I’ve just got too much else that I’m thinking of. Sometimes those shortcuts work out. […]

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 […]

This is Real Life in My Kitchen

This is Real Life in My Kitchen - Here

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. Ours was a small kitchen with little storage space. Stuff crept out on the counters because there was no […]

Plan for a Great Week in the Kitchen

Plan for a Great Week in the Kitchen - Want to eat well, save some money, and enjoy your time in the kitchen? Plan for it!

Want to eat well, save some money, and enjoy your time in the kitchen? Plan for it! You can have a great week of healthy, economical meals. It doesn’t happen with the snap of one’s fingers. Only Mary Poppins can do that. But, it’s within your reach. Check out these 7 Steps to Set Up […]

Make Your Own Stocks and Broths

Make Your Own Stocks and Broths - Don

Don’t buy processed stocks and broths. You can make your own for less money and better flavor. Now that summer is over, we should see more and more sales on whole chickens, turkeys, and roasts. This is good news. Don’t be intimidated by cooking the whole bird. You can easily roast a small chicken or […]

Homemade Chipotle Taco Seasoning Mix

Homemade Chipotle Taco Seasoning Mix - Avoid expensive, packaged seasoning mixes. Make your own for less!

Avoid expensive, packaged seasoning mixes. Make your own for less! One of my favorite ways to save money but still eat incredibly tasty food is to make my own spice mixes. I buy spices in bulk from Costco and then make all kinds of blends myself at home. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the different […]

What’s Your Favorite Kitchen Appliance?

Favorite Kitchen Appliances - Having the right tools for the job can make any kitchen task more fun.

Having the right tools for the job can make any kitchen task more fun. Today, let’s talk about some favorites. I am a big fan of small kitchen appliances. I think it’s partly because I don’t like to get my hands dirty. Literally. I’m prone to dry chapped skin. Frequent washing prompts it to break out. […]

Plain Yogurt is a Good Cheap Eat

Plain Yogurt

Plain yogurt is a good cheap eat that you can enjoy plain as well as in cooking and baking. It’s a must-have in our kitchen. It wasn’t until we found ourselves buried in debt that I really gave plain yogurt a chance. Previously, I bought the more expensive sugared varieties in individual packaging. Once I […]

Creating Beautiful Baked Goods

Beautiful Breads

Home baking can be simple, beautiful, and easy on the budget. It’s a great way to bring an artisan feel to a frugal table. Artisan bakery goods are certainly tempting to look at in the store. Eye candy for the bread lover! However, many cost several dollars for a loaf of bread or even per […]