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 […]

Saving Cilantro

Don’t let fresh cilantro go to waste due to improper storage. Here’s how to save it. When you’ve got a serious salsa craving, there’s nothing worse than reaching into the fridge for the cilantro and finding a brown, gummy mass of something that once bore the name of that wonderful culinary herb. Cilantro, an ingredient […]

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Custom-mixed spices are an economical and tasty way to add flavor and texture to grilled meats. Try this grilled pork tenderloin. Over the last few weeks since hubby and I have been “watching what we eat,” our meals have become simpler. With a hearty protein at the center and lots of fruits and veg all […]

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 […]

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 […]