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 […]

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer

Hamburgers for Freezing

Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks! Today I took the kids down to Balboa Park for a free museum visit. San Diego County residents get free admission to select Balboa Park museums on Tuesdays. We’ve lived here for 5 1/2 years and NEVER done it. I’ve always […]

Great Recipes for the Grill

Great Recipes to Grill - a roundup of 20+ great recipes for the grill.

With hot weather on the horizon, now is the time to fire up the barbie! By cooking outside, you move the heat of meal prep out of the kitchen, helping your home to stay cool. You also add great flavor to your meals. We love our grill, despite the fact that it is breaking in […]

Grilled Balsamic Pork Chops

grilled balsamic pork chops

August is here. That means it’s time to cook outside, eat ice cream, and try to stay cool. Am I right? That’s why it’s so important to have a meal plan, preferably one that is grill-worthy. That’s where these balsamic pork chops come in. This is a super easy recipe that you can pull off […]

Backyard BBQ Ideas for Summer

Enjoy the relaxing days of summer by cooking out of doors. Check out this round-up of great grilling recipes. Summertime has arrived. OK, not officially. I realize that June 21 is technically the longest day of the year. But, for all intents and purposes, schools are releasing for the summer in the next few weeks, […]

Salsa Verde Chicken

Green Salsa Chicken

The flavors of lime, spices, and tomatillo salsa combine in a flavorful marinade for chicken, perfect for grilling. This recipe is also freezer friendly to make supper a little easier. My mother in law used to make a wonderful chicken that she marinaded in green salsa and then breaded with flour and spices before baking. […]

Hearty BBQ Fare


BBQ, cooking out, grilling — depending on where you live, they evoke thoughts of hearty meats, cool salads, and tasty sides to enjoy in the great outdoors. Here in Southern California, we call it “grilling.” But, whatever you call it, it’s tasty! Here are some of our favorite recipes to serve on a night of cooking and […]

Get Grilling This Weekend!

There’s a wealth of things that you can throw on the barby this weekend. Check this out: :: Simple Bites did a great series on all things to grill, including fruit, cheese, and salad! :: Check out LifeasMOM’s meatloaf on the grill. :: The Kitchn gives the play by play on grilled pizza. :: $5 […]