Crockpot Chili Bean Soup

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup - Spend ten minutes prepping tonight

Spend ten minutes prepping tonight’s dinner. This crockpot chili bean soup is a crowd-pleaser. Things are starting to heat up now that April is well under way. I got a bit of a sunburn at Legoland earlier this week. Summer approaches! Warm weather aside, I still have been firing up the crockpot, particularly for those […]

Guinness Beef Stew

Guinness Beef Stew - Homemade beef stew is homey and comforting. It

Homemade beef stew is homey and comforting. It’s also so easy to make, you’ll wonder why anyone would think to ruin it in a can. Beef stew is one of my comfort foods. Prepped in the morning to simmer all day in the slow cooker, it’s a luscious melange of beef, vegetables, herbs, and broth. […]

Easy Slow Cooker Chili

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, and walk away.

I’ve been leaning on my slowcooker a lot lately, particularly for soups and chilis. These are recipes that lend themselves well to slow cooking and allow me to do other things while they do the work. This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, […]

What to Do with the Turkey Bones? Make Stock

What to Do with Turkey Bones? Make Stock

Making a homemade stock is one of the most economical things you can do. Essentially, you’re getting all the flavor you possibly can from something you might otherwise chuck. Stock is also one of the easiest culinary feats you can pull off. And yet, the resulting turkey or chicken stock adds rich flavor to soups, […]

Soup is Good Food (or How to Make Stone Soup)

How to Make Stone Soup

Forget the can. Homemade soup is super simple to make, better for you, and most decidedly cheaper. I started making homemade soup about twenty years ago. Before that I opened a can. I had no idea that you could make it yourself and have it taste good. For our wedding friends gave me the book, […]

Cheese and Garlic Croutons

Homemade Cheese and Garlic Croutons | Good Cheap Eats

Forget the box! Make your own croutons for great flavor and good cheap eats! Croutons are like candy at our house. Back in the day when I bought the boxed versions, I had to hide the box because my people would be tempted to eat them all — with or without a salad to go […]

New Recipe: Asparagus Soup for Spring

Asparagus is a spring vegetable. It should have the pricing to match right about now. It is spring, after all. I just bought some last week at Sprouts for 88 cents/pound. Proof positive. What a good cheap eat! Head on over to Life as MOM for the recipe to this easy and flavorful Asparagus Soup.

Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetables and cubed roast beef play happily together in this soup to warm the tummy. When I was growing up, canned soup was a staple in our home. It was easy to open a can, pour it into a pot, and reheat. Yes, the convenience was awesome. It went to college with me. And into […]

How to Make Beef Stock

Don’t throw away scraps. Make homemade stock! As I mentioned the other day, soups are a great way to make good use of leftovers and other little tidbits in your larder. (I love that word, larder. I suppose we could have called this the Larder Challenge. But, then folks would think I was really loopy. Huh.) […]

Minute Minestrone

What do you do when you’ve got the leftovers of a spaghetti dinner? Well, besides having spaghetti again?  I know some folks would mix up a Baked Spaghetti dish, but my people aren’t fans of that. So, I needed a different option to make the most of our leftovers. If you’re doing the Pantry Challenge […]