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How to Reduce Grocery Spending (Reader Q&A)

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Ready to save some money and eat great meals? You will find everything you need to know here at Good Cheap Eats, from meal planning to savvy shopping to eating down the pantry. Join thousands of people who’ve decided to eat well, spend less, and enjoy time at the table a whole lot more. Become […]

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Tasty No Bake Desserts

Chocolate Fondue

We tend to associate dessert time with oven time. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Desserts can be tasty and delicious — no baking required. Raspberry Cream Cups with Pretzels Recently, the Best Landlords in the World replaced our oven and microwave. In the weeks leading up to the switch, our oven was […]

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Chick Food for Bachelor’s Day (Recipe: Tortellini Pasta Salad)

Cheese & Fruit Plate

Leap Day, also known as Bachelor’s Day, was traditionally an occasion for turning the tables. Women were free to propose to men. As such, I propose a day of “chick food” and this Tortellini Pasta Salad. Believe it or not, Leap Day, February 29th has also been known as Bachelor’s Day. Somewhere along the line, […]

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots

brussels sprouts mise en place

A quick saute of brussels sprouts with bacon and shallots makes for a quick and flavorful side dish. Oh the places you’ll go — and the foods you’ll eat when you subscribe to a CSA or produce co-op! Our family has really experienced a range of new-to-us fruits and vegetables. Lately it was brussels sprouts. […]

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Afternoon Tea

pumpkin scones

Afternoon tea can be a wonderful way to break up the day, enjoy a sweet and a hot spot of tea. Pumpkin Spice Scones Tea time has such a cozy ring to it. My kids embrace tea time, little hobbits that they are, because of all the British literature that I’ve fed them. Well, that, […]

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Meal Planning, February 26 – March 3

Quick fix meals and freezer cooking save my bacon during busy weeks. Here we are at the end of the month. How did that happen? I must be having a lot of fun — time is just flying! Our next week promises to be extremely busy: orthodontist appointments, hockey practice and games begin (2 boys […]

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Grocery Geek: Just for U & A Giveaway from Vons

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled episode of Grocery Geek for a giveaway from Vons, a Safeway affiliate, and a review of their “Just for U” shopping program. Recently, Vons wrote me with information about their new, personalized shopping program, called Just for U™. It “enhances your Club Card rewards and saves you additional money on […]

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Quick Fix Meals

Delicious meals don’t need to take long to prepare. Take a detour from the take-out lane by keeping a repertoire of quick fix meals. Turkey Avocado Baguette Sandwich with Chipotle Mayonnaise In the busy-ness of life, it’s easy to let mealtimes slide. It’s also easy to get lost in food prep and get overwhelmed by […]

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Easy Apple Turnovers

Easy Apple Turnovers

Homemade applesauce and frozen puff pastry come together for an easy apple turnover that will wow your friends and family. Frozen puff pastry is one of my friends. It doesn’t visit very often, but when it does, we have a party. It’s so easy to work with and results in such fun and tasty baked […]

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Recipes for a Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras Eats)

jambalaya

Mardi Gras, though rich in spiritual tradition, also carries delicious implications, like beignets and jambalaya. Mardi Gras means “fat Tuesday” in French.  In English it’s also referred to as Shrove Tuesday. Traditionally, it’s the day when one would purge the household of the foods that might be forbidden during Lenten observations. In Medieval times, rich […]

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