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Grocery Geek: Basics for the Pantry?

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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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Quick Salads for Busy Days

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Busy days call for quick lunches. With an easy formula for pulling together a great salad, you can eat good as well as cheap. My days are fairly non-stop. If I’m paying attention, that it. Don’t get me wrong. I like to just lie around. But, folks depend on me, so I don’t take that […]

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Make-Ahead Meals

Make-ahead meals are an integral part of an efficient kitchen. They help you make use of time when you do have it without sacrificing meal times when you don’t have have the time for kitchen prep. Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas Last week we talked a little bit about what makes our time in the […]

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Garlic Brie Toasts

Brie Toasts

French baguettes are brushed with a garlic-infused olive oil and topped with a slice of Brie cheese. A few minutes under the broiler creates a quick and delicious appetizer. I’m a little sad now that football season is over. It’s not that I care who wins or loses. Except that a Chargers loss definitely changes […]

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Cranberry Chocolate Snack Cake

Cranberry Chocolate Snack Cake

With it sweet crumb top, tart cranberries, and rich chocolate, this snack cake will disappear in a flash. My family loves cake. More than pie. Yeah, they’re weird. I’d much rather have pie. But, this cake might sway me. A sweet crumb top forms a bed for fresh cranberries and chocolate chips. Delicious! Perfect for […]

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Meal Plan, February 12 – 18

Meal planning and freezer cooking work together to make meal times easier. Jalapeno Burn Pizza The month is half over this week. Where did it go? Amazing. Dinnertimes have been so incredibly easy (most nights) with a freezer full of meals and a meal plan all-ready to go. The rest of my days have been chaotic, […]

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Grocery Geek: Produce Galore

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While February doesn’t seem like a fabulous month for fresh produce, here in Southern California, we’re enjoying plentiful pickings. It would seem that Wednesday brought an influx of fresh produce to our house. Not only did I pick up the produce box, but I also cruised by Sprouts for some of their sale produce, to […]

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Review of La Bonne Femme Cookbook

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La Bonne Femme Cookbook is a wonderful addition to your repertoire of recipes. I’ve been drooling reading my way through my copy of La Bonne Femme Cookbook that my publisher so graciously sent me a few weeks ago. Oh my! It has been a delightful journey back in time and across the globe. Author Wini […]

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Jalapeno Cheese Dip

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Hot dips are the perfect appetizer to serve on cold nights. Typically, rich and cheesy, they break the ice at any get-together. Artichoke-Chile Dip Savvy readers will have noted that with six children aged 3 to 14, I’ve spent a good portion of my life pregnant. In fact, I think I was continuously pregnant or […]

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Butternut Squash Brownies

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As you know I’ve been in possession of a wealth of butternut squash. I started with four: Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Big Brother Bear, and Baby Bear. Today all that is left is Baby Bear. We made the rest into all kinds of yumminess, including but not limited to, squash cake, squash muffins, squash pie, […]

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