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Hospitality Reminder: Dinner Mishap? Have a Backup Plan

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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Build a Better (Holiday) Breakfast

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Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it’s also a perfect meal to celebrate with friends and family at the holidays. Christmas, New Year’s Day, and all the mornings in between are ideal moments to gather with friends and family to share a meal. Whether you have house guests, are visiting […]

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Mint Chocolate Cream Parfaits

Mint Chocolate Cream Parfaits

Chocolate Cream Pie gets morphed into a dessert in a jar, a Mint Chocolate Cream Parfait, to be exact. Perfect for your next game day dessert or holiday get-together. One of my husband’s favorite desserts is Chocolate Cream Pie. It’s a simple pie made of chocolate pudding, cooked on the stove, and then laid on […]

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Meal Planning: Dec 18 – 25

Easy dinners are the name of the game. Until Christmas later this week, of course. Then we’re going to feast! As I mentioned yesterday, we’ve got lots of great food in the pantry and freezer, particularly of the bread, vegetable, and grain variety. I’m adjusting my original monthly plan to reflect what we have in […]

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Grocery Geek: Building a Stockpile

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Building a frugal pantry can be as simple as buying a pantry staple on sale in large quantities. Since you know you will use it in a reasonable amount of time, it’s in your best interests to buy a lot at a low price. This week was a week of stockpiling in some areas. Maybe […]

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Delicious Desserts for the Holidays

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Sugar overload can be epidemic at the holidays. But, it really isn’t Christmas without a few sweet treats. Buche de Noel / Yule Log Cake Years ago, I spent my junior year in college living and studying in France. It was most definitely a dream come true. While there I ate some of the best […]

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Hospitality Reminder: Prepare for Quick Desserts

Dessert can be amazingly simple and sweet, especially if you stock the pantry accordingly. I heard from a friend recently who had read this idea about preparing a snack tray in anticipation of unplanned visitors. She shopped accordingly, and low and behold, folks dropped in unannounced over the weekend. Needless to say, Christine was able […]

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Make Pomegranate Jelly for Christmas Gifts!

Pomegranate jelly is an easy, unique gift to make for family and friends this holiday season. Just a little plug for jelly-making this month! If you own canning equipment (or can borrow from a friend) this is a super easy gift to make for family and friends. I made it two ways this fall: with […]

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Truly Useful Gifts for Cooks

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Want to get a great gift for the cook in your life? Think through the options and choose something useful and avoid the twaddle. photo source:┬áRoger H. Goun Sometimes we get so caught up in the idea of crossing the gift-buying off our list that we gift stuff that is going to eventually go to […]

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Meal Planning: Dec 11 – 17

Beans and Rice

Planning meals a month at a time has been a lifesaver. Each week I consult my menu plan and check the pantry, saving loads of time. This week’s meal plan is pretty simple. I’m finding that this is the ultimate way to enjoy our days, by serving meals that I know most of my family […]

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