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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas (What’s On Your Plate?)

Turkey Treats 2

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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How to Juice a Pomegranate (Operation Pomegranate Jelly 1.2)

pomegranate and knife

So, my adventure with pomegranates continues. Regulars around here will know that I’ve had a little pomegranate obsession, mixing up batches of pomegranate jelly, both from bottled juice and from fresh pomegranates. Little did I know when I bought 10 pounds of “cosmetically challenged” pomegranates, that they would be adding them to our produce box. […]

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This Spud’s for You (Potato Recipes)

Potatoes are one of the most lovely side dishes I can think of. In fact, sometimes they’re so lovely, I could just eat potoatoes and a salad and call it a meal. My mother-in-law and I would often go to a nice restaurant and do just that: order a baked potato and a trip through […]

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Meal Planning for the Week of Nov 13

Turkey Dinner

Cilantro Shrimp Pasta It’s a good thing I made a meal plan for the month. It’s been a rough month and it’s not even half over. That time change has not been kind to me. The meal plan itself has had all kinds of mixing up. Life has happened — and grocery prices have not […]

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Grocery Geek: WHAT is Going On?

Costco November

I went shopping at Target this week for birthday presents for my older daughter. There were a few grocery items on my list. But, says I, they’ll be cheaper at Walmart. So I waited. Then yesterday our littler girl was sick with the stomach flu and a fever. We needed a few comfort foods like […]

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One Cupcake, Two Ways to Dress it Up

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Novelty cakes are always great fun! Kids love them, and even adults can be coaxed to smile when they see these cute gummy worms sneaking out of chocolate ganache-like “mud.” Sometimes, you want something a little more elegant, especially when serving dessert to a group of adults. But, what about the kids? Well, with a […]

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Salted Caramel Affogatos: A Recipe for Coffee Floats

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With the approach of Winter, longer nights, and cooler temps, my mind turns to warm and elegant desserts. What sounds more elegant than serving Salted Caramel Affogatos? Affogato is just a fancy word for coffee float. A traditionally Italian version would, of course, feature gelato, but regular ice cream can work just as well. The […]

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Operation Pomegranate Jelly 1.1: Using Bottled Juice

Operation Pomegranate Jelly

Awhile back I shared my preparations for Operation Pomegranate Jelly. I ended up making two batches — one with bottled juice and one with freshly squeezed juice. It was an experiment of sorts. A delicious one. I largely took my guidance for water bath canning from Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. It’s also available […]

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Super Side Dishes

As the winter and holiday season approaches, we’re going to be seeing more sales on roasts and whole birds. My kids, self-proclaimed meat-atarians, love this. But, I can’t afford to let them fill up on meat, nor is it that good for them. Having tasty side dishes with a variety of textures, colors, and flavors […]

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Meal Planning for the Week of Nov 6th

November meal plan

This is a snapshot of my month’s meal plan. It stays magnetized to my fridge door so that I always know what’s on the menu. As you saw last week, these are pretty straightforward meal plans. They are also very subject to change. I pulled a few switcheroos this week, accommodating for meats that failed […]

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