Meal Planning to Use Up What We Have

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here.Take inventory of your pantry […]

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Make Several Casseroles at Once

Save time by making several casseroles at one time to freeze for another date. It doesn’t take much longer, but the rewards are huge! Casseroles get a bad rap. I don’t know why. I suppose because some mothers somewhere made them really icky. And, well, there’s the “I-don’t-want-my-foods-to-touch-each-other” thing. But, really? Who can resist a […]

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Grocery Geek: Eating Down the Freezer

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Time to use up what we have. We’re eating down the freezer this month. Originally I had planned to do a big freezer cooking session this month. I was going to do it up big in honor of my cookbook release. But, the more I thought about how full September was, how tired I was, […]

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Eat Down the Freezer to Make Space and Save Money

eat down the freezer

Spend a few days or weeks eating up what’s already in the freezer. You’ll save money for a big cooking session and make some room in the freezer. You may be really excited to start filling your freezer with all kinds of tasty, pre-made meals. I get that! Once you get the hang of freezer […]

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Roast Veggies for Rich Flavor & Freeze for Later

roast chiles

Roast vegetables in bulk and then freeze them in meal-sized packaging to use later. They’ll give rich flavor without a lot of fuss. Roasted vegetables add rich flavor to any number of dishes. These tasty tidbits would include roasted garlic, roasted peppers and chiles, and roasted tomatoes. The trick is that roasting often takes awhile. […]

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Make a Big Batch of Sauce to Freeze

Vegetable Bolognese

Homemade pasta sauce can be a weekly treat if you make a big batch at one time and freeze it in dinner-size portions.

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Win a Set of Knives from Ergo Chef

win a set of ergo chef knives

A good blade is a cook’s best friend. Win a set of knives from Ergo Chef. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: krbonner@ and bjn1957@ One of the best investments you can make as a home cook is to buy a great set of knives. They are certainly an investment on the front end, […]

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Freeze Extra Peppers

peppers for the freezer

Using your freezer to its best advantage sometimes means prepping ingredients and storing them for later use. Got a glut of a vegetable, like bell peppers? Chop and freeze to use later. photo source: Jack Getskow A few weekends ago my parents came down for a visit. My dad raided his garden before he left, […]

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The Case for Freezer Cooking

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Freezer Cooking can help you save money, save time, eat better, and keep your cool. Here’s how. This morning I took stock of the contents of our freezers. We have two: a 15+-year old deep freeze in the garage and the regular side-by-side in the kitchen. The former is filled to the brim. I’m not […]

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Vanilla Maple Apple Butter & What to Do with Apples

apple butter

Stock up on apples when you see a great price, generally under a buck per pound. Then do great and tasty things with those apples. So, I’ve bought a lot of apples so far this season. 50 pounds and counting. At this time next week, I’ll be up to 70 and I’m not sure when […]

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