Easy $5 Cookie Gifts

Cookie Gifts

Want the dish on delicious ways to act your wage? Subscribe to GCE in a reader or via email or follow me on Facebook or twitter. As someone who loves to bake, I love to give (and get) gifts of food. For me, food gift wrapping is always the challenge. Sometimes the cute tin costs […]

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies

I’m going to be sharing 12 kinds of Christmas Cookies this month! Following some easy techniques, you can make a wide selection of cookies to freeze and assembly as variety trays throughout the month. Pop over to LifeasMOM and check out the line-up as well as a great round-up of cookie recipes from around the […]

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Freezing Potatoes

This weekend I’ve been freezer cooking. That is, I’m making lots of meals to store in the freezer to save me time, energy, and money later in the month. And one of the things I recently added to the stash was potatoes. Potatoes are a filling, inexpensive food. They are full of fiber and offer […]

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Using Seasoned Rice Vinegar (& A Giveaway from Nakano Vinegars)

Chinese Chicken Salad

Since I make my own salad dressings, I buy a lot of vinegar. A lot. It seems like that’s the one item that I often run out of. So when I see a good sale and a good coupon, I stock up. Lately my stockpile contains a lot of Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar. I had […]

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Big News and a Fun Giveaway

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Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express (& What’s On Your Plate?)

Jazz Kitchen

Welcome to What’s On Your Plate?! What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters. Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the […]

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Grilled Steak Gyros


Are you done with turkey yet? Wondering where’s the beef? Well, last year in the Eat from the Pantry Challenge, I created this recipe for grilled beef gyros. It has become a family favorite. And while I don’t make homemade pita that often, there are never any leftover, especially when we have gyros for dinner. […]

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Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Soup

I’ll never forget the first Thanksgiving dinner I ever hosted for my family. I cooked and cleaned for days. And, it turned out to be the best Turkey dinner ever or since. Even though I’ve recreated some of the same recipes, for some reason, they don’t taste as good as they did that triumphal day. […]

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Lemon Ginger Bars

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I grew up with a lemon tree growing in the backyard. Loved that! We had a huge crop of lemons twice a year. And since I started cooking and baking at an early age, I was rather possessive of the lemon crop. I still am, come to think of it. So thankful when my dad […]

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Simple Rice Pilaf

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Rice pilaf is one of my go-to side dishes. Hubs could eat the whole pan himself. There’s just something about the combination of butter, onion, rice, and chicken broth that comes together in a happy, comforting way. In “the old days” I made this with white, long grain rice, but since last Christmas I’ve been […]

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