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Creating a Sandwich Bar on a Budget

Sandwich Bar

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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Mr. Mom, Rice Sticks & What’s On Your Plate?

rice sticks

Years ago I was a TV junkie. My parents got HBO and a VCR when I was in third grade — and I never looked back. I taped every film I couldn’t watch and my siblings and I watched and rewatched the ones we taped. This was thirty years ago, back in the dark ages, […]

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins & The Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2011

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

About this time every year I hear whispers of a pumpkin shortage. And sure enough I go to the store and the shelves are empty. This year I haven’t yet heard the rumors. And by the look of my pantry, there’s no pumpkin shortage at my house! These babies were on clearance last Christmas for […]

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Pantry Challenge Check-In, Final Week (or Not?)

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Today wraps up the fourth and final week of the Pantry Challenge. I just finished crunching the numbers on our grocery shopping and eating out and was AMAZED at the results. We did as well as or better than if I had actually set a money limit on myself. Less than $600 to feed 8 […]

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Raspberry Baked Oatmeal

Raspberry Baked Oatmeal 2

I had heard about baked oatmeal years ago, but I was extremely skeptical. I don’t like mushy oatmeal and I was worried that baked oatmeal would be mush. But, after hearing about it and hearing about it, and finding it in multiple cookbooks, I started to wonder, Could all of these people be wrong? In […]

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Tarragon Turkey Burgers with Bleu Cheese and Chipotle Mayonnaise

bleu cheese burger

One of my favorite burgers of all time is the Bleu Ribbon Burger at Red Robin. The highlights of this sandwich are the bleu cheese crumbles and the chipotle mayonnaise. Yum! But, an outing at Red Robin is pretty pricey. So, I’ve taken to recreating these flavors at home. Even though hubs doesn’t care for bleu […]

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Pumpkin Spice Scones

pumpkin scones

These were a spur-of-the-moment creation, based on a half jar of pumpkin sitting in the fridge just crying to be baked into something delicious. Scones sounded lovely. And they were. I use a food processor to cut in the butter and then transfer those buttery crumbs to a bowl and then mix in the liquid […]

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Pantry Challenge Check-In Week 3

It has been a fun week in the kitchen. I will say that. My family really doesn’t know that I’m not doing major grocery shopping. I’m still shopping one day a week, but I’m trying to limit it mentally to under $100 a week and so far, so good. You can see what I bought […]

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California Girl’s Iced Sweet Tea

sweet tea

Tea is a regular pantry staple at our house. We aren’t big tea drinkers, but it’s a beverage that is extremely affordable, especially when you browse the clearance racks. For some reason, teas are always being marked down, despite the fact that they have several months, even years before their “best by” dates. When we […]

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Deli Potato Salad

Deli Potato salad

Potato Salad is one of those summer dishes that is filling without heating you up. It goes great with grilled meats, sandwiches, and salad buffet meals. And, it’s a great after-anything kind of snack. Once upon a time, our local grocery store deli served the best potato salad. Tangy, but not too sweet. And hubs […]

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