Using Balsamic Vinegar to “Fix” a Sauce

balsamic vinegar

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.Got a sauce that needs fixing? I’ve got the answer! Balsamic vinegar saved the day and my dinner. The other day, I made my typical pot […]

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Meals to Make Your Vacation More Relaxing

With spring break and vacations in the air, it’s time to enjoy some vacation meals. Easy to pull together and tasty to boot, these dishes will help you take a break from the kitchen. Maple Granola with Oats, Nuts & Seeds Spring has sprung! Hopefully, you’re getting a chance to enjoy it with your peeps. […]

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Meal Planning: March 25 – 31

Get your meal plan on so that there’s one less thing for you to think about this week. In the immortal words of Calvin, “the days are just packed.” And while my family is trying to simplify, dejunk, and otherwise stop and smell the roses, feeding a small army of eight can be a lot […]

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Grocery Geek: The New Normal?


As I try to improve the nutritional quality of our diet, I find myself having to play with our grocery budget and find the new normal. This week I went over budget. Oops! A few years ago, I set out on some baby steps to improve our diet. This was after we paid off our […]

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Cheese and Herb Biscuits

Cheese and herb biscuits

Easy and elegant breads can make the party hum. Shredded cheese and fresh herbs enliven this simple biscuit. This week for soup night I had enough time and energy to prepare some “good bread.” That’s a colloquialism for a baked good that is good enough to make up for even the lowliest soup. Soup night […]

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Eat Your Spinach (Recipe: Skillet-Poached Eggs with Spinach, Pea Tendrils, and Leeks)

skillet poached eggs with spinach

Highly nutritious, full of antioxidants as well as iron and calcium, spinach is a favorite in my kitchen, especially thanks to its versatility to be served cooked or fresh. These Skillet Eggs were a favorite dish during my Whole 30 challenge. As a child, I don’t know that we ever ate spinach. My parents were […]

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Delicious Potluck Dinners

Potluck suppers can be a great way to spend time with friends and family as well as share the load of cooking and shopping. Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas I’ve always been a fan of the potluck supper. As a child, I remember standing in line along tables and tables loaded with a huge range […]

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Meal Planning: March 18 – 24

Meal times can be a great way to reconnect as a family. Meal planning helps you do that a little more easily. sandwich bar Meal times are a crucial part of our family’s day. Sometimes it’s just for sustenance, but usually it’s our chance to gather together and catch up with each other. The girls […]

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Buying Better Food on a Budget (Grocery Geek)


Finding affordable sources, stockpiling, and readjusting my shopping mentality all help me buy better food on a budget. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and eating this week. In my brain are ideas of food sourcing. Four years ago my grocery shopping was dictated by the bottom line. We had limited funds, a growing […]

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The Eating O’ The Green

A reader made the suggestion of taking Saint Patrick’s Day eating to all new levels: Have a green feast! But this isn’t any green feast produced through artificial means. No, ma’am. No sprinkles or food color here. This is how many green fruits and veggies can you put on your plate. I love it! I […]

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