Get Ready for the Game with Healthier Tailgate Snacks

Healthy Spinach Dip

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. As we’ve established already, […]

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Summer Vegetable Saute with Mushrooms

sliced vegetables

A little known fact about me is my deep, abiding love of mushrooms. My mother tells the story of how I once ate the entire plate of sauteed mushrooms that they once ordered — for themselves — at a steak house. I was just a toddler. So I’m pleased to have the opportunity to share […]

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Easy Nacho Appetizer Away from Home

Easy Nacho Appetizer Away from Home

Meal prep away from home can be quick and easy. Try this nacho appetizer that is (almost) homemade and totally delicious. We hit the road early on Friday morning for a long weekend away from home. Somehow Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Eastern Sierras have an amazing effect on us. We love it here. Slowly, […]

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Meal Planning from the Mountains

mammoth mountain

Plan some meals for the busy week ahead. It’s a great way to save time and effort later. Our family is on our annual fall vacation right now up in the Eastern Sierras. It’s our third visit to Mammoth Lakes. I’m constantly amazed at the beauty surrounding me. My camera phone is filled to the […]

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Grocery Geek: Shopping for the Freezer

costco sept

Last weekend I spent some time in the kitchen filling the freezer for the coming month. Freezer cooking helps me stay a little ahead of the game. While there are many ways to easily fill the freezer or make freezer cooking work for your particular situation, I’ve found that doing a big cooking session at […]

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Ok, Football Fans – Time to Tailgate!

loaded potato salad

Celebrate foodball, I mean football season with some tasty munchies. Brats and Sauteed Peppers and Onions Football season is gearing up. I heard the action of college football the other day as I was cooking in the kitchen. The NFL kicks it off tonight. As I roam through the stores, I see the football snacks, […]

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Salsa Verde Chicken

Green Salsa Chicken

The flavors of lime, spices, and tomatillo salsa combine in a flavorful marinade for chicken, perfect for grilling. This recipe is also freezer friendly to make supper a little easier. My mother in law used to make a wonderful chicken that she marinaded in green salsa and then breaded with flour and spices before baking. […]

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Meal Planning 101: Ask the Eaters

mixed vegetables

Including your family in the meal planning is a great way to ensure better dining for everyone and less waste. Meal Planning 101 is an ongoing series to help you find ways to make mealtimes easier, tastier, and more economical. As much I love takeout and letting someone else do the cooking and cleaning up, […]

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Late Summer Salad with Turkey, Peaches, and Shaved Asiago

turkey and peach salad

Juicy, late summer peaches make a fabulous foil for smoked turkey breast, Asiago cheese and salad greens. If you like to eat seasonal, this may be your last chance for peaches. We have had our fair share this summer. I was sick of them at one point. And now I kinda miss them. Isn’t that […]

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Grocery Geek: Goodbye, August

end of august gg

August has been hot. And low cal. And a little over budget. Not sure if this is a sign of the times, or what. I’m glad to say goodbye. I’ve got a big freezer cooking plan for September. That’s how I’m spending my weekend. And I’m trying to set our month up for success. My […]

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