Grocery Greek: Pantry Challenge, Week 1

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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.To set my family up […]

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A Giveaway from Wonderful Almonds (CLOSED)

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Almonds are a fabulous snack or addition to a no-cook supper. They have such wonderful staying power. Win some this week from Wonderful Almonds. Two summers ago my daughter was diagnosed with a tree nut, peanut, and egg allergy. It threw me for a loop in a way. Those three proteins played a huge role […]

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Eat Safely on the Fourth

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Today’s a day for great celebration and feasting. Make sure you eat safely. Take your cue from our founding fathers:

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In Search of the Ultimate Cheeseburger


We are on the hunt for the ultimate cheeseburger. Come along! Tarragon Turkey Burger I have been on a cheeseburger KICK lately. In fact, last week I ate three. Oh yes, yes, I did. And I have it on the menu for tomorrow’s Fourth of July feast. It all started when I hear about Sargento’s “America’s […]

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Plan a Great 4th of July Meal!

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite days to eat. There, I said it. Cold drinks, frosty glasses, dips and chips, smoky meat cooked on the grill? I’m there. Here’s a taste of what we’re having this week to celebrate America’s Independence Day: Healthier Spinach Dip Tarragon Turkey Burger with Blue Cheese and Chipotle […]

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Meal Planning During a Pantry Challenge

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Meal planning is an integral part of a pantry challenge. You take inventory and eat out of that inventory rather than going out for more. So, the game is on. Me against my pantry and my grocery budget. They are tough adversaries. We’ll see how this shakes down. If you missed yesterday’s post, know that […]

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A Pantry Challenge – How Will It Work this July?


A pantry challenge can be a great way to reduce expenses, use what you have, and waste less. Twice a year for the last several years, I’ve spent the months of January and July doing a “pantry challenge“. This is a time when I try to make good use of what we have in the […]

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Grocery Geek: End O’ Month Report

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This week was a struggle as concerns cooking and groceries. I tried to stretch what we had instead of going to the store. We have a lot. But, a lot of that lot needs significant preparation. One night early in the week, the mystery freezer items that I had planned to experiment with just didn’t […]

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Coconut-Millet Snack Bars

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These no-bake cereal bars make for an easy snack. They are a tasty one, too, with millet and coconut to give substance and flavor. For the last few months I’ve been playing with variations of no-bake cereal bars. The kids have eaten untold numbers of bars as I try different combinations of brown sugar and […]

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Reusable Salad Dressing Cruet

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Reuse a vinegar bottle to create a reusable salad dressing cruet. Prevent wasted dressing by using a bottle with a shaker-type stopper. I have always been a huge fan of salads. I love the fresh, crunchy combination of flavors. For the last dozen years or so, I’ve made it a habit to make my own […]

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