Roast Veggies for Rich Flavor & Freeze for Later

roast chiles

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.Roast vegetables in bulk and […]

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Make a Big Batch of Sauce to Freeze

Vegetable Bolognese

Homemade pasta sauce can be a weekly treat if you make a big batch at one time and freeze it in dinner-size portions.

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Win a Set of Knives from Ergo Chef

win a set of ergo chef knives

A good blade is a cook’s best friend. Win a set of knives from Ergo Chef. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: krbonner@ and bjn1957@ One of the best investments you can make as a home cook is to buy a great set of knives. They are certainly an investment on the front end, […]

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Freeze Extra Peppers

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Using your freezer to its best advantage sometimes means prepping ingredients and storing them for later use. Got a glut of a vegetable, like bell peppers? Chop and freeze to use later. photo source: Jack Getskow A few weekends ago my parents came down for a visit. My dad raided his garden before he left, […]

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The Case for Freezer Cooking

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Freezer Cooking can help you save money, save time, eat better, and keep your cool. Here’s how. This morning I took stock of the contents of our freezers. We have two: a 15+-year old deep freeze in the garage and the regular side-by-side in the kitchen. The former is filled to the brim. I’m not […]

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Vanilla Maple Apple Butter & What to Do with Apples

apple butter

Stock up on apples when you see a great price, generally under a buck per pound. Then do great and tasty things with those apples. So, I’ve bought a lot of apples so far this season. 50 pounds and counting. At this time next week, I’ll be up to 70 and I’m not sure when […]

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31 Days of Freezer Cooking

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Fill your freezer so that you can save time and money. Here’s a huge round up of tips, tricks, and recipes to help you start freezer cooking. So, I’m jumping in feet first into this 31 Days thing. With my cookbook release in only 9 days, I’m going to be thinking about freezer cooking a […]

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Meal Planning 101: Create a formula for the week’s meal plan


Create a formula for the week’s meal plan to make meal planning simple and easy. You’ll have a template to fill in each week for a quick menu plan. Meal planning is a proven means to help you improve your nutrition, increase quality family time, and save money. If you’ve got a meal on the […]

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Grocery Geek: At Month’s End

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Fluctuating grocery prices can make it tempting to overbuy. So, what’s the plan to conquer that? I knew that I would go over budget on groceries this month. Thankfully, hubs and I have always had a little slush fund to make up for that kind of thing. It’s a safety in case my math is […]

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Easy Marinated Chicken Without a Recipe

Easy marinated Chicken without a recipe

Creating your own marinades at home is not difficult. In fact, you can pull it off without a recipe even. We’re big on grilling around here. Lazy, sunny weekends just scream, “Fire up the barby.” But, since they are lazy, sunny weekends, I’d rather not do too much work. That’s when I just throw together […]

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