Mom’s Relish Tray

Mom's relish tray

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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Sauteed Corn with Fresh Thyme

corn on the cob

When I started this produce box gig, I quickly realized that Wednesday (delivery day) is the day that I have to process everything. Whatever can be frozen gets cooked and/or packaged for freezing that day. We don’t want no blackened basil around here. I also realized what my grandmothers before me had realized: stockpiling nature’s […]

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Cookbook Review: A Feast of Soups

feast soups

This is one of my favorite cookbooks. Yes, really. It doesn’t look like anything special, does it? It looks like something you’d find at the Goodwill, doesn’t it? Or your gramma’s basement. We got it for a wedding gift with a large soup ladle. That’s my kind of gift! But, A Feast of Soups is […]

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Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Vegetables

csa box

This whole produce box thing is really giving me a workout. And I don’t mean just lugging it from car to kitchen. I have met some vegetables and fruits in real life that I never knew existed! Well, I take that back. I knew they existed. But, not in my kitchen. Sorrel? Yu choy? Turnips? […]

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Once a Month Meal Planning: November

Tortellini Soup 2

November always seems like a short month. With two FishKid birthdays and a long Thanksgiving weekend, the month seems to fly by in a flash. And it always seems like daily life is full! A look at the calendar tells me that in addition to the regular schedule of school, piano lessons, Biology lab, and […]

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Grocery Geek & Good Cheap Eats


I’ve always been one to enjoy grocery shopping. I love food. I love cooking. I love to find great deals. I’ve been posting my grocery finds over on Life as MOM for the last three years as a way to encourage others to save more on groceries — as well as just brag on the […]

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Get that Slow Cooker to Work for You


The slow cooker is one of my best friends. Who else will prep a hot meal for you, while you go galivanting about? Truly, a must-have in your kitchen. Now, years ago, I started looking for recipes that were crockpot friendly. I was sorely disappointed in what I found. And I must say that not […]

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Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing


I’ve always been a salad fiend. I would rather eat salad than dessert sometimes. My college roommate could not understand it. I don’t think I ever saw her eat anything green. Poor thing. There are so many delicious salad combinations, you never have to be bored. Ahem… Let me count the ways. Orchard Chicken Salad […]

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Operation Pomegranate Jelly 1.0

Pomegranate jelly supplies

So, I got this wild hair that I was going to make pomegranate jelly. I love the flavor of pomegranate — and it’s good for you, too. I also have fond memories of when our neighbor would bring a jar over every fall. It was so good! When pomegranates showed up as an add-on for […]

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Rustic Basil Sauce

Fresh basil

Fresh basil is the only herb that I ever grew successfully. This was years ago when we owned 2 acres in the middle of CA. Don’t be too impressed. Lots of areas of CA are not the fancy beachfront oasis that you see in the movies. It was mostly 2 acres of weeds, flat, and […]

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