Make Pomegranate Jelly for Christmas Gifts!

Thanks for checking out Good Cheap Eats. You’ll find all kinds of solutions to your budget cooking woes.Pomegranate jelly is an easy, unique gift to make for family and friends this holiday season. Just a little plug for jelly-making this month! If you own canning equipment (or can borrow from a friend) this is a […]

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Truly Useful Gifts for Cooks

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Want to get a great gift for the cook in your life? Think through the options and choose something useful and avoid the twaddle. photo source: Roger H. Goun Sometimes we get so caught up in the idea of crossing the gift-buying off our list that we gift stuff that is going to eventually go to […]

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Meal Planning: Dec 11 – 17

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Planning meals a month at a time has been a lifesaver. Each week I consult my menu plan and check the pantry, saving loads of time. This week’s meal plan is pretty simple. I’m finding that this is the ultimate way to enjoy our days, by serving meals that I know most of my family […]

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Grocery Geek: The Produce Box Groove

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Subscribing to a weekly organic produce delivery is a great way to eat with the seasons as well as support local agriculture. We are finally getting into the groove with our regular subscription. We started our produce box subscription back in late August. It’s been an amazing journey to eat with the California seasons and […]

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Hospitality Reminder: Prepare a Snack Tray

Be prepared for guests and have your larder stocked with quick snacks and appetizers. Pulling together an impromptu snack tray will be quick and easy. We like fun food around here. We like snacky food. We like to eat fun, snacky food with friends and neighbors. And sometimes, especially around the holidays, friends and neighbors […]

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12 Kinds of Christmas Cookies

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Wondering what to put on your cookie platters this year? Here are 12 of our family’s favorite cookies that we love to bake ahead of time and freeze to enjoy throughout the month of December. (Related: tips on making so many different kinds at one time) Lemon-Ginger Bars – I took an old favorite and added […]

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Easy Jalapeno Poppers with Rice and Bacon

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Enjoy jalapeno poppers, but wondering how to tame the heat? Rice and dairy cool the flames, while bacon keeps it flavorful. I love, love, LOVE jalapeno poppers. But, sometimes they can be so flaming hot that it can give me a tummy ache if I eat too many. Recently, I decided to experiment and see […]

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Mix and Magic Bars

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I love Magic Bars! And believe it or not, they are one of the most versatile cookies you could make this holiday season, especially with sweetened condensed milk on hand. Magic Bars are definitely one of my favorite cookies. When I was pregnant with Baby #6, I ate half a pan. In one day. I […]

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Meal Planning: Dec 4 – 10

Easy meals continue at our house this week. Here’s the outlook: 4. Grilled Asian Chicken, Rice, Sauteed Vegetables 5. Quesadillas, Green Salad 6. Soup Night, Popovers 7. Slow Cooker Pot Roast 8. Pasta bar: lots of noodles, two kinds of sauce, bread, salad 9. Pizza Night 10. Mexibar: taco filling, toppings, tortillas, taco shells or chips […]

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Grocery Geek: The Butternut Squash to Beat All

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Attentive readers will remember that I was lamenting the high cost of groceries these days. And then you will recall that I diagnosed my “problem.” A step away from highly processed foods has narrowed the field of choices. Narrowed, yes, but not closed it off completely. I’m coming to peace with the fact that I will probably […]

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