Meal Plan, February 12 – 18

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.Meal planning and freezer cooking […]

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Grocery Geek: Produce Galore

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While February doesn’t seem like a fabulous month for fresh produce, here in Southern California, we’re enjoying plentiful pickings. It would seem that Wednesday brought an influx of fresh produce to our house. Not only did I pick up the produce box, but I also cruised by Sprouts for some of their sale produce, to […]

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Review of La Bonne Femme Cookbook


La Bonne Femme Cookbook is a wonderful addition to your repertoire of recipes. I’ve been drooling reading my way through my copy of La Bonne Femme Cookbook that my publisher so graciously sent me a few weeks ago. Oh my! It has been a delightful journey back in time and across the globe. Author Wini […]

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Jalapeno Cheese Dip

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Hot dips are the perfect appetizer to serve on cold nights. Typically, rich and cheesy, they break the ice at any get-together. Artichoke-Chile Dip Savvy readers will have noted that with six children aged 3 to 14, I’ve spent a good portion of my life pregnant. In fact, I think I was continuously pregnant or […]

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Butternut Squash Brownies

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As you know I’ve been in possession of a wealth of butternut squash. I started with four: Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Big Brother Bear, and Baby Bear. Today all that is left is Baby Bear. We made the rest into all kinds of yumminess, including but not limited to, squash cake, squash muffins, squash pie, […]

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Slow Cooking & Kitchen Efficiency

Yesterday we talked about ways to be more efficient in the kitchen. Efficiency, I clarified, as being tasty and nutritious results without a lot of waste. One of the ways that I save time in the kitchen is by using the slow cooker. Pot Roast in the Slow Cooker One of the things that I […]

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5 Secrets of an Efficient Kitchen

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An efficient kitchen is one that brings about tasty, nutritious results without a lot of waste. I love to cook. I love to eat. And I love to spend time with my family.┬áSometimes these all converge into a happy cacophony of lipsmacks and laughter. And sometimes, not. As a result, I’m on a mission to […]

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Meal Plan, February 5 – 11

Meal planning can be a great way to get a head start on the week. It helps you shop and chop accordingly. Easy Garlic Breadsticks Today’s the day, folks – Super Bowl. Got your game (meal) plan ready? I’m taking the easy route today with my Super Bowl menu and the even easier route this […]

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Grocery Geek: The Freezer Cooking Edition

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Shopping for a large freezer cooking day can seem cumbersome. But the payoff comes for the days and weeks following when the shopping is done and the meal is already prepared. This week I embarked on a “feed-the-freezer” frenzy. After completely emptying it with the pantry challenge — and cooking a lot in said challenge […]

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Recipes for a Super Bowl (Recipe: Easy Garlic Breadsticks)

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A Super Bowl feast should be easy and simple so you can enjoy the game and good eats. My husband and eldest son are big football fans. Not so big that we kept extra cable channels, but big enough that we’ve cleared the schedule for the day so that they can watch the Big Game […]

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