Get that Slow Cooker to Work for You


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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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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My Meal Planning for the Week 10/23 – 10/29

Meal planning has been a favorite hobby since hubs and I got married 17 years ago. Since I loved to cook, it was a way of planning out my entertainment for the week. I would sit down at our Ikea kitchen table in our itty bitty studio cottage and dream of all the yummy meals […]

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Win a Copy of Not Your Mama’s Crunchy Granola

A few weeks ago I told you about Not Your Mama’s Crunchy Granola by Crystal Collins. The book outlines a 7-week program for healthier living. Sounds scary? Yeah, that’s what I thought. But, I love what Crystal says in the introduction: You have just made an investment in your health! No, wait! Don’t run away! […]

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Malted Hot Cocoa Mix

Malted Cocoa Mix

You’ve heard the saying before: necessity is the mother of invention. It is so true. And necessity spurned this hot cocoa recipe. Not only were we out of traditional cocoa mix, but I also did not have enough powdered milk to follow this Alton Brown recipe exactly. So, I improvised. That’s code for: I used […]

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Soups and Stews to Love

I mentioned last week how much I love soup as an economical and filling food for cold fall and winter nights. Many soups freeze very well, meaning that you can divided them into individual servings and store them in the freezer for later use. Makes for quick and easy lunches and suppers! Here are some […]

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Too Many Pumpkins? Never!

One of our favorite family stories is Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White. It’s the classic tale of elderly Rebecca Estelle who hates pumpkins. During the Depression she and her family had survived for weeks on only pumpkins, so she swears never to eat them again. You’ll have to read the delightful story to find […]

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Sauteed Yu Choy with Mushrooms, Onions and Squash

yu choy

As you know, most of my produce is coming from an organic produce co-op. For about $38 each week, I get a huge delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables. While I don’t have a ton of “choice,” the amounts are generous and have made for some fun meals in the month or so that we’ve […]

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