Pantry Challenge, Day 20: The Breakfast of Champions

Want the dish on delicious ways to act your wage? Subscribe to GCE in a reader or via email. I’m going to shock and amaze some of you when I tell you that I fed my family chocolate cake for breakfast. I did. Really and truly. I baked it last night when a major chocolate […]

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Chocolate – Fresh Cranberry Scones

Cleaning out my pantry one day I found a bag of self-rising flour. It’s not the usual flour I purchase, but I’d had to include it in my purchases one day to complete a grocery store deal. Not wanting it to go to waste, I searched for recipes that used self-rising flour. After some tweaking […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 19: Ho Hum, Are We Done Yet?

I want y’all to know that I did not go to Chick-Fil-A today after the dentist, after dashing between the raindrops with six, hungry children. I knew I’d have to fess up, even if I was using a gift card. Instead, we came home and ate leftovers. How’s that for a loyal Pantry Challenger? Breakfast: […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 18: Rain, Rain is Here to Stay

We’re in for a full week of rain here in “sunny” Southern California. I know that might not seem like a big deal to you folks who deal with “weather” all the time. Unfortunately, California experiences extremes in terms of precipitation and going from drought to deluge can be cause for flooding and landslides. Not […]

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Homemade Corn Tortillas

My husband and I both grew up in Southern California. As a result, Mexican food is as much a comfort food to us as anything else. We love the spicy flavors and the fresh ingredients that are characteristic of well-prepared Mexican fare. And one of the best and the simplest menu item is the freshly […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 17: Go Oh Chargers!

Twas a sad day at the FishHouse today. I was prepared for a victory celebration of the Chargers beating the Jets, but that never came to pass. And there are some pretty sad folk around there here parts. And I refrained from saying, “It’s just a game.” But, we did get to have some fun […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 16: A Home Run

During the December Freezer Cooking Daze, I cooked up a lot of shredded beef, made gravy with the drippings and some broth, and then froze it. It has been an amazingly helpful resource to have at my finger tips. And in doing so, I discovered a very simple meal, albeit very un-fancy, that the kids […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 15: Dipping into the Donut Fund

It’s been a crazy week, what with three trips to dentist and orthodontist. I’m so glad it’s Friday. After today’s ortho appointment which was particularly long, we made our customary “after-the-ortho-run-through-In-N-Out-Burger.” It’s fast food that is at least made fresh, a California classic, to be sure. And since it’s super close to the ortho, I […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 14: Stuffed Focaccia!

Inspiration hit this morning when I realized the kids ate a whole loaf of bread for breakfast. It was either bake more bread or let them eat crackers at lunchtime. I made focaccia again and this time stuffed it with salami, pepperoni, and string cheese. Super, super yummy and several requests to make it again. […]

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Buying Kitchen Equipment Inexpensively

In a former life – prekids and prior to going debt-free – one of my favorite pasttimes was browsing kitchen stores. Since we lived in Santa Barbara, CA, there was no shortage of frou-frou kitchen boutiques. And I paid a pretty penny building my cook’s kitchen. Due to lack of shopping options and the double-income-no-kids […]

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