Tomato Bruschetta with Herbes de Provence

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This simple tomato bruschetta comes together quickly and easily. It’s economical and delicious, the perfect combination for your next company¬†meal. So, bruschetta is probably one of my favorite appetizers to make. It’s like the Italian cousin of Mexico’s salsa. Only it’s cheaper to make and just as tasty. Plus, it goes nicely with red wine. […]

Homemade Herbes de Provence Recipe

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Save money and season your dishes well with this homemade Herbes de Provence recipe. While we were in France last month, I did a fair amount of meal prep. Certainly not as much as I do at home, but I did cook and prepare meals during our vacation in order to save money and also […]

French Fridays: Eat Like the French

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One of the things that we did to prepare our kids for a month in France was a practice I call, “French Fridays”. Instead of serving regular Friday night pizza, I switch up the menu to serve our dinner more in the French style. To do so, the girls enjoy setting a nicer table. I […]

How I Lost 6 Pounds on Vacation

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I went to France for a month and lost six pounds. Here’s how I think it happened. We spent 30 days in Europe this fall. I ate a chausson aux pommes or a croissant almost every morning. I indulged in my favorite chocolate-hazlenut cookies from college, Hello Kango, every afternoon. I enjoyed rich cheese and […]

Oven Roasted Ratatouille

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Enjoy the flavors of summer eggplant and squash in this easy oven-roasted ratatouille. I’m a lifelong francophile. I’ve loved French culture since I was about five years old. I studied French literature in college, just because really, since there are few “practical” reasons for majoring in French literature. I had the amazing opportunity — that […]

Velvety Vegetable Soup

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Homemade blended soups can be a delicious and economical way to get enough vegetables in your diet. They are also a great way to use up leftover vegetables. Disclosure:¬† I know, you think that Spring is here, and that you can put the soup pot away. I don’t think so. Soup is good food! And […]

Make an Omelet for a Good Cheap Eat

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This omelet dish makes for an easy dinner recipe and a great way to use leftovers. When I was a child, my mom frequently made omelets. I never really paid attention to what she did except that she served them with cold fillings: shredded cheese, chopped ham, diced bell pepper, onions and tomatoes. It wasn’t […]

Easy Homemade Crepes

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Enjoy homemade crepes, save money, and enjoy la belle vie. Crepes are a huge part of my memories of France. Whether they were the simple (read: cheap) butter and sugar affairs that I purchased from a street vendor or the savory dinner crepes that I indulged in at Le Roy d’Ys in Poitiers, crepes have […]

Quick, Easy, and Elegant Afternoon Snacks

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Welcome guests with some goodies! These snacks are quick, easy, and just a little bit elegant. Last week I had the opportunity of welcoming two very favorite people into my home. My littles and I headed down to the airport to pick up Stephanie and Amy. On the way home we stopped at the French […]

Bake Your Own Bread to Save Money

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Baking your own bread can save you a tremendous amount of money. This post contains affiliate links which provide a means for me to earn fees linking to Amazon and other affiliate sites. Easy Garlic Breadsticks At the end of March, I set out to audit my grocery spending. I wanted to make sure that […]