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Do you need to slash your food bill? I’ve been there, more than once. I’ve had to track every penny and experiment with cheap cuts of meat I didn’t know how to cook and new vegetables I hadn’t eaten before. So I started keeping notes on our favorites recipes and then I started this site and blog. Here are some articles on:

Learn how to save money your grocery bill with these cheap and easy recipes, menu planning ideas, shopping hints, and frugal cooking ideas. In addition to recipes, I’ve also written lots of articles to help you learn how to cook and save money.


Latest Cheap Recipes and Blog Posts

Zucchini Casserole with Green Chiles

This is the fourth zucchini casserole recipe I've posted. This is a very simple one, more egg than custard like some of the others. I like squash casseroles because you can leave them plain or dress them up--and they're good either way. I made this one with all zucchini because that's what I'm growing in the garden but I'd happily make it with half yellow squash or even all yellow squash if that's what I had around.  Sometimes I add pimientos to the casserole but this time I had a half a can of … [Read More...]

Roast Zucchini and Tomatoes with Bread Crumbs

These Roast Zucchini and Tomatoes with Bread Crumbs aren't really stuffed, just topped with bread crumbs, herbs and cheese rather than stuffed with rice, chopped vegetables or meat. Soft vegetables like tomatoes I just lay the bread crumb mixture on top and bake until the vegetable is soft and the bread crumbs have crisped up a bit.  Other vegetables, like zucchini, I usually roast first, which I picked up from Ina Garten. Preheat the oven to 425 while you prepare your vegetables. Roast … [Read More...]

Grated Carrot Salad

We celebrated my boyfriend's mother's birthday Sunday afternoon with everyone bringing a dish to share and the hosts cooking a fabulous piece of salmon and some steak. I debated about what to bring and decided to bring something that I could mostly make ahead that didn't require any heat (it's been in the 90's here regularly and it's always hard to walk into someone else's meal planning and need the oven or stove). This grated carrot salad fit the bill and was well received. Too often, carrots … [Read More...]

Two Ways to Cook Spiralized Zucchini

Being able to walk out into the garden and pick zucchini for dinner is great. Last year my plants went crazy and I had zucchinis galore as well as lots of squash blossoms. My plants are slower this year (I tried a different spot in the garden) and I don't have nearly the production I did last year.  But I do still get some at least. I pulled out the spiralizer I'd bought last year and played with some new-to-me ways to cook with the spiralized zucchini. My boyfriend's mother mentioned … [Read More...]

Reuben Dogs

I love Reuben Sandwiches, especially when I go all out and make the Russian Dressing. And I've made Reuben burgers before, adding Russian Dressing and sauerkraut to a beef burger.  The other night I had some good beef hot dogs and some excellent brined sauerkraut (the kind you have to buy refrigerated so the probiotics are still active). I like a hot dog with sauerkraut.  I had checked out Rachel Ray's Book of Burgers from the library and saw that she had a Reuben Dog in there. I used her … [Read More...]

Recipes from the Past

A short break from cooking

I haven’t done this before but I’d like to take a short break from cooking and post a link to my friend Jane’s Team in Training site. I got to know Jane a few years ago when she came to work for one of my clients. The mutual admiration of border collies led to our […]

Onion Soup

I bought some beef base at Costco. I’ve never made beef broth–never end up with many beef bones somehow. But I do like making a soup now and then with a beef base rather than a chicken base and a good onion soup is one of my favorites. I began by skimming several recipes. It […]

Pureed Parsnips

In my continuing quest to experiment with more seasonal vegetables, I picked up some parsnips and turnips at the market this weekend. I have used both in winter vegetable soups. I typically use turnips in my Cornish pasties and have roasted both with various other vegetables fairly often but had not cooked them on their […]

Asian Salad Dressing Recipe

This is from Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen. She says salads are not traditional Japanese food but “sometimes modern is good”.  I didn’t follow her directions for the salad ingredients, but did for the dressing and it was really nice. I’ve been tempted to buy the Asian […]

Quick Japanese Pickled Radishes Recipe

I almost forgot about these fantastic pickled radishes I made the other night. They didn’t take more than 1/2 an hour to pickle, since I sliced the radishes in 1/4″ slices. I love pickled things and these were a nice addition to my Japanese dinner the other night. By this afternoon’s lunch, they were all […]