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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

Ferrero Chocolate Christmas Tree Giveaway

We have two winners! Courtney and Ann. Please email your addresses to me at ellen at and I’ll have them sent out!  Thanks for all the responses! I hope I can do another giveaway soon! Ann, maybe you’ll share your chocolate pudding with us too!

Lentils and Potatoes Curry

This comes from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food (affiliate link). Everyone will love it, vegetarians and meat eaters. 1 cup brown lentils 3 1/2 cups liquid (I used 1 can of coconut milk topped with 1 1/2 cups water. You could use all water, some vegetable broth, or chicken […]

Refreshing Yogurt Drink: Sweet Lassi

I’ve gone off coffee somehow, but I still want something to drink in the mornings. This morning I made a yogurt drink, made from my second batch of homemade yogurt. It was delicious! 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup ice water 1/2 cup crushed ice or ice cubes 1 tsp or so of sugar, to […]

Tyler Florence at Pleasanton Macy’s

Any local Tyler Florence fans? He’ll be at Macy’s doing a free cooking demonstration on June 17 at 6pm.  You have to sign up, which you can do here.  Let me know if you decide to go!  I’m going.

How to Cook Artichokes

I go for the ultra simple method of cooking artichokes, basically simmering in water for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the artichoke. There is a bit of prep work first. Trim the stem off off the bottom of the artichoke, including just the barest bit of the bottom of the leaves. Trim about […]