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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

Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese–and February Menu Ideas

Dinner tonight is in the Crockpot. My daughter has class two nights a week and asked if I would make the macaroni and cheese from her graduation party again. She has to pack lunch a few days a week and likes this at room temperature. I’ve been working on creating a month of dinner ideas […]

Pasta with Tuna, Tomatoes, Capers and Olives

Dinner last night was in a rush and I haven’t felt up to snuff in quite a few days so wanted something easy as well as quick. I remembered this pasta recipe from Desperation Dinners and went into the garden for some fresh tomatoes and parsley after I put a large pot of water on […]

BigOven: New Recipe Saving and Printing Feature

ZipList went away last year and I’ve hesitated replacing it with something else. But I know lots of people like to save their recipes online. I’ve partnered with BigOven to let you save recipes on this blog to your phone or tablet, to make grocery lists and menu plans. BigOven is a free recipe organizer […]

Easy Fruity White Fish

I am on a “pantry challenge” of sorts, trying to use up most of what I’ve stocked up on previously. January is always a welcome month to cut back on the spending and I’m well-stocked with food, plus have oranges and lemons on the trees and a few leeks left in the garden. I had […]

Crispy Salt and Pepper Pork

My latest adventure from Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark is this Crispy Salt and Pepper Pork. It’s been great fun trying so many new recipes! The idea is that each recipe constitutes a whole dinner, although many need a salad or some side dish to my mind.  Maybe that’s just because I like variety! […]