Posts Tagged ‘Frugal’

Garlic and Soy Chicken Thighs

Heather says: The humble chicken thigh certainly doesn’t get as much attention as its counterpart the boneless skinless chicken breast.  In my area, boneless, skinless chicken breasts have been running in the neighborhood of $5 a pound on sale, which makes thighs much more attractive. This recipe is flexible, substitute low-sodium soy sauce if you…

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Money Saving Tips: Shop from the Store Circular

Heather says: Some will scoff at this article saying, “That’s for noobs.” They may be right, but it’s a great article for people just looking into reducing their grocery budget. What’s the next step after planning your menu? Planning your menu from the circular. Check out The Centsible Life for tips: One week we took…

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Lunch Without Feeling Like a Loser

Brian says: Let’s face it: we all love any chance to leave our places of work to catch some fresh air and go out for lunch. But in this topsy-turvy economy, people are being more compelled to make and take their own lunches. When it comes to this, there are some rules to follow to…

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Meal Planning: A Primer (Part 3)

Dear Home Ec 101, I need to get our food budget under control, we spend a ton of money eating out. It’s starting to cause fights. I can’t cook, I can’t plan, and even if I could I wouldn’t know where to start. Signed, Hopeless in Hopeswell Heather says: Welcome to our third installment of…

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Make It From Scratch Carnival Round Up

Heather says: Many thanks to Stephanie of Stop the Ride for letting us host this week’s Make It From Scratch Carnival .  It’s a round up for those who are sharing things they have made from scratch.  Do you ever wonder where that term came from?  A quick Google search suggested it was first used…

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Chicken Bog Recipe

Heather says: Do you ever have a snippet from a TV show stay with you for eternity? That’s all I can think whenever I make chicken bog. Now that you’ve had a peek into my twisted little mind, let’s talk chicken bog. At first glance, some long time readers may say, “But Heather, that looks…

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Carrot Raisin Salad

Heather says: This classic pairs well with sandwiches and meals that call Spring and Summer to mind.  In its most basic form, the recipe here, it’s low cost and low effort.  There are many variations on this recipe, feel free to share yours in the comments. Ingredients: 2 cups coarsely shredded carrot 1/2 cup raisins…

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Ask the Audience: Crumbles of Cakey Goodness

Heather says: I just got in a few hours ago from Ivy and I’s first public appearance.  We spoke at CREATE South and had a wonderful time.  I would like to give Andre Pope the Home Ec 101 Seal of Approval for his BBQ and chicken bog.  I will be spending this evening with my…

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Menu Monday 4/14

Heather says: Today begins an exciting week. For the first time, in almost five years, I will be leaving overnight, drum roll please, alone. Ivy and I will be presenting at the first annual CREATESouth convention. If you are near Myrtle Beach, SC and looking for something to do on Saturday, come out and join…

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Beans and Rice a Budget Friendly Dinner

Heather says: You’ve heard that rice and beans can reduce your grocery budget. On the rare occasion, we have ham, I freeze the bone and save it for a week when I need our grocery dollars to stretch just a bit further. Cornbread rounds out the meal nicely and keeps the grand total, for us,…

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My Tightwad Epiphany

Ivy says: Picture it: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1997(ish). A beautiful young single mom is struggling, trying to make her way in the world and get through college and keep her young son fed and in preschool. Because she is so limited on time, she leans heavily on convenience foods and takeout. Unfortunately, she is also really…

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Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet

Heather says: File this meal under pretty good comfort food. Mr. Heather filed it under “should make again” but he’s from Minnesota and used to consider “hotdish” its own food group. Relax, I’m just teasing to pick on my in-laws. Everyone say hi to Nan and Gramps. Back to the food, it’s important to remember…

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There’s nothing for dinner!

Dear Home-Ec 101, I just looked in the refrigerator and found 3 eggs, some bread, and a quart of crusty old milk. There’s nothing for dinner! Help! ~Starving in Seattle Ivy says: Never fear, your Auntie Ivy is here. I used to peer in the refrigerator and see absolutely nothing to eat for dinner. I…

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