Budget

Dyeing Easter Eggs on a Budget

Easter is an explosion of my favorite colors: pastels. Baby blue seersucker dresses, mint green tablescapes, lavender sun hats—even the pink plastic grass in my Easter basket. I know it’s a choking hazard for my dog, but I love it. It wouldn’t be a true pastel day without dyeing Easter eggs.   Now, as a pastel fiend, you’d think I’d […]

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Decorating Cupcakes Like A Pro

I get intimidated by cupcakes. Not the baking part—that's easy. Line a muffin tray with pastel baking cups. Bake. Frost. Or, that’s what cupcakes used to be. It’s the decorating that gets me. I blame all the cake decorating shows. Everyone wants to WOW with cupcakes. I can’t WOW. I can bake a great-tasting cupcake, but why do I have […]

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Great Home Knife Sharpener

By Contributor Brianne Britzius I think that most cooks of all levels would agree that the most important kitchen tool is a sharp knife. It  does the work of chopping and slicing for you so that you aren't sawing and hacking away at your ingredients — and possibly your fingers! But what about when your knives become dull? In the […]

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Pantry Staple: Vinegar

As a recent college graduate, I have to admit that I’m not the best cook. I always wanted to learn, but between class and homework, convenience trumped creativity–and my patience. Coming home from class, work, or one of my endless meetings, I just wanted something fast and easy. Often, that meant I had to compromise on flavor. Sure, a can […]

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Unexpected Pots of Gold

Post by food blogger Regan Jones, R.D., The Professional Palate Everybody knows Santa sneaks down the chimney on Christmas Eve and bestows upon dreamy residents a sackful of presents. It’s a good system…go to bed empty, wake up full. So when are Leprechauns gonna wise up and get with the program? Just think of the increased interest in St. Patrick’s […]

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Papas Duquesas (Chilean Potato Puffs)

My daughter who is spending a semester studying in Chile gave me a fun cookbook for Christmas called Tasting Chile: A Celebration of Authentic Chilean Foods and Wines.  The potato puffs that I made from the book today were a big hit with my family.  You probably wouldn’t want to make them every day, but they’re a yummy treat now […]

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Diabetic-Friendly recipe: Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

  Quiche is a delicious and affordable meal.  This one is crustless, which makes it lower-carb, well suited to a diabetic diet.  It is great served alongside a lettuce or a fruit salad.   Serves 6 Prep Time: 1 hour (mostly baking time)  6 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup 2% milk 1/4 cup light sour cream 1/4 cup all-purpose […]

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Pantry Dinner: Spaghetti with Tuna & White Beans

   I'm a big believer in a well-stocked pantry (tuna, beans, several types of pasta, canned tomatoes, and chicken stock are always in there!), and it really pays of when you need to make dinner in a hurry. And one night last week was a pantry dinner night; we got home late and needed to eat in under 20 minutes. […]

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Pantry Dinner: Spaghetti with Tuna & White Beans

   I'm a big believer in a well-stocked pantry (tuna, beans, several types of pasta, canned tomatoes, and chicken stock are always in there!), and it really pays of when you need to make dinner in a hurry. And one night last week was a pantry dinner night; we got home late and needed to eat in under 20 minutes. […]

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French or Ranch?

 I love making my own salad dressing.  If you've never tried it, these two recipes from Family Feasts for $75 a Week are a great place to start.  Both come together in 5 minutes flat and cost less than half of what you'd pay in the store for ready-made.  I've found that pint-sized canning jars work great for dressing mixing […]

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