The Tasty Cheapskate

I grew up neither cooking nor eating much. There were so many other things to do (like exercising compulsively. And high school! Cuteness! Grades! Rah!). 

And though my mom made most of our food (cheapskatery was a major theme of my childhood), I still managed not to learn to cook. I only ate foods, after all, with no fat, and the concept of whole foods was a little lost on us, (as it was on many in the '80s and '90s). We were more in the fat-free margarine camp (oh look, I can see my liver glowing). 

So fortunately, I've gotten past all that. I cook now. And eat. Good things, very good things (no offense to all the weirdo diets out there). Though--for the record--I'm still really cheap (not margarine cheap, my friends, but cheap). It's in my bones. 

Blueberry Pie Bars--SRC

Oh my golly. I made the most wonderful thing with blueberries I've ever made before thanks to my Secret Recipe Club assignment this month. I had the blog Flavors by Four ....more

Lentil Chickpea Salad with Tahini Sauce

This is the type of salad your mother would be so proud to hear you are eating. (Unless, of course, your mother is the type of woman who believes dinner should come from a can or a box in which case she'll feel you've gone all hippie on her.) Unfortunately, it is often the type of salad that gets passed right over at the church/work potluck as people head towards the pan of potatoes and cheese. It's like one of those foods that has a "nice personality." I mean, it does have two varieties of earth-toned beans in it ....more

Happy Fourth of July

Pizza Style: ...more

Mango Lime Pops

Ah. Lately I occasionally feel (as I stumble into bed after midnight) that I am a little bit drowning in summer.Well, if you're going to drown in summer, these pops are the way to go. They are bright and fresh and perfect ....more

5 Intensely Cheap Recipes

(Curried deviled eggs) Every once in a while Yahoo (or whoever) will run an article boasting a recipe for cheap food--something like salmon that comes out to something like $3 or $4 per serving. I'm not bashing that, but it doesn't impress me. Every time I read those articles I think, "That's just homemade food; homemade food is always cheap." And it is....more

Dutch Babies with Whey (with option Lemon Butter)

I think that one of the secrets to super cheap eating is that sometimes (as in at least once a week), you eat a meal that is intensely cheap.Dutch babies (otherwise known as German pancakes) are the perfect fit. Generally made with eggs, milk, flour, and a bit of butter, a pan-ful can usually be made for about $.50. They can be topped with savory toppings like sauteed greens or mushrooms ....more

Black Rice Wraps

Never heard of black rice? It's okay; I hadn't either. And then a few weeks ago, there I was at our co-op picking up my raw milk, like a properly crunchy mother ....more

Rainbow Salad

This salad is super fun and super crunchy (both literally and figuratively). It is super pretty and super yummy. It is super healthy and super raw ....more


I realize that sometimes this blog is a little schizophrenic. Sometimes it's got really healthy foods--the kind most of us would have gawked at when we were kids. The kind that would shock my mother if she knew I were eating them ....more

Red Velvet Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I'm kind of a red velvet fanatic. I guess anyone is who posts red velvet recipes in June instead of the appropriate month (February in case you were wondering--red velvet is often a Valentine's recipe). I don't know what it is about red velvet things ....more