My green plan for saving money (and freezer space) on meat

 Food containers are, for most people, one of the highest sources of consumer waste.  Every week we throw away countless cans, bottles, and plastics.  Buying in bulk, then splitting up our purchases into smaller units helps, but too often that involves plastic bags which we use once, then discard. In many ways, the money spent on plastic bags counter-balances the money saved with this method -- and creates even more garbage that presently cannot be recycled (since only #1, #2, and, in some areas, #5 plastics can be submitted for recycling)....more

Homemade Sriracha

Do you have extreamely large quanities of peppers in your garden this year?  We did - a crazy amount! After we canned all the salsa we could eat in a year and dried all that we would use in chili and things we were still left with pounds of red hot peppers.   So my hubby and I decided we would try canning homemade sriracha (rooster sauce) with all of our extra hot peppers.  And it turned out pretty perfect. ...more
Nice, Jalapenoes freeze nicely. I run thru the food processor, press and freeze flat in ...more

Feeding the Family on a Budget

For most families, the biggest household expense after housing is food. Feeding a large family, in particular, can get very expensive, especially if you want to feed your family well. But it is possible to keep food costs down without sacrificing nutrition. Here are my tips for feeding a family on a budget: Try to stick to a whole food, vegetarian diet. I realize this won’t work for everyone, as there are lots of die-hard meat-eaters out there!...more

Canning at Home: An Apple a Day

There's something about the month of September. It beckons sweaters and tall boots, fills the nose with the scent of freshly sharpened pencils and newly opened crayons. There's something about the flip of the calendar that affects the tastebuds too; that makes us crave comfort foods—apples, pumpkin, filling soups, and stick-to-your-ribs casseroles....more
 @Laine Griffin I'm glad you enjoyed it.  Tomatoes are one of my favorite things to can, I'm ...more

Breakfast for Dinner: Garlicky Eggs, Mushrooms on Toast

[Editor's Note: Though Yadsia of shop.cook.make thought of this as a breakfast dish, it is elegant and easy enough to be a perfect Quicker Dinners option. On a night when you'd like to turn your day upside down and serve breakfast for dinner, this is a great recipe to try. It'll be on the table in no time flat. --Genie] ...more
Thanks a lot Genie, that sounds goodmore

Celebrate Late-Season Tomatoes With Tomato Tabouleh

[Editor's Note: In some parts of the country, tomato season is just about to end, while in others, there are still a few weeks of ripe, red goodness to go. Regardless, seize that last moment of tomato madness with this simple salad that requires garden- or farm-fresh tomatoes. It's healthy and lets the produce shine. --Genie] ...more
Yes. Great time for a delicious tomato salad. Let's eat tomatoes as much as we can :)more

Shrewd Food: Tips to Save Time, Money & Energy on Meal Planning, Prep

My hubby recently got an email from the student loan office. They are compiling a med student cookbook with inexpensive recipes and money-saving tips for food budgets. It has gotten me thinking about the things I have done to better manage our food bill and waste. As a stay-at-home Mom, I most often contribute financially by saving money through efficient household management—and one of the biggies in that department is food!...more
Thanks for the wonderful ideas! I've just started to meal plan, but feel extra motivated after ...more

Homemade Ginger Ale

My number two college son started making his own ginger ale syrup years ago. It’s fabulous and so refreshing during the summer months. It’s easy to make. I think you’ll love it....more
What a great recipe! I buy ginger ale once in awhile for a cocktail mixer, but my kids drink it ...more

Menu 8/12

Back to the grind this week. Hubby is no longer on vacation and this momma can finally make some decent dinners. Nothing out of the ordinary this week or weekend to fuss over. Just simple homemade dinners. Now it’s time to write it on my menu board in the kitchen.MENU 8/12Sunday- Pork chops, porogies and a saladMonday- General Tso’s chicken and egg rollsTuesday- Breakfast for dinner- Bacon, eggs, hash brownsWednesday- BLT’s with a tomato cucumber salad...more

Cool Produce Secret (at Kroger) and an Easy Week Meal Plan

So I had a pretty successful grocery trip to Kroger and bought all of the following fresh veggie packs, all marked down. Pretty exciting.   I also learned that Kroger does their mark downs on all produce 3 days out from the "use by" date. The tricky thing is that they only have 1 employee who marks down one section (in the whole store) per day....more