Electronic WIC Cards vs. Paper Vouchers

Photo by allen p beilschmidt sr Many states use paper vouchers. Some have switched to using electronic cards like the Food Stamps program now uses. Today I ran across a story that brings up one more reason why it’s good to get rid of the paper vouchers. Here’s an excerpt: Lilburn police have issued arrest warrants for Tracy Dupree and Jamila Scott, of Lithonia, and of Decatur. Police said it was tough for the clerks to spot the vouchers as fakes because they look so real. ...more

We Choose What We Eat

Despite the influence that food politics and our income level has on our food choices, we must still place the ultimate and primary responsibility for our eating choices on ourselves. Of course, most of us cannot afford to feed ourselves all organic produce, free range hormone and antibiotic free meats, and organic minimally processed whole grains all the time. We don’t have the time and income (or land and green thumb) needed to maintain that diet without some serious consequences to other priorities we have set for ourselves. ...more

Taco Pie--a Template

Cheap Eat Challenge, Part 2: Watch as our family of 6 eats on less than $10/day. I threw this together one night when I was going to serve leftovers, but then realized that if I added some ground beef and taco seasoning, our leftovers could equal a taco pie.  ...more

Orange Vinaigrette

Cheap Challenge, Part 2: Watch as our family of 6 eats on less than $10/day. ...more

National Pretzel Month, I Salute You: Whole Wheat Pretzels

Cheap Eat Challenge, Part 2: Watch as our family of 6 eats on less than $10/day. So I made pretzels once before. They were gross. And a pain in the place that should not be pained. I swore off the whole pretzel/bagel thing. ...more

Unbearably Easy Crock Pot Chicken

Cheap Eat Challenge, Part 2: Watch as our family of 6 eats on less than $10/day. My chickens never sit properly and hold their legs together. Oh sure, you can say that that's just because I don't know how to tie them correctly with their neatly cinched packet of Herbs de Provence tucked soundly within. You might even be right. Which is just exactly the great thing about this recipe. It's crazy easy and incredibly good. Throw in a splayed open chicken and some spices and you're good to go. ...more

Butter Sauteed Mushrooms

Cheap Eat Challenge, Part 2: Watch as our family of 6 eats on less than $10/day. Every once in a while I need to give a nod to my non-cooking past. As well as to a truly perfect food. Today's recipe is so easy that children (stove top aged children) can make it. These mushrooms are good on their own, good with rice or potatoes, a delicious garnish for soups (potato and squash come to mind), and also an excellent compliment/topping for meat. ...more

Onion Hater's Chicken Pot Pie

Cheap Eat Challenge, Part 2: Watch as our family of 6 eats on less than $10/day. Until this year, I'd never made a chicken pot pie. There are many reasons for this. Like that I hadn't conquered a pie crust until 2 years ago. ...more

A Day In The Life Of Frugal Food Shopping.

It starts (my frugal food shopping) at the grocery store. This particular store has a day-old bread & baked goods aisle, a meat & poultry date-expiration aisle and a dented & bruised veggie/fruit aisle. This is basically where I do most of my shopping. Today I got a head of cauliflower for .65, a 3 pound bag of Golden Delicious apples for $1.23, a 5 pound bag of potatoes for $1.50, two artichokes for $1.50 and over 3 pounds of bananas for $1.02. ...more

Blondie at age 66: still rocking, recording and packing them in.

Debbie Harry turned 66 this past year. Here's a video of her new song, Mother, from her new album soon to be released with Blondie. Ms. Harry looks great. Her voice is perfect and age has only made it better.Enjoy!Email subscribers: click on this link to view Blondie Video ...more