FOOD

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.”

Virginia Woolfe

Stir Fried Rice for Pennies (without the MSG)

Stir fried rice is Chinese takeout for pennies. Take out is expensive and takes time to pick up.  You don't need it. You can have this stir fried rice instantly.  Rice is freezer friendly, so you can freeze any leftovers for this quick meal. I call this "recycled...

Low Carb & Lazy: One-Pot “Egg Rolls”

Who doesn't love an egg roll? Home cooks, that's who. I started making this recipe when I went keto for a year to test for health reasons. I had to be strict about it because it wasn't a weight loss diet (though that's a side benefit!) it was medical. So, I started...

Beef and Barley Soup

Beef, Barley, and Mushroom soup is a very simple soup for a cold day. I love to make beef and barley soup in the Instant Pot. This is an "I forgot to make dinner" meal or for one of those days when I've been doing my thing (I'm the vegetarian) and I really don't care...

Tasty Tomato Soup

WARNING: MY TOMATO SOUP IS NOT HEALTH FOOD But you can make the "wimpy version" if you want. It's healthy. This is a featured recipe on Fall Menu Week 2 INGREDIENTS A jar or two of crushed...

Grilled Cheese Even a Chef Will Eat

Grilled cheese should not be boring! Do this–open your cheese drawer, shred up whatever’s left, and match it to some add-ins, and you’ve got an amazing dinner. Add a bowl of soup to the side–especially soups you make and freeze ahead–and you’ve got a full-on gourmet...

How to Coupon The RIGHT Way

A coupon can make you insane… Done wrong, a coupon will turn anyone into an extreme raving lunatic, with shelves full of nonsense they wouldn’t buy in a million years. You’ll know every price in town and travel far and wide to get a sale. That was me. I had shelves...

Meal Planning 101

Meal planning will save you from this: It’s 5PM. I’m hungry. I don’t know what I want to eat so I go to the store. Or worse yet, I get “a little” takeout that turns into everyone piling on something until the bill comes to $50. Not that there’s anything wrong with...

Caprese: Italy’s Gift to the World

Caprese salad is an in-season blessing. If I could pick one gift from Italy, it would be this. You can keep your Renaissance paintings you just give me this salad. This is one of the few recipes where fresh is essential. You can make this with cheap mozzarella or out...

Low-Carb Foods That Won’t Break the Bank

Keto is the new cool, but few people know variations have been around for a long time. Low-carb diets benefit everyone from diabetics to epileptic children. And--they help you lose weight. I ate keto for well over a year to test it out for migraines. But, not only was...

Free Ranch Dressing Forever

If you read my post on making countertop yogurt, you can make this dressing for next to nothing. It's much better than the stuff you buy in the stores. "Real" ranch is made with mayo, buttermilk, and sour cream. Since you can make two out of the three with leftover...