FOOD

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

Virginia Woolfe

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

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

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...

Movie Food Smuggling

Movie Food Smuggling

Why would anyone in their right mind pay $20 for a small box of candy and a few kernels fake-butter popcorn after paying a million dollars a ticket to go to a movie--that starts with a half-hour of commercials?  That's insane. Theatre food isn't what I want anyway--a...

A Tale of Two (or more) Avocados

A Tale of Two (or more) Avocados

Avocados: tasty, and all the rage. The minute I discovered people paying $15 for avocados on toast, I knew I should quit my job and become an avocado chef. I'm still working on the details. Meanwhile, I've decided to share some of my favorite recipes for avocados....

Pantry Raid: How to Eat for Free to Pay Your Bills

Pantry Raid: How to Eat for Free to Pay Your Bills

Why I decided to skip grocery shopping for weeks... A couple months ago, I got a large bill for my teacher certification renewal. I was cranky so I posted a question on Facebook to see who else had to pay large fees to keep their jobs. Turns out, a ton of people. The...

FREE Unlimited Kombucha. You Can Make It Yourself

FREE Unlimited Kombucha. You Can Make It Yourself

I was hooked on kombucha the first time I tried it.  It's a sip of bubbly, refreshing heaven. It reminded me of a wine cooler without the wine.  The problem, though, was it's cost. $4-6 a bottle meant that I couldn't have it all the time...unless... I learned to make...

A Simple Sesame Noodle Recipe You’d Better Double

A Simple Sesame Noodle Recipe You’d Better Double

A sesame noodle dish that gives a take-out feel during the middle of the school day... I love cold sesame noodles. They're super easy, fantastic for make-ahead meals, and delicious. This dish is a great summer--or winter dish that can be served hot or cold, and costs...

10 Ways to Have an Affordable, Waste-Free Thanksgiving

10 Ways to Have an Affordable, Waste-Free Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving time... "Do you want to get a free-range turkey for Thanksgiving?" My husband texted me a local farm's screenshot for $5.99/pound. "Is that a good price?" I'm a vegetarian. I'm happy with a carrot. I usually make Indian food--the smell of...