Beans: The Magical Fruit

Beans: The Magical Fruit

Beans, beans the magical fruit... Actually, they're not a fruit, they're a legume, but who cares? They taste good. You could buy beans for a buck or two a can, but they'd taste like the aluminum they're canned in. You can do better. Make these fresh! Quick soak...

Warm Up with Chili

Warm Up with Chili

Warm up with some chili today for pennies a pot... Chili's a standby for a cold winter day or a summer picnic. It's the quintessential freeze-for-later meal savior and a good, solid, clean-out-the-fridge staple. You can make chili out of nearly anything you have on...

Friday Night Make Your Own Pizza Party

Friday Night Make Your Own Pizza Party

Pizza used to be the cheap old American takeout, but it's not so cheap for my family anymore.  Everyone wants their own kind of pizza.   That's why I do Make Your Own Pizza Night. If you're enjoying the Broke Teacher recipe section so far, you'll recognize some of...

Bake Your Own Bread Daily–In Five Minutes or Less!

Bake Your Own Bread Daily–In Five Minutes or Less!

Ratio-Based Bread Baking We bake our bread at home daily.  My friends say "If I had your time..."  I don't have any more time than any other working mom who does a million extra things.  What I do have is a secret recipe and a process.  I make the bread dough at...

The Best ‘o Pesto Right in Your Own Kitchen

The Best ‘o Pesto Right in Your Own Kitchen

Take a Trip to Italy: Pesto Genovese Pesto is another one of those crazy-expensive things you can do simply. Make your own, and voilà--you've got a restaurant. All these measurements are approximations--you can't mess this up! Put the following in your food processor...

Don’t Be a Dip: Make Your Own Hummus

Don’t Be a Dip: Make Your Own Hummus

I love hummus and dips.  The problem is this.  It's really expensive in the store.  If you buy a small container of hummus in the prepared foods aisle of the dairy and fridge section, you might as well hand over your wallet.  I could easily eat an entire container as...

Quality Cookware Nearly Free

Quality Cookware Nearly Free

Quality cookware can be really expensive...but it doesn't have to be! I love to cook.  My cookware is really important to me, and I'll be honest--I've got some quality stuff.  Some, I got for my wedding, and some I got when I wasn't a broke teacher. Not all, though....

Eat and Freeze Frugal Frittata

Eat and Freeze Frugal Frittata

When you've got lots of eggs and a good imagination, the sky's the limit.  Make a frittata! What's a frittata?  It's like a quiche without the bother of the pie crust.  This does two things--makes it faster, easier, cheaper, and gluten-free. I have chickens.  They're...

Why Couponing May Be Costing You a Fortune!

Why Couponing May Be Costing You a Fortune!

Couponing is costing you money! Couponing is bad. It doesn't save you money it makes you spend more. I used to coupon religiously. I had an entire bodega in my basement. I did this for years thinking I'd coupon to pay off debt. Several years and stockpiles later, I...