Monthly Archives: September 2009

Penny Pinching Tip #1: Simple Bare Necessities

A few people have commented that my costing seems really low, because, for example, even if I am only using a cup of a rice, I still have to buy the whole bag. The thing is, I shop for fresh items for recipes, but I rarely go shopping specifically for “long-term” non-perishables. Rather, I keep…

A Little Musing about Hunger

Yesterday I observed Yom Kippur, a Jewish fast day during which many have the tradition to refrain from eating and drinking for about 25 hours. Because it seemed appropriate, I started What is the What by David Eggers, which tells the story of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan. What particularly stood out to me, being…

The Soup Weather Cometh

I don’t believe that dishes should be tied to a particular season, but there is something about the weather turning crisp that makes me want to curl up on the couch with a bowl of steaming, fragrant soup (especially if it’s a rainy day). This recipe is my version of a dairy-free corn chowder; the…

Greatest Hits: Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins

I love muffins. It’s easy portion control (if you have self control), and I can easily grab one on my way to work or as a quick snack while I’m getting dinner together (whoever said you can’t have dessert first was a moron). I like to substitute extra bananas or applesauce for the oil so…

Mimi, Let’s Stay In Tonight

I consistently hear people say, “I spend so much money on happy hours and eating out, but it’s the only way to maintain my social life.” Ladies and gents, I beg to differ. You don’t have go out to be social. Case and point: A bunch of us hadn’t seen each other in a while…

Burglar Supper: Tofu & Chickpea Stew

Last night’s fare was what my mom liked to call a “Burglar Supper.” After being away for the weekend, I got home from work too exhausted to think about grocery shopping but I still wanted to eat a good dinner. (Also, when I moved out I promised my mom I would never eat cereal and…

Because Frugality Doesn’t Negate Decadence

In tough economic times, eating healthy (and flavorful) food can sometimes be a challenge. Fresh fruits and veggies cost more than frozen, and pre-packaged meals seem to be constantly on sale. This blog has lots of ideas and recipes that I use on a regular basis while sticking to a tight budget. You’ll see, you…