Monthly Archives: February 2010

Penny Pinching Tip #9: Your Freezer is Your Friend

Have you ever bought too many fresh vegetables and kicked yourself later watching them go bad in the fridge? I don’t do this too often, but occasionally I’ll end up either eating out more than I thought I would for a given week, or just not cooking as much for one reason or another. So…

20 Below: Basil, Ginger & Garlic Stuffed Chicken

Upon request (and somewhat of a challenge) from one of my lovely readers, I’m going to start a series of “20 Below” posts where I will highlight an entire meal for 4 people that costs less than $20 ($5.00 per person). I hope all of you penny pinchers enjoy these posts–and if anyone else has…

Vegan Palak Paneer

I love palak paneer, but sadly have gone almost entirely dairy free so I can no longer eat paneer (homemade Indian cheese). I had the idea a while back to figure out a dairy free version; it took a couple of tries to get the seasoning and texture right, but I was very happy with…

Healthy Eating for Penny Pinchers: Iron-Rich Foods

I’ve had anemia problems for a number of years (runs in my family), so I’m careful in making sure I eat iron-rich foods. A lot of people think that the only way to get iron is through red meat, but there are actually many sources of iron outside of meat and liver, which can be both…

Dinner Party Dessert: Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Cake

Yes I know, you’ve seen to many banana baked goods recipes, and you’re right, this is another variation of plenty of previous recipes. What can I say, bananas make a great base for baking, and frankly, I never have any leftovers :) Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Cake Ingredients: 3 overripe bananas, pureed2 eggs1/4 cup…

Dinner Party Side Dish: Sriracha-Spiked Corn Muffins

I like corn bread, but it frequently suffers from being dry and crumbly. I got the idea a while back to make corn bread with creamed corn to give the corn flavor but keep it nice and moist, and it was a total score! The corn chunks also added a nice texture. Corn bread does…

Dinner Party Main Dish: Crock Pot Spice-Rubbed Chicken w/ Garlic, Onions & Blood Oranges

I don’t use my crock pot nearly enough, so I decided to make a crock pot chicken for my main dish. I layered the bottom of the crock pot with sliced onions and baby potatoes (red bliss, purple & yukon), stuffed the chicken (under the skin and inside the cavity) with sliced blood oranges, onions…

Dinner Party Salad: Spinach, Heirloom Tomato & Blood Orange Salad

I am a huge fan of blood oranges. They add great color to any dish, and have a more robust flavor than many other orange varieties, so they are really good salads and salad dressings. Because of the snow I couldn’t get anywhere but TJ’s, but I would have added some thinly sliced fennel to…

Daring Cooks Challenge: Mezze

I know I don’t usually post on a Sunday, but I recently became a Daring Cook through a very cool group called the Daring Kitchen, which brings together thousands of food bloggers from around the world and challenges them to cook one new thing every month, and today is the reveal day! This was my…

Dinner Party Appetizer: Sesame-Soy Salmon w/ Crispy Brown Rice Cake

For my dinner party I wanted to start with a fish course; I like Asian flavors for salmon, so I created a sesame-soy marinade with a little bit of sriracha for heat. While the salmon lay soaking up those wonderful flavors, I put together an accompaniment for the plate. I wanted something with crunch and…