• Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Feeding The Hungry Ghost

    About a month ago Ellen Kanner e-mailed me about her new book Feeding The Hungry Ghost. The name intrigued me so when Ellen offered me a chance to read the book, I jumped at the opportunity. It’s part cookbook, part memoirs but most of all reminds us all how many things and events in our lives are connected with food. Ellen is The Huffington Post’s Meatless Monday blogger so I thought this would be a good spot to share my interview with Ellen and she kindly provided two recipes taken from her book for you to try. www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-kanner www.ellen-ink.com/blog www.ellen-ink.com Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-Your Huffington Post’s Meatless Monday blogger, what…

  • Friday Round Up

    The Friday Round Up-Weekend Warm Up

    After another round of snow I’m happy to say we have some warm weather headed this way for the weekend. Lots of things to do outside and maybe I’ll squeeze in an hour to sit and read a book before the forecasted rain heads in. There’s never a shortage of budget related articles on the Web and here are a few I found this week plus some recipes that sound delicious and budget friendly- Many years ago I wrote an article about when it’s okay to splurge. Sometimes items seem expensive but they’re usually products where a little goes a long way- http://shine.yahoo.com/in-the-pantry/pantry-splurge-pantry-staples-193100786.html Quinoa is the in grain right now…

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    It’s Meatless Monday- ‘Steak’ Sandwich with Orange and Fennel Marinade

    I often refer to my kitchen as my lab where I experiment with ingredients, spices, herbs, you name it in an effort to find inexpensive yet good for you meals. Last week fennel and orange were used in a variety of these ‘experiments’ and one I especially liked was the marinade I used for this Meatless Monday treat, the vegetarian ‘steak’ sandwich. You’ve probably seen Portobello mushrooms stand in for steak in many veggie recipes. It’s a mushroom with lots of character and hardiness and while delicious all by itself, I always think a nice marinade ups the taste factor. So here is what I came up with- 2 large…

  • Friday Round Up

    The Friday Round-Up-Winter Holds On

    It’s April 19th and over a foot of snow is on the ground….again. I’ve got a feeling spring won’t be putting in an appearance this year. I’ve got onions, shallots, asparagus, potatoes, plus, cucumber and tomato plants I started to grow from seed a few weeks ago all sitting by the patio door with no chance of getting them planted outside anytime soon. One tip I keep meaning to pass along is about coupons. I find most of mine through online sites now which means I have to use my printer ink. With that in mind consider the following every time you hit the print button- Do I really want…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Carrot and Butterbean Soup with Ginger and Cumin Oil

    April is usually the time I start thinking about salads and lighter fare, but as winter refuses to budge this year, I’m still in a soup state of mind. I wanted something tasty and a little different. Many soups add ginger and cumin to the actual recipe but for this one I thought of using it as an accompaniment and using seeds rather than powder. Carrots are always one of the best deals in the produce department and they add a sweetness to this soup. I’m a great fan of butterbeans because they add a creamy texture to most dishes without adding fat. Put them together and you have a…

  • Friday Round Up

    The Friday Round Up-Winter’s Back

    Winter made a comeback this week. While it’s not as cold as it was, the snow’s back and it doesn’t look at all like spring. Good news is the seeds I planted indoors last week are already a few inches high but it might be awhile before I can plant them outside. Either way I’m looking forward to some homegrown food when summer rolls around. Here are some articles I found of interest- The snow might be on the ground but I thought this was worth reading- http://shine.yahoo.com/at-home/5-easy-ways-stunning-lawn-less-153800041.html#!drn9U Frozen peas always seem to be on sale so keep a few in the freezer and take a look through this list-…

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    April Savings

    Here are Georgine’s tips for saving in April- April means spring is really here. It is a new beginning and spring cleaning is in full force so if you are clearing out some of the old, look for sales on items that will refresh your home such as paint, wallpaper, and organization and storage devices. Check your winter wardrobe for older clothing that you can donate and replace with the bargains you will find in the stores. You will be thankful next year when you remember your purchases. Athletic shoes will start getting reduced around tax time so if you are entitled to a refund you may want to earmark…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Speedy Mac and Cheese

    Last week was one of those busy ones when you want something tasty to eat but haven’t got extra time to spend in the kitchen. While I usually don’t use ready-made sauces, this one came to rescue for what I’ve now called speedy mac and cheese. It uses one of the new Progresso Cooking Sauces, and I think makes the perfect Meatless Monday meal when time isn’t on your side. To give this mac and cheese a different spin, I used rigatoni pasta, added corn, chile peppers and spices. 8 ounces rigatoni 1 can Progresso Cooking Sauce, Cheese Flavor 2 cups corn, canned or frozen 1 4 ounce can chopped…

  • Budget Smart Girl's Guide

    Being Green Equals Saving Green

    April marks Earth Day and whether you choose to do something good for the environment or not, going green can save you money. Here are some ways I’ve found to be green and save money at the same time- Take Your Own Bags to the Store One of the supermarkets where I frequently shop takes 5 cents off your bill for every bag you bring to the store. It might not sound like a lot but it doesn’t take much effort and as I usually have five bags each trip, that’s 25 cents each time I shop multiplied by 52 weeks and money that goes towards buying something else in…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-The Cornish Pasty Goes Veggie

    Growing up in England, I’ve made and eaten lots of Cornish pasties which if you’re not familiar with them are meat and veggies wrapped in short crust pastry. I love the challenge of trying to make something that’s very meat centric into a vegetarian treat. The Cornish pasty makeover was my latest attempt. The first recipe was bland and didn’t score high points. On the second attempt I tried adding cheese which upped the taste quota but didn’t really match the meat version very well. Last week I thought I’d give it another try and came up with this. Once again I used the principle of layering the flavors and…