• Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-A New Vegan Cookbook

    Most of you know how much I love creating new recipes, but sometimes it’s lots of fun checking out new cookbooks. The folks at BenBella Books recently sent me a copy of The China Study Cookbook by Leanne Campbell PHD. It’s the official companion book to The China Study and you can read more about it here. http://www.thechinastudy.com/ The book itself is full of wonderful mouthwatering recipes and although time’s been short for me these last few weeks, I did manage to give a few of the dishes a test drive. I had some bananas that were in need of a recipe and tried the Banana Crumb Muffins. Easy to…

  • Friday Round Up

    The Friday Round-Up-Oatmeal A Bargain Food

    Just a quick post on this first Friday of fall. Lots of things are on sale at the supermarket right now. Just today I found good buys on produce like apples, cabbage, and squashes of all kinds. One thing I like to do is buy something on sale, take it home and see what I can make with it. And while I was shopping and seeing lots of seniors with coupons in their hands, it got me thinking about what a difference in prices these people must have seen over their lifetime. Nowadays I look at food items and think, ‘that’s how much’ so I can imagine most people in…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Cauliflower Cheese Pot Pies

    Nothing’s better than cooking once and creating three dishes. Sitting in the CSA box was a large cauliflower. One thing I’ve learned is that roasting this veggie brings out a sweetness that other forms of cooking can’t achieve. Last year I paired roasted cauliflower with pasta and walnuts so my new challenge was trying something different. First thing was mini cauliflower cheese pot pies, and I had enough mixture left over that I’ve frozen it and one day this fall it will make a hearty of meal of regular cauliflower cheese. And the third way you can use this recipe is as a simple side dish. For the Pastry 2…

  • Friday Round Up

    The Friday Round-Up-Goodbye Summer

    Summer comes to an end this weekend. My vegetable garden is still thriving and there are lots of tomatoes, beans and cucumbers waiting to be picked. And the strawberries are in bloom again. This year was my first attempt at growing asparagus and I have to say it’s doing well. However, I’m told I have to wait a few years before I can start harvesting it. I’m thinking about planting garlic ready for next spring. And as I live in what I often refer to as the frozen tundra, I’m looking for ways to winterize the strawberry and blueberry plants. I’m hoping that now I’ve had the initial investment they’ll…

  • Budget Smart Girl's Guide

    Saving With Coupons

    September is all about coupons. With the price of just about everything increasing, including food, using coupons can stretch your budget even more. On some of my trips to the supermarket I won’t buy anything unless I have a coupon or it’s on sale and it’s amazing how much you can save. Here are some of my coupon tips I’ve stumbled upon over the years- Meal Planning If you’re in the mood for some real penny pinching, plan meals around the coupons you have on hand. I’ve used coupons for tacos, refried beans, pizza, frozen potatoes, soup etc. Some of these meals have become favorite standbys even when I don’t…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Stuffed Peppers with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Homemade Pita Chips

    Last week was all about peppers. I had red and green peppers, hot peppers, lipstick peppers…you get the picture. After an hour or so roasting them, drying them, and chopping them to put in the freezer for fall and winter eating, I still had too many peppers. As I always do, I checked what other ingredients I had on hand and brainstormed what I could make. This is the result. Peppers stuffed with a mixture of lentils, rice, and newly purchased dried apricots, cooked in a spicy tomato sauce and served with homemade pita chips. For the stuffed peppers- 6 peppers, your choice. I used smaller red ones and the…

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    September Savings with Georgine

    Georgine’s money saving tips for September Getting ready for back to school, the end of beach and pool days, and the beginning of the cooler weather all mean September. There are lots of good sales going on too. If you are in the market for a new car, after Labor Day dealers are making room for the new 2014 models so you can score a good price on a 2013. The best time to buy is during the last weekend of the month when salesmen are trying to make their quota. At gardens and nurseries you find greenery at the best price of the year. Try to look for perennials…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Smoky Black Bean and Red Pepper Burger with Tomato and Corn Relish

    One thing that budget and vegetarian recipes have in common is the need for something to give them a little more pizzazz. So on each visit to the supermarket, one of my goals is to find a new ingredient that will do just that. My latest find was smoked cumin. It’s sat on the pantry shelf for a few weeks but I’ve been itching to give it a test drive. Last week I thought I’d add it to this recipe. Don’t worry if you can’t find the smoked variety, regular cumin is fine too. The relish part of this recipe was inspired by the cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and ears of…