• Budget Smart Cook

    Cranberry-Pear Sauce with Rosemary and Ginger

    I thought we’d finish out the year with something that sounds expensive to make but it’s not. It’s super quick and easy to make and does not include any refined sugar. Instead, it gets its sweetness naturally from ripe pears and a touch of real maple syrup. Once you try this recipe, you’ll never look at store-bought cranberry sauce the same. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10-15 minutes, plus 15-20 minutes to cool Serves: 6 Ingredients: 12 oz. fresh cranberries 2 medium ripe pears, peeled and diced 2 t. fresh ginger, peeled and grated 3 T. fresh rosemary leaves, finely diced 3 T. real maple syrup ¾ c. water…

  • Budget Smart Cook

    A Budget Smart Cook Always Loves the Holidays

    Most of us spend more money during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean we have to break the bank. By following a few simple rules you can have enough money over to start the New Year in the black. Oh, and did I happen to mention this is a great time to stock up and save even more? Keep it Simple When you’re throwing a holiday party or even the Christmas dinner, stay within your comfort zone. You’re less likely to have a cooking disaster and be forced to toss food if you stick with your favorite stand bys. Look to Leftovers When I’m planning a special meal or party,…

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