About Me

Photos by William & Sons Photography

What can I say?

I’m not a professional chef (although I’ve worked in several commercial kitchens).

I’m not a super-mommy homemaker (mad props to all of you out there, it’s hard enough just taking care of myself).

I’m not a financial expert (I just happen to be obsessed with numbers).

I like to cook because it’s the perfect combination of my two favorite subjects: art and science.

When I’m not cooking and blogging, I work as a microbiologist in a hospital laboratory.  Yes, deadly pathogens by day, delicious food by night.  They’re more similar than you might expect!

Contributing Writer

Parade.com (ongoing contributor)
Tame Your Grocery Bill: 6 Tips for Cooking on a Budget (HRBlock.com, October 2012)
Spice up Dessert with Sriracha Peach Crisp (Blogher.com, June 2012)


Huffington Post (June 2014)
Oprah.com (June 2014)
Edmonton Journal (May 2014)
RetailMeNot.com (April 2014)
Canada.com (April 2014)
MontrealGazette.com (April 2014)
Epicurious.com (February 2014)
The Times-Picayune / Nola.com (February 2014)
GoodHousekeeping.com (January 2014)
CBSNews.com (January 2014)
Moneyliving.com (January 2014)
TheKitchn.com (January 2014)
Lifestylemirror.com (August 2013)
Foodriot.com (July 2013)
Cukmi.com (May 2013)
Blogher.com (May 2013)
Blogher.com (December 2012)
Huffingtonpost.com – #5, #10 (October 2012)
IrishTimes.com (October 2012)
Buzzfeed.com – #9 (July 2012)
Food52.com (June 2012)
Blogher.com (June 2012)
Huffingtonpost.com (October 2011)
Takepart.com (May 2011)
Takepart.com (April 2011)
Glamour.com (February 2010)
Lifehacker.com (October 2009)
Consumerist.com (October 2009)

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  1. Elyse says:

    I recently discovered your blog and have just been overwhelmed by the sheer number of recipes on here that I’ve looked at and said “I’d actually make that!” Usually blogs contain lots of pretty recipes I like reading about but would never make. I also love the focus on good, interesting and budget friendly. Anyway I decided to comment because I work in a micro lab too. This is where I write something about mind connections blah blah blah.

  2. Amanda Claydon says:


    All your food tastes SO good, and I love being able to say “I made this meal for only so-and-so amount!” Even my 2 year old approves.

    Thank you so much for this has really helped me make dinner in not only a time crunch, but a budget crunch. You rock!

  3. Courtney says:

    Hi Beth! I had NO idea you lived in Nola. It’s my favorite city in the country. It would be cool if you did a post about your favorite spots or Creole cooking etc. Anyway, love the blog and look forward to seeing your future recipes.

    • Haha, I hate to disappoint, but I’m not that into traditional southern or Creole food! (I wasn’t raised here). The food scene here is really changing with new styles and fusion between cultures. It’s great! I just wish I didn’t always have so much food at home so I could go out and experience it more! :)

  4. I’m all about bold and flavorful recipes and after perusing a lot of your posts, I have to tell you it’s refreshing to see the use of many spices and fresh herbs in a lot of your dishes, you’re not scared to bust out that cumin! Well, now that I think about it, why would you be?- handling deadly pathogens and all. What’s a little cumin gonna do?! ;)
    Thanks for sharing your love of food in such a creative, fun and also BUDGET conscious way! That’ll make my hubby happy ;) Great blog!!

  5. kathryn lacey says:

    Interesting and delightful recipes. However, I do not know where you shop, but in a small town up in the Adirondacks of NY with only one grocery store, food is very expensive and not very fresh. A local farmers’ market is available in the summer – very expensive. I need to travel a minimum of 1/2 hour to get to an organic food store. I used to garden, but at 91, I can no longer do that. I do garden herbs and some vegs in pots – so that saves a bit of money and gives me some garden fresh veggies in summer. I cook for a family including a vegan, a gluten free, and a picky eater (92). Enjoy your site.

  6. Just found your sure and love it!!! Am using 2 recipes tonite. We eat paleo but there are so many wonderful recipes on here that it will be easy to use straight out or with very little adaptations Thank you thank you for such a great site. Will definitely get the book !

  7. Rachel M says:

    I absolutely adore your blog and wanted to thank you for making it. I must admit one of my favorite part is the fact that it is not a super mommy blog. I’m a working adult and I need to eat too!

    There are the occasional recipes that take a long time to create but most of them are easy to do after a day of work and healthy to boot!

    I also love your descriptions, they reflect on the quality of food rather than whether a kid ate it. I remember eating dog treats when I was small, I have some doubts on the culinary expertise of a child.

    It gets tedious reading mommy blogs, those ladies are amazing and have so much patience, but I’m not looking for ways to trick someone into eating more vegetables. So, thank you again for what you do here, you are absolutely amazing and a pleasure to read.

  8. Polly says:

    Beth, thanks for sharing your secrets. I love this website. Whenever i am stuck for ideas on what to cook, i just come here and use a recipe. My husband never complains.

    Ive also shared this link with several family and friends.

  9. Robert Spinetti says:

    Thank you so much for this site Beth! I recently transitioned to a vegetarian diet not only to save money but also to eat healthier, and your blog has helped ease the change one hundred fold. Your site has given me so many ideas not only for vegetarian recipes but also for how to cook on a budget and still eat healthy, varied dishes. Mad props to you! Keep doing your thing!

  10. Aarron Krammer says:

    I’m trying anchovies in my tomato sauce tonight. I hope it doesn’t taste fishy. I like fish but don’t like fishy.

    BTW – You should put more photos of yourself on your site. You are very attractive and celebrity chefs have been elevated to rock star status these days. Just an idea ;o

  11. Laura says:

    Thank gawd for this site. My husband stumbled on it a few months ago, and it is now our go-to recipe source. You’ve hit that healthy-tasty-simple -inexpensive niche so, so well. I used to spend hours trying to translate recipes into our timeline and our budget. I think you’ve saved me days of wasted time. That’s some good karma heading your way. Props!!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have tried 2 recipes so far and have plans for many more over the next few weeks. Yummy! You make this seem so easy and love that we typically have the majority of ingredients in the house. Thank you!

  13. Hi Beth,

    Just wanted to say thank you for all the super recipes! I really like your cooking style (very similar to mine) and the approachable recipes you create. I love that the list of ingredients is always brief and basically all the ingredients are readily available in my super-market. I have been calculating out my recipes just like you do, for years! It’s like a game for me. So fun that you do the same thing.
    I’ve been in a cooking rut lately, but after stumbling upon your site I’ve been inspired to try a bunch of new things.

    Thank you so much!

    - Kit

    P.S. your food photos are great :o)

  14. Jennifer says:

    Your site is amazing! I have gotten my mother-in-law hooked as well. My husband has many favourites that he asks for on a regular basis… the most recent is the Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders. I was never taught how to cook growing up… but your site has changed me!

    Keep it up! :)

    - Jen

    PS – I think you mean May 2014, not 2015 for the article in the Edmonton Journal.

  15. Delaney says:

    Your. Enchilada. Sauce. Oh Em Gee. That is all. I will never use another recipe or a can of sauce again. I’m addicted to enchiladas that use that sauce…and I might be guilty of eating spoonfuls of the sauce while I’m cooking.

    Thanks for your recipes and for sharing your cooking expertise with the browsing public!

  16. Lindsey says:

    Hello Beth, I truly love your site. I was wondering if your looking for new recipes I would be interested in yogurt, picante sauce, and ketchup. They sound fun ;) I also already make my own mayo and maple syrup they are super easy you should try them ;)

  17. Just found this through your sweet potato enchiladas. Boyf is obsessed with normal enchiladas and I’m fed up of them! Going to be reading your recipes all night. Great fine in my eyes as our general lives seem similar; I’m a neuro researcher by day, money obsesser by night!

  18. Zane K. says:

    Hi Beth!

    I came across your website by total accident and just started browsing through it. Before I knew it, I had spent an hour reading your recipes and looking at the helpful photos.

    I have made a few of your recipes already (and plan to make more) and I am totally blown away by how flavorful yet simple to make your food is. The fact that it’s also budget friendly is like a cherry on top! I like to cook a lot and I spend quite a bit of $$$ on groceries. Your website is a (wallet :)) lifesaver!

    I also really appreciate your use of whole foods, lots of fresh ingredients and experimenting with global flavors. I myself am a big fan of Mexican, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, so a lot of your recipes are exactly what I crave most days.

    Thank you so much for having this blog and congratulations on your new book! The positive reviews speak for themselves.

    Stay great and continue with your passion of cooking!

    Thank you!

  19. Jenn says:


    I found your site purely by accident, but I’m absolutely in love with it already. I live by the same principles, though I’m an accounting specialist by day. I have myself and my boyfriend, and 3 cats (2 of which are special needs) and I struggle with weight loss, as does he. Finding a site that is healthy food while not costing an arm and a leg? PRICELESS.

    We’ve already bookmarked many recipes to try (He loves chorizo so much, I make my own to save money, so we’ve already planned to try all those recipes)

    I find your concept inspiring, that budget cooking can be healthy – full stomach, and full wallet, and I just had to say as much. Thank you so much and looking forward to joyfully letting you know how much I love the recipes I try.

    PS, chai and pumpkin? I’m never looking at another site again!!!!

    Peace in the kitchen!

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