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

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)


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)


  1. Hi Beth,

    I’m writing on behalf of the Cooking Club. We’re planning to link to your recipe for Zucchini Pizza Boats in an upcoming Editors’ Pick on our website and would like permission to feature your photo.

    We will also pin your recipe on our Editors’ Pick Recipes Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/cookingclub/editors-pick/

    Please let me know as soon as possible if we have permission. We will send you a link to the website when your recipe gets featured.

    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

    Many thanks! Looking forward to hearing from you!


    Kelli Billstein
    Senior Editor, Cooking Club Magazine

    • Yes, that is fine as long as the reader has to click through to the original post to access the complete recipe. Thank you!

  2. Michele says:

    Hi Beth,

    Just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I LOVE your recipes and website. I can always come here for inspiration, especially for dishes that are vegetarian or vegan. I love that you use whole foods whenever possible, not processed ones, and that everything that I’ve tried has been excellent. Way to go! Great job!
    A big fan,

  3. Tori Miller says:

    I have been using Rooster sauce for 30 plus years in every thing, and avocados are food from the gods. Never forget fresh cilantro. Your site is a new discovery . Nice!

  4. I have been visiting your site for quite a while now, but only recently read your bio. I’m a frugal foodie that is a number cruncher for a laboratory! Love your recipes and your generous use of Sriracha! Your veggie/non-veggie flexibility and suggestions are also great!

  5. Shelley says:

    Hi Beth, just wanted to let you know that this is the ONLY website I’ve ever been on that makes me look forward to cooking dinner (and lunch, and breakfast…). Thanks for all the fantastic and inexpensive recipes!

  6. Denny says:

    I don’t know how I found you but lucky me!! I so appreciate the beautiful photos and amazing recipes. Thanks for the inspiration! Cook on!


  7. Jordan says:

    OMG. I just came across your website! I just graduated from college, but wish I had found this website while I was living the struggling-student-life!! These recipes look so delicious. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into sharing your recipes with others.


  8. What up girl!

  9. Catherine says:

    Looking for a peach salsa and discovered this amazing blog!! Your recipes are so easy to follow and so beautifully illustrated – what a pro! I can’t to further explore, and plan to make the crustless quiche for my folks tomorrow night – we have a great weekend Farmer’s Market on Saturdays – tomorrow may be the last hurrah so I’m loading up on all the fresh veggies, including spinach – my fave!! thanks for your efforts.

  10. Jenny says:

    Hi Beth,

    I am new to your blog and first off like to thank you for this wonderful site and your step by step photo guide. Words can get really confusing for me, I swear I should of been tested for dyslexia or something of the sort when I was young, so having your pictures to help guide me through is godsend.

    I had only know of one other person beside my dad with the love of sriracha, I think you might be the third person now. Although you bought it into a new light of possibilities of what you can do and make with it. You are truly a genius! I think the Rooster brand sriracha needs to make you an official spoke person for there company. :)


  11. Danny says:

    I think you just saved my life!

  12. THIS is what a blog is meant to be! Absolutely love your theme, the clean layout, and the recipes of course. :) Keep them coming!!!

  13. Jana Tate says:

    After following so many people and finding only a small percentage of their recipes being flavorful, inexpensive, healthy and loved by my family – your website was an answer to prayer. Having 5 somewhat picky guys to feed, I can say we are batting 100% with your recipes. I literally can’t believe it. We are currently following you exclusively. I can’t stop till I try them all.
    I love the variety, excellent pix with instructions, your comments and so much flavor!! Cooking healthy, flavor fully, frugally, and acceptable for kids is a tall order and you have filled it!!!! You’ve made cooking fun again for me!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  14. Julie says:

    You had me at Artichoke Stuffing. I’d like to try that, the Sesame Chicken, and the Taco Bowls. Your photos are lovely and your recipes are not too scary. So happy I found you. I’ll write again after I’ve tried some.

  15. Just discovered your fantastic site! I cant wait to start cooking. We are about to go travelling for a year (on a budget), so I am hoping to utilise your website all the time! Thanks, Belinda

  16. Haley says:

    Beth, your site and your food is unbelievable. My boyfriend and I are saving up big time for a new place (we live in the Bay Area) and you give me hope to save money and still enjoy cooking great food!

  17. Annie says:

    Hi Beth! I’m so glad I found your site! Your chicken recipes are full of flavors and easy to follow. Thanks for making me “look” like a darn good cook! Cheers!

  18. Katherine says:

    I just found your site and I’m really excited about trying these. Generally I’m a fan of Food52 and other similar sites, but the price tag is really a killer. We have two small children and we’re trying to pay down 140K of student loan debt. We also try to eat healthy. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. I am so glad I found your site! Your recipes are not only frugal, they are quick and easy. I love the step by step directions and photos. What a great site! You rock!

  20. annieg says:

    Love your site. This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it.

  21. I just found you through your feature on The Kitchn. I love your blog and I just pinned a ton of your recipes to various Pinterest boards. You inspire me to keep writing. Keep up the great work!

  22. Michelle says:

    Love your site. So glad it came up in my search for a recipe. Loved the banana bread oatmeal. Super easy and filling. Keep up the great work!

  23. Kerry says:


    I found your recipe for the Italian Wonderpot on Pinterest and made it the next day. It was so good, I texted half of my colleagues and posted personal pictures of my meal on Facebook. A colleague of mine quickly began browsing your website and made the Chunky Veggie and Lentil soup for the Super Bowl. It was amazing and I plan on making it for dinner tomorrow. I can’t stop sharing your site with friends and family. My boyfriend is a huge fan of Asian noodles and I recommended your (dirt cheap) Dragon noodles. There is something for everyone! Keep up your work, because I will definitely be following along!!!!

  24. Louise says:

    Beth, I LOVE your recipes! I also live in nola, and was wondering if you’re planning on doing any book signings in the area. I’m planning to gift this book for sure.

  25. I just found this website, and it’s the reason I went to bed late last night and starving, haha! These recipes are amazing and great for my food budget! I’m a fan. Thanks for all you do, Beth!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

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