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. Derrick says:

    Thank you so much for this blog!!! I’m in my second year of college and I have been looking all over the internet for good recipes to start making, and your website is a jackpot!
    Can’t wait to try all of these delicious looking recipes! :) Mad props to you!

  2. Mandi Gormas says:

    Thank you so much for this blog! Some of your recipes are now my regular go-to meals. The budget aspect is so helpful!

  3. Caitlin says:

    Just want to drop a note of thanks for your blog. I have had a couple of your recipes “pinned” for some time now but (after the shocking results of figuring out how much I spend on food monthy) I have been making a serious effort to cut back. I really appreciate you helping make it easier for me to maintain the meal quality I’ve become used to. Enjoying your culinary creations so far and looking forward to trying out more :-)

  4. Hi Beth!

    I work on the digital marketing and social platforms for Mahatma and Carolina Rice, and I was wondering if we could give you a free sample of Mahatma (or Carolina… depending on where you live) Rice and you could blog about our product? We recently promoted your Thai Peanut Rice Pilaf post and I loved the recipe you created with it… so delicious!

    Anyways, I just wanted to reach out and start the conversation. Thank you for your consideration!

  5. jotaro kujo says:

    Ur the hottest girl ever

  6. Tiffany Miller says:

    I was recently gifted a package of gnocchi and I have no idea what to do with it. Any ideas/advice?

    • Just use it any way that you’d use pasta.:) I love it simple with some red sauce, but you can also sauté it in a skillet to get the edges a little crispy, then add butter, parmesan, and herbs.

    • Lore says:

      My kids love gnocchis!! I normally cook them in water after they are cooked I cover them with a meat sauce on a pirex. At the end I put parmesan and mozarella cheese on top and put it in oven until is gets golden brown.

  7. Judy says:

    Thank you for share your recipes. They looked very yummy! I will try and let U know :)
    Regards !

  8. Justin W. says:

    I have to say, I recently stumbled upon your website, and I’m extremely impressed with all the work you’ve done here and can’t wait to try a few recipes out!

  9. Amber says:

    Just found your site a couple of weeks ago as I’m make a concerted effort to actually cook full meals at home every week. I just tried your spicy hoisin noodle salad, something I never would of tried before, and I loved it. I had to cut back on the Siracha (something I’ve never tried before either), but I loved it!

  10. Kate C. says:

    Thank you so much!! It is so great to be able to eat deliciously on a budget. Thanks for all your hard work, dedication and generosity, your creative recipes are phenomenal! Props to you, I am a Louisiana girl also, but live in Phoenix now. Its so great to have some creole vegetarian options. Thanks again!

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