About Me

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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 (2014)
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 (November 2014)
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)


  1. Michelle says:

    I have a question about your recipes and website ~ do you accept recipes (or challenges?) from your readers? I was looking through your website and I noticed you didn’t have a banana bread recipe. I have one that I picked up from allrecipes.com and would love to share it if you’re interested.

    • I love it when people share recipes with me. :) I don’t always get the chance to make them, but it’s always inspirational to read recipes. You can either leave the link in the comments here, or go to my contact page and fill out the form, which will email it to me. :)

      • lisa says:

        Hi Beth!
        I just stumbled on to your site and I gotta say, IM IN LOVE!!!! I have a family of 8 so cooking on a budget is SO necessary for me. Thank you for taking a lot of that guess work out of meal times for me. Plus the fact that its such pretty food with diversity makes me and the kids happy. On top of ALL that I just started going back to the gym and trying to eat healthier, and most of your recipes are great for just that. You have given me hope that I can eat healthy without costing all my money or flavor. Thank you! OH and by the by…..you rock that pixie cut girl. :)

  2. I am a senior citizen (very) and a reluctant widower and being on a fixed budget can be quite difficult at times. All I want to do is eat healthy and make my VA doctor happy with all my numbers. What I gather from your web is that I can cook easily (still learning) and be nourished. WOW!!!!
    I am ready to learn. Ron

  3. April says:

    Was hoping you might do a recipie for rice pudding :)

  4. Anjali p says:

    Love all your recipes,super easy and explains in detail.Discovered it tonight ,can’t wait to try all the yummy recipes.

  5. charles says:

    as a college student, i really appreciate your website’s detailed advice and help. thank you so much!

  6. Margaret Brenna says:

    Hi Beth,

    I love your site, it’s the one place on the internet I visit religously for obvious reasons. You do a fantastic job. :)

    My all time comfort and favorite foods are Asian noodle soups, typically with homemade spicy broths and loaded with varieties of seafood and veggies. I see you have quite a few soup recipes on here, but none that incorporate noodles… just an idea for the future and I’m also curious what you might come up with. The noodles can also be homemade of course, to decrease cost and increase yumminess.

    Thank you for all you for all you do. You have wonderful ideas and passion. Keep it up. :)

    • That has definitely been on my mind lately! I want to experiment with ramen type soups, but I need to research a little more. :) Those are some of my favorite dishes!

  7. Am I able to freeze (not) sun dried tomatoes?

    Love your site
    Thanks so much, really saves the pennies of a pensioner on a fixed income.

    • Yes, I think that mixture would freeze just fine. I freeze tomato paste all the time, so this should be no different. You may have to stir it up a bit after thawing, but other than that it should be okay.

  8. Just found your site and am excited to start trying your recipes!

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