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 (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. Sheryl says:

    I’ve been making stuff from your blog for years, but I had no idea where you were located until I clicked on the “Stock Your Pantry” link and saw the Kleinpeter milk. Nice to see the work of another transplant to this fine state.

  2. jaydon says:

    just wanna say, your website rocks. i even turned of adblock because i want to help support you. Im going to be living off of these recipes through the rest of college and i think its super cool that you do this

    • Wow! Thanks, Jaydon! That really says a lot. I appreciate you dealing with the ads as an act of support. :D (and hopefully in the future I’ll have fewer ads)

  3. Hi. I found your site via Pinterest and recently tried one of your recipes – an older one. It turned out wonderful. I hope to try more. However, when I tried to post a comment on the recipe, I get an error message that I’m not allowed to access that URL. Not sure if it’s me or you, but I did want to say thanks for the recipe.

    • Thanks for that info! Can you tell me what recipe that was? I’ll try to recreate the problem so I can see if I can get it fixed. Thanks!

  4. Gina says:

    I’ve been a fan of your website for quite some time. You do an awesome job of showing that it is possible to have great food on a tight budget. Will you be participating in the SNAP challenge again this year?

  5. Sandy King says:

    Just found site and it sounded just like something I would like to try! Nice and simple, That’s me!


  6. Patty Murphy says:

    Hi, I just found your website and let me just say it’s amazing. Your recipes are simple yet full of flavour. I love how you use ingredients that one can actually find in the grocery store… I’ve been telling all the “staph” at work about your blog! Can’t wait to see what you post next :)

  7. paula says:

    Hi Beth I’m from Colombia and I love your blog. Thanks for show us your recipes.
    Great work :D

  8. Sean F. says:

    I’m so thankful for all the time and energy you put into this site that I click on all the ads. Thanks, Beth!

    • You’re welcome, Sean! And although I appreciate the effort, there’s no need to click on the ads. :) Simply looking at my site without clicking provides compensation enough. Only click if you truly want to see what’s on the other side :D

  9. Norman says:

    The best thing in the world is a girlfriend who knows how to cook.

    The second best is your website.

  10. Quinton says:

    Hey my friends and I just found your site. Few college kids who just got our first kitchen. We’d love to start with your recipies, but we were wondering if you had a “staples” list that you know you use in a lot of your recipies, so we could buy that as a foundation?!


  11. Hi! I really love your site – I haven’t had a failure yet with any of your recipes. I especially loved the SNAP posts you featured last fall though and I was wondering if they’d been organized somewhere they could be read in sequence? They were pretty inspirational. Thanks!

  12. Elaine says:

    The link for advertising information is broken. The URL http://www.budgetbytes.com/advertise/ does not exist.

  13. keep up the good work… I love your recipes and have not found yet that I would not make again… thanks!

  14. Drew Bielinski says:

    My girlfriend told me about your site and after spending a half-hour reading through it, I am so excited to start cooking your recipes! For the longest time I have been trying to budget my food and find a way to make cheap dinners at home without being tempted to grab take out. I would find cheap recipes, but they would usually be awful or overall bad for my health. Your food looks so delicious and healthy, and I love how you break the prices down in the ingredients. I will no longer be wondering if I should buy the bigger size ketchup to make sure I have enough. And the way you continue to use leftover ingredients from previous posts for the current featured recipe is brilliant. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this blog! I can’t wait to have a full stomach of GOOD food, and an even more full bank account! :-)

  15. Moving to NYC in the design industry and this blog has seriously saved me.. such delicious meals and SO informative! Your pictures are great and I love your personable writing. A serious well done, can’t wait to cook whatever comes next!

  16. Omg I’m in love with absolutely everything you have here! I can’t wait to tell everyone at work about it!!!! Loooooovveeeee it !!!!!

  17. Rosina says:

    Found it looking for a pasta recipe and even though I haven’t tried any of your recipes yet, I really like your blog. Recipes look amazing and certainly I’m book marketing this blog. Tomorrow’s lunch will be one of your recipes.

  18. Stacey says:

    My sister bought me your cookbook and it has changed my life…. seriously. I used to waste so much money and time making things that were just not very good. Now our grocery budget is much smaller and the food much tastier. It has relieved a lot of stress in our home. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  19. Christopher says:

    OK, a recipe site where I can keep up with my Chef Wife, AND let my inner number crunching nerd flag fly?!?!
    So far haven’t found a recipe on here that wasn’t amazing! Thank you! :)

  20. Kendra says:

    Um, are you me? I live in NOLA as well, am a former microbiologist (and current micro instructor) and love to cook simple, tasty meals. We probably have some mutual friends. Love the blog so far!

  21. Svenja says:

    Beth you truly are my heroine! My brother found your site an now we both totally love it! It got us to cooking together really often! Also we kind of just started getting into cooking so the pictures descriptions are great help for us people without any real experience. Every meal we tried worked out and tasted totally delicious! This is just perfect, because we are both young, the things are cheap and we mostly don’t spend hours in the kitchen! Keep it up, this is fabulous. Thank you!

  22. Paul Brugh says:

    I love your website. It is awesome. I wish you would expand the vegan part a little bit, only because it is the most sustainable. I personally am not a vegan. Great work!

  23. Hello, I just discovered your site and hope it has lots of easy recipes that I can follow and maybe share some with my friends. Thank you

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