marinated mushrooms

$4.50 recipe / $1.13 serving
Marinated Mushrooms

I had a hankering for some balsamic marinated mushrooms the other day but after searching for recipes, I decided to try a batch of regular marinated mushrooms before trying the balsamic variety. There were many recipes out there but I finally went with this one from Tyler Florence, found on the Food Network website. Of course, I don't ... [Read More]

my favorites from 2009

Garlic Noodles

This past year has been amazing thanks largely in part to my new blogging adventure. Through creating this blog I have saved money, broken free from my 15 (or so) recipe rut, and expanded my culinary skills. Constantly trying new recipes and cooking things that I have never made before has left me pleasantly surprised! I have attempted to ... [Read More]

pepperoni stuffed chicken

$3.66 recipe / $0.91 serving
Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

It's true, I usually am not a fan of chicken. I find the flavor and texture to be rather boring. BUT doctor it up just right and it can be the perfect protein-packed vehicle for lots of flavor! I stuffed these chicken breasts full of pepperoni and mozzarella, which can be a little heavy, so I went for a smaller serving size. I plan to ... [Read More]

pasta salad (literally)

$7.61 recipe / $1.27 serving
Pasta Salad literally

One day last week, after a long day at work, I felt a slight hunger in my belly. I was kinda craving pasta and kinda craving salad but one seemed like too much and the other not enough. Then it hit me, "Why not put a little salad and a little pasta together in a bowl?" Both go great with Italian dressing and who cares if the greens wilt a ... [Read More]

parmesan garlic twists

$4.11 recipe / $0.17 each
Parmesan Garlic Twists

The adventures in puff pastry continue! I had bought a second box of puff pastry to make another batch of Cinnamon Nut Palmiers for a party a week ago but never made them because... well... I got lazy. Yes, I do get lazy sometimes. Anyway, I had this box of puff pastry sitting in my refrigerator and I wasn't about to let $3.68 worth of ... [Read More]

Meatball Stroganoff

$7.99 recipe / $2.00 serving
Meatball Stroganoff

Okay, I saved the best for last! This Meatball Stroganoff is my favorite of all of the recipes that I made with my homemade meatballs. Yes, it is a little bit more expensive per serving than most of my other recipes but it is worth every penny and still a bargain compared to a $8-$12 dish at a restaurant. I love the creamy, beefy sauce ... [Read More]

mexican lentil stew

$9.23 recipe / $0.77 serving
Mexican Lentil Stew

After making a few heavy dishes this past week (meatballs, stroganoff, chorizo breakfast bowls), I was really craving something lighter and full of veggies (but still really hearty and satisfying, of course). After browsing the web, I decided on a vegetarian lentil stew. I began with this recipe for Spicy Red Lentil and Tomato Soup and ... [Read More]

egg florentine quesadillas

$0.63 each
Egg Florentine Quesadillas

Ever since making the creamed spinach, this has been my favorite breakfast. Wait, no, not my favorite breakfast... my favorite meal (because I can't pretend that I haven't made this for lunch and dinner too). I keep tortillas in my refrigerator at all times because quesadillas are one of those magically versatile dishes that you can make ... [Read More]

Meatball Sandwich

$1.62 each
Meatball Sandwich

Have some frozen meatballs and marinara? Here is a quick (and very filling) snack or lunch whose components you can keep on hand in your freezer. I was lucky enough to find these little football shaped rolls at the store selling for $2.50 for a pack of ten. On first glance the rolls look small but really, who needs a 12 inch sub? ... [Read More]

cinnamon nut palmiers

$4.76 recipe / $0.14 cookie
Cinnamon Nut Palmiers

Puff pastry is so incredible. All you have to do is thaw it, fill it up with stuff, throw it in the oven and it comes out looking (and tasting) so amazingly gourmet that you won't believe it came out of YOUR oven. I've been seeing recipes all over the internet for all sorts of palmiers made with puff pastry so I had to give it a shot too. ... [Read More]

creamed spinach

$3.34 recipe / $0.56 serving
Creamed Spinach

I made creamed spinach a couple weeks ago and then again this week to fine tune the recipe before posting. Between the two batches of creamed spinach, I found out how versatile the stuff is! I began putting it in everything from casseroles (I mixed it into my Bacon Pesto Pasta Bake) to sandwiches, quesadillas or straight up on crackers. ... [Read More]

spaghetti and meatballs

$9.02 recipe / $1.50 serving
Spaghetti and Meatballs

It's true, cooking from scratch can take more time than opening up a box, can or jar. So is it worth it? Honestly, that's going to vary from person to person and from situation to situation. I've openly admitted that most of the time I like to just quickly boil some pasta, brown some beef, pour in a jar of sauce, add a little of this and ... [Read More]