The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook


I sent my husband to the store last night for some milk and that got me thinking about how I do my shopping which in turn got me thinking about how YOU do your shopping. I have done my shopping many ways over the years and have finally gotten to a place that I’m comfortable. You might say that I’ve grown in my ability to shop well.

I used to be the girl that would panic when I was asked “What’s for dinner?”. I’d jump in the car and rush to the store only to find myself wandering around trying to decide what I was going to cook. Most of the time I’d grab something that looked easy and then get home and realize that a) I’d spent a lot of money on just one meal and b) I didn’t have everything I needed to make that meal.

That’s when I learned how to plan my meals. I’d still go to the store every day but I’d have a list and did somewhat better in the shopping department.

Several YEARS later, I decided I was pretty good at shopping and attempted to shop only once a week. I did ok with that. I still forgot things and had to return to the store during the week but I was no longer panicking about it. (Some of you may have realized by now that I have major obsessive/compulsive tendencies so that was really quite an accomplishment for me not to panic.)

Now 25+ years into my shopping experience I can plan my meals out once a month. I have a little help doing this with a meal planner. It’s pretty nifty. I write out all my meals and then all the ingredients that will be needed to make them and ta da! I have a shopping list. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t do the work for me. I do it all by hand, writing it out, but by writing each day I tend to not miss anything. I’ve also learned to buy in bulk which saves a lot of money. I even buy my eggs 5 dozen at a time. That costs $5.06 for 5 dozen eggs which comes out to $1.01 a dozen or 8 cents per egg. The only time I need to go to the store each month is when I run out of milk or bread (two things that I can’t seem to keep enough of in my house) and sometimes things I decide I just want suddenly…urges in other words.

Now that I’ve rambled for 10 minutes and most of you have probably clicked off this page and gone on to something more interesting, I’ll get to my point. Like I said back at the beginning, I wonder about you and how you do your shopping. Will you take a minute and let me know? Please? It would make me very happy 🙂

If you’d like, leave a comment and go into any details that you want to let me know how you voted and why you voted that way…..or just to let me know that I’m crazy (since this is something I already know, it’s really unneccessary for you to tell me but if you just feel the need then by all means do it!). Have a great day everyone and I’ll see you tomorrow with an actual recipe!

February 15, 2010 Posted by | OTHER STUFF | , | 4 Comments

I’m back!

As some of you may have guessed, I’ve been without internet service since January 23rd but those days are over now and I’m so happy to tell you that I’m back! I’ve missed y’all! Hopefully I’ll get to stay here this time 🙂

I have a couple things to show off….I’m really excited about both of them.

Here’s the first thing:

Can you tell what it is?? Yep! It’s a Foodista apron! I was so excited when I received it! I got it for entering so many of my recipes into their contest that I’ve been telling you about. How’s that for cool?! And another good reason for you to get your recipes submitted…time’s almost up! Hurry!

The second thing I received was a COMPLETE surprise. I had NO idea I was going to get it….it just showed up in my mailbox!

You know that each month or so I do a review for Cooking Light magazine right? Well, Time Inc. (who publishes C.L.) sent me their new cookbook all*you EAT WELL, SAVE BIG Cookbook! Here’s a picture of it:

This cookbook is AMAZING! They include price per servings and there are tons of recipes that cost less than $1.00 per serving! There are also tips on many of the recipes that are awesome and very helpful. You can buy this cookbook at Walmart for $12.00 (the list price is $14.97 so you’ll save a little money by getting it from MY FAVORITE STORE) or you can get it online by clicking here.

I definitely recommend it. I haven’t found one thing in it that I’m not dying to try!!

My dear chefs, I’m so happy to be back. I’ll see you tomorrow with a recipe and, as always, HAPPY COOKING!

February 12, 2010 Posted by | -Cooking Light magazine review, -vote for Foodista contest, OTHER STUFF | , , , , | 3 Comments

Foodista contest

Hey guys! I received an email today about The Foodista contest….well, let me just let them tell you…

The Foodista

Cookbook Contest

Have you dreamed of being published in print? Want to see your writing in a book?

Foodista and Andrews McMeel Publishing are thrilled to announce The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook! Food bloggers worldwide are invited to submit their favorite blog posts, recipes and photos to compete for a spot in a cookbook.

From December 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010 Foodista will be accepting submissions. Then, Andrews McMeel will publish the winning blog posts in a beautiful full-color, internationally distributed cookbook!

The idea behind The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook took form during the “Blog to Book” panel at the first International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) earlier this year. Thus, The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook was created to celebrate the best food bloggers in the world.

Everyone can be part of the contest! Vote to help select the best bloggers!

That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? 😀 I think so. So here’s the deal. I’m entering! I’m going through my cookbook today and adding a Foodista widget to my favorite recipes.

If you see a widget on a recipe, click it and that gives me a vote.

Or you can click the enter button above and vote on other people’s recipes that you like or enter your own recipes.

OR you can leave me a comment on this post telling me what your favorite recipe of MINE is and I’ll add a widget to that post for you, you go to that recipe and click the widget and that gives me a vote.

Look for the widgets from my sidebar. Go to “What are you looking for?” and then “Other Stuff”. Then under that is the category “vote for Foodista contest”. Click on it. That will bring up all the recipes that have a widget on them. The widget looks like this:

Choose your favorite recipes and click on the widget and follow the directions from there. That’s it! You just voted for me 🙂 Sound good? I hope you all vote! It would make me very happy to be in the cookbook!!

January 12, 2010 Posted by | -vote for Foodista contest, OTHER STUFF | | 7 Comments

Cooking Light – January/February 2010

It’s time again for my monthly Cooking Light magazine review. I got my issue yesterday and it is awesome as usual! I spent all of last night reading it and marking down the recipes that I’m dying to try. My pick this month as my favorite is the Speedy Chicken Potpie (page 32). Here are the highlights from this issue:

The Cooking Light Way to Eat (page 133) – Cooking Light offers 10 rules for healthy eating in 2010 and 50 small changes that can make a big difference.

The plan’s ultimate tips include: Try something new; Choose healthy fats; Cook more often; Eat less processed meats; Eat more whole foods; Start the day off well; Indulge adventurously; Eat out creatively; Be portion aware; and Drink well.

Feed 4 for Under $10
(page 178) – This month’s recipes for delicious, nutritious, and budget-friendly eating include: Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Butternut Squash, and Shrimp Fra Diavolo.

Ease Anxiety About Health-Care Costs (page 53) – The payoff for reforming your basic approach to medical costs is some real peace of mind and the good news is that it can be done. Cooking Light offers simple tips to help ease the stress: Keep an eye on the paperwork, stay in-network, and take care of yourself to prevent disease.

Navigating a Sub Shop Menu (page 70) – Eating out is often part of our weekly routine. But a quick lunch on the go can result in many unwanted calories. Cooking Light offers the best and worst menu picks at a sub or sandwich shop.

Jamie Oliver Interviewed by Mark Bittman (page 161) – Jamie Oliver believes that by teaching ordinary Americans new cooking skills, and getting them to share those skills with others, he can improve our national diet. “Cooking is not taught at school, they’re eating crap at school, and there’s largely processed food being sold to the home market. We need to create a (food) movement so people can understand it really quickly and simply,” Oliver tells Cooking Light.

Chili Basics (page 102) – Learn the secrets to making a great bowl of meat-based, bean-based or completely vegetarian chili. Cooking Light offers three tasty versions of this ultimate comfort food.

Start with a Can of Tuna… (page 94) – Canned tuna, an inexpensive pantry staple, lends itself to a Spanish salad, a delicious panini, and a creamy sauce for chicken.

Readers’ Winning Recipes (page 184) – Out of more than 2,800 entries for the fifth annual Cooking Light Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest, Suzanne Rumsey of Fort Wayne , Indiana , was chosen as the grand prize recipient, winning $20,000 and a $5,000 donation to Heifer International. The judges loved the simplicity and vibrant flavors of Rumsey’s Greek Chicken and Barley Salad.

Rating the Best Bacons (page 58) – The porky, smoky taste of great bacon can be central to the fat-cutting idea of using meat as a flavor, rather than a main ingredient in all kinds of light recipes. Cooking Light tasted 23 bacons and rated their favorite for breakfast, for recipes, best store brand, and overall winner.

Dinner Tonight (page 77) – Start the new year off right with stopwatch tested, healthy and tasty family meals including Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers, Pan-Grilled Halibut with Chimichuri, and Chiptole Bean Burritos, all ready in under 40 minutes.

If you haven’t bought this magazine before, you’re really missing out! Pick one up today! And don’t forget to visit them online too! Happy Cooking everyone!

January 11, 2010 Posted by | -Cooking Light magazine review, OTHER STUFF | , | 3 Comments

What’s in season right now?

I got asked today what foods are in season right now. I usually keep a garden and can just look out the window and tell you this is growing, and this and also this, but sadly the last couple of years I have been garden-less. I do have an answer for your question though Shelly…

There is a great website, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), that you can get to by clicking here. The page I have linked you to is called “Eat Local”. You simply put in your state and what time of year it is and it tells you what is fresh near you!

I hope this answers your question sweetie. Feel free to email me if you have any other questions….that goes for all my readers 😀

Have a great day and Happy Cooking!!

January 9, 2010 Posted by | -questions asked by readers, OTHER STUFF | , | 1 Comment