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Small kitchen organization and cooking tips including basic how-to on various food topics including shopping, and small kitchen organization tips.

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How to Grocery Shop on A budget in 2020

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Is it possible for two adults to eat well for under $100 per week in a high-cost area like Southern California?  Can you save money meal planning? Yes and yes! Check out my tips on how to grocery shop on a budget in 2020. For the longest time, I was […]

Braised Roast in Dutch Oven
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Braising Meat in the Oven (The Perfect One Pot Meal)

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Braising meat in the oven slow and low is the perfect, mostly hands-off method of cooking meat.  No recipe needed, just use meat, liquid, seasoning, and vegetables for an easy comfort food meal.  What is Braising Meat? Braising is a process of browning meat and cooking in a small amount […]

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How to Care for Wooden Spoons

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Many choices of materials for cooking utensils exist, however, I prefer using my wooden spoons whenever possible.  Learn how to take care of wooden spoons properly and they will last for years. Why do I love my wooden spoons? Wooden spoons don’t scratch my pans and I don’t worry about […]

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Office Potluck Ideas and Tips

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The majority of the potlucks I’ve attended or organized have been of the office potluck kind. Office potlucks are great for celebrating a birthday, the holidays, or a co-workers promotion or other workplace accomplishment.  We all have that one person in the office who is a potluck aficionado and can […]

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Do you use Yummly?

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Do you use Yummly? If not, you should seriously consider it. Here is a quick run-down. Yummly is is a fabulous source for online recipe searches and a great way to store all the interesting recipes you find on the web.  They also have a wonderful app for both ios […]

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Easy Marinating for Juicy Flavor

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Tired of the same old chicken, beef and pork recipes? Marinating is an easy way to add more flavor to meats. Whats is a marinade?A marinade is a sauce, usually made with oil, vinegar, spices, and herbs.  Meat, fish, and poultry fish, are soaked in the sauce or marinade before […]

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7 Useful Tips to Reduce Food Waste and Save Money

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Last year  I started grocery shopping daily or almost daily to reduce food waste in my own kitchen.  I tried different shopping and cooking strategies including bulk freezer cooking, Blue Apron Meal Kits, weekly shopping, and none of it fit my food personality. The standard advice to save money is […]