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Category: Fall Recipe Essentials

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Sizzle Up Your Cinco de Mayo with Scrumptious Pork Carnitas! Spring is in full swing, and Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner! What better way to celebrate than with a mouthwatering dish that captures the essence of Mexican cuisine? Get ready to tantalize …read more

Best Healthy Foods on a Budget

Best Healthy Foods on a Budget

Can’t eat healthy on a budget? Top 8 excuses that won’t work anymore. Happy New Year! If you’re like millions of people, you’ve just made resolutions to improve your health and finances. First – good job! What we eat and how much we spend on …read more

How to Host a Cookie Exchange Party

How to Host a Cookie Exchange Party

  Everything You Need to Know to Host a Fun and Easy Cookie Exchange Party As I write this tiz’ the week after Thanksgiving and holiday baking is officially in season. As we gear up for all the holiday hoopla and fa la la la …read more

THE BEST PEAR & GINGER CHUTNEY

THE BEST PEAR & GINGER CHUTNEY

Embracing Autumn’s Hidden Gem: A Pear-fect Guide to Fall’s Overlooked Fruit   I feel sorry for pears. They’re coming into season, all gloriously ripe and sweet, but they get overlooked because everyone is all agog about pumpkins and cranberries this time of year. May I …read more

Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing

Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing

Shining a spotlight on stuffing For Thanksgiving, the turkey may be the star of the feast, but it’s the supporting players that steal the show. Every year we have the same conversation, “Why don’t we do this more often?”, not about the whole meal, but …read more

Thanksgiving Fails and Easy Fixes

Thanksgiving Fails and Easy Fixes

From Flubs to Fabulous: A Frugal Cook’s Guide to Thanksgiving Fixes Making the Thanksgiving meal can be stressful because there are many things that can go wrong. So, here are fixes to the most common fails. But first, we’re going to make an emergency kit …read more

Thanksgiving Leftovers Made Easy as Pie

Thanksgiving Leftovers Made Easy as Pie

Enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers is easy as pie What’s the best thing about Thanksgiving? I know we’re supposed to say it’s all the friends and loved ones gathered around the table groaning with traditional food and all the blessings and thankfulness. Yes, yadda, yadda, whatever. Just …read more

Halloween Charcuterie Board on a Budget

Halloween Charcuterie Board on a Budget

Savoring Savings: Craft an Instagram-Worthy Charcuterie Board on a Budget It’s a continuing trend in easy holiday entertaining; charcuterie boards overflowing with wonderful nibbly-noshy goodies. A charcuterie (shahr-KU-tuh-ree) board is essentially a lavish meat, cheese, and cracker board. While it’s easy to drop a bucket …read more

ROASTED ACORN SQUASH & STUFFING

ROASTED ACORN SQUASH & STUFFING

The Delicious Acorn Squash: Simple Tricks for a Tasty Autumn Treat Autumn is here, and that means acorn squash are in season—delicious, versatile, frugal, and absolutely fabulous! But I understand that some folks find working with squash a bit daunting. With their hard rinds and …read more

Perfect Easy Baked Brie How to Bake Brie

Perfect Easy Baked Brie How to Bake Brie

Baked Brie: The Cheesiest and Easiest Party Appetizer   As we find ourselves hurtling into the heart of party season, a familiar question arises: What should I serve or bring to the gathering? Fear not; I have the perfect solution – bake a wheel of …read more

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Spice Up Your Autumn with Homemade Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies   Who is ready for pumpkin spice whoopie pies? Well, the answer is clear—everyone! As we transition from “BBQ-flavored-everything-time” to “peppermint-flavored-everything-time,” we find ourselves in my personal favorite season: “pumpkin-spice-flavored-everything-time”! In this blog post, I’m …read more

PUMPKIN APPLE CIDER SOUP & CHEESE CROUTON

PUMPKIN APPLE CIDER SOUP & CHEESE CROUTON

Savor the Season: Pumpkin Apple Cider Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons   Autumn has arrived, and with it comes the delightful season of pumpkin-flavored everything. From lattes to pies, the humble pumpkin takes center stage in kitchens everywhere. But why settle for the ordinary when …read more