Have you ever wondered what the dates on your food mean?

By Valerie | July 21, 2010

“Sell by July 31” or “Use by October 19, 2010”? I’ve seen articles on this before, and appreciated the info, so I’m going to pass some of this along… Dating on non-perishable food According to the USDA, most of the dates on food sold at stores in the USA are not related to safety. They…

Saving money in the garden

By Valerie | June 26, 2010

If you’re like me, your tomato plants are getting big and gangly. To save money, instead of twine or specialty items from the garden store

25 Tips for Saving Money at the Grocery Store

By Valerie | January 17, 2010

Make a list. My preference is to make a list, shopping for 1 or 2 weeks worth of meals at a time. I order the list loosely by the departments in the store (produce, meat, dairy, baking, etc.). Unless I happen upon an incredible deal on an item we need, I do not buy anything…

White House Chef

By Valerie | January 4, 2010

On seeing the news about the upcoming iron chef challenge with White House Chef Cristeta Comerford, I had to wonder: Does she use any of the recipes left behind from previous chefs? I was fortunate to pick up a copy of The Original White House Cookbook 1887 Edition (reprint) at a yard sale in Ohio…

Fabulous, Easy Corn Bread

By Valerie | December 8, 2009

This is one of the recipes that just works. It’s simple and tasty. Corn Bread 1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 1 box Jiffy Golden Yellow Cake Mix (these can sometimes be hard to find, but Walmart usually has them) + ingredients to make both mixes Prepare each box according to it’s own directions in…

Simple Eggnog Recipe,

By Valerie | December 4, 2009

Simple Eggnog Print Rate this recipe 12345 0 ratings Valerie Cudnik (aka Dolly Domestic) This is a classic, non-alcoholic, recipe that my sister Becky taught me to make when we were kids. If you have issues with raw eggs, you may prefer the grocery store variety of eggnog. I’m sure the original recipe probably called…

How to Save Money and Time on Shipping this Holiday Season (and throughout the year!)

By Valerie | November 29, 2009

With the holidays rapidly approaching you should already be giving thought to which gifts will need to be shipped. If done carelessly, shipping costs can end up higher than the cost of the item being shipped. For budget-conscious gift givers, there are really only two carrier choices: the US Postal Service (USPS) and United Parcel…

10 tips for a frugal thanksgiving dinner

By Valerie | November 26, 2009

Make turkey broth with your leftover turkey carcass Save the celery tops and celery leaves from your stuffing to use in your turkey broth Save the skins you peeled from your onions to use in your turkey broth (they add the color) Take all other vegetable scraps and add to your compost bin (or start…

Poultry Seasoning

By Valerie | November 26, 2009

This morning when I got out my old American Home All Purpose Cookbook (©1966. I learned to cook with this book when I was 13), I saw my favorite “old fashioned stuffing” recipe called for poultry seasoning. Ack! I’d checked the cupboard for sage, but not for poultry seasoning. After a moment of panic, it…

Making cheap turkeys tastier

By Valerie | November 19, 2009

Later today I hope to pick up a couple of the 40¢ per pound turkeys at Walmart. I like to get nice big ones, because I’m planning for leftovers. (I buy 2, freeze the second one, and we enjoy another nice turkey dinner in early spring.) One of the things I’ve learned about cooking a…

Get 10% off your first order!Give us a try and save even more.

Like what you see, but still on the fence? Save 10% off your first order by completing this form. You'll get your discount code by email within just a few minutes.