Pickles, Please.

Pickles, Please.

  Simple refrigerator pickles. We were in the middle of making a monster meal, you know the kind where every utensil, pot and ingredient is spread across the...
Fish Soup for Every Budget

Fish Soup for Every Budget

  My favorite soup is fish soup and this is my favorite recipe. Some years ago I was lucky enough to study with Patricia Wells at her home...
Healthy Hummus on a Budget

Healthy Hummus on a Budget

In honor of National Eat Your Vegetable Day and Meatless Monday make this hummus a go-to recipe for healthy eating. Why bother to make hummus when every Tom,...
Long Pepper, Nutmeg and Cardamom Pound Cake

Long Pepper, Nutmeg and Cardamom Pound Cake

A great piece of pound cake and a cup of black coffee (preferably Kenyan) is a sinful pleasure. Try this unusual pound cake made with a spicy twist....
How to Save Money at the Supermarket

How to Save Money at the Supermarket

Here are ten simple — and coupon-free — tips to saving at the supermarket. Plan to use the money you save to eat a more healthy diet, by bulking...
Horsemeat in Your Burger? Grind It Yourself

Horsemeat in Your Burger? Grind It Yourself

Grind your own meats.  It’s cheap. It’s better for you. It’s better tasting. When you buy your own cuts, you get to select the best quality pieces and...
Braised Turnips

Braised Turnips

Living well has nothing to do with how much money you have, it’s about discovering what roots you and gives pleasure.Things like: spending time with family and friends;...
Roasted Canned Peaches, Yum!

Roasted Canned Peaches, Yum!

My good friend, Cara Chigazola, is the sous chef at Oleana, one of Boston’s best restaurants, and the author of the awesome food blog, Food, Foragaing and Farms....
Blintzes

Blintzes

In the book, Smart Mama, Smart Money, I sing my mom’s praises for her humor, kindness and great cooking. She always had something on the stove or in the...
Smart Mamas' Guide to Afterschool Activities: Getting Your Money's Worth

Smart Mamas' Guide to Afterschool Activities: Getting...

With the Olympics in full swing, kids everywhere are tumbling off couches, swamping local pools, running back yard races. How does a mom harness that energy in an...
Smart Mama, Smart Money a "Must-Read"

Smart Mama, Smart Money a “Must-Read”

The first review is in for Smart Mama, Smart Money: Raising Happy, Healthy Kids Without Breaking the Bank, and it’s a rave!  In a starred review Publisher’s Weekly  calls it “informative,...
Kale on a Budget

Kale on a Budget

When was the last time you bought kale? It’s packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and it’s touted for anti-inflammatory agents. Best of all, it’s delicious and it’s cheap.  ...
Meringues

Meringues

We love giving stylish and thoughtful treats as gifts. Chic presents that look like they were made for the one percent, but anyone can afford. Since no gift...
Shopping on a Budget

Shopping on a Budget

From the Book Bitches on a Budget   Retailing Lessons Once upon time, before shopping became theater; before our identities were defined by what we wore; before we...
The Best Brownies. Period.

The Best Brownies. Period.

Back again by popular demand the best brownies you’ll ever make. Period. Food fashions fade in and out like pouffy skirts. It’s kind of tricky to know when...
Insurance: The Parachute

Insurance: The Parachute

Insurance is a parachute. If you trip down the stairs, stumble a little, you don’t need it. But if you fall off a cliff? Or the big bad...
Cheese on a Budget

Cheese on a Budget

If you’re a cheese lover you know how easy it is to end up with the ends of once great cheese. While you’re all too happy to open...
Groupon in Your Box? Three Rules for Safe Buying

Groupon in Your Box? Three Rules for...

We’re here to offer a cautionary tale of what happens when you violate the three basic rules of buying from “The Flash Sale Mob”. Even though we pride ourselves...
White Beans for Meatless Monday

White Beans for Meatless Monday

Are you serious about eating smart? Are you watching your wallet? Are you crazy for great food? One of our favorite bean dishes covers all the bases. It...
Ebelskivers

Ebelskivers

We’ll be honest, we never heard of “Ebelskivers” before someone gave us a pan to cook them in. We experimented this morning and all we can say is...
College, Shoes and Karmic Happiness

College, Shoes and Karmic Happiness

These are the weeks when seniors in high school are hearing the good, and the bad, and the ‘we’re not sure yet’ news. Even before the letters (or...
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Save Your Tax Refund and Win $25,000!

Save Your Tax Refund and Win $25,000!

  Want to win $25,000?  Have you heard about Save Your Refund and the chance to win cash in a contest that’s designed to encourage investing in your future by directly allocating a portion of your tax refund to savings? When a friend asked us to spread the word we looked more closely into Save...
Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding

Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding

    Decadent chocolate desserts that are sinfully easy to make are dangerous. This one is worth the splurge. The secret is in buying the best chocolate that your budget can afford. We watch for special pricing on our favorite brand (Valrhona) and stock up. Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding 8 oz best quality bittersweet chocolate 2...
Ghoulish and Free

Ghoulish and Free

Unless you are an Ann Rice, Steven King or Stephenie Meyer fan on the hunt for your favorite vampire, you might be wondering what kind of twisted person cruises a cemetery for pleasure? With Halloween fast approaching we thought it would be fun to find some ghoulish outdoor inspiration for a daily walk. And, of...
Curried Tomato and Leek Soup with Golden Raisins

Curried Tomato and Leek Soup with Golden Raisins

  At the end of the summer the farm near us offers pick your own tomatoes for $1.00 a pound. Last year we hauled home fifty pounds, this year sixty pounds- trust me, that is a lot of tomatoes. It’s hard not to laugh at ourselves as we figure out what to do with the...
Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola Make your own granola. It’s easy. It’s cost effective and way tastier than anything you’ll buy in the store. Go to the bulk section in your grocer for the ingredients.   Ingredients -3 cups of rolled oats -1/2 cup walnuts -1 cup whole cashews -1/2 cup shredded coconut -1/4 cup dark brown sugar...
A Dining Disaster Made Right

A Dining Disaster Made Right

Pete Wells, in the New York Times, downgraded the restaurant Daniel in New York City from four to three stars. In part, he says, “for turning its best face away from the unknowns, the first-timers, the birthday splurgers, the tourists.” In the book, Bitches on a Budget, without naming the restaurant, I chronicled just such...
A Victory Garden

A Victory Garden

  What’s a Victory Garden? We’d heard the expression, but we’d never given it much thought, except as an expression of triumph of woman over nature.  After all, anyone who’s ever planted, nurtured, and harvested a successful vegetable garden knows it’s a war:You vs. Weather. You vs. Rabbits. You vs. Cutworms.  You vs. Poaching Neighbors....
Whiskey Love

Whiskey Love

Whiskey is all the rage. Watered down or otherwise, we’re big whiskey drinkers. Not to brag or anything, but we were way ahead of the blade with the complete tutorial we gave you in our first book, Bitches on a Budget, but just in case you’ve forgotten the lesson, here is an abbreviated primer on all things whiskey. (Pay attention,...
A Gender Gap in Tech Gear

A Gender Gap in Tech Gear

We have a complaint. Truth be told we have lots of complaints, but we’re on a ranting diet and are limiting ourselves to one really good rant a day. We’ll keep this one short and sweet. There is a gender gap in gizmo gear and we’re sick of it. Have you noticed how many gizmos,...
Heel Power. Men Lust after Women, Women Lust after Shoes.

Heel Power. Men Lust after Women, Women Lust after Shoes.

We’ve been thinking about shoes and why we love them. Why is it we have so many pairs and they are all so different? (One might argue that the twelve pair of basic black heels in our closet are all the same, but they’d be missing their complex nuances: the slightly different heel heights, subtly...
Stuffed Artichokes

Stuffed Artichokes

  Mouth watering. Right? Stuffed artichokes are the best! To make these little babies, combine finely grated high quality parmesan and pecorino cheeses along with fresh bread crumbs, salt, pepper, a dash of garlic powder and freshly chopped oregano. Use 2 parts pecorino to 1 part parmesan and an equal amount of bread crumbs. Trim the tops...
Blue Corn, Four Bean, Kasha Tacos for Meatless Monday

Blue Corn, Four Bean, Kasha Tacos for Meatless Monday

Could green, frugal and humane be the modern cook’s psychic tisane? Almost nothing makes me feel so virtuous as using up leftovers from the fridge. And, for no rational reason, it feels doubly virtuous using them for a meatless Monday meal. A few days ago I over estimated the amount of  kidney, black, cannellini and garbanzo...