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Curried Lentil and Chickpea Soup

Curried Lentil and Chickpea Soup

  Delicious, healthy and budget friendly. Make a big batch of this flavor packed soup and freeze it for a quick and easy meal.    Curried Lentil and Chickpea Soup 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 onion finely chopped 1 medium carrot finely chopped 1 stick celery finely chopped 2 potatoes cut into 1″ cubes...
Gifts of Love and Hate (Early Edition)

Gifts of Love and Hate (Early Edition)

We’re in the middle of composing our annual Gifts of Love and Hate for the holiday season that we publish in the Huffington Post. You know those gifts you MUST buy, even if you don’t want to buy them— and it’s a pain. We’re going through our archives and thought we’d share of our past faves....
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...
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 in Provence, she is gracious and charming and her cooking is absolutely delicious. While all of her cookbooks are mainstays in my kitchen, my two favorites are Bistro...
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....
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, Dick and Mary corner store sell so many varieties?  It will cost you oh-so-much less and taste oh-so-much better than any store bought hummus. The only added...
Pickled Cherries

Pickled Cherries

Bargain cherries at the market. Sweet. Right?  Not always. Recently, I bought pounds and pounds of cherries at a price that would make any B on a Budget happy, but found myself in a pickle when they started to go bad before I could eat, bake, jam or jelly them. They were about to become...
"More Ideas than Bergdorf's has Snobs"

“More Ideas than Bergdorf’s has Snobs”

Yesterday*, The Star-Ledger of New Jersey, wrote a glowing review of Bitches on a Budget. Obviously, whenever anyone says something nice about our message we feel happy, but when someone who is a terrific writer says something nice about our writing, we positively shine. Some snippets of what they had to say in yesterday’s paper: “With a...
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,...
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 up on whole grains, fresh fruits, veggies and legumes. 1. Look for sale items on end-caps — they’ve been purchased at an advantageous price from the supplier;...
Great Soup for the Blizzard of '13

Great Soup for the Blizzard of ’13

So far I’m not sad to be grounded by the Blizzard of ’13. I’m lucky enough to be warm at home looking out the window on a white wintry scene, and I’m using the blizzard-enforced time-out -time to read, write and cook. Since I knew that I would be home for a few days, last night I...