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Profiteroles and Chocolate Sauce!

Profiteroles and Chocolate Sauce!

We love, love, love profiteroles! Filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce they are a perfect dessert.   Preheat oven to 400. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper. On the stove bring 3/4 cup water to a boil, add 6 tablespoons of butter and a pinch of salt. Cook...
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...
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 countertop and piled in the sink.  The recipe called for a little of this and a little of that leaving plastic bags of veggies with bits and...
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...
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....
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...
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,...
Veggies Are Delicious

Veggies Are Delicious

Loads of things make us crazy: comb-overs on bald men, useless (often panty-less) starlets getting publicity, overpaid professional athletes, and faux-cooks/cookbook writers who give you recipes to disguise vegetables for kids. Hell no. This is just not right. Trust is elemental. No tricking them into anything. More to the point—vegetables are delicious. Discard the old...