Recipes
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.     Pound Cake With Long Pepper, Nutmeg and Cardamom* Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 by 5 loaf pan. 5 eggs at...
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...