Misc
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...
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...
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...
Be Prepared

Be Prepared

  Are you prepared for a disaster? Over and over again, events happen and they remind us to think about what we would do in a crisis, then the moment passes and we don’t do anything. Take the time now to make a plan, stock supplies and discuss with your family what you will do...

Chill Out at the Museum

From the exhibition The Great American Hall of Wonders at the Smithsonian American Art Museum  Has it been unrelentingly hot where you live? Too hot to walk? Too hot to bike? Too hot to…ok, we won’t go there.  Are you on the hunt for other stimulating, but cool, activities? Inside a mall is refrigerated and deadening....
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 is super healthy, easy on the budget and yummy. While we’d like to say we’re organized enough to buy dried beans and cook them up — well,...

Free as a Bird

  Spring is here and for those of you in the hunt for fresh air and free entertainment we have a plan.   From our book, Bitches on a Budget: “If you’re a closeted bird fetishist, come on out! No need to be shamed, even if you do have that habit of making bizarre sounds...

Gone Gaga Over a Light Bulb: Plumen 001

      Form and function meet in a modern, stylish and budget friendly way.  The Plumen 001. More proof that great taste is not expensive. This bulb uses 80% less energy than conventional bulbs. It lasts 8 times as long. Skip the fixture. Save. We’re in. Available through our favorite home furnishings resources: Unica...

Be Green. Be Healthy. Save Money. Ride a Bike

  Exactly one year ago today as oil spilled into the Gulf we wrote this piece and thought it timely to share again. Do good for your body. Do good for the environment. Do good for your budget. Ride a bike. Now that the weather is warmer we are back to cruising around town on our...

Sunday Brunch: Poached Eggs on a Stew of Seasonal Veggies over Whole Grains

  Start the week with a healthy brunch. Mix up a stew of fresh seasonal vegetables. Cook up a batch of whole grains. Top it off with poached eggs and fresh herbs. Serve with bowls of fresh seasonal fruit, a big pot of freshly brewed coffee and the Sunday paper. Saute in olive oil a...

A Lush Lawn: Low Cost and Eco Friendly

We can’t believe we’re writing about lawns. In our own gender-biased way, we’ve consigned the notion of a perfect green to big men chasing little balls or anal men whacking weeds in a quest for control over something.  But our ears perked up when we heard a story on our local public radio station (Go...

Hot Pink Polish!

  As a general rule we don’t name names when idiots behave badly, so dignifying the Fox News story about a J. Crew ad with a comment crosses our normal boundaries. But we can’t control ourself and just have to say something. The story is that the creative director of J. Crew painted her son’s...