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...
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,...
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...
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...
Grind It Yourself

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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College Admissions: The Envelope Please

College Admissions: The Envelope Please

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 e-mails) arrive, the college admissions frenzy has left both kids and parents emotionally raw. After all the testing, tutoring, campus visiting, essay writing, financial aid form processing...
Strawberries and Spaghetti

Strawberries and Spaghetti

More strawberry ideas. One of our all time favorite restaurants in NYC was Sfoglia*, a charming Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side across from the 92nd Street Y . While everything was fantastic we lusted after two things on their menu– chicken under a brick (more on this another day) and spaghetti sauce made...
Chicken Soup for the Flu

Chicken Soup for the Flu

Feeling flu’ish? Taking care of someone sick with the flu? Just looking for a great, simple chicken soup recipe you can throw together in minutes and freeze for later? Here it is. Simple and delicious. Chicken Soup for the Flu 1 chicken 1 onion 2″ knob of ginger 3-4 stalks of parsley 1 fennel bulb...
Grind It Yourself

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 have control over the freshness of the product. While we’re not big meat eaters, on occasion we make homemade meatballs, turkeyballs (that just sounds wrong, doesn’t it?),...
Black Beans: Simple, Cheap, Ridiculously Delicious

Black Beans: Simple, Cheap, Ridiculously Delicious

I’ve been on a bean binge. Last week it was white beans with olive oil and basil. This week black beans with adobe and chipotle chili. Today baby lima beans with brisket. Beans are healthy, nutritious and CHEAP. They have texture, richness and channel the flavor of the ingredients they are cooked with making them ridiculously...
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...
The Pantescan Caper

The Pantescan Caper

  While I live to eat, to be honest, I never gave capers much thought before I went to the island known as the ‘Black Pearl’ of the Mediterranean—Pantelleria. Closer to Africa than its nearest Italian neighbor, Sicily, it is a volcanic island of ancient beauty, known for capers, wines, and olive oil. A place...
Smart Mamas Know About Oldways

Smart Mamas Know About Oldways

A big thank you to my friends at Oldways for running a wonderful piece about the new book, Smart Mama, Smart Money! If you don’t know about Oldways, it’s time to head over to their website and got acquainted. Their mission is to “change the way people eat” by using the old ways as a...
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 oven. We would help her in the kitchen stuffing artichokes, shelling peas for soup, swirling cinnamon and chocolate through coffee cake. Like little puppies waiting for scraps,...
Smart Mamas' Guide to Afterschool Activities: Getting Your Money's Worth

Smart Mamas’ Guide to Afterschool Activities: Getting Your Money’s Worth

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 affordable, healthy and balanced way? Just in time for back to school, our newest book (released today, YAY) offers you the sane guidance you need to navigate...
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, entertaining, and applicable, this is a must-read for “smart mamas” and papas.” (Read the full review below.)    A Publisher’s Weekly  pick of the week:  Smart Mama, Smart Money: Raising...
Smart Mama Smart Money Easy Chocolate Brownies

Smart Mama Smart Money Easy Chocolate Brownies

This is our all-time favorite brownie recipe. Trust us, there is nothing so yummy as these brownies, served warm and fresh from the oven. Rich and chocolaty, they are a cinch to make. Smart Mama Smart Money Easy-Peasy Brownies Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees 5ozs unsweetened chocolate 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter 3 eggs 1...