$25 Shopping Cart v. 16.0 (Safeway + Just 4 U program)

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For this sixteenth edition of the $25 Shopping Cart, I had planned to go to Smart & Final.  While it’s really meant for restaurants & other businesses, this smaller…

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PGEW Top 11 Recipes of 2011

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And here we are again at the end of another year.  Can you believe it?  Where does the time go, anyway?  I feel like I just did the 2010 recap a few weeks ago!  This year has definitely flown by quickly, and  it’s been an interesting one!

Despite…

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Two new calendars AND 15% off in the PGEW General Store!

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Hey, everyone!  Before I continue with new recipes and the whopping 2011 recap post this week, I just wanted to let you know of a couple cool things going on in the PGEW General Store.

First…

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Recipe: French Toast BLT

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This year’s Christmas didn’t turn out the way I’d planned.  With the lack of finances for holiday travel as well as health issues, work and other obligations, the mom-daughter Christmas I was so looking forward to just wasn’t possible this year.  So,…

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Six Affordably Sweet Last Minute Holiday Treats

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With just a few short days left ’til Christmas, many people are scrambling around trying to take care of those last minute details.  Since Christmas is on a weekend this year the parties, potlucks & get-togethers are sure to be non-stop (if they…

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Photo Friday: Scallops, Flatbread & Soups

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I recently had the opportunity to be part of what will (hopefully) be the first of many chef-blogger activities at one of my favorite Sacramento restaurants:

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Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Pizza with Spinach & Caramelized Onions

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One of the reasons I focus on eating as well as I possibly can within my limited means is as simple as this: it makes me feel good.  Not just physically - all food, even if it’s not super nutritious or incredibly delicious, is eventually appreciated….

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The PGEW General Store is now open! (and why I opened it in the first place)

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It’s been a pretty crazy year here in PGEW land.  Between conferences, donning a new hat as a freelance food writer, the new site design and a gazillion other happenings, 2011 has kept me quite occupied!

It’s also been a year filled with life lessons,…

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Photo Makeover: Stuffed Butternut Squash with Cauliflower & Cranberry Couscous

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It took several weeks, but it seems that I finally got tired of my 57 million Thanksgiving leftover variations.  I had the soup,…

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MoFo fo’ a day: SactoMoFo 3 is another HUGE success!

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to join four of the most dedicated, hard-working volunteers in Sacramento to do something truly amazing.  The group?  SactoMoFo, the capital city’s mobile food advocates & event coordinators.  The event?  SactoMoFo…

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Recipe: Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies (a.k.a. The Greatest Chocolate Cookies on Earth)

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Sometimes insomnia can be a blessing.  Once one has learned to stop fighting it and to embrace it instead as an opportunity to get some work done, the possibilities are endless.  It usually hits at a quiet time, so if thinking is necessary, it can actually…

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