The $25 Shopping Cart, Version 3.0

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Though I had every intention of heading out to a much more expensive store for this edition of The $25 Shopping Cart, life, as usual, got in the way. So instead of heading to the spendy store, I hit up my local outlet grocery store: Food Source. Or as…

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Recipe: Black Bean, Chicken and Mango Stew

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There are times when I look in my fridge & cupboards I think to myself, WHY don’t I just succumb to the call of Taco Bell’s value menu or something equally cheap & bad for me? It truly would be a lot easier than trying to think of what to make…

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Recipe: Farro & Red Beans with Caramelized Onions

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So I’ve been a bit MIA from PGEW lately, largely due to the fact that I’ve been sick as a dog with this raging flu. I was starting to get sick long before the big performance at the Cathedral a couple weekends ago but was fortunate to fight it off until…

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The $25 Shopping Cart, Version 1.0

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It’s scary week this week, and not just because Halloween is on Friday. It’s the week before payday, when the money’s pretty much run out and one is eagerly awaiting that paycheck, even though it might already be virtually spent because of bills and the…

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Recipe: The Easiest 3-Bean Chili Ever

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This past weekend autumn officially announced its presence with blustery winds and super-cold nights. I had to pull out my heavy comforter and start sleeping in sweatshirts again, and StuKitty took full advantage of the new warm spots on the bed….

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Tip #3: Find your “Bare Bones” staples

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I’m not going to mince words here: when you’re struggling financially, sometimes there isn’t much left to eat but rice, pasta, or beans. Not even some salad greens and a tomato to liven things up with some color are possible when things are super…

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Recipe: Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad

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It’s not that I don’t adore my hummus & tomato sandwiches for lunch. But after having them for two weeks straight, I was starting to get a bit bored. I had just scored some Black Beluga Lentils at Trader Joe’s, and I figured they’d go nicely…

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Trader Joe’s 101

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(NOTE: I do not work at Trader Joe’s, nor do I hold any stock in their company because they don’t sell it. I’m just a really big fan. Please do not take this as an advertisement for their store, but as a lesson in how to shop well for less….

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Recipe: Roasted Potato and Seared Steak Salad

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I’m fairly certain there’s not an omnivore out there who doesn’t enjoy a nice meal of meat & potatoes. An American staple, it’s the type of meal that satisfies the even the pickiest of eaters. I’m definitely a fan, but a lot of times I don’t…

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Tip #2 – Find your spice staples

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Part of what allows me to have tasty food no matter what is that I have found what works for me spice-wise. Granted, I am always looking to add to my collection because you can never have enough herbs & spices. However, I’ve found a way to make sure…

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Review: My Birthday Dinner: Iberia Restaurant, Menlo Park, CA

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I decided to celebrate it over this past weekend, as Monday is a pretty awful day for a birthday. She absolutely outdid herself spoiling me this year, getting me a total of 32 gifts, one for every year I’ve been around. Aside from a gorgeous Swarovski…

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