Smart Tips
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Tip #15: Be kind to your produce & it will be kind to you
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Some of the most common questions I get from readers are produce-related: where to find affordable produce, how to use certain vegetables that may be new to ...

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Tip #10: Recycle Your Takeout – All of It!
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Let’s face it: there are times in everyone’s lives where cooking is just not an option because of time constraints, illness, or just plain old fashioned ...

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Tip #9 – Be kind(er) to your junk mail
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I know, I know – no one likes junk mail, whether in electronic or mailbox-jamming form. But hear me out for a sec. Even when the country is not in an economic ...

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Tip #8 – Like exotic foods? Head to your local ethnic foods stores
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I've always considered myself very lucky to have been raised by the type of parents I had. They were all about teaching me, exposing me to as many new & ...

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Tip #7 – Need what you buy, but allow yourself a splurge or two
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So I’ve been helping another writer from the Sacramento News & Review with an article about foodie-ism (it’s so flattering to be sought after as a ...

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Tip #6 – Buy what you need, but read carefully!
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Not all of us are in the same financial situation – some folks have a family with dual incomes; some have a family but because of the many job losses out ...

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Tip #5 – Do It Yourself!
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It’s so easy to go to the grocery store and grab an 8 oz. bag of shredded cheese for that week’s pizza or quesadillas and not think anything of it. Just as ...

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Tip #4: Never underestimate the power of soup
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Clam chowder, minestrone, gazpacho, avgolemono, chicken noodle… who doesn’t like a nice steaming bowl of delicious soup? (Well, my friend Kristal doesn’t, but ...

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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 ...

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Tip #1: For the best produce, head to your local Farmer’s Market
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It's a lazy Sunday and I had made some stuff yesterday, so I'm not recipe-ready right now. But I wanted to, at the very least, start off with some good tips ...

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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 ...

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Tip #16: Fresh New Year, Fresh Start for Your Kitchen
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Ahhh, the first week of the New Year. A time of hope, of new resolutions, of valiant efforts at self-improvement and turning over a new leaf. Despite our ...

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