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Balsamic Salad Dressing

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I do not like bottled salad dressings at all. Store-bought dressings often have a fake garlic flavor, and lack a fresh pop. My 6 year-old’s favorite is “black dressing,” which is balsamic. If I don’t have any lemon garlic dressing made, sometimes I’ll just pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar over our salad, and sprinkle with salt. Homemade dressing is so much better than bottled, and obviously more affordable.

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Cranberry Time




Welcome Thanksgiving! It is my favorite holiday, surprise, surprise. I love going by myself to the store and buying food treasures for the holidays. One of the most fun things to buy are bags of cranberries. [click to continue…]


I was looking for a budget-friendly recipe and found one that uses beans – – canned beans. I did the math and realized that if I bought four cans of beans at $1.20 each I could instead have a pound of shrimp on sale. Beans are so good for you and my kids love them, so I decided to beat the system and cook dried beans and divide them for the freezer.

Cooking dried beans is easy, and you can control the sodium and flavorings. Add chipotle, garlic and cumin to some dried black or pinto beans if you want. Cook chickpeas and have them ready for a quick hummus – – in fact I have some in my freezer right now.   You can get dried beans for 99 cents a pound at the dollar store and elsewhere. At some places if you buy two pounds at a time you might even be able to get them for 50 cents a pound. I have before. One pound of dried beans cooked up equals about three cans of beans. One can of beans is 1 1/2 cups, so divide them [click to continue…]