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Spicing up the everyday meal

If you are like most people, time is one of the biggest enemies for any cook, seasoned or novice.  People assume countless hours are needed to make a great meal but that is not always the case!  In today’s world, many of us need to cook healthy meals but do it quickly.  Forget going through the drive-thru after work, just get home and spend 30 minutes to create a meal that tastes good and will benefit you more than that disgusting mystery meat burger. To educate your kid about how to properly eat  and cook since he or she is young, buy them this kids aprons.

It’s so simple to jazz up your weekday dinners. All you need are some spices, creativity and my tricks!

Let’s start with the sides. One of my constant companions to any meal is veggies. I try to incorporate at LEAST one with every meal. An easy and fast way to prepare vegetables are to roast them in the oven at a high temperature, around 375 to 400 degrees F. This will retain vitamins and minerals while caramelizing the sugars in the veggies, (more…)

About a Career as a Personal Chef

Imagine you have a rewarding job that allows you benefit from your talent and creativity and you love cooking as a personal chef. A personal chef is hired to prepare a healthy meals for individual, families or even to provide in-home and office daily catering and for small gatherings.

When you start your career as a personal chef, you will find the prospect to your financial rewards and enjoy the freedom of running your own business. Such services are in growing demand. According to Entrepreneur magazine, such a business is considered to be one of the fastest growing businesses in the country and has become one of the best home based businesses to start. (more…)

Two cheese, Onion jam, and Rosemary slices

A few months ago (gosh how did that happen?!) a group of us who hadn’t seen each other for ages got together to catch up over what can only be described as a feast! (I bought the hostess some flowers, naturally…)

Roasted Duck lasagna, homemade crunchy coleslaw, homemade baked cheesecake, the feast goes on! Our friend Jossie knocked all this up after coming home from a morning full of lectures, oh yeah she’s studying to become a Doctor, there is no end to this girls talents!

But it was the starter that caught my eye the most so, I asked if I could put it up on Ria’s Ideas. She was a little apprehensive at first, worried that her secret as a fraud ‘hostess with the mostess’ would be out because it may look fancy but it really is very simple. (more…)

Kid Favorites – Fast Food Alternatives Made Easy

Reaching back as far as the early 1920’s, the fast food industry has grown exponentially to meet the needs and voracity of the American population.

Restaurants tend to pop up in largely populated areas, but you’re probably within a ten minute drive of businesses such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, KFC, White Castle, or Chick Fil-A. With the rise of the fast food industry has come many downfalls; sources such as NBC News report that roughly 70% of Americans are obese, and the food industry hasn’t done much to turn the tide. Until recently. (more…)

Considering Food Waste

Food waste just seems to be one of the most intractable problems of the Frugal Experience. So, I’ve thought a lot about this issue, mostly because of the money angle.  And, not to mention, the I-Love-To-Save-Money angle. Now I will share with you some of these thoughts.


A great way to save money on groceries is to bulk buy.  However, bulk buying can also open the door to bulk throwing away.  If “cheap” bulk bargains spoil before they can be used, then they will just end up as not-so-cheap trash.

A better approach is to figure out what groceries are actually loved, wanted, and used.  For instance, if you hate bananas, it’s best to pass up that .25/lb bargain.  Yep, that’s a great deal, and bananas are a nutritional powerhouse, but if you won’t eat them, they won’t do you or your wallet any good.

Now you may think that this bit of advice is so obvious that I shouldn’t even mention it.  But I should mention it because sometimes the Frugal Zeal takes hold so strongly that it is hard to pass up an exceptionally good deal, even when you know perfectly well that it’s an item you don’t even like. (more…)