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American stew

For me, soups are to winter what salads are to summer. “Here’s some random food, let’s put it in a bowl and eat it.” Because I prefer raw veggies to cooked ones, I never get as excited about soups and stews as I do about salads. Nonetheless, it’s cheaper to eat local veggies in soups […]

Buying lots of things to cook one

Have you ever been at the grocery store and been seduced by a great deal on, say, a fresh August tomato? And then have you decided you just had to go and get some fresh mozzarella and some fresh basil and a new vinaigrette dressing to go with it?

Well, if you haven’t, then you’re […]

The costs of chili; and we get some public mention!

The student-produced TV show “For Your Island” is made at the university where I work, and they were nice enough to interview me about a bunch of things, including CookCheap.org. I’m an adjunct professor, as they point out, and I’ve had a class to teach this semester (which I’ve enjoyed a ridiculous amount), but I […]

Cooking without electricity

Here in the greater New York area we had quite the spring storm yesterday – winds gusting up to 50+ miles per hour, and tons of rain. Of course we had a power outage, the way you do.

I was pretty pleased with my ability to find the candles and flashlights and a lighter (the […]

Potato Soup!

OK, so I want to move on from eggs to potatoes for a little bit now.

There are a ton of things you can do with potatoes; they’re cheap and most people like them, and they go with all different kinds of food. They’re fairly forgiving and easy to cook, and you can eat them […]

Mujadara!

I promised you a hot dish with the lentils we cooked as well. You could make a double batch of lentils easily, and make salads for a couple of meals and this dish for a hot meal afterwards.

This is a recipe I got from a friend many years ago in my youth, and it […]

Lentil salad! AND: Storage: Vegetables

So a great green salad that makes a delicious lunch or dinner can easily be built if you store some basic vegetables on hand.

I try to always have carrots, celery, and onions on hand. Along with milk, rice, and beans, plus some condiments like ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, plus of course salt and pepper, […]

Hard-boiled eggs! (Bonus: deviled eggs!)

This one is so easy I’m not going to even make a video. I looked up videos for this on YouTube and the ones I saw seemed to be making it harder than it really is – perhaps to justify needing a video! I swear you do not need a video to boil eggs.

I […]

(Steamed) Rice!

Is there anything more basic than rice? Most of the world lives on it. I can’t even count the number of ways you can eat rice. I want to show you stir-fried rice, Greek lemon soup, muhadara (which is rice and lentils, cheap and a complete protein), and of course a million other dishes that […]

Pancakes!

For me pancakes is another go-to recipe. Pancakes are good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can go with any meat, and they can be enhanced with any number of yummy sweetnesses – jam, sugar, chocolate syrup, cooked fruit, fresh fruit, nuts, whipped cream, even ice cream, as well as of course syrup, agave nectar, […]