September 26th, 2011

Quick Ways to Save Time and Money in the Kitchen

I’ve written before about money-saving tips for the bathroom, but what about the other rooms in your home? Here are a few of my favorite time- and money-saving tips for one of my favorite rooms: the kitchen.

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Become a techno-cook.

One of the best ways to get organized—and save time—in the kitchen is to use technology to help you. If you’re not sure what to make for dinner, use the Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner app. Match up the categories for “Dish,” “Ingredients” and “Ready In” and see which recipes match your requirements. Or, select “Spin Categories” and see what random recipes appear. A plus? It’s fun! (Available for Android, Free)

If you want to get your recipes organized, try the Paprika Recipe app. It’s like Mom’s recipe card box, but better! You can search for recipes and then create your own categories to store your favorites. (Available for Mac, iPad and iPhone, $19.99)

If you’re wondering how to use up that dusty can of black beans in your pantry, use Super Cook. Fill out “Your Kitchen” list with the ingredients you want to use and see what recipes come up in the results, which are aggregated from all over the web.

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September 15th, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Frugal Foodie Cookbook

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One of my favorite hobbies is making delicious food, and pair that with another passion of mine — saving money—and the result is one fantastic cookbook. Co-authors Lara Starr and Lynette Shirk are the talented individuals behind “The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook,” a book filled with inexpensive recipes and cooking tips for all occasions.

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