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Pizza Dough: Buy It vs. Make It

Pizza Dough: Buy It vs. Make It

I knew I could make pizza dough myself, because I saw it in little bags in the refrigerator section at Trader Joe’s. But did I want to?   I mean, I don’t know how many times we’ve had pizza solely because I happened to ...more

Perfect French Toast: What’s The Secret?

Perfect French Toast: What’s The Secret?

You don’t often say “France” and “superheroes” in the same breath (or maybe you do!), but French toast really does come to the rescue — of otherwise-useless stale bread. It has evolved into a Sunday-morning ...more

6 Things to Make With…Frozen Hash Browns

6 Things to Make With…Frozen Hash Browns

Remember when hash browns were just for breakfast? Ha! Neither do we. Seems as long as we’ve ever known them, hash browns have been popping up in recipes all the live long day, and why not? They’re budget-friendly, super easy to ...more

6 Things to Make With…Refrigerated Biscuits

6 Things to Make With…Refrigerated Biscuits

We’ve long loved those store-bought refrigerated biscuits, ever since we were kids, really. Back then it was because we loved how flaky they turned out and their buttery taste; we’d also always ask mom if we could be the one to open ...more

Top 10 Foods to Buy Generic: Don’t Pay for a Name!

Top 10 Foods to Buy Generic: Don’t Pay for a Name!

Generic isn’t what it used to be. Big white boxes with “Puffed Rice Cereal” stamped on the front have become “private labels” stores carefully source as part of defining their brand.   Use your powers of observation. Does the ...more

Pumpkin Spice Latte: Buy It vs. Make It

Pumpkin Spice Latte: Buy It vs. Make It

By now, we’ve all heard the tired old financial saw about how if we took the $2 we spend on a latte each day and put it in savings, we’d have a nice little nest egg by the end of the year. In fact, that tired old saw is so old, ...more

Greek Yogurt: 5 Weirdly Wonderful Uses (Best of the Blogs)

Greek Yogurt: 5 Weirdly Wonderful Uses (Best of the Blogs)

No doubt we’ve become sort of addicted to the thick, rich creaminess that is Greek yogurt, which now makes up a substantial part of our breakfast routine ever since it became “the next big thing.” But why stop eating such ...more

Rice as a Side Dish: Give It a Fresh & Easy Flavor Makeover!

Rice as a Side Dish: Give It a Fresh & Easy Flavor Makeover!

Boxed rice that comes with those flavor packets can make for a convenient side dish, but it can be a bit expensive (and loaded with sodium). Nothing is as budget-friendly as plain ol’ white rice — or as boring, either. If you’re ...more

How to Thaw Meat in the Microwave: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

How to Thaw Meat in the Microwave: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

  Microwaves are good for so many things (popcorn, anyone?), that it should be easy to forgive them for their weaknesses. But if you’ve ever been in a crunch and tried to thaw chicken breast for dinner only to end up with an ...more

Mayonnaise: Buy It vs. Make It

Mayonnaise: Buy It vs. Make It

This edition of “buy it vs. make it” filled me with dread and trepidation, and I avoided it as long as I could. Not on purpose. I got all the ingredients well ahead of time; I discussed it with my editor. Heck, I was the one who ...more

Perfect Blueberry Muffins: What’s The Secret?

Perfect Blueberry Muffins: What’s The Secret?

Here’s my rant: Muffins today are way too close to cupcakes. Cupcakes are nice, they’re adorable, but they are for birthdays, while muffins are for breakfast. They are supposed to be different in more ways than just the presence of ...more

3 Things to Make With … Healthy Swiss Chard

3 Things to Make With … Healthy Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is so dark darker darkest green that you just know it’s one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat — packed with vitamins. It’s even greener than spinach, and that’s saying a lot.   But chard is firmer ...more

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