Category Archives: Pasta

Dinner on a flash with a shoestring

Cheap eats are all the rage these days, which is probably a less-than-thrilling indicator about the real state of the American economy.  Most of the slick magazines’ versions has a dinner for 4 costing $10 and call that cheap. I’m … Continue reading

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Fast & Furious Paprika Chicken

I really love chicken paprikesh.  It’s one of my favorite dishes, and everyone loves the little pinch dumplings that it is served with.  What I don’t like is the work that is required before the meal is served.  Some days, … Continue reading

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Cabbage and noodles for Lent?

Cabbage and noodles, two lowly foods, often overlooked in favor of things that are far more exciting and exotic.  I’ve even heard cabbage be called names, such as “ditch weed“.  Cabbage is also cheap, especially this time of year, and … Continue reading

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Carne Picada means speedy meals!

Carne picada sounds pretty exotic, at least if you are here on the Gulf Coast.  It’s a relative newcomer in the grocery stores.  But what is it really? Essentially, it’s meat that has been cut into matchstick-like slivers.  It’s not … Continue reading

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Chicken, budget friendly & easy!

Chicken is one of the cheapest meats in the market usually, and hindquarters are among the cheapest of the cheap.  While they do have more fat than other versions of chicken, that doesn’t mean you should pass them up. Start … Continue reading

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Budget wise white sauce

Once upon a time, every good cook frequently made white sauce.  That was in the days before canned goods had the variety and safety they do today.  While canned goods are tastier and safer than ever, they are also becoming … Continue reading

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Pasta with sausage

More people than ever are currently suffering from “fiscal impairment.”  What that translates to is that when any of us go into the grocery store, our budgets are tighter than ever.  We’re stretching meat, serving cheaper cuts, and serving more … Continue reading

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Internet inspired rustic Italian-style pasta with sausage

I’ve been “under the weather” lately, and that means…I just plain don’t cook.  We “make do” with sandwiches, canned soups, slow cooker soup, and frozen food.  Probably not all that healthy, but…life happens, right? So as soon as I start … Continue reading

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Summertime and the kitchen sink pasta salad

Summertime.  Hot.  Humid.  Thunderstorms. That’s the Gulf Coast.  Steamy days and steamy nights, unless you are right on the Gulf itself where the breezes help cool things off. It’s hard to be creative or even motivated about meals in this … Continue reading

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Cheap eats for Lent with tuna and noodles

Meatless meals are usually much less expensive than those containing meat, it’s a known fact.  This one isn’t exactly “meatless” in my book–it contains tuna.  It’s also a pretty simple, traditional recipe similar to batches of “Tuna and Noodles” moms … Continue reading

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