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stuffed avocados
Food
June 11, 2017

A Tale of Two (or more) Avocados

Avocados: tasty, and all the rage. The minute I discovered people paying $15 for avocados on toast, I knew I should quit my job and become an avocado chef. I'm still working on the details. Meanwhile, I've decided to share some of my favorite recipes for avocados. Avocados truly are the best. It's hard to believe I never even saw one until I was in my early twenties. I was visiting my friend Melissa in San Antonio, Texas. She put misshapen green squares on my salad. I'm a vegetarian, so I'll try anything green. These didn't disappoint. They were avocados.…
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pantry raid dinner featuring a plate of lettuce, egg salad, and guacamole
Food
May 12, 2017

Pantry Raid: How to Eat for Free to Pay Your Bills

Why I decided to skip grocery shopping for weeks... A couple months ago, I got a large bill for my teacher certification renewal. I was cranky so I posted a question on Facebook to see who else had to pay large fees to keep their jobs. Turns out, a ton of people. The difference between the teachers and the non-teachers was this--the non-teachers ended their responses with, "...but my company pays me back." There aren't any "pays me back" in teaching. Instead of staying grumpy, though, I said this: "I'll make that money back by skipping grocery shopping for a few weeks." That may…
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kombucha
Food
December 13, 2016

FREE Unlimited Kombucha. You Can Make It Yourself

I was hooked on kombucha the first time I tried it.  It's a sip of bubbly, refreshing heaven. It reminded me of a wine cooler without the wine.  The problem, though, was it's cost. $4-6 a bottle meant that I couldn't have it all the time...unless... I learned to make it myself. What is kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea that has tons of probiotic value.  I thought it originated in some hipster's cube, but really it has it's roots as the "elixir of life" in ancient China. Why should I make kombucha? It's easy, it's fun, and making…
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sesame noodles
Food
December 1, 2016

A Simple Sesame Noodle Recipe You’d Better Double

A sesame noodle dish that gives a take-out feel during the middle of the school day... I love cold sesame noodles. They're super easy, fantastic for make-ahead meals, and delicious. This dish is a great summer--or winter dish that can be served hot or cold, and costs pennies to make. Just swap out the veggies for something in season, and you have a changeable masterpiece. Ingredients: cooked rice noodle--I'm using the linguini sized here. Sesame oil rice wine vinegar diced veggies--here I'm using cucumber, but I also use bean sprouts or spiralized zucchini. fresh cilantro if in season sesame seeds garlic (use…
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crepés with homemade sour cream
Food
November 27, 2016

They’re Not Flat Pancakes. They’re Crepes. And They’re Delicious.

"Eat your crepes." The boy loves pancakes, but I wanted crepes. I made the boy crepes. "Mom, I don't want flat pancakes," said the boy. "Make me regular ones." "They're not flat pancakes," I said. "They're crepes." He wouldn't budge. More for me. Crepes, blintzes, or blini, are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They're a low-cost, easy option that you can make ahead as well. Crepes fall under the category of "mystery food that's really easy." You'd pay a lot for these in a bistro, not realizing they are quick to make and take ten cents worth of ingredients you already…
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FoodLifestyle
November 24, 2016

10 Ways to Have an Affordable, Waste-Free Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving time... "Do you want to get a free-range turkey for Thanksgiving?" My husband texted me a local farm's screenshot for $5.99/pound. "Is that a good price?" I'm a vegetarian. I'm happy with a carrot. I usually make Indian food--the smell of fresh-ground spices blends with the scent of roasting turkey causing the non-vegetarians to tell me how much "that doesn't smell like Thanksgiving." It does to me. Still, I understand why we need to cook the huge meal. It's tradition. Kids all over America are drawing turkeys right now, donning Pilgrim hats, putting feathers in their hair. A proper Thanksgiving dinner must be…
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miso soup
Food
November 13, 2016

Miso Soup with Mustard Greens Will Warm Your Soul

Miso Soup with Mustard Greens What do vegetarians eat when they're sick? Miso soup since your grandmother's famous chicken noodle soup isn't an option. We have to improvise. Miso is a very simple broth to use in anything. It's fermented bean paste, and it comes in a ton of varieties--gluten-free, white, red, spicy, mild... there are a ton of different kinds. Taste them all until you find one you like. If you're at the regular grocery store, miso is a specialty item. Expect to pay a ton. I was at the Asian store yesterday and I got four three different types, red,…
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Food
November 11, 2016

My World-Famous Gluten-Free (maybe even Paleo!) Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding: The perfect dessert This rice pudding is amazing. I used to work at a Greek diner. Rice pudding was one of the desserts that flew off the shelf. I don't know if this is the exact rice pudding recipe that I learned. I adapt and modify everything as I go and I rarely measure. Still, I feel confident my former boss would be proud at how I took his genius and ran with it, adapting for every foodie, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, and "Wait! I don't eat that!" person I could find. Actually, I think he'd say this rice…
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Food
October 31, 2016

The Waffle That’ll Free You From Diners For Good

Waffle: the bread of life. I have a very simple waffle recipe I'd like to share, but first I'd like to give you the secret to waffles--never make one batch. Make ten. Twenty maybe. Waffles are the type of food you should have on hand all the time. They're versatile--from the days when you forget your breakfast to the on-the-go sandwich, there's not much you can't do with a waffle. Sweet Waffles: These are my favorite waffles, the ones that make waffles famous. Serve them with no less than the finest maple syrup--B Grade* if you can... or mix things…
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Food
October 30, 2016

Take Out Series: Sushi 101

What do you do if you want to save money but you don't want to get rid of your take-out lifestyle? Learn to make your own sushi. One of the biggest take-out items I missed when I moved to the woods and left unnecessary spending behind was takeout. When I lived in the city and spent on impulse, the world was my takeout menu. Now, I do takeout at home. Takeout and delivery pretty much don't exist in my rural area except for the pizza guy who'll deliver anywhere in the village as a favor.  This is actually a good thing. If I want my…
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