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January’s Good Cheap Eats

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 30, 2013 @ 7:00 pm In Good and Cheap Eats,Good Eats | No Comments

About five years ago, I started a second blog. I found that I was talking so much about food here on Life as MOM, that it made more sense to start a second conversation in another room, so to speak, rather than dominate all the talk here with food.

Of course, I have to have some food chatter here, too. But, it was a way to make sure I didn’t scare anyone away.

If you weren’t privy to that info, hop on over to Good Cheap Eats and check it out.  Here are highlights of the month in case you missed them.

I’ve clocked a ton of hours in my kitchen this month for a pantry challenge. There weren’t as many recipes to share this month, partly because I lost my camera for most of the month and partly because our meals composed an endless episode of Chopped. I think I’ve made it to the next round.

By the skin of my teeth.

Here’s what you might have missed:


Cumin-Scented Cabbage Salad [4] – just as good the second day


Minute Minestrone [5] – made from Spaghetti Dinner leftovers


How to Make Beef Stock [6] – The stockpot is the new dog. That’s where my meat scraps are going from now on.

Pinto Beans Make for Good Cheap Eats [7] – a freezer cooking must-do


8 Ways to Avoid Eating Out [8] – we still eat out, but here are some strategies we use to eat more often at home


As I’ve done in previous Januarys, we shopped the pantry this month, trying to use things up and make the most of what we had. I saved quite a bit on groceries for regular eating, the savings of which allowed me to do some stocking up at the end of the month. If you missed it, here’s how the challenge went.

Pantry Challenge Invitation [9]

Stay tuned for a 2-week challenge in July.

So, that’s the month at Good Cheap Eats. Here’s to eating well, acting our wage, and enjoying life. You can subscribe to GCE in a reader [42] or via email updates [43].

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[10] Day 1: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-1-happy-new-year/

[11] Day 2: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-2-enchilada-night-a-freezer-inventory/

[12] Day 3: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-3-breakfast-freezer-cooking/

[13] Day 4: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-4-kale-pizza-and-other-such-yummy-stuff/

[14] Day 5: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-5-slow-cooking/

[15] Day 6: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-6-ice-cream-for-breakfast-a-shopping-trip/

[16] Day 7: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-7-pantry-clean-up/

[17] Day 8: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-8-simple-meals/

[18] Day 9: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-9-lateearlylateearly/

[19] Day 10: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-10-soup-night/

[20] Grocery shopping update: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/grocery-geek-pantry-challenge-one-third-done/

[21] Day 11: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-11-pizza-night/

[22] Day 12: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-12-the-night-i-didnt-want-to-cook/

[23] Day 13: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-13-grinding-meat/

[24] Day 14: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-14-the-cupboard-grows-bare/

[25] Day 15: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-15-i-made-yogurt/

[26] Day 16: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-16-the-pantry-is-just-fine/

[27] Day 17: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-17-conquering-the-butternut/

[28] Day 18: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-18-a-panda-feast/

[29] Grocery shopping update: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/grocery-geek-pantry-challenge-more-than-halfway/

[30] Day 19: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-19-making-poutine/

[31] Day 20: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-20-baking-day/

[32] Day 21: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-21-playing-a-game-of-chopped/

[33] Day 22: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-22-quick-day/

[34] Day 23: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-23-popovers-that-didnt-pop/

[35] Day 24: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-24-homemade-almond-butter/

[36] Day 25: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-day-25-pizza-night/

[37] Grocery shopping update: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/grocery-geek-the-end-of-the-pantry-challenge/

[38] Day 26: http://goodcheapeats.com/?p=9592

[39] Day 27: http://goodcheapeats.com/?p=9594

[40] Day 28: http://goodcheapeats.com/?p=9596

[41] How Much Did YOU Save on the Pantry Challenge?: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/how-much-did-the-pantry-challenge-save-you/

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