Kids in the Kitchen, Joy or No Joy?

My mother-in-law was a big fan of including the kids in kitchen activities. She was always braver than most when it came to giving them jobs. And she always had a great attitude about it. So, as I think of ways to honor her, I’m particularly pleased to have today’s guest post, written by Jenna […]

Easy Meals – FishMama Style

I didn’t plan it this way. But, when I looked at our menus this week, I realized it’s going to be a pretty simple and easy week in the kitchen. I am thankful to have a plan because that makes for one less thing to think about. And since I feel as if I am […]

Book It! 5 Great Foodie Gifts

As you know, I am a. a mom b. a food snob c. a glutton So, it should come as no surprise that I love food-cookbook-gadget themed gifts. Cookbooks are generally not too expensive and when paired with fancy ingredients, gadgets, or pretty serving ware, you can pull off a really nice gift for under […]

What’s Cookin’

While I’ve approached meal planning in a number of ways in the past (here, here, and here), lately I am enjoying this plan out a whole month at a time. You can see my December Meal Plan here. I brainstorm all the different meals that I could make with what’s in the cupboard or what […]

Home Ec 101: Soup from Leftovers

Soup is a wonderfully frugal, potentially delicious meal to serve your family. And it can successfully be made from leftovers. What a great way to exercise the “waste-not-want-not” mentality that will keep us all in the black these days. Now, don’t go thinking you’re gonna throw everything in a pot, Pippi Longstocking-style. There’s a method […]

Thursday Night Soup

This is a great recipe adapted from the book, A Feast of Soups. It is an all around fantastic cookbook, by the way. I received it as a bridal shower gift and it is a keeper, though it’s copyrighted 1982. Some of the ingredients and language in the book are a tad outdated. By the way, […]

Dinner Kit Hacks – They Work For Me!

A while ago, I stocked up on Macaroni Grill dinner kits. They’re kind of an upscale Hamburger Helper, definitely NOT what I would normally throw in my cart. Remember, I’m a food snob. But, you know how it is. I had all these great coupons. And Albertsons had a really good sale. They were $.40/box, […]

What’s Cookin’ This Week / This Month

It worked really well last month to plan an entire month’s worth of meals. Not all of them got selected, but it made my weekend planning so much easier. Basically, I brainstormed all the meals I could make with what I already had in the freezer or cupboard or that I could easily find cheap […]