Baby Greens with Nuts, Cranberries, Turkey, and Blue Cheese (Recipe Swap: What’s Your Favorite Post-Baby Indulgence?)

May 1998 --- Red Carnations in the Kitchen --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Do you know how much the food rules have changed since I had my first baby? In recent years I’ve been amazed at the growing lists of taboo foods: no alfalfa sprouts, no soft cheeses, no caffeine, no tuna fish, no hot dogs, no lunch meat, etc. etc. My goodness! Most of those were encouraged […]

Sauerkraut and Spareribs (Recipe Swap: What’s in Your Crockpot?)


One thing that’s true about the approach of fall is that the days get busy. And dinner is the last thing you want to think about in between carpools, homework, and soccer practice. That is where one of my best friends can save the day. Remember the handy dandy crockpot? Well, bust it out, ladies, […]

Black Bean and Cheese Pie

Several readers commented on wanting to know about the Black Bean Pie I was making for my OAMC bash. It’s not anything too fancy. The South Beach/Zone people would probably tell me it’s high in carbs. Blah, blah, blah. I think there’s a fair amount of protein, and I don’t see how it’s terribly different […]

Black Bean Lasagna

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is winding up her frugal food series this week, featuring Breads, Potatoes, Pasta, and Rice. I thought I would share our Black Bean Lasagna recipe. These directions are made for freezing. If you’re going to eat it the day you prepare it, skip the steps between the asterisks. Black Bean LasagnaMakes 1 9×13-inch pan […]

OAMC: Chicken Day (Recipe: Curried Chicken Casserole)

Today is chicken day. I’m going to put together three kinds of chicken dishes for the freezer. And since Jenn@FrugalUpstate is hosting chicken recipes this week, it made sense to post one of today’s featured culinary creations. Check out her site for a wealth of frugal ideas, including a great roundup of budget recipes. This […]

Frugal Food: Taco Soup

Taco Soup |

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is continuing her Frugal Food series. This week’s feature is ground beef. The following is a FishBoy favorite. They absolutely love it! And even though it’s summer time and hot and humid and buggy and sticky, I keep getting requests for this meal. Go figure. I’ve tweaked this from the original to suit my […]

Salade Nicoise

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is hosting a frugal foods series. This week features canned tuna. Yeah, that doesn’t sound too exciting on the face of it. At least not for me, since my kids refused tuna casserole last year. It was the first time in recent memory where I think we had an absolute revolt on our hands. […]

FishPapa’s Favorite Sandwich, Etc

Sandwich Bar

Menu: Italian Sub Sandwiches Potato Salad Grapes (After washing, cut them into serving size clusters.) Triple Chocolate Brownie Sundaes