6 Easy-to-Grow Herbs That Will Have You Saving in Style


When it comes to pinching pennies, if you can do it yourself, you should. We all know this. However, time is frequently a pretty big factor in whether or not the DIY approach is really an option. Herbs are one of those places that many folks feel it’s easier just to buy at the grocery…. [Continue Reading]

Grilled Sandwich Recipes You Can Make with a Travel Press

Grilled sandwich

Most of us have received one as a gift at one time or another. Those electric sandwich presses that often come with additional grilling plates for waffles, chicken breasts and pancakes. Even the models with the sandwich option only can help you out at home and on the road.

Polynesian Foil Packets, an Easy, Low Fat Summer Side Dish


Vegetable foil packets are certainly a popular choice for simple summer meals that are low on cleanup. But they tend to be mostly potato slices or steamed broccoli. When Iím looking for something different to serve with shrimp skewers, I turn to these affordable Polynesian foil packets for low fat flavor that pairs well with… [Continue Reading]

Summer Side Dish Hack: Grill Corn on the BBQ

Corn on the BBQ Flickr

Summerís here, and with it the need for healthy summer side dishes that donít require a large effort or cash outlay.

The Mandoline: Slicing Made Easy


I’ve worked in restaurants off and on since I was a teenager.† As a result, I’ve gotten pretty good at eyeballing consistent sizes when slicing anything.† Then, I was given the gift of a Mandoline Slicer. I love this contraption!† Now, any dish I prepare that is best served by consistenly sized veggies (e.g., pickle… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Dandelion Flower


Where I live, in rural Maine, the dandelion is not viewed as a yard intruder.† We don’t mind wildflowers popping up in our yards.† I shouldn’t speak for everyone, I guess, but I certainly don’t mind. I think they’re pretty, and thanks to a friend, see the flowers as a tasty appetizer, too. Eat dandelion… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Wild Blueberries


These little gems are rock stars in the yard larder!† They flourish every two years, and in my neck o’ the woods, this is the “on”† year.† I’ve done a preliminary check on my local sources, and I can’t wait ’til the end of July, when they’ll be ready to pick!† Smaller than their high-bush… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Dandelion Greens


Many people have a love/hate relationship with dandelions. Some of us consider them wildflowers; others, a weed.† I’m in the former category.† I like to look at them…and I like to eat them! As far as† nutrition is concerned, dandelion greens rate pretty high with respectable daily percentage values of iron and calcium, and off-the-chart… [Continue Reading]

Saving Money On Fresh Basil/ Pesto Tomato Mozzarella Panini

Fresh Basil

Most of us make our own pesto these days and I’ve noticed as more and more people make fresh pesto the price of basil climbs at the grocery store.†Many people†grow†basil in their†backyards. I used to do that when I had a†private back yard.

Hot Vegan Sandwiches Even Meat Lovers Will Enjoy

vegan sandwich

For health and other reasons, weíve been cutting down on our meat and dairy intake while transitioning to a more plant-based diet. Toasted and other forms of hot vegan sandwiches meet our new menu requirements and make for convenient meals on the fly.

Add Some Chevre


Another great way to add some snap to a sandwich is chevre.† Chevre is a tangy, light, soft goat cheese whose flavor and texture make it a great layer on a† veggie wrap, for example, loaded with carrots, cukes, sprouts, and whatever other vegetable options are available to you.† Chevre cheese is a mid-priced cheese,… [Continue Reading]

Microplane Grater


I’m such a big fan of kitchen tools, that the microplane grater was a no brainer for me.† Of course, it makes a couple of my existing tools redundant, but that’s okay.† This tool replaces the traditional box grater for all fine grating.† From grating hard cheeses like Parmesan or Asiago, to zesting citrus,†or grating… [Continue Reading]

Spice Travels

Badia Spice Bags RSZD

I love to travel but I donít love packing. Iím on a constant quest to reduce my take-a-longs.† Yet, no matter how strict I am about traveling light, I find there are a handful of Ďnon-essentialsí that really pull their weight. My essential take-a-longs run to my palate. Along with my favorite tea and tea… [Continue Reading]

Fried zucchini flowers


Zucchini plants were always plentiful in my grandparents’ garden.† Anyone who grows zucchini successfully knows that, at some point, one can wish there weren’t so many!† Here’s a great way to enjoy the zucchini plant and put a little production reduction into place. The following is the primary ingredients in the breading.† Amounts are completely… [Continue Reading]

IrfanView – A Quick and Clean Graphic Tool


Like any computer tool, IrfanView is one of many available of its type.† I own Photoshop, but for basic image manipulation, the following are the primary reasons I use this tool. 1. Irfanview is Freeware. It’s not a trial software and there are no nags for licensing or registration or anything. 2. It supports many,… [Continue Reading]