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We are a family of four trying to live below our means on seasonal, fresh food- without breaking the.. bank. Great, local food, on a budget.

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  • A Return To the City to Get Farm Fresh Produce
    on Apr 29, 2009
    It's odd. I move to the "garden state" and I can't get any good spring produce. Even at my local Whole Paycheck, there's nada. I know..it's early in the season yet. I'm sure there will be a bounty of produce soon. But I'm anxious. It's been way too l...
  • What To Do With A Free Turkey?
    on Apr 15, 2009
    Um..cook it?Allow me to explain. My family likes a good deal. My mother, for instance, when noticing there is a two-for-one deal at the supermarket on onions, will pick up a bag for her and a bag for me. She often comes to my house with various extra...
  • Reminiscing Through Food: Red Lentil Soup
    on Apr 14, 2009 in slow cooker
    When we first moved to Brooklyn, there was this little place down the street from us called The Olive Vine. They served your typical middle eastern fare: falafel, hummus, grape leaves (a personal addiction of mine, strange I know) and multiple thing...
  • The Calm Before the Storm
    on Mar 24, 2009
    Don't worry. I know I've been a bit quiet. I know I've made some of you a wee bit worried..my hints of winter depression...the potatoes...oh, the potatoes.But no. I'm still here. It's been repeats these past two weeks. Holding my breath, waiting for...
  • The Great Fake-Out: Empanadas, or more appropriately, Mexican Calzones
    on Mar 10, 2009
    Sometimes you just don't have it in you.You look at your choices and think about your friends at the burrito joint in town. They could use the business, right? It IS what they are now calling, "The Great Recession".Then you realize the recession is e...
  • The Rachel/Ina Mash-up: Results...Delicious!
    on Mar 5, 2009 in eggs winter
    So most of you know by now how I feel about Rachel Ray. If you don't, please feel free to click here, or even a post from my former life, here. Lets just say it doesn't make me all warm and fuzzy to hear her say, "EVOO" or better yet, "Yum-O!"Ina Gar...
  • I'm Blushing, Really
    on Mar 4, 2009 in winter pizza
    Frugal Family Foodies was chosen to be on a list of the "Top 100 Blogs for the Frugal Gourmet"! If you are looking for some other good blogs out there dedicated to keeping great food cheap, check out this link.So, the picture is my son, Ben. I'm a l...
  • Time to Get Real: Pulled Pork Sandwiches
    on Mar 1, 2009
    Apparently it's going to snow 10 inches here tonight. Somebody forgot to mention to mother nature that, um, it's freaking MARCH! It's not time for snowstorms..it's time for fruity cocktails and sandals.Okay...I'd at least settle for mud season.So, b...
  • The Healthiest Chili You'll Ever Eat: Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash and Kale
    on Feb 26, 2009 in winter
    Remember Spirulina?No? You mean, you weren't a health nut like me? Oh, what..are you surprised that I'm calling myself a health nut?Well, I'll have you know that years ago, I was the one carting green, yes, green spirulina smoothies to work
  • For When You've Got Nothin': Tuscan Bread Soup
    on Feb 23, 2009 in winter soup
    Okay- so, you've got no money. You've got no food.You look in your pantry. You see onions. You see garlic. You think, "Hm..how I wish I could make dinner with just these two foods. If only Robin, from FFF could tell what to do..."I am
  • Oscar-Worthy Meals: The Winners!
    on Feb 22, 2009
    Considering it's Oscar night, I thought I'd take a look back through the almost fifty recipes posted here so far and pick out the clear winners. The ones I will go back to time and time again. The trusted ones that get put into my special little
  • Cannellini Soup with Parmesan: A Perfect Mix of Gourmet and Frugal
    on Feb 18, 2009 in winter soup
    Remember a while back, when I was talking about the importance of quality of ingredients in your frugal cooking? This soup demonstrates that point.A soup so simple, almost a peasant style soup, but jazzed up a bit with a few ounces of prosciutto and...
  • Cheater's Tangine, Take two: Meat Edition
    on Feb 17, 2009 in winter beef
    If, after reading yesterday's post, you thought, "Hm..that sounds really delicious, but, um, Where's the Beef??" then this one's for you.I just found someone selling their never-used slow cooker for a deal a few weeks ago and I�
  • Cheater's Tangine: Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew
    on Feb 16, 2009
    First, a few excuses as for my absence:1) Last I checked, Steak Au Poive is not frugal.2) I didn't think I could include the number of our local pizza delivery as a blog post.3) Recipe for pasta with tomato sauce, anyone?So- not the most frugal week.
  • If Pesto Could Be Easier, This Is It: Fettuccine with Walnuts and Parsley
    on Feb 11, 2009 in winter pasta
    This is one of those recipes where you see about *five ingredients and think, "huh, there's no way this could be good. It's too easy. There's not enough work involved. I'll skip it."I'm telling you, don't. This reci
  • Summer, In Bowl Form: Tomato-Tortilla Soup
    on Feb 9, 2009 in soup
    You know that feeling you get on a summer day when you're outside, sunglasses on, BBQ burning in the background, drinking a margharita and eating chips and salsa? This soup is like that.Really, exactly like that. Except for that the salsa is actually
  • The Incredible, Edible, Economical Egg: Souffleed Blue Cheese Omelet
    on Feb 7, 2009
    Perhaps it was this post by The Kitchn which sent me into a dizzying downward spiral towards the winter blues. Please, click on that link and just CHECK OUT the beautiful produce on the west coast. The gorgeous citrus, in the brightest colors I have...
  • Risotto, Part two
    on Feb 4, 2009 in winter
    Here is my second risotto on FFF, but it really should have been my first, as it is my favorite. Find the first recipe here.I've made this a few times now and every time it's delicious. I've made it for company as well as on a weeknight. It
  • For When You Want to Get Serious: Ricotta Gnocchi and Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding
    on Feb 2, 2009 in winter dessert pasta
    *****Warning: If you are dieting, or considering dieting, just skip this post. Trust me. All efforts will fail.So first, some back story. A few years back, my friend Rebecca and I decided to be ambitious and make gnocchi. We'd never made it before, b
  • Sweet Potato Quesadillas.. *Three Ingredients to Perfection
    on Jan 30, 2009
    These were so surprisingly good. Three ingredients. Flour tortillas, sweet potato and cheese. Well..toppings help, too. But really, all that is needed is some sour cream and your good.This is the lazy version of the Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos (...
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