Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry picking time is right around the corner in Northeast Ohio!  If you're lucky enough to get a big harvest out of your own garden, or if you head out to a Pick-Your-Own patch like my family did, here are some great ideas for what to do with your bountiful harvest. First, here's a great … [Read more...]

Meatball Freezer Recipe

freezer cooking meatballs

Meatball Freezer Recipe Time is a premium in our house. So to make the most of what time I do have,  I batch cook and prep for my freezer. This traditional meatball recipe is also a great meatball freezer recipe. If you flash-freeze the meatballs on a cookie tray before bagging them, they will keep … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: Chicken Pot Pie from Scratch (or *almost* from scratch with shortcuts)

Chicken Pot Pie

I love being able to cook homemade comfort food from scratch.  I love eating it even more. ;)  (Cleaning up after using every pan, bowl, and utensil in my kitchen, not so much!) Chicken Pot Pie is one recipe that's great when I can make all the parts of it from scratch, but I also love that I can … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: Plan a Soup Swap!

There's a chill in the air with the official start of fall this week, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share this Soup Swap idea again, along with several of my very favorite soup recipes.  Soup is a hearty and frugal meal, and it's even better when shared with friends! So what’s a … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring Meal Planning tip: Grill & freeze chicken

Here’s a meal prep tip that it took me way too long to figure out.  It might come in handy this week while boneless skinless chicken breasts are on sale at Giant Eagle Buy 1 Get 1 Free. When you grill chicken for dinner, go ahead and grill a bunch of extra chicken breasts.  It won’t take you any … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: How to Freeze Cookie Dough

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As we look forward to the end of the school year at our house, a quick look at our calendar shows that there are tons of things packed into these last few weeks.  And I'm supposed to bring cookies to three of them.  Ever have a week or two like that?  I love baking from scratch, but anything I can … [Read more...]