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Waste Not – Consumers Accept Discarded Ingredients in Retail Food.

One standard dinner menu in our house is “Clean Out the Fridge Night.” That means that any leftovers or discarded ingredients – that spoonful of mashed potatoes, a serving of soup, one leftover hamburger – is pulled out and either magically turned into a new and improved food or eaten out of the container in which it was found. Everything is fair game to become part of the meal. Waste not, want not. Food Toss But across the country, a large percentage of the food we produce is never eaten.…

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Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit

Mom used to make a big pot of ham and beans in the winter. Dad loved it, and so did my sister. But I just couldn’t bring myself to eat more than the obligatory spoonful that answered Mom’s “just try a little” request. Blech. But can black beans help my budget? Last year, Cash Crone had a food budget challenge – to use up, make do, and save on groceries. I budgeted for one and one half people last year, as Bill Spaid and I lived in separate households. But…

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Food Budget Challenge Update!

  Last week’s self-imposed Food Budget Challenge forced me to take a look at my spending habits in the kitchen, and come up with creative ways to use it up, make it do, or do without. I realized I was in a pretty good position to spend a fraction of the $300 allotted in my budget this month. And I had to come to grips with my biggest food habit.     Coffee. Because this is not a starvation food challenge (and I count doing without coffee as starving, Cronies),…

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When the freezer door opens, a muffin earns its wings.

    Somehow, the freezer part of my refrigerator popped open yesterday. I noticed it a few hours later – after several items had thawed. So instead of sending it to compost heaven – or trying to eat my way through it all –  I decided to make muffins out of several cups of thawed squash and pumpkin puree, currants, and a handful of mixed berries. I turned to one of my old favorite frugal muffin recipes, from Amy Dacyczyn’s Tightwad Gazette. It really isn’t a recipe; it is a tutorial on…

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Bowling for dollars: soup on the menu is right on the money

My house smells delicious! The smell of soup is in the air! I went to the farmer’s market to pick up some chicken on my “as-you-need-it” CSA with Tangletown Farm . The farm hadn’t processed any birds, so I ended up coming home with 3 pounds of chicken backs – perfect for soup! Search for Soup Stones Remember that children’s story about the man who made stone soup? Villagers added vegetables, broth and spices to his pot to make it even more delicious. You can pretend the refrigerator and pantry are your villagers…

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