Maria’s Homemade Meat Sauce (Make Ahead and Freeze)

Maria’s Homemade Meat Sauce (Make Ahead and Freeze)

There is nothing better than homemade meat sauce, cooked from scratch. There are countless brands of bottled and canned marinara sauces to buy. But I am highly sensitive to black and white pepper. This makes it pretty much impossible to buy anything packaged. Honestly, I am totally okay with that. Growing up, my mom always encouraged us kids to cook from scratch. Her spaghetti was by far my favorite. Now as a grown up, I don’t eat gluten...

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Lemons and Cubes

Lemons and Cubes

I have discovered that eating fresh fruits and vegetables can improve health. I love eating  a large plate of salad with a home grilled piece of chicken or fresh salmon. But what makes it even better is, some drizzled olive oil and some lemon juice. Lemons are a must in my kitchen. Their bright yellow color alone brightens my day. For me it makes sense to buy lemons in bulk, because it’s lots cheaper that way and it’s available when...

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Marinade-Cook-Freeze-Thaw-Eat Chicken

Marinade-Cook-Freeze-Thaw-Eat Chicken

Four years ago when I had to make drastic changes to my diet, I started trying to figure out how I could simplify my eating. Part of the problem was that I discovered that whenever I needed something quick, I hardly had any options.  My issue was that I was trying to eat healthy AND be frugal at the same time. Healthy by cooking at home, which helped me to keep certain ingredients out that I didn’t want or couldn’t eat. Frugal,...

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Easy homemade bread recipe

Easy homemade bread recipe

I have used this awesome recipe for over 25 years. I love it, because I can form and bake different variate of breads and rolls with one batch. Make sure you consider your location (altitude, climate) anytime you bake. I give a variation in flour amount because of it. This recipe is real easy and  versatile . You can bake a loaf of bread, dozen rolls, 2 loaves of baguette, 8 bread and cheese sticks, with one batch of this recipe. Or If you...

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Lessons learned about baking

Lessons learned about baking

“Happiness is Homemade” The benefits of home baked go beyond frugality and healthy. It creates an opportunity for mindfulness, and for me, has been a great tool as a stress relief (unless something goes wrong, which it does , then I need to go for a walk in my garden to distress 😉 ) After I stopped eating gluten and few other foods (health reasons), I have had friends and family ask me multiple times, ” why do you still bake,...

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Extending Shelf Life On Fresh Groceries

Extending Shelf Life On Fresh Groceries

 Few tips and simple tricks on how to extend produce freshness.   Do not mix apples, onions, tomatoes, melons and bananas with other veggies and fruits. They produce a gas which spoils the other vegetables and fruits much faster. I like to store my tomatoes and onions in a dark, cool place together. If I notice my tomatoes are getting overly ripe, I will place them in the refrigerator away from other produce.   I love radishes. If I leave them...

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Healthy and Frugal Grocery Shopping

Healthy and Frugal Grocery Shopping

Years of cooking and shopping these are few things I have learned…… NEVER shop when you are hungry! How many times have I heard that? I still do it. I seem to buy “junk food” much easier when I am hungry or grab quick solutions for meals (weird how the brain works). Make conscious decisions in the store how much and what treats to pick up. Decide how often you want to treat yourself in front of the TV to avoid daily munching after dinner...

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Simple Horticulture

Simple Horticulture

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday about gardening. She approached me regarding her yard and the care she needed to give to it. She expressed few thoughts and frustrations that she had with gardening and basic plant knowledge. Her need was simple instructions on how to take care of her yard, and also how to make it more attractive yet functional. I got a bit anxious and felt I needed to teach her everything I have learned so far,...

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Drought Tolerant Perennials

Drought Tolerant Perennials

I know we are heading to winter right now, but when it comes to gardening, it is never to early to plan and dream. I want to share a list of some of my favorite drought and heat tolerant perennials. Some of these perennials (plants/flowers that come back year after year – in the correct zone) do actually better under these difficult circumstances, because they are native to drier and hotter conditions. As a bonus they are also low...

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Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Lifestyle Growing up in Sweden, by Armenian parents, and grandparents that were born and had lived in the Mediterranean area, I dare to say that Mediterranean diet was the norm in our home rather than not. But because of the influence of the Swedish food culture and diet, I became very diversified in my diet. Now decades later, I live in the US and am constantly longing for those authentic dinners and treats (treats which mostly...

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