Thrifty Friday — Cooking With Dry Beans (Copycat Vigo Black Beans & Rice)

Hello my friends, I have returned after a sabbatical. I know, you were waiting with bated breath for this very moment. I am both humbled and honored, etc etc. Hold the applause, please. And onto more useful things… I have recently cultivated a habit of cooking with dry beans. This is partially in the nameContinue reading “Thrifty Friday — Cooking With Dry Beans (Copycat Vigo Black Beans & Rice)”

Thrifty Friday — Pasta e Fagioli

Welcome back to Thrifty Friday! Earlier this week, I had a chat with one of my girlfriends. We were foodie buddies in college, and now that we’re both married we do our best to swap relevant information as we navigate this whole young-and-newly-wed-and-trying-to-be-responsible thing. During the conversation, I expressed to her my surprise that certainContinue reading “Thrifty Friday — Pasta e Fagioli”

What’s for Dinner? — Thrifty Friday

I’ve posted articles here and there before including recipes, but that was before cooking became an integral part of my day. Since embarking on married life on January 3rd of this year, I have transferred my efforts from cooking-for-fun to cooking-to-feed-my-husband-and-myself-on-a-budget. I’ve determined there are three primary goals I strive for when cooking a meal.Continue reading “What’s for Dinner? — Thrifty Friday”

On the Local Flora and Fauna

I love everything about walking down our country road. (I must insert here that is with the singular exception of Chrysops niger, the deer fly, my arch nemesis.) I spotted a whole family of Dryocopus pileatus (the Pileated Woodpecker), crow-sized omnivorous birds with striking scarlet crests. These were largely unbothered by my presence as longContinue reading “On the Local Flora and Fauna”