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Frugal Substitution for Gourmet Ingredients – Guest Post

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 18, 2012

Are you a foodie on a budget? Here are 5 frugal substitutes for fancy ingredients.  Swap and save! Asiago for Parmesan.  Subbing Asiago cheese for Parmesan can save you over double what you would pay for Parmesan (typically around $5.99/lb vs. $11.99+/lb).  And for more savings, buy cheese whole and slice/grate it yourself instead of […]

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How to Make Homemade Bread – 5 Tips

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 6, 2012

I’m sharing 5 tips for how to make homemade bread over on SCJohnson.com. You might be surprised by some of them!

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How to Cook Asparagus

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 26, 2012

Seeing amazing prices on asparagus at the grocery store these days? We are right in the middle of asparagus season right now…and we’re gonna be seeing prices of $.99/lb – $1.4/lb, maybe less! I’m all about eating seasonally and taking advantage of these great prices. No sense paying full price for other green veggies like […]

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Stuffing Meatloaf – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 27, 2012

In my clear out the pantry, cupboards and freezer efforts, I ran across a half used bag of herb seasoned stuffing. Must have been leftover from the holidays. (Side note – I highly recommend spending 4-6 weeks each year, doing a “pretend like you are moving” clean out of your pantry and freezer. Highly. Recommend.) […]

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Slow Cooker Chicken – Crispy Skin Trick

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 24, 2012

Learn how to get crispy skin on your slow cooker chicken. Nancy from Real Food, Allergy Free shares the details on her blog! Photo Credit  

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How to Make Yogurt in the Slow Cooker {A Year of Slow Cooking}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 21, 2012

My friend Steph has got you covered. And your crockpot covered. Literally. Check out all the details for making your own yogurt in the slow cooker. It is a “fine art,” but once you’ve got it figured out, you can really really save!

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Tricia’s Slow Cooker Batch Cooking Navy Beans

by Tricia H on January 26, 2012

I really love it when my slow cooker can do the work for me and in the winter months that means navy beans.

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Papayas – The 411

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 20, 2011

(Please pardon the iPhone photos. My camera battery was charging!) Lechoza. Lechosa. That’s the spanish word for papaya. Pronounced “Le-cho-za.” Short e, short 0 sounds. I’d never had a lechoza/papaya until I lived in the Dominican Republic. And there, I had the three trees growing in my front yard. I’ll tell you what…there’s nothing better […]

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Homemade Break ‘n Bake & Other Frozen Cookie Dough Gifts

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 6, 2011

Homemade Break n Bake Chatting with my friend Becky this weekend about frozen cookie dough gifts. And in the same instant, we both said, “Homemade Break n Bake!” And here they are… Just spoon them together onto plastic wrap, wax paper or parchment paper, wrap in foil and put in the freeze. When you’re ready […]

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Hidden Cork Boards in Your Kitchen

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 25, 2011

Photo Credit Loving this concept from Young House Love…I love it because I don’t have a whole lot of counter space in my kitchen. This would be a great way for me (and you) to keep that small stack of recipes, meal ideas, shopping list and coupons off of your counters and out of the […]

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