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Reviving Dry Carrots and Dehyrdated Celery – Kitchen Shortcut

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 18, 2011

(Please pardon the iPhone photo.) A little trick I learned back in my early cooking days in the Dominican Republic… When you see baby carrots, carrot sticks, and celery stalks starting to dehydrate or go limp, all they need is a little water to revive them!  Simply place them into a container with some water.  […]


Quick Thawing – Kitchen Shortcut

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 15, 2010

I had every intention of pulling the sauce from the freezer the night before and putting it into the fridge, giving it plenty of time to thaw out. But life happened. It slipped my mind. And come dinner prep hour, I found myself in a pinch…


Acorn Squash Dish Saving Trick

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 12, 2010

Save yourself the trouble of dirtying and washing a serving dish with this dish saving trick for acorn squash…


Ways to Use Homemade Pesto Sauce

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 30, 2010

Rather than let the garden herbs grow out of control, make pesto instead.  I have found that it doesn’t really matter how much of which kind of herb you use…as long as you have enough basil in there to give it that basil flare. I did not measure my pesto as I made it…but I’ll […]


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Batch Grilling Burgers

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 24, 2010

Batch Grilling Chicken Breasts. Why not grill up a bunch of burgers in the same way!?! I went digging through the freezer and was surprised by how much ground beef that I had on hand.  Perfect for some batch burger grilling! Now we’ve got quite a few burgers in the freezer for a quick dinner, […]


Batch Grilling Chicken Breasts

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 16, 2010

Genius. This idea is completely and utterly genius.  Jen shared this idea with me not long ago. Therefore, Jen is a genius. I only wish I’d thought of it myself, so I too could be a genius. Like Jen. I’m all for batch cooking…do it all the time.  But batch grilling. Genius. It’s just so […]


Homemade Pesto from the Garden

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 6, 2009

Made some fresh garden pesto using mint, spinach and basil picked from the garden…mmmmmmmm!