Cooking Tutorial Techniques

Meatballs – 5 Ways

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 2, 2011

The next edition of “5 Ways”…Meatballs!


Pasta – To Rinse or Not to Rinse?! – Kitchen Shortcut

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 1, 2011

To rinse, or not to rinse? That is the question. A very Hamlet-esque question for us this fine Tuesday morning! When to Rinse Pasta If you are serving it as a cold salad and you need to get it cold. Fast. If you are cooking a gluten free pasta that is rice based or corn […]


Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 4, 2010

For the past, um, year or so, I have not done a whole lot with potatoes.  And for good reason.  Ryan tested positive for a potato allergy, among other things.  So I quickly removed them from our diet. A few weeks ago, we got the go ahead from both the allergist and the GI doctor […]


Grilled Red Potato Salad – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 19, 2010

A grilled spin-off of the Roasted Red Potato Salad that I made this past winter.


Yellow Summer Squash Steam Sauteed

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

Sauteing summer squash…it has never worked well for me. I mean, it works…but not perfectly. I recently figured out that if I partially steam it before sauteing it…the results are quite tasty! Ingredients 2 medium yellow squash, sliced ($2) 1/4 cup water 1 Tbsp sugar ($.03) 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10) Salt and pepper to […]


The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 9, 2010

So we all know that I’m having a love affair with avocados this summer. But that’s not the reason that these scrambled eggs are perfect. There are probably 7 gazillion ways to make the scrambled eggs, but I’m going to share with you 5 tricks that will help you make the perfect scrambled eggs. 1. […]


Oven Roasted Asparagus – How To

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 14, 2010

I love asparagus.  And I especially love it when it’s on sale for $.99/lb.  Because then I’ll actually buy it! The boys love it too.  My trick: Cut off the top “flowery” part and then cut into inch or so strips and it looks like green beans.  With a slightly different taste, of course. I […]


Grilled Garlic Bread

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 7, 2010

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If you are a garlic bread afficionado and haven’t tried in on the grill yet, you must!


Balsamic Chicken with Caramelized Onions

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 28, 2009

So many colors and so many flavors in this meal…we really enjoyed this dinner!!!


How to Cook Dried Beans

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 27, 2009

Step by step directions (with photos) for cooking dried beans!