Cooking Tutorial Techniques

Spicy Mexican Omelet

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

I’m often asked during news interviews and radio interviews…”Is this really possible to do this $5 Dinners thing?” And my typical reply is… “Of course, a key part of this whole frugal cooking business is being creative with the ingredients that you get on sale, or even discounted, from the grocery store. If you score […]


Quiche Biscuit Cups – Breakfast Week

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 10, 2011

I’m in love. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to regular muffins. I kid…but seriously, these were absolutely scrumptious!!! Duffy sent this recipe to me and I knew I had to try it and share it you all for breakfast week! Before we get to the nitty gritty, here are some other “drop-ins”… For […]


Mexican Bean Tostadas (plus How to Make Tostadas)

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 9, 2011

While all the Super Bowl appetizers that I had out would have probably sufficed, I still wanted to have something “dinner-ish” to serve to the guys! These Mexican Bean Tostadas did the trick…


Cooking Turkey Bacon – Kitchen Shortcut

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 8, 2011

I’ve tried cooking turkey bacon in the microwave on paper towels. I’ve tried it on aluminum foil in the oven. And I’ve tried it in the skillet. My fave…


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 […]


Grilled Potato Skewers

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 25, 2010

Some variety of potatoes are on sale just about every week during this time of year! Red potatoes on skewers. On the grill.

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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 […]