Cooking Tutorial Techniques

How to Season Hamburger Patties

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 17, 2013

So I might be the last one on the planet to do it this way… In the past, I’ve seasoned hamburger patties on the grill…while they were grilling. And while it works, it wasn’t going to work for me last weekend when we were having a bunch of family over for dinner. I wanted to […]


How to Make an Egg Tortilla

by Jenn K on April 2, 2013

Egg Tortillas make a fantastic alternative to tortillas in the traditional breakfast taco. You start out cooking them like an omelet…except you use way less egg in the skillet so that they are thin enough to ‘roll’ and thick enough to hold cheese and other ingredients inside. Once you’ve made these egg tortillas, try them […]


How to Bake Brown Rice in the Oven

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 25, 2013

Friends…I’m baking brown rice these days. For years, I’d made it on the stovetop, as that’s how I learned how to cook rice when I lived in the Dominican Republic years ago. Then I discovered the rice cooker. I’ve only been using my rice cooker for a few months, but I love it. It cooks […]


My boys love eggs. (Both my 7 and 5 year olds are now quite proficient at making scrambled eggs for breakfast.) They also love avocado. And English muffins. And chips and salsa. I took a risk in putting all these things together for a “breakfast for dinner” meal, and it was a big success. (Minus […]


How to Pick Lettuce – Garden How To

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 4, 2011

If you pick it just the right way, another leaf will grow up again in the first leaf’s space…


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!