Cooking Tutorial Techniques

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 […]


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!