CAM01105After renewing the book three times from the library, I pulled the trigger and purchased it. Perhaps this doesn’t strike you as noteworthy. But let me ask you this. When was the last time you purchased a cookbook? Don’t you, myself included, look online for recipes these days? When was the last time you pulled a cookbook off your shelf for a recipe?

I discovered Good Cheap Eats on my annual end-of-the-school-year trip to the library. The one where I wander the aisles looking at all the books I now have time to read. The subtitle caught my attention as well: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less. With no dining hall to cook my nightly dinners, I needed a boost of inspiration heading into the summer. Plus, I was (am) on my money-saving kick and a cookbook offering to help me save some extra dollars was a bonus.

I have not been disappointed. Sometimes when I check out a cookbook I find a handful of recipes that catch my attention. Not so with this one. I came across recipe after recipe that made me think, “my family would eat this. This looks good.”

Last week I found a new favorite for the family–Poblano Chile Enchiladas. Don’t let the title put you off if you don’t like spicy food. I substituted chicken since that was what I had on hand. This was an easy dish to make and one I would also serve to company. I also made Zesty Mexican Rice to accompany the dish. This recipe reminded me of the box mixes I used to purchase to make Spanish rice. This wasn’t as big a hit, but I think I needed to increase the amount of spices and salt called for in the recipe. (No, I am not including the recipes at the end of the post. Check out a copy from your library. If you love it as much as I did, buy a copy.)

The other appealing aspect to this cookbook are the tips Fisher offers. For example, tip #10: Use that almost empty jar of mustard, garlic, jam, or vinegar as a mixing vessel for dressing or marinades. You will be able to use every last bit of that condiment as well as save on dishwashing. You also get a pretty handy storage vessel for free. Throughout the book, she offers all sorts of tips on stretching your food dollars.

If you need some new recipes or ideas on how to save money in the kitchen or something to read while the kids swim in the pool, I think you will find Good Cheap Eats fits the bill perfectly.


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