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Virgin Gin and Tonic

This is a lot of effort to not get drunk

Jun 27, 2013
sophialeonard in Recipes

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Call it vegan "cream"y pasta if you don't want to pretend it's made from milk and cheese.

Sep 29, 2012
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What's the best way to grocery shop cheaply?

Any student I know (including me) who has tried surviving mostly on pasta has inevitably gained weight, so if that concerns you I'd consider making pasta a back up rather than a staple.

Feb 24, 2012
sophialeonard in General Topics

What's the best way to grocery shop cheaply?

I'm in my last year of undergrad and have been living away from home since I was a freshman, and from my experience it's largely about avoiding wastage and working with your own lifestyle.

I'm not sure what your schedule is like, but I'm lucky if I'm home for more than one meal a day during the week. This means I have to think about meals that are good for packing and eating while at school and things that are easy to prepare ahead of time. For example, I'll slow cook a pork shoulder and put the meet in tortillas with beans and cooked greens, then freeze them. They're easy to grab in the morning when I'm running out the door and reheat well. I also like to freeze leftovers as a sort of homemade frozen dinner with a bit of everything in each container. I live with 3 other roommates so I have to be mindful of freezer space which means I can't do huge quantities, but a week's worth of lunches in the freezer is usually good as back up for when I don't have time to make stuff fresh.

I realize that isn't really grocery shopping on the cheap but for me the key is to not let things go to waste, and having a plan for each thing you buy and freezing it or divvying it into a meal for the next day is a good way to ensure you don't lose too much to the garbage. Plus, it helps avoid the temptation of eating on campus.

I often buy spices from the bulk section (although they're not as fresh) which means I can get as much or as little as I need instead of being stuck with a whole bag.

I would check out She's got tons of ideas for eating on the cheap and freezing stuff, plus she breaks down what it cost her per serving so you can get an idea of what you'll be spending.

Feb 23, 2012
sophialeonard in General Topics

French Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

How long will these keep?

Nov 18, 2011
sophialeonard in Recipes

Chunky Aloe Beverage Produces Surprises

This is not strange to anyone who's spent time in the bev aisle of a Wal-Mart lately...they sell 2L bottles of it

Jul 06, 2011
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Fig Mustard

is this really a recipe?

May 09, 2011
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The Basics: How to Sauté Fish with Lemon and Capers

Should this be a non-stick pan?

Mar 02, 2011
sophialeonard in Features