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10 Must-Make Christmas Cookies

I remember my Polish grandmother making these every year. here is a video of Martha Stewart's Polish mom making chrusciki.

Dec 12, 2014
ZPrice in Features

Christmas dinner - Not Turkey...

I'm making bouillabaisse. Same concept - one pot and all you need is some crusty bread and a salad with it.

Nov 12, 2014
ZPrice in Home Cooking

The hated egg white - does anyone geniunely enjoy them?


Oct 14, 2013
ZPrice in General Topics

Easy Lentil Soup

Made this last night. My first attempt at lentil soup. Fast cooking. I don't normally cook soup on a weeknight but I was in the mood. I used roasted tomatoes in the can for a little more depth of flavor. I also added 1/2 of green zucchini as I had one on hand. I used the mini green lentils from Trader Joes and I should have decreased it to 1 cup as the 1.25 cups absorbed a lot of liquid. No big problem as I just kept adding veggie stock until I felt there was enough broth. I think this recipe is a great basic which you can tailor to your own taste.

Oct 09, 2013
ZPrice in Recipes

Stuffed Peppers?

This is a classic recipe from Epicurious. I make this about 6 times a year without changes. when I want comfort food I want it to be the same each time.

Sep 18, 2013
ZPrice in Home Cooking

Baltimore Peach Cake Around Howard County?

Your post is old but I wanted to reply as I saw the cake for sale this past weekend. Wegmans in Columbia is selling it. They aren't calling it Baltimore Peach Cake but I've made it enough times to know it when I see it. They only had it sold as entire cake, however, and I just wanted a slice so I didn't try it but it looked amazing!

What to Do with Pork Neck Bones

You've forgotten the most important use for pork neck bones - sauerkraut and kielbasa. Simmer the sauerkraut with the neck bones all day for the best flavor.

Feb 21, 2013
ZPrice in Features

Win Cool Kitchen Swag on CHOW’s "The Talk" Gadget Giveaway!

Pick me, pick me!!

Jul 23, 2012
ZPrice in Features

Basic Steamed Blue Crabs

This isn't lobster, hon, no dipping in butter. Mmm, had crabs this past weekend. Pics are nice.

Jun 06, 2012
ZPrice in Recipes

Why do you continue shopping at CostCo? I am underwhelmed. What do you appreciate about the warehouse store?

I am a single mom of one 12 year old and I get a lot out of shopping at Costco. I have the executive membership ($110 this year) and receive just under $100 each year in my rebate check. I save between $0.07 and $0.15 a gallon on gas. Even if I never stepped foot inside the Costco I would more than pay for the membership in what I save on gas. I go into the store at least once a week. I buy everyday items like milk, bread, fruit, lettuce, fish. I save $1.50 per gallon of milk. That alone times 52 weeks is another $70+ in savings vs. the regular grocery store.

I also buy lots of gifts there. They usually have some type of special flower like orchids or garden basket. It differs with the season. Bestselling books. I bought a pot set as a gift for my brother at Christmas. I did a ton of research before buying at Costco. I saved $50 and got two extra pans in the box.

I saved $300 on tires. Now that's not every year but it is a huge savings. I searched the internet for tire prices and called 7 different area tire shops to get prices. The best part about buying tires at Costco is I can drop off my car before I shop and they rotate/balance (for free, of course) while I shop so I don't have to make a special trip to another tire place.

They don't sell alcohol in Costco stores in MD so I don't benefit from that savings but when I travel to Virginia I do stop in a Costco there to stock up on wine. I guess I do benefit after all.

Last year I bought a major brand (designer) of sunglasses. I only paid $52 for them. I did my research after I bought them and couldn't find them for less than $200 on the internet (even at discount shops).

Last but not least - prescriptions! Do your research and you will find that Costco is the cheapest for prescriptions. I was paying $42 a month for a particular prescription (at Target). Target did a price check for me at $11 a month. I thought that was great. I decided to go directly to Costco to see their price. It turns out that $11 a month is for non-members. You do not have to be a member to get a prescription filled there, btw. My member price for that same item that was $42 a month at Target? Just $12...for a 3 month supply!! And it's not a generic drug. It is cheaper for me to pay outright for a drug at Costco than to go through my health insurance anywhere else.

p.s. I am not a coupon shopper. That's too much of a hassle for me.

May 22, 2012
ZPrice in Chains

The Candy Store at the Shops at Target

You may not have been horrified, Mr. Norton, but I was when I saw the every day items in the candy shop at Target. Nothing "boutique-y" at all. Trader Joes sells the filled gummies (penguins and mangoes) for less than $2 a bag and they are dee-lish. They even sell different ones for the holidays (bunnies at easter, spiders at Halloween). Save your money and go to TJs. Shoot, just walk over one aisle at Target to get the regular candy like australian licorice and gumballs.

May 22, 2012
ZPrice in Features

How much do you tip coat check attendants at restaurants?

Most museums I've been to have a mandatory coat check for bags (backpacks). I must be cheap because I tip $2 for everything we check (could be two coats in winter plus a backpack or just a backpack in summer).

May 02, 2012
ZPrice in Not About Food

The End of Table Manners

I second gold12's statement. Here it is Wednesday and your column is the first thing I check after email. I'm really going to miss this column. Once a week was not frequent enough and now not at all?! Sniff, sniff.
Best of luck to you with your toddler.

May 02, 2012
ZPrice in Features

Pok Pok Wing – Delicious New Thai Chicken Wing and Other Thai Specialties in the Lower Eastside

I've been to Pok Pok in Portland and just went to Pok Pok Wing on Rivington in NYC this past weekend. I agree with what most have said - the wings are the same at both places and yes, you do get tired of eating them after 3 or 4. I ordered the 6 wings. I wish I had ordered the 3 wing portion with the salad. Turns out I did get a salad with the 6 wing order. I'm not sure what was in the salad other than the carrot strips - something crunchy like a radish but much milder. Attaching a photo-perhaps you can identify the long, white crunchy bits. Dressing was light and vinegary - went well with the wings. I thought the wings were on the dry side but I didn't care. I loved them. I didn't order the wings spicy but wish I had. They were more sweet than anything. I would definitely go there again.
One other thing - they have a large carafe of water in the restaurant. It's not plain water, however. Can you please tell me what they put in the water? I didn't note the name and I don't live in the area.

Pok Pok Wing
137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Feb 24, 2012
ZPrice in Manhattan

Is There a New War on Food Trucks?

Food trucks in Portland, OR have been around longer than two years. I don't see the food truck "trend" waning in Portland. Since you mentioned Brunch Box's Cheezasaurus (that food truck rocks, btw) - where else can you buy a Redonkadonk, go two trucks over to wash it down with a $1 thai iced tea (yes, just $1.00!), walk one more truck over and pick up fresh Alaskan haddock (fish and chips) with homemade sauces, then walk another two trucks over to pick up some organic reindeer sausage? Sorry, you just can't do that at home.

Feb 24, 2012
ZPrice in Features

Why are chicken breasts so HUGE?

It costs more per pound but I buy them already sliced. I was in Super Walmart a few weeks ago (in Severn, MD) and they were selling organic, free-range chicken. The price per pound was $4.39. I weighed the slices when I arrived home and each was 4 oz (4 slices per pound). Perfect!!

Jan 09, 2012
ZPrice in General Topics

Trick-or-Treating in the Rich Neighborhood

This happens in my neighborhood. It's disheartening to see truckloads of kids dropped off on the corners. Children "trucked" in do not have the best manners either. For example: not saying thank you (really? you would think that is a basic manner) or saying something along the lines of "is that what you are giving out? are you kidding me? Give me two then." I live in a neighborhood with lots of smaller children. My neighbors and I sit out (some of us in costume) together. We even have treats for the dogs. It's a townhouse community so not exactly a "rich" neighborhood. Really, I wouldn't even mind if the children had manners. I love greeting the kids and seeing all the costumes but not if they are rude! the parents don't even get out of the truck - they just wait on the corner for the kids to jump back in.

Oct 25, 2011
ZPrice in Features

How Much Should Houseguests Treat?

When I stay at a friend's house for 2 or 3 nights I bring a host gift, yes, but in lieu of taking them out to dinner I leave a thank you note with a gift card ($50) for a local restaurant. We don't always go out for meals together (mostly they cook meals for us at home).

Jul 11, 2011
ZPrice in Features