Category: Eating

To caffinate or not to caffinate?

That is the question. For the Frugal Diva the answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no. Now what happens when it’s a chilly afternoon and you want have a cozy cup of something however it has wandered into the no caffeine portion of the day. Meaning that I will be up way past my bed time if I indulge. In steps Teeccino Herbal Coffees with some very tempting flavors for that afternoon break. While many think of these drinks as a coffee replacement, I prefer to think of them as a separate category. A lovely mellow warm drink…

Buca Di Beppo

Buca di Beppo is of my favorite places for getting together when you have a crowd and want to dine without breaking the bank.  Birthdays, wedding showers, and office parties are more fun when the dinner is family style. The menu contains Italian favorites such as Caesar salad, chicken Marsala, and spaghetti marinara.  Everything comes in small or large size. For example the apple Gorgonzola salad in the small size which feeds three is $13.99, the large feeds six for $19.99.  Pizzas are in the same price range.  Pastas and entrees average from $15 to $18 for the…

Spice It Up

In a frenzy of spring cleaning, the Frugal Diva attacked her spice rack to see how long some of these little bottles had been living in the pantry. As it turns out, the rosemary had been hanging out there since the nineties.  I made a list, checked it twice, and promptly went into sticker shock at the market.  It was cheaper to follow the spice trail to India then to restock. Since I love to cook there needed to be a solution that cost less and still provided me with high quality spices. Hailing from the Midwest, Penzey’s…

The 99 Cent Chef

The 99 Cent Chef features a world of cooking ideas with low prices as the main course. Just to make matters clear, the 99 Cent Chef is not affliated nor does he use only products and produce from the 99 Cent Stores.  While the 99 Cent Store has many of his selections,  Billy Vasquez heads all over to buy items that bring the basic cost of cooking way under average.  An accomplished photographer, the stills show off many recipes and give you guidelines for steps along the way and what the finished product should look like. This month is destination…

Mother’s Day Activities

Make this day special with choices tailored to your mom. Art Lover Mom reads the arts section first, collects catalogs, and thought your first grade drawings were influenced by Kandinsky. Take her to your local art museum and have a bite at the cafe. American History Buff Mom knows the name of every U.S. President, fact checked your homework, and easily quotes what happened on this day fifty years ago.   Head out to the a historical site in your city and have a picnic nearby. Environmental Mom recycles everything, knows global warming is not a hot flash, and uses…

Cook Organic On A Budget

Everyone keeps saying that organic is expensive. Linda Watson, the author of Wildly Affordable Organic, has a very persuasive argument against this theory.  Her recipes emphasize local organic produce and organic vegetarian protein sources. They can be literally beefed up if you are not on a plant based diet. Add cheese or eggs if that is still part or your diet. These recipes are great starting points for learning how to devise an organic menu at reasonable prices. The Frugal Diva always says, “Be thrifty, not cheap.” That means you want the most for your money and still…

Jamba Juice Deal

The Frugal Diva has to admit it unnerved her to think that Jamba Juice was over 20 years old. It seemed just the other day that this novel concept with the cute logo had opened. There are college students who have only know a world with blended drinks as a meal option. Jamba now has a deal for spring. These three 16 ounce smoothies – Strawberry Surf Rider, Banana Berry, and Aloha Pineapple – will be $2.49 until May 20th. Limited time offer valid at participating locations listed below. Offer not valid with catering orders. Offer cannot be combined…