Monday, June 14, 2010

Poor Girl Gourmet Cookbook Review, Peach Crostata & Giveaway!


This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners: John, Kim and Ella!


This post could very well be titled My New Favorite Cookbook, but I wanted to lure you in with promises of a summery dessert recipe and a (yes, another!) giveaway.

Hang on, because I'm about to wax lyrical on another cookbook.

This on comes to me from the amazing Amy McCoy of Poor Girl Gourmet, one of my daily reads in the food blogosphere. She's such a cool gal, and I was super excited to be asked to review her brand new cookbook, Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget.

For the record-- I LOVE it!

Before I could even flip through the book, I had to beat back my little sister, who happened to be here when the cookbook arrived and attempted to make away with it

"But. But. It's perfect for me!!" she protested when I removed it from her bag.

Indeed, it's perfect for everyone, because who doesn't want to eat like a gourmet, but still stay within their monthly food allowance?

Amy kick-starts the cookbook with some highly practical pointers on how to save money. Head over to Simple Bites to read 10 Tips to Help You Conserve Some Coin, an article inspired by Poor Girl Gourmet, plus get another fabulous recipe!

With the tagline 'Eating in style on a bare-bones budget', the Poor Girl Gourmet cookbook takes us on a low-budget, high-quality food adventure. Every recipe is gorgeous, gorgeous, and makes you want to jump up and COOK.

Like this one, for example. Oh, and stick with me until the bottom for your chance to win Amy's cookbook!!


Cornmeal Crust Peach Crostata


Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget
by Amy McCoy/Andrews McMeel Publishing

Cornmeal Crust:

  • 2¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons (½ cup) very cold vegetable shortening, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ to ¾ cup ice-cold water

Peach Filling:
  • 6 medium peaches (approximately 2 pounds), halved, pitted, cut lengthwise into ¼-inch slices
  • ¼ cup honey
For Finishing:
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk (any kind)
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar (sold as Sugar in the Raw), for dusting the crust

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt, mixing well to distribute all of these dry ingredients. Add the shortening and butter to the flour mixture, and blend until the fats are incorporated into the flour yet remain the size of peas.

2. Using a fork or pastry blender if not using a food processor, add the ice-cold water a tablespoon at a time until the dough just comes together, meaning that no loose flour remains in your bowl. Form the dough into a ball. Place a piece of plastic wrap approximately 9 by 12 inches long on your work surface. Turn the dough out onto the plastic wrap, and flatten it into a thick round. Cover all parts of the dough round with the plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the peaches and honey, allowing the peaches to release their juices, or macerate, for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 400°F and get out your 10 by 15-inch rimmed baking sheet.

5. On a lightly floured surface, working from the center of the dough round, roll out the dough to a misshapen rectangle approximately 10 by 15 inches. I like to do this on a piece of reusable silicone parchment, which makes the transfer of the dough to the baking sheet infinitely easier, as I also bake the crostata on this piece of parchment. You can do the same by rolling the dough out on regular parchment paper and then sliding the dough and parchment paper onto the baking sheet before filling it with the peaches.

6. Place the honeyed peaches and their accumulated juices in the middle of the misshapen dough rectangle, spreading the peaches around so that there is a 2-inch peach-free border of dough. Working from the long sides first, fold that 2-inch dough border back over the peaches, then fold the short sides’ 2-inch dough border over the peaches, tucking the corners up and over the dough to be sure all peaches at the edges are sealed in and leaving a center of exposed peaches, like a window of golden summer fruit.

7. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk and milk, and then brush the egg wash over the crust. Sprinkle the crust with the turbinado sugar, then bake until the crust is golden brown and the peaches are bubbling, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving it forth.

Estimated cost for four: $3.17.

Hungry yet?

GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to our winner

John, Kim and Ella!

John, Kim and Ella said:

"My favorite is to buy local and in season! I've been trying to do this for the past year, and have loved it!
Thanks for the great post, can't wait to get the cookbook and make the tart!
"

John, please contact me with your address and you will be receiving your cookbook shortly!

Thank you to ALL who entered!
* * *

OK, Amy McCoy is generously offering you a chance to WIN the Poor Girl Gourmet cookbook. I strongly suggest you do not miss this chance to get your hands on this book.

Here's what you need to do to enter this Giveaway:

1. Read 10 Ways to Conserve Some Coin over at Simple Bites.

2. Jump back here and leave a comment on this post.

3. In your comment, tell me ONE of Amy's money-saving tips you will implement into your lives, OR one thing you already do.

4. Optional: For an extra entry, you can TWEET this giveaway. Leave a second comment, letting me know you have tweeted. Thanks!

That's it! This giveaway is open until midnight on Friday, June 18.

Winner will be selected by random.org and announced sometime on Saturday, June 19.

Good luck!!

Amy, thank you so much for the opportunity to get to know you a bit better and for your inspiring cookbook. You better believe that the next time I am coming through RI, I am stopping in for a cup of tea and your very own honey.

97 comments:

bellini valli said...

Buy local and seasonal and "shake the hand that feeds you" are both great tips on how to save money at the till. Ant's book seems like it would be an excellent guide for all of us.

JenB said...

I always make a meal plan. I honestly don't know what people do every night when they don't!

I need to learn more about butchering and start buying meat in its whole state or on the bone.

momof2girls said...

We eat way less meat than most. I try to cook with beans, eggs & grains to cut down on the high cost of meat.

Alicen said...

I love the "Don't Forsake your Freezer" tip. I use my freezer a lot for catching all my "about to go bad" fruits and veggies. I toss them in the freezer and dig them out later for soup or fruit crisps.
I think the book looks gorgeous too! I'm a sucker for food collages :)

Kara said...

"Don't waste food." I work hard at this most of the time, but sometimes I still need practice.

Jennifer Jo said...

We eat many, MANY meatless meals, or if they do have meat, often it's just a little for flavoring (a bit of bacon, a quarter cup of browned sausage, a cup of cooked chicken thrown into the toss salad)...

Christin said...

It's hard to be creative and frugal on the fly, when my four little sons are pressing around my legs and talking all at once, so the meal plan is essential(thanks Mom for teaching that one!) Plus it's easier to incorporate the anticipated leftovers and therefore waste less food. Truly, truly this works.

Thanks for the blog...a feast for eyes, heart, and tummy!

Adrienne said...

Wow, I do a lot of these already! We buy meat and produce at farmers' markets from local producers all season long, and put up or freeze as much as we can for the winter. We always buy whole fruits and veggies, and usually buy meats on the bone. We really only eat meat a couple of times a week, too. Amy's book sounds great!

Robin (Hippo Flambe) said...

I already do several of those recommendations including "buying in bulk" large packages of items such as sugar and flour and then also "buying in bulk" by using the bulk section of the store to buy my spices and specialty flours, soba noodles, grains, dried beans etc.

-Robin

Barbara said...

Buy Meat on the Bone. And don’t overlook the inexpensive cuts of meat, either. They are often even tastier than the fancy cuts, as demonstrated in the recipe below.
Aimée thank you so much, great giveaway!
Barbara
ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

seemommysew said...

I already had that article open to read. :) I actually already do most of those things, but I do want to eat more meatless meals and I've been working on meal planning more.

John, Kim and Ella said...

My favorite is to buy local and in season! I've been trying to do this for the past year, and have loved it!
Thanks for the great post, can't wait to get the cookbook and make the tart!

Michelle said...

I am surprised at how many of these I do now, at least occasionally. I almost always make a meal plan. I would love to buy local, but our town has no farmers market or anything similar.

Robin (Hippo Flambe) said...

I just tweeted about the giveaway.

-Robin

Kim said...

I use a weekly menu and love it!!

jules said...

i worry that my husband will object to my meat-less meals but I am enjoying finding new dishes that don't include meat. We aren't vegetarians but we are on a fixed budget and not having meat at every meal saves us a bundle. Thanks for the rest of the tips, the cookbook looks amazing!

Kim said...

I tweeted this using #UndertheHighChair. Good luck to all!

pekmez said...

Which of these tips do I *not* do?
My favorite is "do not waste food" - but for me that actually kind of conflicts with "make a detailed meal plan." I am totally an improviser and not a planner.

I look at what needs using, or what leftovers can be repurposed into a different meal, what's in the freezer, and cook based on that. Even half a sausage my daughter didn't finish can become part of a mix of pasta, leftover vegetables, fresh vegetables, anda bit of meat for flavor!

Brianne said...

I already do a lot of the great suggestions in the article, but I need to shake the hand that feeds me more. Take more time at the farmers market, say hi to the farmers and the like.

Splatter said...

I definitely shop in bulk and compare costs. I also buy at the local farmer's market when I can...

I need to get on the meal plan plan though! I tried it for a few weeks at one point and it worked really well...

Doreen said...

"Don't waste food" - I really need to work on this one ... I throw out too much food.

The Food Hunter said...

I practice #3: buy local and in season. I plan my meals around what's at the market each week. Sounds like a great book.

MelissaJane said...

We just moved to an area that seems to have a bit more local agriculture, and I can't wait to buy more local, seasonal stuff and check out the farmers' markets around here! I have small kids, so I'm really pysched to introduce them to this way of eating and shopping to.

Doreen said...

I tweeted your giveaway

Amy said...

I have been planning my meals every week for over a year. It's not only money-saving, but saves me time since I really only got to the grocery store once a week (plus a trip to the farmer's market/CSA basket).

MandaB said...

the weekly food plan and shopping super smart are what work best for me. amazing how such simple steps can sometimes literally cut the grocery bill by half or more!

Adrienne said...

We have been planning a weekly menu for years now so that we only have to make one trip to the store and one trip to the farmer's market each week. It saves money and, just as important, time since we aren't trying to figure out what to eat at the last minute!

I've recently been trying to buy as much as we can locally and buy 100% of our eggs, milk, and meat locally. We eat a lot of meatless meals, too. I just started to make my own yogurt this weekend, too, since we eat a LOT of that.

This book looks great!

Susana said...

We've been using coupons and our freezer regularly so we buy meat when it's on sale.
Definitely going to try making a meal plan for the week. That will help too I think.

-K said...

I buy local and in season - the Farmer's Market is such a gold mine of wonderful produce, and such a money saver. Plus, I (and my family) are so excited about the excellent stuff we get at our favorite Saturday market that it helps us to not waste food...

Amber2Zoe said...

I'm trying to eat more meatless meals.

I love making a meal plan - it is so much fun to try new recipes.

Jane said...

I do 3, 4, 5 and I think 10. I always buy meat on the bone and with skin on (tastes so much better), I work in a grocery store so I know them pretty good. Love going to farmers markets! Buy in season!

irene said...

i try to buy local and in season!
and i'd love to win your giveaway :)

Leslie said...

We do much of what the article suggests, I need to learn more about sauces (for which the cookbook would be a great help!) Making a meal plan is definitely my favorite. I've even made a form with the meal plan on the top and the grocery list (in aisle order) on the bottom. I swear it's taken 15 minutes off our shopping time (with two kids) and cut our grocery bills since we don't wander down the aisle thinking, "do I need this...?"

Tiffany Rieder said...

I do buy meat on the bone such a beef shank and pork shoulder. I also do things like pit cherries that were borderline and freeze them to add to muffins. What I need to re-instate is a meatless dinner night. It seems easier to do in summer. I should be able to happily do more than once a week. I grew up in a meat and potaoes household, and it's hard to break old habits.

Amber said...

We have a little deep freeze now so I need to make use of it more...it's probably only about 1/15th full right now!

inoakpark said...

I already do many of those things (eat less meat, buy seasonally, etc), but I've been meaning to learn more about the odd/cheap cuts of meat (and how to use them). I also need to get better about meal planning

Anna said...

My favorites are hard to choose, but I do very much appreciate my freezer. We have a hard time finishing up seasonal fruit, so I pop it into the freezer and save for smoothies or summer fruit crisps in the winter. Oh, and saving frozen stock that I make from leftover bones from my bone-in meat cuts.

I love that this new cookbook and the resulting contests to win one are turning me on to all these other great family food blogs! I'll be visiting here again.

Thanks!

meg said...

I have done most of those things my whole life! I used to think making a weekly menu was super lame, but now that I have lots of kids and little time, I plan my meals.

Amie said...

I already eat very little meat, both because it sorta weirds me out, and also because it's too darn expensive!! We usually only eat meat about 3 times a week. One thing I really want to try is to eat more seasonally, because even though I already do it I could be much more strict with it.

Sarah said...

This cookbook looks lovely - I always like browsing new recipes. We already make meal plans as we're so busy, otherwise we eat all sorts but not a meal! I'm not confident cooking meat on the bone but I should try to branch out.

Nadia said...

I've really been trying to make meal plans regularly, but I love the idea of buying meat on the bone - it's so easy to pick up a pretty NY steak when deliciousness lurks within some stunning short ribs or a pork shoudler for a quarter of the price! I may also try the meatless meal - though it feels a bit daunting beyond a salad!

Nadia said...

And I tweeted ya - took me forver to figure out how! Not my forte :-)

A. said...

meal plan/grocery list (as much as possible)
eating less meat (especially since I saw food inc.)
I want this book! ;-)

charlene020 said...

"Don't waste food" is a mantra of mine - I make some amazing, creative dishes with leftovers and what's left in the fridge! Thanks for a great blog! Have a great week!

misswebb said...

I think the best tip we follow that makes the biggest difference is the planning. While I don't always feel like eating whatever I marked down on Sunday for Friday, I do so love the fact that everything is stocked and ready to go when I arrive home at 5pm and supper needs to be on the table in less than an hour. Bring on the summer and the local market as well!! WOOOOOOOOT!

Dave Blaquiere said...

Have already started to plan out weekly meals.....big savings for us because every meal was costing 30-50$....now when we shop for the week...its only 100-120...20$ per meal...btw great blog Aimee...

Adelaide's Mom said...

Awesome giveaway. Esp. since I just checked and my library does not have her book/s.

Had not thought about meat on the bone being cheaper. Good one!

Cheers - in Utah

Gabrielle said...

After years of "boneless skinless tasteless" chicken breasts, I am giving them up to purchase real, bone-in chicken. And, thanks to the upcoming opening of a local market closer to my home, I plan to get to know the hand that feeds me.

Bonnie said...

I already do numbers 1,2,6,7,and 8. I'm working on 3 and 10. I'll have to look into the others!

queencake and titangirl said...

i make a meal plan, too and i try to buy everything as fresh as possible at the local market.also we don`t eat a lot of meat.wpuld love to have that book, am all excited about it:) best from berlin,anja

Jess said...

They're all great tips! I do all of them at some point or another. I definitely have the lowest grocery bills of the families we hang out with.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I practice most the suggestions; such as meal planning, bringing a list to the grocery store, buying seasonal. I'd love to win the book. Fingers crossed.

Karen said...

I already try to do all of the things on that list. The one I really need to work on is reducing the amount of meat we eat at each meal and overall.

marcia said...

Meal planning has worked well for our family as well as eating less meat

Melissa said...

The guideline I most likely do not implement currently is shake the hand that feeds you. However, in July my husband and I are going to join a CSA-I'll be getting a mystery box of fresh organic veggies every week! I can't wait!

Natalie said...

I would love this book as it totally matches my philosophy! I meal plan every week, try to eat in season, and buy fruits & veggies in their whole state. She had some other great tips (like buying meat on the bone) that I want to start incorporating!

Jen said...

Thanks so much for sharing this cookbook! Looks great! With my husband in school, we find meal-planning for 2 weeks in advance really saves us and makes that food money stretch:)

MonicaB said...

This looks like a great cook book. There are two tips that I'm trying to work on the first being Meal Plan and the second eating less meat. I really stuggle with these because I grew up in a meat & potatoes family so it just doesn't seem right, but I'm working on it!

Lynn H said...

I meal plan as much as possible, and I shop local and seasonal most of the time.

My husband and I aren't big meat eaters either, which helps out a lot at the grocery store! I would like to start buying locally raised meat, but we just haven't got there yet.

This cookbook looks awesome!

Lucy said...

Don't waste food and buying in bulk, This sounds like a really good cookbook!

Steph said...

we have our garden planted and our beef order put into our local farmer. we also never waste food cuz we have 4 kids, a dog, 3 cats and 18 chickens - someone always eats the leftovers! oh, and the meal plan thing is something I need to get back to for sure.

Elaine said...

I use coupons, try not to buy bulk, and watch sales ads from several different stores.

Kris said...

We buy local and seasonally as much as possible and also limit the meat that we eat. I still feel like I spend too much on food. I guess I should check out her book for other good tips.

JackieP said...

I am happy I've gotten in the habit of doing so many of these. We just moved to a new town with a farmer's market, so I'm looking forward to buying local and getting to know our farming neighbors. I am also getting to know the wonderful people at our local market; already they are keeping an eye out for the items they know I like to buy for my family! I am a lucky lucky gal!

Richelle said...

I buy in bulk when I can. And seasonally and locally is very important here. Where I live it's hard to find fancy herbs or ingredients. So I buy what is on hand and something like basil is hard to come by sometimes so I finally am growing my own!

annie said...

We definitely like buying in bulk, and having reserves of everything in the freezer or pantry. I don't write a meal plan down,but do have an idea of what dishes will be prepared during the week.Also, I try to revamp the leftovers, so it looks like a new dish. We are better at not throwing food out....I think of all the people that have nothing to eat when I do that, and feel really guilty. Not doing too bad, but could do better!

daiseechain said...

I buy local, in season produce from the farm. I didn't know that you can freeze flour and spices, so might try that if I see it onsale and want to stock up.

Hettar7 said...

I feel so smart, cause I do a lot of the suggestions already. 2,3,6,7,10. I'm on 'em baby.

I do need to work on 4&5. I tend to be shy and not talk, hence not getting to know people at the farmers markets. And I don't buy on the bone meat as much for the sake of the convinience of frozen preskinned and boned. But i'll try to implement both those suggestions more.

WudaB said...

I have made a weekly menu and shopped from it since I have been on my own (too many years to count!). My mother shopped for 2 1/2 weeks at a time - my dad was paid on the 1st and the 15th and that's when she had the money to grocery shop. We ate what she planned and that was it! And it still works!

Anna said...

I find that I already practice many without ever having realized it - I refuse to buy (or let my friends buy) pre-cut produce, I frequent the farmer's market, buy in bulk, and grow my own herbs.
I really want to start meal planning to avoid my last minute trips to the grocery store (at least I walk there!).

Thanks for the giveaway!

NikiTheo said...

I never buy precut veggies! ever!
And I eat less meat than before. That def helps!

Erin said...

One of my big goals this year is to eat less meat. I love the idea of being a weekday vegetarian and only having meat on the weekends.

kickpleat said...

I love the idea of her book as I already practice most of what she hints at. One money saving thing is that I live within walking range of many local markets and ethnic shops (the joy of living in Chinatown) and I only do my grocery shopping by walking which means small trips and more frequent ones so there is less waste.

Jodi said...

I'm a firm believer in menu planning saves me tons of time and money. I use most of Amy's money saving tips. I also stock up on all the lost leaders if they are something we usually use (stocking up with something that you wouldn't normally use--like Oreos--for instance defeats the purpose and can lead to a lot of unhealthy food in your pantry.
Jodi

Muneeba said...

I love me some peaches, and I always try to cook within a reasonable budget .. have to! My hubby makes fun my lists, but having a menu plan for the week is essential if I don't want to waste anything ... so I'm happy to see that it's on top of Amy's list :)

Andy said...

It would take a ton of money to make our urban Atlanta yard suitable for growing vegetables, but my wife and I grow our own fresh herbs and that saves tons of money versus big box store prices and also produces less waste because often times the quantities we get at the farmer's market are too generous to use before they spoil. The great thing about most herbs is they are easy to grow and don't require much tending.

Angela said...

We already follow several of those tips, but what I really need to work on is not wasting food. Maybe if my cooking were better in the first place (maybe through the assistance of a great new cookbook!), we'd have fewer leftovers, and we'll eat those we have!

Susan said...

I do many of the things on the list so far but this summer I have been trying the 'grow your own' now that we finished relandscaping last summer. Unfortunately, the weather gods have been very uncooperative and things are looking a little pathetic with all the rain and lack of sun we've had the last two months. Hopefully July and August will be better and we can eat the fruits of my labour! Thanks for the opportunity for the book and enjoy your family! Fingers crossed!

stacief said...

I make a menu every week - couldnt live with out it! I planted a garden and LOVE the farmers markets!

Erin said...

I "Shake the Hands the Feed Me" every week when I go to the Baltimore Farmer's market. I'm able to ask questions about my food, know it comes from within 90 miles of my house, and buy in-season and fresh ingredients. I have already started to take my 1 year old son with me each week so he can begin to love the market like I do.

DapperPaper said...

I'm try to do pretty much all of these!
Especially, I try to buy most of my fruits and veggies at the local farmers market, it's more sustainable and it tastes better!
I definitely chop everything myself...I've done it so much, it's not that big of a deal now.

-Elizabeth

Nichole Carter said...

Well I already meal plan, and make a list for the grocery store that is so organized that my friends make fun of me for it. I would love to start buying more in bulk and utilizing my freezer (not just for bulk items but also for all the stuff I am growing in my garden this year). I also belong to a CSA so I have the buy local covered, as well as going to Farmers Markets in our area as much as we can. I also enjoyed the idea of sauces to enhance our food, when you watch the Food Network shows they are always using sauces, this is something I have underutilized over the years! Over all they are all good tips and I keep going back to the article, I bet I have read it three seperate times.
**Now assuming I don't win the cookbook, will it be available in stores soon, or is it already?

None said...

Purchase Fruits & Vegetables in Their Whole State.

ties into :
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

:)

Maggie Newman said...

I have cut way back on meat consumption. Initially I did this to avoid the ugly practices of the meat industry, but it also helps my pocketbook! I try to remind myself to buy whole veggies. As soon as I get home from the grocery store I cut up veggies to keep in the fridge for snacking.
(and I tweeted @themaggieway)

nicole said...

Through food blogs I've learn to incorporate many of those tips into my life. I'm really intensifying my quest to cook and bake seasonally this year. I definitely could use my freezer more and that's what I'd like to work on next. The cookbook sounds great!

Sara said...

I really didn't need to look further than tip #1: Weekly meal plan. In fact I've started that this week. Besides saving money, it saves sanity--I waste less time worrying about the next meal. Now, to keep up this good habit...

coffeeqween said...

Do Not Waste Food!!!! We have gotten a lot better since I have began meal planning, but I need to be more consistent and use whats in my pantry more!!! Lastly, make sure we have leftover night!We often end up going to my parents to bbq so I need to plan one less meal and make sure we use leftovers!

coffeeqween said...

Just retweeted! nothing like waiting til the last minute huh!

Chef Josh said...

Article is full of good advice. I already do most of that but I could certainly get better at using coupons and menu planning at home!

Josh Lewin said...

Tweeted your giveaway!

arlene said...

I use my freezer a lot for everything from cakes to berries to meats. I also shop local and buy smart. The one thing I need to do is make a menu plan as I usually don't know what I'm going to eat until I get home and decide what I feel like.

Cheryl said...

I make great use of my freezer by stocking up when there are good sales. I freeze things that I may not use before they go bad and lots of leftovers.

Jennifer A. said...

I'm also surprised at how many of these I actually do already. I eat a lot less meat than most people, but that's mainly because I'm a carbaholic.

I also tweeted your givewaway: http://twitter.com/jennypoo27/status/16516930105. Thanks for this!

Mab said...

The cookbook looks great! I do many of the tips except I don't use coupons and I am currently looking for a freezer to maximize bulk buying. I like to flavor my meals but not often with sauces so I am very curious to the sauces in the cookbook.
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Meghan said...

My Husband and I have just moved to an island that has only locally owen grocery stores and we are finding that we are enjoying life much more buying locally grown products as well as visiting our weekly farmers market. It ha snot only helped us economically but also physically as we have improved our diets! The one area though I do need improvement on is meal planning and I would like to definitely start implementing that into my weekly schedule! Thanks for the tips and great article!

Serge Lescouarnec said...

I had the pleasure to interview Amy in Feasting On A Budget, Amy McCoy Shares Her Poor Girl Gourmet Secrets With Us June 2 on 'Serge the Concierge'.
I am currently running a Contest on 'Ciao Bella Book of Gelato'
Take care
Serge'The French Guy from New Jersey'

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