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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Author Archive: Julie Cross

12 for $40: Good grains offer nutrition and bang for your buck

When you’re trying to cook on a budget, it’s easy to fill up on starches — they’re inexpensive and satisfying, don’t take much work to cook and keep in the pantry. They are not, however, the best dietary choice. They’re also not quite the bargain they seem, since the nutritional value of refined carbohydrates (think […]

12 for $40: Planning and prep save the day

My first real job was in a very small restaurant, where I was officially the dishwasher, but also the only kitchen staff other than the cook. She very kindly taught me to do food prep (which almost certainly made more work for her than it saved) and how to work to restaurant-kitchen standards. That early […]

12 for $40: As prices go up, home cooks get more frugal

If you’ve been in California for more than 10 minutes you know our primary topic of conversation is the drought. The acute water shortage is going to make it a rough summer in a number of ways, and your grocery shopping will definitely be one of them. At the very least, we can expect to […]

Back on our feet in the real world

Whew! The whole town let out a collective sigh of relief last Monday: the crazy rush of holidays, parties, traveling and gifting was over, school was back in session and things were back to normal. A minute or so later the realization set in: we’re in for the long slog of daily life combined with […]

Last-minute food gifts are easy and delicious

It’s one week before Christmas, and there’s a decent chance that sometime in the next seven days you’re going to need one more present than you counted on. You could brave the stores to pick up something, or you could step into the kitchen and manufacture one of these very quick and easy gifts. You […]

Here’s your guide to turkey day with dietary restrictions

Thanksgiving is the biggest cooking challenge of the year for most home cooks. It’s a tricky meal, with lots of dishes we don’t usually make, timing issues and space problems. It’s a rare year in most houses when something doesn’t go wrong: the cat gets to the turkey, the oven breaks, Auntie Em’s plane is […]

12 for $40: How to work vegetables into your meals

The more we learn about health, food or nutrition, the more we realize that the answer to many problems is simply “eat your vegetables.” Vegetables are high in fiber and an astonishingly wide array of nutrients, very low in calories, inexpensive, easy to grow yourself and extremely versatile in the kitchen. In a logical world, […]

Twelve for $40: Chopped, on a budget

We’re big fans of the Food Channel show “Chopped,” in which four chefs are given random ingredients and must use them, along with pantry items, to make a dish in a limited amount of time. The show usually features professional chefs, but a recent episode had chefs from soup kitchens and poverty programs. They turned […]

Try these sack-lunch recipes for grown-ups

Working in Downtown Davis means never being hungry at lunch! Sadly, that also means a big lunch bill at the end of the week — at the most modest, even a sandwich, bag of chips and drink will run you $7. Add to that the “expense” in calories, since it’s awfully easy to decide that […]

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Scallions, cherry tomatoes and couscous are ideal ingredients for grown-ups’ bagged lunches. Julie Cross/Courtesy photos

Twelve for Forty: Coupons add value to this week’s menu

While I don’t always mention it in this column, I work at the Davis Food Co-op and regularly write 12 for $40 menus for our shoppers there. While these menus will be delicious no matter where you buy the ingredients, they might not be quite such a bargain if you’re shopping elsewhere. That’s because our […]

Great camping food starts with good planning, packing

We had our first camping trip of the year over Mother’s Day weekend, when, perhaps unsurprisingly, the campgrounds all had mad availability. It makes perfect sense: Not all moms think that crouching over a smoky fire scorching pancakes in an ancient battered pan is the height of luxury. Or perhaps they do not like the […]

The freezer is your friend when wondering what’s for dinner

Springtime in Davis — life is good and busy, and we often find ourselves at half-past dinner time loading everyone into the car for a dinner run. While dinner out can be delightful, it’s less fun when you don’t have a choice. The solution? Stock up the freezer with ingredients that let you turn nothing […]

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