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Julie Cross

Twelve for $40: Steak on a budget

While steak may seem like an odd thing to put in a budget menu, the fact of the matter is that cooking on a budget means you have to take full advantage of flavor where you can find it. Less than $10 worth of steak, nicely grilled, will make two delicious dinners for two people. […]

May 16, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Twelve for $40: Hearty fare before the weather warms up

As unlikely as it may seem as I write this in the rain, it will be warm and sunny any minute. Before that happens, I’m longing for one more round of warm hearty fare. This menu should fill the bill, and have the added bonus of being quick to cook! Saturday night is spaghetti and […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged

Twelve for $40: Pie crust is easy as — well, you know

A lot of people are afraid of making pie crust — so much so that frozen pie shells are big business. While there’s nothing wrong with a frozen pie crust, it’s a whole lot more expensive than a homemade one. Since a quick tart makes a delicious and economical dinner, it will reward the frugal […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Twelve for $40: Keeping it simple

This week is all about simple versions of complex dishes. While you could invest more time and money to make the traditional versions of the recipes below, there’s not a thing wrong with these shortcut recipes. The fricassee, for example, uses chicken legs and a quick-cook method instead of the traditional whole bird and hours […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Resolve to eat more veggies!

Like many people in America, I made some questionable food choices over the holidays. And, like many people in America, I vowed to clean up my act as soon as the holidays were over. This year I decided to go with the simplest of “diet” plans: vegetables at every meal. As you’ve surely noticed, sugary […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

12 for forty: Healthy eating during the season of indulgence

If you’re anything like me, by the time you read this you’ll have had your fill of the overly rich, overly sweet and possibly too alcoholic fare that pervades the winter holidays. While there were very good reasons for our great-great-greats to lighten the darkest winter days with all that food, it doesn’t translate well […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Talking turkey: Diestel family knows its birds

The first thing you should know about the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch is that you can’t throw a locally grown organic sweet potato without hitting someone named Diestel. While some families might take the opportunity to relax that is offered to owners of a large and thriving business, the Diestels are the epitome of hard-working […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

12 for $40: Fall foods are here

Fall is finally here, bringing with it lovely cool-weather food. Hurrah for braises and baked things, not to mention mashed potatoes! Most of us need to be wary, however, of the extra calorie punch fall foods add. If you’ve spent the summer gorging on fresh produce, the switch to noodles and potatoes can be a […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

12 for $40: A week of vegan meals

One of the joys of working for a locally owned business is the ability to meet the needs of our community very quickly. At the Davis Food Co-op, we don’t have to wait for approval from some distant head office, or coordinate our efforts with a national campaign — someone here in Davis asks for […]

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Memories inspire new look at old recipes

My job at the Davis Food Co-op is best described as “food, kids and parties.” I organize the cooking classes at our Teaching Kitchen, arrange for visits to schools and community centers, plan events at our store and in the community and generally feed everyone I see. It’s a fine job, and one I’m very […]

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12 for $40: Super easy meals for summer

Summer is in full swing, and everyone is (oddly) twice as busy as we were in spring. Super easy meals are the answer, along with taking full advantage of the opportunity to cook once and serve twice. “Super Easy” does mean taking advantage of some convenience foods: frozen ravioli, prepared pasta sauce and falafel mix. […]

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12 for $40: Good preparation saves time

It’s a truism that if you want to get something done, you should ask a busy person to do it. Many cooks are very busy people, yet they manage to get dinner done without breaking a sweat. One secret to their success: good food preparation. Half the work in cooking is the prep: finding tools, […]

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12 for $40: ‘Budget’ does not equal ‘cheap’

It’s tough to shop on a budget, particularly for food. People often confuse “budget” with “cheap” and so end up eating less than delightful meals. If you want to eat well while staying within a budget, remember that it’s more about making good choices, and good use of what you buy, than buying the least […]

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Recipes in honor of Earth Day

Fast food is decidedly not healthy food — even the semi-healthy entrees on your average fast food menu have more salt and less nutrition than is good. And, while a 49 cent taco may seem like a bargain, the hidden costs in poor health, obesity and environmental damage make it anything but a good deal. […]

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