Life in the Kitchen

My Favorite Healthy Recipes: Hannah and Carla from Hudson, New York — My Healthy Recipes

Welcome to Kitchn's new series My Favorite Healthy Recipes, where we show you how real people around the country (and even world) eat "healthy," however they choose to define that for themselves. Maybe you'll even find a few recipes to add to your own meal plan.

Name: Hannah Black and Carla Perez-Gallardo
Location: Hudson, New York
Occupation: Chef-owners, Lil' Deb's Oasis

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How My Recovering Friend Changed the Way I Entertain — A New Way to Gather

My friend Lauren, who asked me not to use her real name, has been sober for more than two years. She was a good friend — someone I texted almost daily with news and commentary, wardrobe emergencies, and, of course, plans to have our ritual pre-dinner glass of wine. It didn't happen every afternoon. But three or four days a week, Lauren would come over around 5 p.m., after I'd had a long enough day with a toddler to think a smidge of wine sounded like a great idea, but before either of our husbands came home.

As it turned out, that was usually her third or fourth drink of the day.

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The Roast Chicken Budget Strategy: My Simple Trick for Keeping a Food Budget — Money Goals, Kitchen Solutions

(Image credit: Brittany Purlee)

One whole chicken goes a long way when you live by yourself. I learned this when I was in graduate school and living in a tiny studio apartment, doing my best to stick to a budget that was even tinier. The best way for me to stretch my dollars and still enjoy healthy, delicious meals wasn't by eating packets of ramen or rice and beans every night for dinner, but by roasting a whole chicken once a week.

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The $2 IKEA Find I Can’t Live Without in My Kitchen — Shopping Finds

It's been a few years now since I graduated from culinary school, and not everything I learned has stuck. How exactly do you truss a chicken again? That's what the internet is for! But there are a couple things that have become second-nature in the last few years that I owe to this not-so-cheap program I attended: Knife skills are probably the most important lesson I use today, but second is definitely the right way to keep a cooking workspace.

I am a messy cook by nature, but keeping a scrap bowl and mise bowls nearby while I prep dinner has made me less stressed in the kitchen. Before I start actually cooking anything, I prep all my ingredients and put them into individual bowls so everything is neat and prepared. Cooking becomes a "dump-and-stir" situation (for the most part).

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This $36 Swedish Hand Soap Is Totally Worth It — Shopping

To say that I'm frugal isn't exactly accurate. I have survived on a very meager salary; used Dove soap bars to wash body, face, and hair; and eaten rice and beans for an entire summer due to insufficient funds (my fault for lending a guy all of my savings, only to find he used the money to pay off his credit card bills). I am also a minimalist when it comes to things, so the temptation to buy something just because it's pretty is tempered by the anxiety I get from having too much stuff.

But still, I have always been willing to splurge on things that make me happy.

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How a Family of 7 Eats for $125 a Week in Peterborough, New Hampshire — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Sarah-Ann
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Age: 37
Number of people in family: 7 (my husband; me; 18-year-old son, Jason; 17-year-old daughter, Jocelyn; 14-year-son, Benjamin; 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa; and 8-year-old daughter, Ari. Note that my oldest child is away this week so we only have six people in our household this week.
Occupation: My husband is a health store manager and I'm a photographer (lots of school and sports-related things).
Household income: $68,000 (doesn't include my income since mine is seasonal. Our budget is based on my husband's income because it is steady, something we can always count on).
Weekly food budget: $125

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