Review: The Lost Shepherd Tavern

Update: The Lost Shepherd Tavern is now closed. With a significant cut in our income, certain luxuries have had to take a back seat and we’ve had to tighten our belts, both literally and figuratively. What this means is that eating out has become a rarity. But we’re always on the lookout for recession specials […]


I can probably count on one hand the number of times we’ve had gougeres – for the uninitiated the best way to describe them are light and airy like cream puffs, but savory instead of sweet. We’ve never attempted to make them at home, though – it always seemed overly complex but we’ve found that […]

Jasmine (Tea) Rice Pudding

One of the great things about being part of the food blogging community is that you start reading other blogs. In my case, I read a LOT (and that’s no exaggeration – my feed reader has more than 3,000 blogs in it) of other food blog. It’s rare that I find a recipe to include […]

Hearty Chicken and Noodles

Trying to find a way to use up all that rotisserie chicken breast (and having something of a “chicken pot pie” vibe in mind), I ran across this recipe on Recipezaar. The amount of butter in this one means that it’s not healthy by any stretch of the imagination, but OMG is it good. A […]

Frito Pie

Continuing in the theme of comfort food, there’s nothing more comforting (or low brow, to tell the truth) than Frito Pie. What better way to use leftover chili, corn chips, chopped onions and what’s left of a bag of shredded cheese all at once? Not something I’d want more than once a year or so, […]

Mustard Cream Spaetzle Topped Ham Steak

One of the things we’ve been doing in an attempt to increase the “frugal factor” of our meals is to try to make dishes from what we already have on hand. When I found a ham steak that we got last summer at the Athens Farmers Market, I searched high and low for a recipe […]

Glazed Mini Meatloaves and Garlic Mashers

Since it’s now been 14 months since P.’s been out of work, things have definitely been a little more frugal around here in recent weeks. We’re staring down potential losses of both unemployment and health insurance later this year, so we’ve been trying to conserve some money by working our way through the stockpile that […]

Abyssinia Cafe: Customer Service FAIL

One of the reasons we’ve been able to afford eating out since Paul has been unemployed is because of WTTE’s Dining Out Deals, where area restaurants offer discounted gift certificates in return for advertising on the news – because of that program, we’ve had quite a few great meals (at places like Barrio, Gallo’s Tap […]

Buffalo Chicken Chili

With tons of snow in the forecast for this week, we decided to plan ahead with regards to our meals for this week – we wanted to maximize the comfort level while minimizing the cost and/or effort. To that end, we picked up a big box of rotisserie chicken meat from Costco – for like […]