Fresh & Frugal Tzatziki Sauce

So, the end of August is here and all our gardens are overflowing with an abundance of yummy produce.  I myself was laden with a large quantity of hot house tomatoes from my father-in-law. I was actually eyeing his amazing basil plant (tree? vine? bush?), but instead he gave me […]

Small Batch Brownies

What a year! Today marks the one year anniversary of my first post to Peppers & Pennies. I honestly couldn’t be more happy with what I have produced and the experiences my blog has provided me. What a fun little hobby this has turned out to be! To celebrate, I […]

Summer Harvest Chili

Ah, summer. Who doesn’t love long, warm, sun-filled days of lounging and resting. Unfortunately, not all summer days are sunshine filled. Summer storms can dampen even the brightest mood and force you to forgo your BBQ plans. Don’t fear! You can still enjoy the tastes of summer by reaping the rewards […]

A Frugal Kitchen: Rules for Saving Money and Eating Well

  There is something to be said for frugality in the kitchen. A commitment to eating frugally, without compromising on nutrition and balance can be difficult. Fortunately, frugal home cooks are not alone in this challenge. Much like eating a gluten-free, vegan or organic, committing yourself to a frugal mindset can often […]

Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo

A good fettuccine alfredo is a dish every home cook should have in their arsenal. You can whip it up in a handful of minutes and please everyone; hungry husbands and picky kids alike. Now, the secret to a good alfredo lies in the simplicity of the dish.  I have […]

How to Eat Well Without Going Broke in Paris

Paris is a city like no other. Paris is, at its core, an eclectic melting pot that is influenced by both old tradition and progressive thought. The overall vibe of the city is both chaotic and relaxed. At the heart of this mixed pulse is the cuisine. Much like the […]

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Who doesn’t like tacos? Tacos are one of the most versatile and forgiving dishes. You can make ’em healthy or indulgent (extra sour cream, anyone?). They help when you need to do a fridge clean-up and they can be made with any type of meat, fish or pulse. The only […]

How to Not Mess-up Cheesecake

I will never forget how fast my heart was racing the first time I took the plunge and made a cheesecake.  As I turned the light on in my oven and peered through the glass, I was reminded of the fact that I had just spent my entire weekly grocery budget […]

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Let’s face it. When you are on a budget, baking treats is often out of the question. Baked goods are a lovely extra but after the cost of butter, sugar and mix-ins it can be an expensive venture. Thankfully, not every sweet treat will put a strain on the grocery budget. Baking with […]