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May 28th

Episodes » Episode 32: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Welcome back to Economy Bites! We continue our foray into summer this week with that all American classic: Tuna Noodle Casserole.

Now let's get this out of the way: This is not a glamorous dish. Like all our recipes it's easy, economical and very, very tasty, but no, it is not fancy, and that's intentional. I made tuna noodle casserole! I like tuna! I like cheese and noodles! Together they make a tasty meal any home cook can be proud of! If you think it's passe, that's fine. There are plenty of gourmands cooking complicated masterpieces all over the internet. I'm more interested in providing basic, accessible recipes for people cook to live even if they don't unecessarily live to cook. Plus - I'd defy any of you to taste my tuna noodle casserole and walk away unsatisfied. That's the straight truth.

Onto the video!


Tags: tuna, casseroles, tuna noodle casserole, all american recipe, easy casseroles

May 27th

Recipes » Tuna Noodle Casserole


-3 Tbsp butter

-3 Tbsp flour

-1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

-12 oz. whole wheat egg noodles

-1/2 cup milk

-2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

-3 large cans tuna, drained & flaked with a fork

-1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs


Tags: tuna, casseroles, all american recipe, tuna noodle casserole,

May 20th

Episodes » Episode 31: Potato Salad

Hola all! The summer has now officially begun and I am jetting off to California for that traditional Summer kick-off event: Graduation! Enjoy the video below. Potato salad: it's not new, it's not fancy, but it suuureeee is yummy!


Tags: potato salad, cheap recipe, summer recipes, easy summer recipes, all american recipes
Recipes » Hilde's Potato Salad


-3 lbs red potatoes

-1 egg, beaten

-3/4 cup vegetable oil

-1/4 cup vinegar

-1 to 2 Tbsp dill

-1 large white onion, diced

-salt pepper and pepper to taste


Tags: potato salad, summer recipe, side dish, cheap potato recipe, easy summer recipe, all american recipe

May 13th

Episodes » Episode 30: Chicken with Mushrooms

Happy Friday monring, everybody. I just paid some bills, so I'm feeling extremely cranky right now. I'm re-watching this episode, Episode 30, Chicken with Mushrooms, hoping it'll cheer me up. Hang's working...working...OK, DONE! I'm happy now! Phew, that just saved my whole weekend.


Tags: chicken, italian recipe, chicken with mushrooms, easy chicken recipe, cheap chicken recipe, breaded chicken, cream sauce, mushrooms, cnn
Recipes » Chicken with Mushrooms


-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs), pounded flat and cut in half

-1 egg

-2 cups Italian breadcrumbs

-4 Tbsp butter

-2 Tbsp olive oil

-16 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms

-1 1/2 cup chicken broth

-1/2 cup cream

-juice of 1 lemon

-1 tsp capers

-1/2 cup parmesan cheese

-pinch of salt



Tags: chicken with mushrooms, breaded chicken, italian recipe,

May 6th

Episodes » Episode 29: Macaroni & Cheese

Another episode guest staring our favorite intern, Emily. How long did she intern for us? You'll never know! Seems like forever though, doesn't it? Sigh, we miss her.

On to the episode! I've often said that were I to die tomorrow, I'd like macaroni and cheese to be my last meal. There's nothing more decadent, delicious and appealing then a big bowl of noodles and cheese. I would dare to say that no other American dish is so universally loved, and rightfully so.

There are a million variations on macaroni and cheese (I'll direct you here - a page I can't look at without salivating - as evidence) but because this is Economy Bites and because I believe in the power of the simple basic, that's what you'll get from this episode. A beautiful, delicious basic baked macaroni & cheese recipe that will not disappoint. Please watch with care...I hear drool ruins keyboards.


Tags: macaroni and cheese, pasta recipe, cheese, simple easy recipe, casserole
Recipes » Macaroni & Cheese


-1 pound macaroni

-2 pounds sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

-1/2 stick of butter

-1/2 cup of flour

-3 cups whole milk

-1 1/2 cup heavy cream

-2 bay leaves

-1 Tbsp mustard powder

-1 1/2 tsp paprika

-many pinches of salt

for breadcrumbs

-2 Tbsp butter

-2 Tbsp olive oil

-2 cups panko breadcrumbs


Tags: macaroni and cheese, casserole, baked macaroni and cheese, classic american dish
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