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October 2009

Oct 29th

Episodes » Episode 5: Schwartzenstein Chocolate Cake

Happy halloween, fans! To celebrate this very sweet and stupid holiday, we're posting a dessert episode of Economy Bites this week. It's our SCHWARTZENSTEIN chocolate cake, mwahahahhahhahahahaaaaaaa.


Tags: Halloween, dessert recipe, easy dessert recipe, chocolate cake, chocolate sheet cake, Pioneer Woman, Serious Eats, Episode 5, chocolate, Halloween treat, cheap dessert, cheap dessert recipe, daniel schloss, allie schwartz
Recipes » Schwartzenstein Chocolate Cake



-2 sticks of butter, melted

-2 cups of flour

-2 cups of sugar

-2 eggs, beaten

-1 cup of water

-1/2 cup buttermilk (can make by adding 1/2 Tbsp vinegar to milk until you have 1/2 cup)

-4 Tbsp cocoa powder

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1 tsp vanilla

-1 tsp baking soda


-1 stick of butter

-1 1lb box of Confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)

-6 Tbsp 2% milk

-4 Tbsp cocoa powder

-1 tsp vanilla


Tags: sheet cake, chocolate cake, chocolate icing, dessert, episode 5, schwartenstein chocolate cake, buttermilk, easy dessert recipe, cheap dessert recipe, delicious dessert recipe
Blog » Bagels are the new crack!

Hello, my name is Allie, and I'm a bagel addict.

A great article from the Bitten blog on NYTimes today. Seems that food scientists have discovered what we food addicts already know: junk food can be as addictive as hard drugs. In fact, they're saying that, "the brain responds to junk food the same way it does to heroin". NOT GOOD!


Here's something that makes me feel good though. An excerpt from the report, from,

"This is the most complete evidence to date that suggests obesity and drug addiction have common neurobiological underpinnings"

SEE!! It's not our fault! We're addicted! We need help! You have to pull the bagels from our cold dead hands!

Whats worse? The rats they experimented on tolerated ELECTRIC SHOCKS to get their junk food. Crazy! That's where I think I'd draw the line. Unless it was pizza. Really, really good pizza.



Tags: Mark Bittman, Bitten blog, Bitten, New York Times, NY Times,, Grist, Obesity, food science, food scientists, bagels, pizza

Oct 26th

Blog » Charlie Cooks

Hi, Daniel here!  This video blog actually takes place in MY kitchen, not Allie's, and the meal that's being cooked will not last you Sunday through Thursday, so what is it doing here?  Good question. 

Anyway, I thought I'd let you in on some of the cooking excitment that happened at my place last week, when my housemate Charlie decided to host a dinner party and cook some gourmet dishes.  Hilarity ensues!  This video also features my housemates Sophie and Justin.


Tags: Daniel Schloss, Charlie Cooks, Salmon Mousse, Risotto

Oct 24th

Blog » Join in the Fun!

Hey, dudes! I've got a big, fun assignment for you!

I'm looking for recipes to use some of my leftover tuna salad from this week's episode. Share your ideas with me!


Tags: tuna, tuna salad, episode 4

Oct 22nd

Episodes » Episode 4: Allie's Tuna Salad

Welcome back to Economy Bites. Guess what? It's our one month anniversary since launching our site back in olden time (10/2). Congratulations to us! We've made it a month! How are we celebrating? TUNA FOR EVERYONE!!


Tags: tuna salad, easy recipe, tuna recipe, tuna salad recipe, sweet tuna salad, tuna, episode 4, lunch recipe, dinner recipe, daniel schloss, allie schwartz
Recipes » Allie's Tuna Salad




-2 to 3 large cans of white Albacore tuna 

 -1 large red onion, diced  

-1 green apple, diced  

-3 to 4 stalks of celery, chopped  

-1 Tbsp dijon mustard, plus more to taste

-1 Tbsp mayonnaise, plus more to taste

-1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish, plus more to taste

-salt and pepper to taste




Tags: tuna, tuna salad, easy recipe, episode 3, cheap recipe, apples, sweet tuna salad, dinner recipe, lunch recipe

Oct 20th

Blog » Urban Farming!

Hello, E. Bites Fans! It's been a very busy week here in the land of internet-cooking-television. We've barely had time to tie our shoe laces let alone blog. Thankfully, however, the pace of my week is slowing, and I have some time to tell you about the Urban Farming Workshop Ben and I attended this weekend!


Tags: Brooklyn, classes, culinary school, hydroponic farming, Boswyck farms, Urban Farming, Lee Mandell, tomatoes, apartment gardening

Oct 16th

Episodes » Episode 3: Hoisin Veggie Stir Fry

***this episode originally aired in October 2009.

Can you hear me, internet? I'm talkin to you! We are now 3 weeks into our Economy Bites internet-o experiment-o and I have to say that the response has been amazing! I'm overwhelmed by the positivity pouring out from every web-orafice: our fans are the best best BEST!


Tags: asian recipe, mom, suzy schwartz, easy recipe, healthy recipe, yummy recipe, hoisin sauce, stir fry, pasta, daniel schloss, allie schwartz
Recipes » Hoisin Veggie Stir Fry

-1 Tbsp peanut oil 
-5 carrots thinly sliced on the diagonal 
-1/2 lb snow peas, tips and strings removed 
-12 oz mushrooms, sliced 
-1 to 2 Tbsp ginger 
-1 cup cashews 
-1 6 to 8 oz can bamboo shoots
-1 6 to 8 oz can water chestnuts
-1 to 2 Tbsp minced garlic
-3 Tbsp water
-1 lb Linguini or Spaghetti



-2/3 cup Hoisin sauce

-3 Tbsp Soy Sauce

-3 Tbsp Chinese Rice Wine 

-sirache or red pepper flakes at your discretion


Tags: Hoisin sauce, episode 3, cheap recipe, easy recipe, stir fry, Asian recipe, vegetarian recipe,

Oct 12th

Blog » Sunday Night: Cooking with Scott Conant

Hello, everybody. Welcome to Monday morning. If you're like me and you are knee deep into your second cup of coffee, you're probably jutting around the internet looking for something to read. Have no fear, for I will ramble for you!



Tags: Scarpetta, Serious Eats, Serious Eats New York, recipe, Scott Conant, hard recipe, Dean Deluca, spaghetti, pasta, tomato basil, tomato basil spaghetti, Sunday night cooking

Oct 8th

Episodes » Episode 2: Ground Turkey Penne Bake

Welcome back everybody! Thanks for returning for Episode Two: Ground Turkey Penne Bake. This recipe originates with my Grandma Bernice, and she is not Italian. She's a Jew, and she's from Cuero, TX, a place I'm basically sure you've never heard of. That said, she is a fabulous cook, as are many Jewish grandmothers from small towns.

Grandma Bernice's basic baked pasta recipe consisted of shells, marinara sauce and the delicious kicker: a Parmesan cheese crust. It is fabulous in its simplicity. When I started dabbling in cookery, it was one of the first recipes I attempted because it's so easy and yummy. As I've gotten more adventurous, I've tried adding a ton of different things to this dish in hopes of finding a great combination: mushrooms, ground beef, ricotta cheese, etc. etc. etc. Some of the stuff worked and some of it reallllllllllllly didn't. But that's OK, I'm not ashamed! It takes a lot of tries before you land on a winner. And I definitely have found a winner in this pasta combo!

The final dish you'll see on the video involves wheat pasta, mushrooms, onions and, of course, the pièce de résistance, the Parmesan crust. Oh man, I'm tasting that crust in my mouth right now, and it tastes GOOD. That sentence was gross, but trust me, this pasta dish isn't.


Tags: ground turkey, penne, episode 2, ground turkey penne bake, Italian recipe, easy recipe, cheap recipe, Penne Pasta, Pasta, mushrooms, marinara sauce, daniel schloss, allie schwartz
Recipes » Ground Turkey Penne Bake

-1 lb ground turkey (93/7 lean)  
-1/2 medium white onion, diced  
-1 package of raw mushrooms, chopped  
-3 cloves garlic, diced  
-1 lb whole wheat penne
-1 24 oz jar tomato sauce
-1 16 oz bottle parmesan cheese
-1 to 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
-1/2 Tbsp rosemary, fresh or dried 
  -Olive oil
-Salt and pepper


Tags: Episode 2, ground turkey, ground turkey penne bake, pasta, penne, penne pasta, baked pasta, mushrooms, marinara sauce, cheap recipe, easy recipe, Italian recipe
Blog » BONUS FOOTAGE: Allie and the Street Meat

It's very early in the morning and I am very cranky, but this little bonus footage from episode 1 makes me laugh and laugh. To set the scene: I was walking to the grocery store and I saw this man grilling steak on the 90 degree heat. Sort of ridiculous, but when I see meat - I stop and inquire. Here's the little interaction b/w me and the meat man.


Tags: episode 1, street meat, sunset park, bonus footage

Oct 6th

Recipes » My Fried Ian's Chicken Caesar Salad w/ Cheesy Garlic Croutons

So, I love me some Caesar salad, but I can't imagine myself cooking with a can of anchovies. Maybe I'm closed minded, but I don't like fish that comes in a tin... oh, except for Tuna, which I actually like a lot.


My friend Ian gave me this recipe and I like it because it fulfills my need for an anchovy-less Caesar dressing, and it's a great recipe for my leftover roasted chicken. I think y'all will all enjoy it.


Tags: Roasted chicken, salad, salad with chicken, caesar salad, garlic croutons, leftovers chicken, leftover chicken recipe, easy recipe, cheap recipe,

Oct 5th

Blog » THANK YOU!!!

Just a quick "thank you" to everyone who visited our site & watched episode 1 this weekend. We COULD NOT have imagined more fabulous feedback! It makes us remember why we're doing this show in the first place: because we knew you guys would love it!

Speaking of: you'll notice underneath each entry we now have comments enabled. So, we encourage everybody to leave us thoughts about the episodes, the blog, our recipes, etc. Our site is your site!!

Don't forget: next episode airs 10/9!


Tags: thank you, episode one, roasted chicken

Oct 4th

Recipes » Allie's Staple Mish-Mosh Salad

Here's a great little salad idea for when you're ready to re-purpose your roasted chicken. This is my staple mish-mosh lunch. it's healthy, hearty and filling, which is a lot to say for a salad. Enjoy!


· 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped

· 1/4 - 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved

· 1/4 cup cucumber, sliced thin

· 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas

· 1/4 cup hearts of palm

· 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin

· 1/2 to 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded

· 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled


· 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

· 2 tsp Dijon mustard

· 1/4 cup olive oil

· Salt & Pepper to taste


Tags: chicken, salad with chicken, economy bites, cheap recipe, easy recipe, salad, roasted chicken, balsamic vinegar, chickpeas, cucumbers, hearts of palm, red onion, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, romaine lettuce

Oct 1st

Episodes » Episode 1: Roasted Chicken

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW FAVORITE (web) TV SHOW!! Economy Bites, the show that teaches you to make yummy, economical dishes that'll last you from Sunday to Thursday!

Here is our first episode: Roasted Chicken. Believe me, we struggled back and forth about which episode we would air first. We landed on chicken for a few reasons:

1: (most) everybody likes chicken.
2: It's ridiculously easy to make.
3: My hair looks fabulous in this episode...


Tags: first episode, roasted chicken, allie schwartz, daniel schloss, economy bites, caesar salad, garlic crouton, easy recipe, economical recipe, cheap recipe, chicken recipe
Recipes » Roasted Chicken



-2 Tbsp. olive oil

-2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

-8-10 cloves garlic, smashed

-2 Tbsp. fresh or dried Thyme

-2 Tbsp. fresh or dried rosemary

-1 lemon, halved

-1 4 lb. whole roasting chicken  rinsed under cold water & dried

-2 yellow onions, chopped

-2 carrot, chopped

-salt & pepper to taste



Tags: roasted chicken, roasted chicken recipe, chicken recipe, easy recipe, cheap recipe, chicken
Blog » Mark Bittman, my hero

To start this blog off right, I thought I'd post a snippet of an article by Mark Bittman, my favorite food writer. Call this my working mission statement, if you will...


Tags: Mark Bitman, New York times,, the minimalist, easy recipe, Paul Deen
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