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Mar 25th

Episodes » Episode 24: Penne a la Vodka

Long ago there was a time of terror and chill in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. During this time, the residents hibernated and wore coats and scarves. This time has passed and we've shedded our winter coats for more approrpriate Spring wear. That said, this episode was shot during the Winter Of My Discontent, so that's why I look so tired and cold throughout. Don't judge - it was a terrible winter


Tags: penne, penne vodka, italian recipe, vegetarian recipe, easy italian recipe, pasta, vodka, cooking with alcohol, booze recipe, cream, paremsan, cheap italian recipe
Recipes » Penne a la Vodka


-1 24 oz. jar tomato sauce 

-1/2 cup vodka

-3/4 cup heavy cream

-1/2 cup parmesan plus more for topping

-1 box penne

-1 Tbsp oregano

-salt and pepper to taste


Tags: penne vodka, italian food, italian recipe, easy recipe, cheap italian recipe, cheap and easy italian recipe, penne vodka recipe, cheap penne vodka recipe, booze recipe, recipes with alcohol, heavy cream, vodka, parmesan, penne

Mar 23rd

Blog » Chili Chile Tips

We couldn't fit all of Annaliese's great information into episode 23, so here's some of the overflow.  She talks about how to turn your chile vegitarian, and other tricks!


Tags: Annaliese Griffin, Small Kitchen, Chile, Chili, Brooklyn Based

Mar 17th

Episodes » Episode 23: Chili with Chilies

We're proud to bring you a very special episode this week, the 2nd in our series of Brooklyn-centric collaborations (the first co-starring Marty last week) the 3rd of which will air late next month. Today's episode co-stars Ms. Anneliese Griffin of Brooklyn Based, our favorite email newsletter - and we do get a bunch - focused on the best of Brooklyn food, life and happenings. If you're a Brooklyn resident and you're not subscribed...stop missing out! Get on it now!

We're extremely lucky that Anneliese suggested we make Chili in our episode together because, and I'm kind of mortified to admit this, I don't have a Chili recipe. I'm a Texan without a Chili recipe. I know, I'm disgrace and I'm sorry.

Thank the lord for Annaliese, because this girl knew what she was doing. Not only did she bring the recipe, she also brought some really delicious, grass-fed beef from The Meat Hook. We felt very spoiled...and we LIKED it!

Read on for notes about this tasty recipe...


Tags: chili, chilies, dried chilies, chili con carne, fritos, frito pie, easy chili recipe, beef chili recipe, spicy chili recipe, brooklyn based, cheap recipe, cheap and easy chili recipe
Recipes » Chili with Chilies


-8-10 dried chilies, (ex: Guajillo, Arbol, Puya and Pasilla) stemmed and seeded

-1 large onion, chopped

-4-5 cloves garlic, diced

-1 Tbsp toasted corriander seeds, ground

-1 Tbsp cumin

-1/2 tsp black pepper

-1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

-1 1/2 lbs ground beef

-1 14 oz. can red kidney beans

-1 14 oz. can garbanzo beans

-2 14 oz. cans black beans

-salt to taste

-Optional: shredded cheese, cilantro, sour cream, cornbread, Fritos


Tags: chili, chilies, chili with chilies, cheap chili, cheap chili recipe, cheap and easy chili recipe, beef chili, chili con carne, chili con carne recipe, brooklyn based, the meat hook, frito pie
Blog » More Marty!!!

Here's some extra footage from our shoot with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.  The Prez talks about brooklyn cuisine and the fine art of making an egg cream. 


Tags: Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, Egg Creams, Brooklyn, Cuisine, Egg Cream, Extra footage, Ubet, Seltzer

Mar 11th

Episodes » Episode 22: Brooklyn Style Pizza Roll

Today's episode is huge for us! It features our first celebrtiy guest chef, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. We are so thrilled that Marty agreed to be on the show - it was a real treat for us. Honestly, Daniel and I are still a little shocked that it came together. I don't know about you, but I don't know many public officials who make housecalls simply to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. Pretty fabulous! If you've never seen Marty do his thing, then you're in for a treat. Be sure to watch to the end for a very special proclamation:


Tags: marty markowitz, borough president, dine in brooklyn, pizza, homemade pizza, easy pizza recipe, brooklyn style pizza recipe, thin crust pizza recipe, margherita pizza recipe, cheese pizza recipe, brooklyn recipes

Mar 10th

Recipes » Brooklyn Style Pizza Roll


-1 large ball of pizza dough (recipe here or get dough from local pizzaria)

-1/2 to 3/4 lb fresh salted mozzarella

-1/2 to 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes

-olive oil



Tags: pizza, brooklyn, marty markowiz, thin crust pizza, margherita pizza, brooklyn style pizza, mozzarella cheese, brooklyn borough president

Mar 4th

Episodes » Episode 21: Fettuccine with meat sauce

Hello all! It's been a huge week here on Economy Bites. We've finally got our show up on iTunes, and we now have #3 podcast in the food category. Woo hoo! To top it off, abc Sacramento news10 aired their interview with us this past Monday. Like I said, HUGE WEEK.


Back in kitchen studio, we've been quietly recipe testing (OK, more like loudly burning things) and approving new episodes for the comming months. After watching the one above, I thought maybe you'd want to know the actual names for the techniques I used in the episode...yes, I do know a few. So here they are, some real live culinary terms that relate to today's show:

  • mise en place: the organizing and arranging of ingredients before cooking begins. In this episode the carrots, onion and celery are my mise en place in today's episode.
  • julienning: is what I did to the carrots when I sliced them into rectangles, then into slices, then into sticks. I believe in the video I say I'm turning them into matchsticks.
  • brunoised: when I turned my julienned carrots 90 degrees and diced them into tiny little cubes

Tada! I know things, and now you do too. Just wanted to get that out of the way so in the future when people say, "Allie, you never give us any good, actual info about the culinary world," I can be like, "AHEM..."

Recipe tips:


Tags: fettuccine, meat sauce, pasta recipe, fettuccini with meat sauce recipe, grandma hilde recipe, easy pasta recipe, cheap pasta recipe, brunoise, julienne, mise en place, italian sausage, ground beef, tomatoes, pasta
Recipes » Fettuccine with meat sauce


-3 medium carrots, diced fine

-1 medium yellow onion, diced fine

-3 stalks celery hearts with leaves, diced fine

-2 to 3 Tbsp olive oil

-2 cloves garlic. minced

-1 Tbsp dried parsley

-1 lb ground beef

-1 lb italian sausage (casing removed)

-1 Tbsp tomato paste

-2 28 ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes with juice

-2 or 3 bay leaves


Tags: fettuccine, meat sauce, pasta recipe, fettuccini with meat sauce recipe, grandma hilde recipe, easy pasta recipe, cheap pasta recipe, brunoise, julienne, mise en place, italian sausage, ground beef, tomatoes, pasta, italian recipe

Mar 2nd

Blog » abc News10 Sacramento

Hey all!

The wonderful people at abc News10 in Sacramento interviewed us for the 5 o'clock news last night. It's pretty crazy to hear a Newscaster say your name in that Newscaster-y voice. We LOVE it! Check out the awesome video below.



Tags: news10 sacramento, abc news, Jennifer smith, press
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