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June 2010

Jun 28th

Blog » Fan Video!

The snippet below comes from fangirl Jenny who does the online-cooking thing over at In the video, Jenny puts a spin on our Chicken With Mushrooms recipe, and we're posting it because we get a HUGE SMILE when fans and friends have success with our recipes in their own kitchens. Also, we love to see the different ways people find to take our basic molds and make them their own. LOVE LOVE it!


Tags: jennylearnstocook, fan video, chicken with mushrooms

Jun 27th

Blog » Some Sunday Ruminations

It's Sunday and while I did cook today (episode...46 I believe. You'll see it in a few months) I actually spent most of my day reading. You see, I bought myself a gift this week:

mastering-the-art-of-french-cooking by you.

...and, well, yes, I've fallen into the Julia Cliche. Not only have I seen the movie about 7 times (not exaggerating - I love me some Meryl) I've now resigned myself to reading this whole book...or as much as I can get through without losing complete interest like I did with "My Life In France". I hope I can read and retain at least some of the information in this book. It is chock full of good stuff, which is what I like about Julia in general.

You see, I've been on a Julia kick recently. It all started when I was advised to study the greats of my "profession," aka: people who cooked on TV and who had success with it. So I went out and bought myself some Julia Child on DVD (and the book, too) and I started to take notes. What I learned is that Julia was a wealth of information - she covers not only the HOW of culinary technique, but also the WHY, which is why I think she was so special. I appreciate that she tells you how  to beat egg whites and also WHY her method works. Something with air bubbles...

Anyway - I'm a Julia fan - and I get it now. I see why people loved her. Lady was funny. If you're interested in learned to cook, I suggest you go the cheap route and invest in some Julia DVDs. They're pretty great.


Tags: julia child, julie powell, the juliejulia project, mastering the art of french cooking, baking, ina garten

Jun 25th

Episodes » Episode 36: Allie's Summertime Pasta

If you're like me and you live in a small, air-conditionless apartment in the sweltering inferno that is Brooklyn in the summertime, then you'll appreciate how difficult it is to cook in June, July and August. That said, I cook for a living (OK, as a hobby) so I have to find a way to make it work. Today's method: showcasing a dish that involves little to no ACTUAL cooking: my signature Summertime Pasta



Tags: summertime pasta, easy pasta recipe, cheap pasta recipe, clean out your panty recipe

Jun 24th

Recipes » Allie's Summertime Pasta


-1 12 oz. box Linguini or Spaghetti

-1 red pepper, roasted and sliced

-1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped

-2 Tbsp capers

-1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

-Juice of 1 lemon

-olive oil

-1/2 cup to 1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese


Tags: pasta, easy pasta recipe, cheap pasta recipe, summertime pasta

Jun 23rd

Blog » Working on it

I'm going to try to start blogging more about food and my life in general. Bear with me, I am an inconsistent blogger at best. But people have been positive about my blogs and I think it'll add to the site, so here I go...


Tags: mcclures pickles, kashi, blog, my life, job

Jun 18th

Blog » CONGRATS to our winner!

Congrats to our winner - Eric Jacobs! Eric just won a $25 gift certificate to Jamba Juice courtesy of Economy Bites &!

Stay tuned to Economy Bites for more contests and giveaways! We love to give you free stuff -KA CHING!!


Tags: snubbr, giveaways, jamba juice

Jun 17th

Episodes » Episode 35: Enchiladas Verdes

Summer is the season of the tomato and I am a tomato-aholic! I can eat fresh tomato salsa by the pound (ask the boyfriend, he's seen me do it). Today's recipe hilights one of my favorite tomato types: the Tomatillo!

The Tomatillo is a small, green fellow. He is essential to Mexican cuisine and he's the star ingredient in today's dish: Enchiladas Verdes.  


Tags: enchiladas verded, texmex recipe, easy mexican recipe, mexican food, enchiladas, tomatillos, queso fresco, cotija cheese, sour cream, easy chicken recipe, cheap mexican food recipe
Recipes » Enchiladas Verdes



-1 1/2 lb chicken breast

-1/4 onion white or yellow onion, chopped

-1 clove garlic, smashed

-1 tsp salt


-2 1/2 lbs tomatillos, rinsed and husks removed

-2 jalapenos, stems removed and seeded

-4 cloves garlic, smashed

-1/2 yellow onion, chopped

-1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped, stems included

-1/3 cup mint, rinsed and packed tight

-1/2 cup cooking liquid

-1/2 Tbsp cumin

-2 tsp salt

-1 Tbsp peanut oil


-12 corn tortillas

-2 Tbsp peanut oil (plus more if needed)

-3/4 cup Sour Cream

-1/2 cup Cotija cheese or Queso Fresco



Tags: enchiladas verded, texmex recipe, easy mexican recipe, mexican food, enchiladas, tomatillos, queso fresco, cotija cheese, sour cream, easy chicken recipe, cheap mexican food recipe

Jun 13th

Blog » Jamba Juice Giveaway!


Thanks to the kind folks over at, we're giving away a free $25 Jamba Juice gift card. All you gotta do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite Jamba Juice Flavor (such as Mango-A-Go-Go), and we'll announce the winner after 1 week. If you haven't heard of Snubbr, they're a product recommendation site, powered by experts. Say you're looking for a gift card recommendation, all you gotta do is ask your question, and Snubbr will search the entire web for an expert to answer it for you. Check them out here.




Tags: give away, snubbr, jamba juice

Jun 11th

Episodes » Episode 34: Pasta Puttanesca

Welcome back to Economy Bites! We're using a lot of new, exciting ingredients in today's episode: olives, baked tomatoes and, are you ready for this, ANCHOVIES!! The pizza topping everyone loves to hate is about to make it's Economy Bites debut and we couldn't be more excited - check it!



Tags: pasta, puttanesca, italian food, pasta recipe, Italian recipes, easy Italian recipe, cheap and easy Italian recipes

Jun 10th

Recipes » Pasta Puttanesca


-8 plum tomatoes, sliced and dried in the oven

-olive oil


-6 cloves of garlic, smashed

-4 to 5 filets of anchovies in olive oil (about 2 tsp), chopped and made into a paste

-1/2 cup olives (I used Manzanilla) sliced in half

-28 oz can of whole-peeled tomatoes 

-1/2 cup white wine, plus more for thinning (optional)

-3/4 tsp crushed red pepper

-2 tsp sugar

-1 Tbsp cream

-1/3 cup basil, chopped fine

-3 Tbsp capers

-1 lb pasta shells


Tags: Italian food, pasta, pasta sauce, puttanesca, olives, capers, anchovies, oven baked tomatoes

Jun 3rd

Episodes » Episode 33: Chana Masala

Episode 33 is our first jump into Indian food. My recipe for Chana Masala came from weeks of experimenting with this basic recipe. I tried it once verbatim...and it was just OK. 2nd time I played with the spices and it was better, but still not fabulous. 3rd time I added chicken broth and BAM - the wow factor! Just WAIT until you taste this!!



Tags: chana masala, Indian Food, chickpeas, easy Indian food recipe, cheap recipes, vegetarian recipes, vegan
Recipes » Chana Masala


-1 cup Basmati rice

-4 cups chicken broth

-1 Tbsp vegetable oil

-1 large onion, minced

-3 cloves garlic, minced

-4 tsp grated fresh ginger

-1 jalapeno, minced

-1 Tbsp coriander (ground)

-3 Tbsp cumin

-1/2 tsp cayenne

-2 tsp tumeric

-1/2 tsp paprika

-2 tsp garam masala

-1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

-1 28 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

-juice of 2 lemons

-1 tsp sugar

salt and pepper to taste


Tags: Chana Masala, Indian food, cheap Indian food recipe, easy Indian food recipe, chickpeas
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