Calculating the Costs: Spaghetti With Olives and Anchovies

Sometimes when I'm not sure what I'll be having for dinner, I'll look in my cupboard to see what I have on hand. The other day, it was pasta and anchovies, and after a quick Google search, I found a recipe for spaghetti with olives and anchovies from Nigella Lawson.

Cheap Eats: Chicken Pot Pie

My favorite thing about making chicken pot pie is eating it, but also that you can fill it with whatever you want.

How I Made 3 Dinners For Two Average Out to Just $5 Person

How to make dinner if you already have friends and aren't trying to impress anyone.

Cheap Eats: Zucchini Pasta for One

This is the best for cooking for one; few ingredients, easy, cheap (so cheap!), somewhat healthy, not that much washing up. I’ll give quantities to feed one, but can just increase for however many you want.

Cheap Eats: Saag Paneer

Make some food for cheap. Then eat it.

Lobster Rolls For Everyone But Only If You Make Them at Home Ok

Lobster is really cheap right now (global warming) but restaurants are still charging an arm and a leg (a .. claw and another claw) and people are still paying a lot for it, because brains are weird and we’re all pretty stupid. (“If lobster were priced like chicken, we might enjoy it less.”)

Old Fashioneds and a Roast: A Dinner Party for $13 Per Person

Wine, a roast, and maple syrup old fashioneds—a fancy dinner party for $13 per person.

A Guide to International Cheap Eats

Billfold pal and prolific world traveler Jodi Ettenberg has been working on a book about discovering and learning how to make delicious cheap food from different countries she's visited, and she wants to share her findings with you.

Are You a Comfort Food Person or a Status Food Person

Brent Cunningham explores the ritual of the last supper for death-row inmates. Many requested meals are similar, and he suspects class is why: “In America, where the death rows—like the prisons generally—are largely filled with men from the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder, last-meal requests are dominated by the country’s mass-market comfort foods: fries, soda, fried chicken, pie. Sprinkled in this mix is a lot of what social scientists call ‘status foods’—steak, lobster, shrimp—the kinds of foods that in popular culture conjure up the image of affluence.”

Don’t Buy Expensive Cereal Make Your Own Expensive Cereal

We already have a solid history of groundbreaking cereal coverage here at the Billfold, and today I'd like to continue that legacy with my recipe for summer cereal, or: the only food I will be preparing at my house until it's not hot anymore.

Cheap Eats: Asparagus Lasagna

So, a few of you guys asked me how I make my favorite asparagus lasagna, and ask and you shall receive!

Cheap Eats: Lentil Quinoa Salad

Summer means heat, and heat means cravings for cool, light, refreshing meals. When I get home from work on a hot July day, the last thing I want to do is heat up my A/C-less apartment by turning on the oven or standing over the stove. Behold the wonder of Lentil Quinoa Salad.