Snacks On a Budget: Everything You Need to Know About Popcorn

Popcorn’s role in the American snack food pantheon is both straightforward and mysterious. Its appeal in the salty snack department is easy to understand—made at home, popcorn is extremely cheap, healthful and delicious. Yet all over America, we insist on consuming it in ways that are less cheap, less healthful and (this is the true tragedy) less delicious.

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.

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: 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.