Retro Sundays

I created the Retro Sundays series to help newer readers easily navigate the very best of this blog's enormous back catalog of content. Each Retro Sundays column serves up a selection of the best articles from this week in history here at Casual Kitchen.

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This Week in History at Casual Kitchen:

Eight Tips to Make Cooking At Home Laughably Cheap (December 2006)
This post was inspired by a know-it-all friend from Manhattan who claimed it was cheaper to eat out than to cook at home. Fool. I later created the meme Laughably Cheap and a ton of laughably cheap recipes to go with it, and well, the rest is history.

Wintry Tomato Vegetable Soup (December 2007)
This easy and inexpensive soup recipe has been a long-time favorite here at CK, and it's an absolutely perfect meal for a freezing winter day.

Capitalize on Your Cooking Core Competencies (December 2007)
Turn your household into a well-oiled cooking machine with the tips in this post--the final installment in my series on How to Team Up in the Kitchen.

Blog Improvement 101 Links (December 2008)
What are your plans to make your blog even better in the coming year? I put together this list of the ten best articles on blogging from 2008, and I'm still referring to each of them in my efforts to improve Casual Kitchen. These articles are as useful today as ever.

A Short Guide to Common Nicaraguan Foods (December 2009)
Laura and I spent a week in Nicaragua last year (we were there with a team of eye doctors giving free eye exams), and we simply fell in love with this country and its delicious and unpretentious foods. This post gets a surprising amount of search traffic--and a ton of comment spam from people selling Costa Rican real estate. Go figure.

How to Use Food and Wine Jargon Without Sounding Pretentious (December 2009)
I learned two important things after writing this post: First, the people who really should read it most likely won't. Second, never create "composite characters" made up of people from your old career. I had three separate colleagues from my former Wall Street days ask me if this post was about them.

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Melissa said...

The laughably cheap thing... I thought of this, of you, over the holiday when a very close friend of mine stopped in on Christmas Eve and, as we were chatting about cooking (she was watching me prep for the following day's meal), I said "you should cook more, woman!" I know she really enjoys it, so I was jokingly telling her to get her butt back in the kitchen, where she has been absent in the last year or so... and she said "I don't have the money to cook right now."


As you can well imagine, I had to bite my tongue ridiculously hard. I may offer her suggestions at one point, but I knew she wasn't ready to hear it right that moment. So I just shrugged and we talked about something else.


Daniel said...

Heh Melissa--I gotta compliment you on your restraint. But you can always send her here and use me as a proxy to help her. Unless of course she has a thing against lentils. :)