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:

The Food Spending Poll: Results and Conclusions (August 2009)
I did an informal poll of readers to see what percent of our disposable income we spend on food. The results were, quite frankly, a shock.

Southern Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Collards (August 2009)
This recipe is one of the greatest examples of laughably cheap, ever: a healthy, hearty stew that weighs in at a preposterous 45c-65c a serving.

Countdown: Top Ten Low Alcohol Drinks (August 2008)
These beverages generally have 1/2 to 1/3 of the alcohol in a typical standard drink, so you can keep your head about you during a night on the town. Just like my Top Ten Alcoholic Drinks of Summer, and my Top Ten No-Alcohol Drinks, this post captures a ton of search traffic. Also, see the comments for a spirited debate on the exact components of a Shandy.

Turning a Bad Recipe Into a Good One: Lime and Chipotle Shrimp (August 2007)
Some recipes look great on paper, but suck in reality. Here are tips on how we took a recipe flop from Simply Recipes, made a few key modifications, and turned it into an amazing addition to our recipe collection.

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