June 18, 2012
by Lacy
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Cheese 101: How to Make a Cheese Plate for a Dinner Party

Last Friday night I hosted a small dinner party for three of my closest foodie friends.  The “theme” of this party was based on a series of culinary classes I had the great fortune to take for my June column … Continue reading

The Meat Sheet {Free Download!}

June 6, 2012 by Lacy | 11 Comments

Oh my friends, my friends.  Have I got an awesome freebie for you today!

It’s part tip, part technique, part resource, all rolled up into one!  It’s: The Meat Sheet.

(Click here to download the PDF.)

Just in time for Father’s Day (cos we all know the Dads tend to like their meat) and grilling season, I present to you, The Meat Sheet!

What is it?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  The Meat Sheet is a handy-dandy printable cheat-sheet you can keep in your kitchen or in your recipe collection that shows which cooking methods work the best with which cuts of meat.

So, say you’re trying to keep to a really tight budget, but you still want to buy organic, grass fed, sustainably raised meats.  You check out your local meat counter and see that chuck roast is the cheapest cut of beef this week, by the pound.

What the heck do you do with a chuck roast?

Well, you braise it, of course!  And you know this because you’ve got your handy-dandy meat sheet to tell you. (Don’t know how to braise? That’s OK; just type “recipe,” “chuck roast,” and “braise” into the Google and you’ll get a ton of recipes.)

Maybe the next week, your grocery store is having a killer sale on pork cutlets.  Time to break out the grill!  Your meat sheet tells you that they are perfect for that kind of high-heat cooking.

Isn’t that cool?  Gotta send a huge thank you and shout out to Stephanie Mott at Dragon Belly Creative who took my idea and made The Meat Sheet look so schweet!

Think this is a nifty little resource? Then please share it with your friends!  You can Tweet it, like it on Facebook, Stumble it or pin it on Pinterest!

And, check this out: subscribers got sneak peek of The Meat Sheet this week.  Sign up now and don’t miss anything, because I’ve got big stuff planned—great resources for living the life you want for yourself and your family, and some fabulous freebies!

In fact, on Monday, I’ll be sending out an email with instructions on how to get a very popular program on how to save money on your groceries absolutely free.  It’s normally a $30 value!

Don’t miss out!  I won’t be posting this info on the blog, I’ll only be sending it to subscribers.

Sign up for updates, exclusive free resources, and my free e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Eating Organic on a Budget:


I’m sharing this with Real Food Wednesdays.

spicy sausage from North Denver Sausage Company

April 13, 2012
by Lacy
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Local Recipe: North Denver Sausage Company and Seafood Sausage Paella

I don’t think the word “salumi” entered my vocabulary until a couple of years ago, but when it did—hoooo, boy!  Suddenly, cured meats are everywhere, on restaurant menus, on pizzas and sandwiches, as the backbone of my favorite gourmet market … Continue reading