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Sushi at Home

Maybe you’re like us – sushi lovers who don’t always want to grab sushi from a restaurant, but who are intimidated to try making sushi at home for fear that it won’t turn out as good as the restaurant. Sound familiar? We once were in that same (sushi) boat but have since realized how simpleContinue reading “Sushi at Home”

Shaw’s Sales 4/16/21 – 4/22/21

View the ad for yourself here. There are lots of really great sales this week, including: New York Strip Steak bone-in, 3lbs+ $5.97/lb limit 2 pkgs Jumbo EZ Peel Raw Shrimp $5.97/lb limit 2 pkgs Fresh salmon fillets $7.97/lb Green Beans 97c/lb Yellow squash and zucchini 97c/lb Eggplant 97c/lb Plum tomatoes 97c/lb Broccoli 97c/lb BumbleContinue reading “Shaw’s Sales 4/16/21 – 4/22/21”

Maple Pecan Sticky Buns

After having Willa Jean’s sticky bun when we went to New Orleans (read that post here), we wanted to recreate the deliciousness, knowing we wouldn’t be able to get anywhere close. Well, to our surprise, these sticky buns are actually not too far off from what we remember! These are super simple to make andContinue reading “Maple Pecan Sticky Buns”

Weekly Meal Plan 4/4/21 – 4/10/21

As Shaw’s continues to offer Easter-themed sales this week, we’d encourage Easter fare whether or not you celebrate the holiday, with ham or beef roast, potatoes, squash, and asparagus. What are you making this week? Let us know in the comments below or share photos of your finished creations on Instagram using hashtag #economicaleats.

Shaw’s Sales 4/2/21 – 4/8/21

View the ad for yourself here. Shaw’s is continuing to offer some great Easter deals this week: Thomas’ English muffins B1G2 Kellogg’s cereal $1.49 must buy 2 Lay’s Kettle or potato chips $1.99 limit 4 Ken’s Salad Dressings $1.99 Sweet Baby Ray’s $1.99 Annie’s 50% off Cascadian Farm 50% off Winter Squash 99c/lb Sweet PotatoesContinue reading “Shaw’s Sales 4/2/21 – 4/8/21”

King Arthur Baking Company’s #ExtraordinaryBread contest

During the contest or after, be sure to give some of these recipes a try (you won’t be sorry), and when you do, make sure to tag King Arthur, #ExtraordinaryBread, and #economicaleats so we can all admire your creations!

Breakfast Sandwiches and Hash Browns: Dunkin’ Donuts vs. McDonald’s

We’ve heard from multiple sources that McDonald’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles┬« is the king of fast food breakfast sandwiches, but until this taste test, we had never tried one. We decided to put it up against Dunkin’ Donuts’ Turkey Sausage, Egg & Cheese, another breakfast sandwich that we hadn’t tried. And while we wereContinue reading “Breakfast Sandwiches and Hash Browns: Dunkin’ Donuts vs. McDonald’s”

Red Hen Baking Company

What we ordered: There are a few go-tos that we have at Red Hen, though they frequently have specials that we will get. Among our typical order are the following: Pain au Chocolat – your typical crispy, crumbly, fall-apart, flaky croissant with a dark chocolate center. Kouign Amann (any variety) – said to be theContinue reading “Red Hen Baking Company”

Shaw’s Sales 3/5/21 – 3/11/21

View the ad for yourself here. The best of this week’s sales at Shaw’s are: Sirloin steak 3lbs+ $2.96/lb limit 2 pkgs 90/10 Ground beef 3lbs+ $2.96/lb limit 2 pkgs Red grapes $1.46/lb limit 2 bags Thomas’ English muffins B1G2 General Mills cereal $1.49 must buy 4 Johnsonville ground sausage BOGO Johnsonville sausage links B2G1Continue reading “Shaw’s Sales 3/5/21 – 3/11/21”

No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies

Oh no, you’ve got guests coming over and forgot to make a dessert. Or maybe you’re just craving some sort of sweet but don’t really feel like making anything. Either way, no bake cookies are the answer. They are super easy, take no time at all, and use ingredients you should already have on hand.Continue reading “No Bake Cookies”

Shaw’s Sales 2/26/21 – 3/4/21

View the ad for yourself here. Sales this week at Shaw’s include: Chicken breast or thighs 3lbs+ $1.47/lb, limit 2 pkgs Asparagus 97c/lb, limit 4 lbs Apples, pears, oranges 97c/lb Chobani Greek yogurt 79c, must buy 10 Kellogg’s cereal 2/$5 Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries 3/$10, must buy 3 Signature Farms mushrooms 3/$5 Bell peppers 3/$5Continue reading “Shaw’s Sales 2/26/21 – 3/4/21”


Chili is one of the quickest, easiest dishes to put together, and it is not only hearty and filling, but can also be made vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. It’s a great winter dish, but can also be made in the summer just as well. It’s a good thing to know how to make as itContinue reading “Chili”


Quiche is the ultimate “throw in anything but the kitchen sink” dish. It’s great for using up produce that is going to go bad (but first, check out our post on ways to make produce last longer), and it’s a delicious option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It can be crustless (technically a frittata atContinue reading “Quiche”

Mac N Cheese

Everyone has a mac n cheese recipe, and everyone thinks their recipe is the best. We are no different and think our mac n cheese is the best. It’s quick, easy, the perfect balance of cheesy and creamy, and has onion and bacon. What else could you want from a mac n cheese? Plus, ifContinue reading “Mac N Cheese”

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract doesn’t have to be that pricy baking essential that you dread having to shell out money on. You can make your own at home for much cheaper and even have more control on the quality of it. It’s super simple and just requires you to spend 5 minutes making it and 6 monthsContinue reading “Vanilla Extract”

Shaw’s Sales 2/12/21 – 2/18/21

View the ad for yourself here. Sales at Shaw’s this week include: New York Strip Steak 3lbs+ $4.97/lb limit 2 pkgs Raw Shrimp $4.97/lb limit 2 pkgs Lucerne shredded or sliced cheese 2/$5 Kellogg’s $1.99 Blueberries and strawberries 2/$4 limit 2 each Frozen bay scallops $5.77/lb Bumble Bee canned tuna B2G2 Gorton’s fish BOGO FABContinue reading “Shaw’s Sales 2/12/21 – 2/18/21”

Chicken Breast

This foolproof method of cooking chicken (or turkey) breast will always yield juicy, perfectly cooked chicken breast that can be used in a variety of recipes from there like this Southwest Salad or chicken pot pie. It’s great for any dish that requires chicken, like enchiladas, alfredo, or stir fry. Salt and pepper both sidesContinue reading “Chicken Breast”


Do you long for the perfect rice without a rice cooker? Just a little sticky, but also fluffy and not at all mushy? We’ve got you. This is a foolproof method to get the perfect rice, whether brown, white, long grain, short grain, etc. Just adjust the cooking time and you’re golden. Rinse rice inContinue reading “Rice”


I know exactly what you’re thinking. Why on earth do you need a recipe for bacon? You just fry it up in a pan, right? Wrong. There are better and worse methods, depending on what you are trying to do with your bacon. We have found the method below to be the safest, most versatileContinue reading “Bacon”

January 2021 North India

Review We got to start off 2021 with a new Spice Madam box from North India! We already know that we love Indian food (see our review of our local Indian restaurant, Namaste, here), so we had high hopes for this box. While neither of us are mint fans, we loved the cilantro mint chutney,Continue reading “January 2021 North India”

Shaw’s Sales 1/29/21 – 2/4/21

View the ad for yourself here. Sales at Shaw’s this week include: Boneless Chicken Breast or Thighs, 3lbs+, $1.47/lb limit 2 pkgs Shrimp, Extra Large Cooked or Colossal Raw, $5.97/lb limit 2 Cuties 2 lb bag $2.77 Fresh Express Salad Blends 2/$4 Hillshire Farm Kielbasa BOGO Doritos $1.99 limit 4 Smartfood $1.99 limit 4 SignatureContinue reading “Shaw’s Sales 1/29/21 – 2/4/21”

Namaste Indian-Nepali Kitchen What we ordered: We have gotten takeout from Namaste many times, and while we have our favorites (denoted with a *), we have enjoyed everything we’ve tried. The Verdict Montpelier was sorely missing an Indian food option, so we are ecstatic that not only is there now one, but it’s top notch food. TheContinue reading “Namaste Indian-Nepali Kitchen”

The Meltdown What we ordered: We ordered from the Meltdown for dinner one night and grabbed a Margherita Grilled Cheese, a Chopped Cheese Grilled Cheese, a Carbonara Grilled Cheese with Del’s Alfredo Sauce (a special the week we went), and an Apple, Fig, and Brie Grilled Cheese. Each of our sandwiches came with a small sideContinue reading “The Meltdown”

Shaw’s Sales 1/8/21 – 1/14/21

View the ad for yourself here. Sales this week at Shaw’s include: Chicken tenders $2.47/lb limit 2 pkgs Blueberries 18oz $3.47 Blackberries 12oz $3.47 Signature Farms Avocados 5ct bag $2.95 (59c each) Frozen scallops 16oz $7.97 limit 2 Lay’s Potato or Kettle Chips $1.99 limit 4 Ground Sirloin 90/10 3lbs+ $2.97/lb limit 2 pkgs Thomas’Continue reading “Shaw’s Sales 1/8/21 – 1/14/21”


I cannot explain the joy and simplicity of focaccia any better than Claire Saffitz did in her YouTube video detailing how to make the focaccia recipe from her cookbook, Dessert Person. You can watch the video below and buy her cookbook here. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk yeast into 1/2 cup warmContinue reading “Focaccia”

Shaw’s Sales 1/1/21 – 1/7/21

View the ad for yourself here if the date range above is still active or use the download link below if this week’s sales have passed. Sales this week at Shaw’s include: Boneless Chicken Breast or Thighs 3lbs+ $1.47/lb limit 2 pkgs Cuties 2lb bag $2.77 Signature Select Pasta Sauce 99c Signature Select Italian BreadContinue reading “Shaw’s Sales 1/1/21 – 1/7/21”


If you’re still buying hummus from the store, not only are you spending way more money than you need to for hummus, but you’re missing out on the endless options of making it yourself. It’s quick, easy, and delicious to make your own hummus, so give it a try! Note: Shelling your chickpeas is optionalContinue reading “Hummus”

Black Diamond Barbeque

What we ordered: We grabbed the following dishes as takeout: BBQ poutine (not pictured), smoked brisket platter with brioche, side of mac n cheese, and Nashville hot chicken sandwich. Can we just talk a little bit more about the Nashville hot chicken sandwich? It’s on a homemade cheddar bacon biscuit. Yeah. They did that. NoContinue reading “Black Diamond Barbeque”

Rainbow Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a delicious addition to just about any meal, breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert. But let’s face it, it’s usually boring looking. Well, not this fruit salad. We’ve come up with the perfect combo of fruit that not only tastes good but looks good too! Cut off the top of the strawberries, thenContinue reading “Rainbow Fruit Salad”

Maple Cream Liqueur

First of all, if you’ve never had Maple Cream Liqueur, you don’t know what your life is missing. Add it to hot chocolates or coffee, or just drink it chilled, straight. You will thank me later. But which brand makes the best Maple Cream Liqueur? We did a head-to-head-to-head with the following three brands: DescriptionContinue reading “Maple Cream Liqueur”

Eggos: Homestyle vs. Buttermilk

Yeah, we taste test everything. Seriously, how different can two styles of frozen waffles be? You’d be surprised. The Verdict Overall, they are both frozen waffles and ultimately comes down to personal preference to decide which one is “better”. Our favorite out of the two is the Buttermilk, but we are so curious to seeContinue reading “Eggos: Homestyle vs. Buttermilk”

Hana vs. Koto

Living in Vermont, there isn’t an abundance of Asian food, but the places that do exist are phenomenal. In this taste test, we compared Hana and Koto on the following: Beef negimaki, chicken katsu, california roll, shrimp dumplings, miso soup, salad with ginger dressing, and Spicy Girl maki. Price Taste The Verdict The results areContinue reading “Hana vs. Koto”

NYC Pizza

If you read this blog but have never watched Buzz Feed’s “Worth It” series, I’ve got hours of entertainment for you to binge during COVID. A while ago, we watched Worth It’s $2 Pizza Vs. $2,000 Pizza (New York City) before heading to New York City ourselves. And while we didn’t try the $2,000 PizzaContinue reading “NYC Pizza”


Old Fashioned Amish Bread

You can tell yourself all you want that making homemade bread is difficult or won’t turn out as good as the store-bought stuff, but I promise that if you try making this bread once, you will never believe that again! This bread is sweet, doughy, and so easy to make. We’ve also made these intoContinue reading “Old Fashioned Amish Bread”

Boston Burger Company What we ordered: On our numerous trips to Boston Burger Company (we’ve gone more than just the two we have talked about: 28 hour food trip and 12 hour food trip), we have gotten: The Verdict If you’re looking for epic burgers, indulgent milkshakes, and fattening fries – you have GOT to go toContinue reading “Boston Burger Company”

October 2020 Greece

Review Our October Greek Spice Madam box was wonderful. We began by making up the dough for the Pita Bread and marinating the chicken thighs that would become the meat used in the Gyros. We then made the Keftedes (zucchini fritters), which had to solidify up in the fridge for a while before we couldContinue reading “October 2020 Greece”

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