Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.
Today: Fill your weekends with projects that'll keep your kitchen stocked all week long.
You know those people who take pleasure in spending hours at a time crafting something beautiful or creating gorgeous, intricate desserts? I'm not one of them. I have a short attention span and a profound inability to be patient, which means that spending all day in my kitchen isn't usually in the cards.
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But it's winter, and the potential for cheap activities has decreased dramatically -- no more picnics, or free outdoor shows, or days at the beach. So here's a round up of projects to take on that'll keep your weekends busy, and your kitchen fully stocked during the week. Win-win, even for the most DIY-averse of us.
Make your own:
Bread:Because you need to carb-load for all the TV you'll be watching.
Pesto:Because it'll make everything you eat feel just a little bit fancier.
Nut Butters:Because you're so not about to spend $16 on a jar of almond butter.
Chicken or Vegetable Stock: Because having soup broth on hand is one of the keys to having a fully grown-up kitchen.