Cooking on a Dime

Creating delicious meals in South Jersey on a budget just got easier with these simple how-to's of the kitchen.

To Be Continued, Hopefully! April 30, 2012

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I am sad to inform my followers that due to my busy school and work schedule, I’m not sure if I will be continuing my blog. I will be walking in Graduation in just a couple of weeks and then I only have a short break before I continue with my summer courses in order to graduate by August. I have learned so much about cooking and am so proud of the experiences I have had. I was able to interview some interesting people and learn new things about people I have known for some time.


I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my cooking efforts, especially my family for trying almost every recipe I made. I also want to thank everyone for checking up on my blog and getting me over 500 hits. You have kept me motivated and determined to turn out better recipes every time I posted. I also want to thank those who allowed me to pick apart their brain and include them in my blog. Without all of them this blog wouldn’t have been the same.


Don’t think that my journey in the kitchen is over! I’m going to continue to cook because, well, that was the point, right? Learning how to cook? And I must admit, I think I’m pretty good at it. So when I have the time and I turn out a recipe I think you would really enjoy, I’m going to post it. But until then, you can take a look at what I would consider my five best posts. Enjoy!


White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Chicken Piccata

Jibarito Sandwich

Savory Oven Baked Chicken

Interview with Jasmine Mangalaseril and Richard Wilson


Jibarito Sandwich

Over the years as I have grown older, my taste buds have adapted to different foods. Growing up, my sister and my father had the same tastes whereas my mother and I had the same tastes. One thing my mother and I hated? Condiments. Now, I cannot eat a cheeseburger without a dollop of ketchup or enjoy a chicken quesadilla without sour cream. And tomatoes? They’re still not my favorite but I can definitely tolerate them. This adventure in the kitchen has definitely opened my eyes to new possibilities when it comes to food.


During my Online Journalism class, Katie Bavosa, a fellow student at Rowan University, asked me if I had ever tried cooking ethnic foods. Immediately I replied no, however, I do love Spanish food and I would love to try a Spanish recipe so Bavosa suggested that I try something different for my blog. So I went to those closest to me who would have the best suggestions for a recipe to try. Jovita Salamone, whom you might remember from an earlier post and another coworker of mine, suggested that I try a Jibarito Sandwich.


I’ve been working at Walgreens for the past 4+ years and I’ve made friends with almost everyone who has come and gone. I have worked, and still work with many Spanish people who have introduced me to all different types of foods. I was very hesitant to try their food but I started small with rice and beans because of course I didn’t really like beans either. I then tried Stuffed Mashed Potato Balls, Papas Rellenas in Spanish. This dish is essentially seasoned ground beef inside a fried mashed potato ball. After this, I have only expanded my interests. I began asking my manager, Barbara Ruiz, to bring me dinner every time we work the same shift.


Ruiz, who grew up in Puerto Rico, has definitely remained true to her roots when it comes to her cooking. Chicken Gizzards certainly don’t sound appetizing and she knew that I wouldn’t touch them with a ten-foot pole if I knew that that’s what I was eating so she withheld that information from me. I knew I needed to dive in and just try it and to my surprise, they were delicious.


So it also came as a surprise when I asked Ruiz if she had ever eaten or made a Jibarito Sandwich and she replied no. However, I will be honest, I can’t tell the difference between Puerto Rican food, Cuban food, and Mexican food. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to. Ruiz informed me that “jibarito” is a Mexican word so I was most likely making a Mexican dish. Regardless, I went ahead to my local grocery store and picked up the necessary ingredients.



  • 1 Green Plantain
  • 4-inch portion of Skirt Steak
  • 1/2 Large Onion
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 cup Mojo Marinade
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 TBS Vinegar
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 12 Peppercorns
  • 1 TBS Ketchup
  • 1 TBS Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce & Tomato



I will admit I was in a little over my head with this recipe. I didn’t research how to properly peel plantains so they didn’t come out as they should have. But I definitely learned from my mistake and will be able to properly do it the next time with the help of The Noshery.


Beef Pot Roast Tutorial April 21, 2012

Since I’ve started this blog, I have received a few comments from other beginners in the kitchen regarding their concerns on how to make a meal. Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make a well-balanced meal with hardly any effort at all!


There are no required ingredients for this recipe, except the beef, of course, so just have fun with it. Also, depending on the size of your CrockPot, the amount of ingredients will vary. I made the pot roast the way my mom usually makes it with a few ingredients and lots of seasoning.



  • 1 Chuck Roast
  • 8 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 4 Celery pieces
  • Carrots
  • Red Wine
  • Water
  • Garlic & Seasonings



Easter Sunday Ideas April 7, 2012

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Easter Sunday is a great time to get together with family and friends. Something that keeps this holiday interesting and fun is the food that brings people together.


Here are some great websites that offer fun and delicious recipes for Easter: