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.

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



Chicken Piccata Recipe March 24, 2012

If you couldn’t tell by now, I really like the Dinner Spinner! It makes finding recipes and cooking so easy!

I went to Acme to do some grocery shopping and found buy one, get one free chicken breasts at $6.99. So I looked up chicken recipes on the Dinner Spinner and found Chicken Piccata.


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 (4-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. Flatten chicken to 1/2-inch thickness; place in bag, one piece at a time, and shake to coat.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in butter. Stir in whine or broth. Bring to  boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Drizzle with lemon juice.

I also bought a bag of steam vegetables for $3.99 which brings the meal to a total of only $11.00!