Want to add a twist to traditional chocolate chip cookies? If so, you'll love the following Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Zest and Vanilla Bean! The addition of these two basic ingredients creates an amazing flavor profile that will leave everyone asking for more. Read more →


Years ago, I had the most scrumptious chicken tortilla soup on the planet. It was made by a sous chef at a private country club where I worked as a line cook/prep chef. This soup had a rich broth that erupted into a smoky-sweet heat at the back of the throat from the jalapeno and poblano peppers. Read more →


Sometimes the best holiday cookie recipes are the ones found on the side of a packaged cake mix box. A good example is these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies from Duncan Hines. Those of you who have followed The Cheap Gourmet for awhile know that I can't resist deviating from original recipes. However, I only modified this one a little bit. Read more →


One of my fondest childhood memories is my mom's homemade yeast rolls. She would make an enormous batch a few times each week. Most were made into dinner rolls, but some were transformed into the most amazing cinnamon rolls served for Sunday brunch. When mom passed away, I inherited her recipe collection. I've made many of her favorite recipes over... Read more →


Fathers Day is next Sunday and there's no better gift than a Beer of the Month Club subscription. I've ordered annual subscriptions from Clubs of America as a birthday and Christmas gift for my husband. He really enjoyed the microbrewed beers and was bummed when the subscription expired. Read more →


If you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-prepare appetizer you will love these deep fried parmesan cheese puffs. These bite-size parmesan cheeese puffs are light and airy with a hint of saltiness from the cheese and a crispy outer shell. They are perfect on their own or can be paired with a light dipping sauce. The cheese puffs can be... Read more →


The following Vegetarian Tamale Pie recipe was developed by me when I worked at a health food store. This turned out to be one of the most requested dishes on the menu. I have since altered it with the addition of chile pepper and red pepper flakes. Feel free to adjust the heat by adding more or less of these ingredients. Read more →