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The Dining on a Dime Cookbook
Dining on a Dime is a cookbook put out by the awesome folks at www.livingonadime.com who are constantly putting out blog posts and Facebook live videos, which I love to watch. They are awesome folks with quite the sense of humor 🙂
I ordered the Dining on a Dime Cookbook after watching many of said videos as I am always looking for ways to save money, especially around groceries and menu planning.
Saving Time and Money
If you are as busy as me, you are all about saving money AND time. One of the best places to do this is in the kitchen. Simplifying our menus, menu plans, etc. and not cooking a lot of fancy dishes that require specialty items is one easy way to save time and money. Now, if you are cooking from scratch, it might not save you time, but it will almost always save you money.
Different Tastes for Different Folks
I have tried several of the recipes in this Dining on a Dime Cookbook. There are SO many more I want to try! The recipes are simple and, for the most part, require items that most people already have in their kitchen. I do have to admit that a few of the recipes I have tried we didn’t like at all and they were ones that the authors said were some of their favorites. Maybe we just have different tastes. I do know that having tried several cooking/menu planning/freezer planning programs, depending on where the author lives may make a difference. I have sometimes wondered how they can like a certain recipe because we don’t cook like that around here at all LOL! I’m not sure if it makes any difference or not and I have no proof, but I would think someone cooking recipes on the East Coast might cook different from those on the West Coast and some person like me here in the middle in Oklahoma might just cook home style like I do 🙂
We have liked several of the recipes we have tried though. I really liked their Stroganoff recipe! I had an old box of Hamburger Helper in my cupboard and fixed it the other day on one of those off days where I wasn’t really cooking just so they guys would have something to eat. We all have days like that now and then. It was not near as good as the Dining on a Dime recipe for Stroganoff! My sister-in-law was over when I had made it out of the cookbook and she liked it so much she asked if she could borrow the cookbook!
There are a lot of seasoning mixes I want to try. I hardly ever buy packets of seasonings like taco seasoning unless it really goes on sale cheap (like when my local store had brown gravy 6/1.00) because I just use the seasonings in my cabinet. I would like to make the mix up though to have on hand. The Dining on a Dime Cookbook also has a Bisquick type recipe too I want to try. I haven’t tried any of the desserts yet.
Here is one of their videos about the fried mushrooms, zucchini, onion rings, and squash.
I want to try this too LOL!
Honest Review of Dining on a Dime Cookbook
I always give an HONEST review about any product that I try and use. I like this Dining on a Dime Cookbook for the fact that the meals are so simple and inexpensive. I like that it is spiral bound so I can fold it back when I’m cooking and not having to try and keep the book open. I like that they are putting out more videos of them cooking the recipes too. I also like that a lot of the basic recipes are in there because sometimes I want something like the taco seasoning, for example, or the baking mix recipe. I mentioned that we haven’t like a few of the recipes, but that has happened with EVERY cookbook or program that I have tried. No matter who you are, there will be some recipes you don’t like no matter which program or book you buy because we’ve all been raised differently to eat certain types of foods. I like to try new foods to a point, but hubs is always griping at me because I am not too find of trying things like he is. I just like down-home comfort type foods LOL!
This book would be great for someone just learning to cook as it is not complicated as some cookbooks are. The book itself is not fancy and seems simple enough. This is not a lavish, in color with beautiful pictures cookbook. It’s more like a simple, down to earth, home style cookbook.
I always write in my Dining on a Dime Cookbook and put notes about each recipe. I put a happy face, a straight face, or a sad face. Like on the stroganoff recipe, I put a very happy face and wrote the note “used 3/4 bag of egg noodles and was a little dry, either use less noodles or add more soup or sour cream.” It’s a good idea to always take notes when you try a new recipe. Someday, my cookbooks will go to my children and the notes will help them tremendously.
So, let me know if you have the Dining on a Dime Cookbook and if you’ve tried some of the recipes!