Monthly Archives: March, 2013

The Cheap-Ass Gourmet: Easy Crap-free Spaghetti Sauce

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a bottle of commercial pasta sauce? Seriously, it’s enough to choke a goat — sugar, enough salt to puff you up like a balloon for a month, and all sorts of disgusting crappy chemicals you can’t pronounce. Mmmm… Spaghetti a la Paint Thinner, anyone? No. And that …

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The Cheap-Ass Cosmetician: Eye Makeup Remover

OK, I know it’s not “gourmet” or “food”, but I have to share this one with you. As a certified (or certifiable…) Female Smiter, I do get tired of the ripoffs we girls endure at the hands of the so-called Beauty Industry. And do not get me started on dry-cleaning costs (really? $7 for a …

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The Cheap-Ass Gourmet: Chicken Soup a la Smiter

Here’s a recipe I’m actually currently making — the house smells divine, if I do say so myself. It is one of my favourites, as it hits several sweet spots: it’s cheap, it’s delicious (again, if I do say so myself), and it’s extremely economical because you use up all the end bits of a …

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From Cylon Raider to Gestapo Hunter…

…or How an accidental hobby led me to the grandfather I never met. Life takes some very strange twists and turns sometimes and, in the grand scheme of things, this one is really a doozie. A couple of friends have suggested that this would work well on “Who Do You Think You Are?” but, alas, …

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