Category Archives: The Cheap-Ass Gourmet

Chef Smiter’s “Clean out the fridge” frittata

This is one of those things that I make every couple of weeks or so when I look in the fridge and realize I’ve got little odds & ends of things, little containers of this & that, and am stuck on what to make for dinner. The recipe & instructions are below — just scroll …

Continue reading

The Cheap-Ass Gourmet: Steel-cut Oats, Smiter Style

Steel-cut oats seem to be all the rage right now: they’re tasty and nutritious and they stick to the ribs in the way that, say, Cocoa Puffs don’t. Trouble is, they take forever to make. I don’t know about you, but if I have to wait 45 minutes before tucking into my breakfast, someone’s gonna get …

Continue reading

The Cheap-Ass Gourmet: Dr Smiter’s “OMG, are these really vegetables??” Kale Chips

Kale is one of those vegetables that many people — some seasoned vegetarians among them — believe was put on this Earth simply as an instrument of torment, to be avoided at all costs. I am, however, not one of them. Although I’m not a vegetarian, I am what can be loosely termed a “veggie …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading