The Frugal Foodie’s #FoodieFind Feb 6, 2015: How to Save Money at Asian Markets


Many of us would like to cook authentic Asian dishes at home, but sometimes the ingredients are hard to find. And if you haven’t learned by now, the mainstream grocery stores are overcharging you double, sometimes triple what you would pay at the Asian markets. So on this episode, I’ll be sharing some dishes for a simple, healthy menu that is inexpensive, flavorful, and fun for your guests. And I’ll talk in depth about the ingredients: what to look for, cooking tips, brands I recommend, and where to buy them to save money!

I’ll also be sharing the Rola Family Lumpia Recipe, also known as Filipino Spring Rolls, and walking you through step-by-step so you can make them at home. Over the years people have begged me for the recipe, and I’m sharing it with you on this show. Anyone who has tasted my family’s lumpia, is never satisfied with egg rolls or spring rolls served in a restaurant ever again! And to go with it, you’ll learn the Ilocano Filipino traditional dipping sauce, plus the common mainstream restaurant-style sauce. I’ll also share other variations of egg rolls or spring rolls from Southeast Asia that you may not have tried before, and are equally simple, tasty, and addictive! Some of these options are even Gluten-Free!

There are even more brands of soy & fish sauce than there are brands of American breakfast cereals, so I’ll give you the names of brands that I recommend, and places where you can find them.

And of course what food gathering is complete without some kind of dessert? So I will be sharing my recipes for Matcha Green Tea Blondies, other Asian desserts that include Gluten-Free options that your guest will love!

Come listen on February 6, 2015, for this episode of “The Frugal Foodie Show” for the CookingNetwork.Club on!

@Ms_Terree The Frugal Foodie on the LA Cookie Con & the story behind the negative tweets

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“@Ms_Terree The Frugal Foodie talks about the LA Cookie Con” via Cooking Network Club on 1/30/2015 10am EST

Sunday January 25, 2015 was the Inaugural LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show in Pasadena, California. The Food Network’s famous “Sweet Genius,” Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel was the main attraction, along with chefs from Master ChefMaster Chef Junior, and Next Food Network Star. Unfortunately, some attendees started a twitter storm over hours-long lines, and not being able to get in despite having pre-paid for tickets. A run-down on how the event turned out and the REAL story behind what went wrong!

I’m doing a LIVE Blogcast this Friday, January 23rd 7am PST / 10am EST!!!

THE_Next_Food_TV_Network_Star edited (500x375)OK, I must admit I’m a little scared and a bit nervous. I’ve been dipping my toe in the pool for much of my life, and now I’m taking the plunge towards embracing my passion – – food and people. Live online this Friday, January 23rd 7am PST /10am EST, I’m going to share my own story: my experience as a kid growing up with ‪#‎wild‬ ‪#‎food‬ ‪#‎foraging‬ and eating weird food before Travel Channel & Andrew Zimmern made it acceptable, and more.

Wild-mustard-lush-patch Wild mustard bloom

I have met many fun, great people in the food industry. They each have a great story on how they found their passion, and I’m looking forward to sharing their stories in future podcasts! I hope you tune in and let me know what you think!

January 19 is National Popcorn Day

Popcorn is a great filling snack with lots of fiber. Consider adding a just little bit of your fave seasoning mix: Top Ramen packet, Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, Steak & Shake Seasoning Salt, etc. with melted coconut oil on your popcorn for a unique homemade snack. Just remember to go easy on any flavorings or salt.

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Popcorn:

  1. Popcorn is the world’s most popular snack food.
  2. Popcorn is also the most profitable snack food, with over 1 thousand percent mark up.
  3. Evidence of popcorn from 3600 BCE was found in New Mexico and even earlier evidence dating to perhaps as early as 4700 BCE was found in Peru.
  4. Some popcorn has been found in early 1900s to be a purple color.
  5. At least six localities (all in the Midwestern United States) claim to be the “Popcorn Capital of the World”: Ridgway, Illinois; Valparaiso, Indiana; Van Buren, Indiana; Schaller, Iowa; Marion, Ohio; and North Loup, Nebraska.


Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary


Today’s Food History

  • 1825 The first U.S. patent for food storage in cans was granted to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett of New York City, after developing the process in 1819.(it took over 30 years to invent…

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Did You Know Bone Broth Is The Latest Health Trend? Learn Why!

I’ve been enjoying beef broth made with marrow bones since I was a kid. Back then though, we didn’t have access to organic or pastured cows like we have today. I mention this because bone broth has become the latest health trend, with many purported health benefits. These benefits include: gelatin for digestive tract healing, glucosamine for your joints, collagen for youthful appearance, glycine for better sleep & memory, high mineral content for your immune system, phosphorus, magnesium, & calcium for your bones and more. In fact, bone broth is part of the Laker’s official team diet!

When I get a craving, I feel lucky that I can take advantage of having one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the country near me. There are numerous restaurants around Little Saigon (in Garden Grove, CA), each making their own carefully guarded signature version of the ubiquitous pho (spiced beef bone broth). If you want to make your own soup at home but don’t want to simmer a huge pot of beef bones, there are some things you should know about buying beef broth.

At the very least, you should look for the USDA stamp on the package to be sure it was made under Federal Regulation health safety standards that some foreign imports may not follow. Also keep in mind, that many packaged broths are high in sodium, and may contain additives. If you’re eating this for your health, you should be looking for certified organic or better yet, pastured beef. Science has shown that pastured animals (allowed to roam freely and eat a natural balanced diet instead of feedlots grain), produce healthier food products. Most of us don’t have access to beef bones from pastured cows, but here’s where buying ready-made can be even better than homemade!

I found Balanced & Bright as a source for fresh beef broth made from pastured, organic cows. I also know they’re making their broth in Carnitas Snack Shack’s kitchen, which means it’s made in a clean, very well-known quality establishment. I’m blessed to count the restaurant’s owner/chef as a friend, and I know that he would not allow this product to be sold out of his establishment if it wasn’t of top-notch quality! If you’d like a recipe for Vietnamese Pho, check out my Gonzo Gourmands Facebook page!

Balanced & Bright bone broth is available every Monday and Thursday of each week 11am-6pm at
Carnitas’ Snack Shack – Del Mar 12873 El Camino Real, Suite M4 San Diego, CA 92130


“Broth Buyer Beware – Tips on Buying Broth”
“8 Reasons to Try Bone Broth” by Charlotte Hilton Anderson
“Butter, Bacon and Bone Broth – A Week on the Lakers Diet” by Danny Chau
“Bones, Broth, Bliss” by Julia Moskin
“Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Products” by Jo Robinson
“Is Broth The Next Super Food?” by Nancy Gagliardi

Note: I have not received any product or money from anyone mentioned in this article in exchange for an endorsement or review.

January 5 is National Whipped Cream Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Whipped Cream:

  1. Mainly the heavy cream that make whipped cream out of is in reality a milk product.
  2. Normal creams consist of 30 percent of milk fat but heavy cream on the other hand consist of 36 percent fat.
  3. The fatty milk product ensures the production of cream, if whipped more than the required time the cream may turn into butter.
  4. Chilled cream whips better than warm cream, at times if not chilled properly the cream may not whip.  Also, it renders a deeper taste.
  5. Whipping your own cream with an electric beater is a simple process, and it tastes fantastic.


Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary


Today’s Food History

  • 1589 Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II of France died. She is sometimes called the ‘mother of French haute cuisine’ because the Italian chefs she brought with her from…

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Check out “LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show”

 LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

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Sunday, Jan 25, 2015: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Pasadena, CA 91101

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Calling all bakers and people who love pastry: Join the biggest baking, pastry and sweets convention in Southern California! If you’re like me, learning a new technique or recipe to add to your repertoire of desserts is so much better in person than a book. Or, you may find your secret source who does it so much better!

Meet your favorite culinary celebrities from Food Network, Masterchef, and YouTube, including:

Ron Ben-Israel of Food Network’s “Sweet Genius”
Masterchef Season 5: Ahran Cho and Daniel McGuffey
Masterchef Season 3 and host of FYI’s “Make My Food Famous” Monti Carlo
Masterchef Junior Season 1: Sarah Lane, Troy Glass and runner-up Dara the Bow Girl
Next Food Network’s Stacey Poon-Kinney

Indulge with hundreds of free samples from local and national vendors showcasing the best in pastries, confections, baked savories and beverages.

Try the best new baking and cooking tools and appliances BEFORE you buy!

Professionals, find new products for your stores and menus, plus connect with VIP guests from TV, film, and social media, including hundreds of influential food bloggers.

PARENTS – drop by the Kids Zone for free face painting from LA L.A. Parent and other fun activities and contests. via @eventbrite

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