How the Rest of the World Eats Bread

I believe that one of the best parts of travel is learning how people live in other countries. One of the ways to do that is to eat the local food. To help familiarize you, I’ve posted this great infographic showing the variety of styles of bread that can be found around the world, originally posted in Huffpost Taste.

This Is How The Rest Of The World Eats Bread enhanced

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie

You only need FIVE ingredients to make this Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie
recipe courtesy of Kevin {&} Amanda!


  • 1 package (about 36) whole Oreos
  •  1 cup (16 tablespoons) butter, divided
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 (12 oz) bag dark chocolate chips


  1. Finely crush the Oreos with a food processor or blender. Stir crumbs together with 8 tablespoons melted butter until well combined. Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Freeze crust for 10 minutes until set.
  2. Combine remaining 8 tablespoons butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to bubble. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Slowly whisk in ¼ cup heavy whipping cream until smooth. Cool caramel about 15 minutes. Pour the caramel over the Oreo crust, then return to freezer for about 30-45 minutes until just chilled and set. (You don’t want the caramel to fully freeze.)
  3. Place chocolate chips in a glass bowl. In a saucepan, bring 1 cup heavy whipping cream to a simmer over medium-high heat. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until completely smooth. Pour the chocolate over the caramel and freeze for a final 30 minutes, until just chilled and set. OR refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve. Before serving, sprinkle the top with a flaky sea salt like kosher salt or Fleur De Sel.

Makes: 8-12 servings. Note: Store covered in the refrigerator and serve chilled.


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Broken Appliance or Plumbing Problem? Save Money, Call! Repair Service Tech Repair Service Tech

Anyone who knows me, knows that although I am a positive person who hopes for the best, I am also a rational skeptic. I consider myself a fair taskmaster, who expects someone to do things the right way using the best possible solution within defined budgetary constraints. I don’t believe in the spending on the top quality for everything, nor the cheapest quick fix either. I want lasting solutions. I also want you to know that I was not paid for this review or given any special discounts in return for this review. That said, I would recommend you, my closest friends and family to check out first for ANY home repairs!

As you may have read in my last blog post, my LG brand, model #LSC27931SB refrigerator had died after 7 years. To save money, I had sifted through the many DIY YouTube videos on refrigerator repair. I found that just to do the simple repairs, I would need to find a YouTube video on how to use a multimeter first. I borrowed a neighbor’s multimeter which he hadn’t used in many, many years, and tried checking the resistance of the compressor’s three contact points. I felt unsure of the readings, and wondered if the accuracy of those things deteriorates with age as a patina develops on the multimeter’s contacts. Since the appliance sites allow returns, I went online and ordered the replacement parts that came to $116.38 including tax, shipping and handling for the capacitor and overload protect.

Unfortunately replacing those parts didn’t get the compressor running, so I figured the compressor had burned out. After looking at the DIY YouTube videos, I deduced that this was now beyond my means because of the special equipment I would need even if I ordered a new compressor. So then I went about calling appliance and refrigeration repair places. That is when I came across According to their website and Twitter account, “SERVIZ is Home Services On Demand – iPhone/Android App & website with upfront, low prices, custom 2-hour appointment windows, & a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied with the services we perform, we will redo the work for free or, in the event we cannot fix the problem, we will fully refund your money up to $10,000.”

When I went to set my appointment Monday August 3rd, I saw they had a window for a promo code, so I started a search to see if I could find one. I did find one (see promo code below) and set an appointment for Tuesday August 4th 12:30pm – 2:30pm. At 11:27am on Tuesday, I got a call from a representative to reschedule because they “don’t have any techs in your area, but we can reschedule for the next possible appointment at 12:30pm – 2:30pm Wednesday August 5th.” The caller sounded a bit hesitant to set the appointment for that time saying, “that is a very busy time and they may run late,” but I pressed him to give me the earliest possible time available. After rescheduling for that time, imagine my consternation a half hour later when I saw there was another appointment available online for 10:00am – 12:00pm! So I figured that I’d take that appointment, and let them know they could cancel the second appointment once they got here.

On Wednesday at 10:28am, I got a call about my two appointments that was causing some confusion for the dispatcher. I explained about my  reasoning and they apologized for my confusion. The rep explained that the rep I spoke with yesterday had a better gauge for most efficient scheduling, and that is why they put me in that time slot. She asked if it was okay to go ahead and cancel that 10am appt. and keep the 12:30 appt. I agreed and told her to make sure the tech knew about the make and model of my refrigerator, all the things I had done before calling them, and maybe to bring a compressor with him. I wanted to make sure this was not going to turn into a service call where they prolonged the appointment to charge more money for the repair. She assured me that the rep would get all this information before he arrived at my house. Before hanging up, I revealed that I was doing a review on my blog to share with my followers in LA, OC, and San Diego. The caller thanked me and wished me a good day. Exactly 40 minutes later at 11:08am, the VP of Product Services and Marketing calls to see if everything is all right. He further explained about how they are still refining the scheduling to offer the ideal service experience, apologized for any confusion (or skepticism) I may have experienced, and thanked me for my interest in doing a review of

Within an hour of my conversation with the VP, our service tech Tom arrived at our door in his clean blue Serviz shirt, and took off his shoes before coming inside. I must say I was surprised not to see a white service truck in the driveway, and then realized Serviz was like an Uber for home repair professionals. I appreciated that Tom spoke to me intelligently about all the things I had done before he started work on the refrigerator. As he went through the diagnosis, he patiently explained about what he was doing and how my worst fear for a new compressor was not the problem. In fact, the parts and labor he quoted for the repair turned out to cost a LOT less than I had expected. He price he quoted me wasn’t much over what I had paid for just those replacement parts I had ordered! You can imagine how happy I was to not only get this low price quote, but that he was done by 12:45pm! If you need something fixed, or if you are an experienced home repair professional for appliances, plumbing, heating, cooling, etc., I whole-heartedly recommend you go online or call 844.815.4541! Here is a  for your repair 529QI1WG and let them know I sent you!

Check Back For My Review of Home Repair Service!

The Frugal Foodie’s LG brand, model #LSC27931SB is 7 years old and has conked out. It was making a clicking sound occasionally before it died, so I’ve changed out the capacitor, the overload switch, and tried to test the resistance with a multimeter to see if the compressor is still good. Not sure of the compressor results, I went online to schedule an appointment with According to their Twitter account, “SERVIZ is Home Services On Demand – iPhone App & website with upfront, low prices, custom 2-hour appointment windows, & a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.”

On Monday, August 3rd,  I set up an appointment online using their website promoting how they schedule appointments using two hour windows for each appointment, and guarantee the lowest price. I even included information about my brand, model #, what I had already done, and let them know that most likely we needed to have a new compressor, so no time was wasted.

Today at approximately 11:20am, I get a call that there are no techs in my area available, and when I would like to reschedule. So I ask for the next available appointment, and the representative tells me 12:30 – 2:30pm tomorrow, that is the earliest appointment, they are busy that day, and they may be running late. I tell them fine, if that is the earliest possible. The rep hems and haws saying that 12:30pm – 2:30pm is their busiest time. I told firmly, not yelling or getting weird, “Look, this is a refrigerator, not a washing machine, where I can put off laundry or go to a laundramat. I need the soonest possible appointment.” So again I ask if that is their soonest available appointment. He says yes so I book it for 12:30 – 2:30pm tomorrow!

I give them credit for calling over an hour before the scheduled appointment, but I was able to get online after speaking to that rep, to set an appointment at 10:00am – 12:00pm Wednesday August 5th (see below)! So we shall see if they are able to keep an appointment tomorrow even if it is later than scheduled. I will follow up and share the results with all of you, so you can see if you want to do business with!

Serviz appt 8.5.2015

Would YOU Eat Cadbury’s Vegemite-flavored Chocolate?

Cadbury Australia broke the news via Twitter, telling followers “the rumours were true”. Those rumours began circling over a month a go, after images of the Vegemite-infused product began popping up online.

Cadbury Are Releasing Vegemite Flavoured Chocolate
“Dairy Milk milk chocolate with smooth flowing caramel and VEGEMITE,” reads the description on the Cadbury package show in the video. The chocolate was released for limited availability June 1st, and I wonder if any bars have migrated to the United States. Why that would actually happen I have no explanation whatsoever.  

SPROUTS Farmers Market Beats Costco’s Prices for Large Eggs June 17th – 24th

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People fall victim to the false premise that Costco is always cheaper, and Costco counts on you to do exactly that when you shop there. Sure, it doesn’t make sense to drive all over town to save pennies. However, if you have a SPROUTS Farmers Market near you or on your way home from work, get your eggs there this week (or always). Right now, SPROUTS has their Cage-Free or Omega-3 eggs Large, Grade A or AA for $2.99 per dozen. That beats Costco‘s best price of $15.99 per flat of 5 dozen regular large eggs ($3.20 per dozen regular large eggs). It’s even more expensive at Costco if you buy the smaller quantity of $5.19 per 18 regular eggs ($3.46 per dozen regular large eggs).

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Another Frugal Foodie TipSPROUTS 72-hour Sale Friday June 19th – Sunday June 21st: All-Natural BONELESS Ribeye Steak $7.99/lb, fresh Sweet Corn 8 ears/ $2, and 1 lb clamshell of Strawberries only $.88 each!

Best Money Saving Tip – – Use Your Phone Calculator & Here’s Why!

Blueberries sale
: always check price per oz/gm!  Market has a sale on blueberries $3.99/18oz pkg, the better deal is at  Farmers Market at $2.94/18oz (3 x $.98/6oz pkg)!

Meatless Monday Salad: Nomiku Sous Vide Yolk using Davidson’s Safe Eggs

Sous Vide Yolk with avocado, orange, red onion, cauliflower, tomato, garlic goat cheese

Happy Meatless Monday! I’ve been using my fave ‪‎3-2-1 Dressing on salads and as a marinade for chicken. I drizzled it on a salad of avocado, orange slices, red onion, blanched cauliflower, garlic goat cheese, tomato, sea salt and coarse ground black pepper. I’ve been experimenting a bit with a sous vide I received from the wonderful people at Nomiku recently. As you can see in the photo above, I included a 64.5 degree C egg yolk (I had been dying to sous vide for several years). I’ve included this sous vide “Egg Matrix” by Douglas Baldwin to show the texture of an egg yolk cooked at different temperatures. I’m looking forward to trying a 66 degree C malleable yolk too! Thanks to a very generous “Thank You” from Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs for a social media tip, I have plenty of pasteurized eggs for experimentation, and no worries about salmonella.

Sous Vide Egg Matrix

Although I realize that chicken breast meat is a healthier cut, I have always had a preference for dark meat, due to the juiciness and texture. For me, chicken breast had to be from a Costco whole roasted chicken, or I had to pan-sear a breast perfectly for me to enjoy it. Now that I have the Nomiku, the juiciness and tenderness of cooked chicken breast will no longer be a problem. In fact, the Nomiku sous vide will definitely expand the options for enjoying leaner and tougher cuts of beef for budget-friendly healthy meals. I will be sharing these culinary adventures, and I hope you follow along!

Why Do We Celebrate Easter with Easter Eggs?

 Colorful easter eggs

Why do we have ‪‎Easter Eggs‬? ‪‎Eggs‬ are often associated with rebirth‬, thus the connection with Easter‬.

Red Easter Eggs

However, early Christians‬ were forbidden to eat eggs during Lent.


When Christians were finally able to eat eggs, they became elevated to the status of a special treat.Traditional Easter eggs

This led to the elaborate‪ decorations‬ we see in Eastern Orthodox‬ Christian and ‪‎Fabergé‬ eggs.

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Easy Egg Cups Are Perfect for Easter Brunch

Eggs Brunch Cups
Makes 6-12 servings of 1 – 2 eggs per person


Preheat oven 350 F degrees

1 dozen eggs (I like Davidson’s @SafeEggs)
1/4 cup finely sliced green onion
1/4 cup chopped roasted red bellpepper (you can buy these in a jar to save time)
1/4 cup grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese
6 slices of bacon (not thick sliced), you can substitute turkey or soy bacon
non-stick spray or butter (omit if using a non-stick muffin tin)
12-muffin tin or two 6-muffin tins

Lightly coat each cup with spray or butter. Cut each strip of bacon in half and line each cup. Break an egg into each cup. Evenly divide and top each with green onion, bellpepper, and cheese. Bake until eggs are set, (about 14-18 minutes gives set whites with runny yolks; increase time from there if you like a more well done yolk). Serve warm with fruit (or sauted veggies) and biscuits (or hash browns) like I did for a balanced meal. For a nice presentation, serve them on top of a plate of cheesy grits!

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Note: This is not a paid endorsement or endorsement in trade for product. I gave Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs a little social media tip for their business, and they showed their gratitude with a generous amount of their wonderful eggs.

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