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What To Do When You Don't Have a Rolling Pin

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Written by Savvy Girl Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:15


Mr. Savvy and I have embarked on a quest to make one Julia Child recipe a week.  Far less ambitious (read: we are lazy) than the dear one who made a recipe a day, alas, we've decided to make Sunday Slave Day.

$5 Dinner Quickie: Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

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Written by Savvy Girl Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:14


We know right around hump day is the day you're starting to feel the weight of the week on your shoulders, making it the perfect day for a quickie.  A dinner quickie that is.  From college onward, pasta is one of those things you can whip up in a flash without feeling like too much of a slacker and you can easily upgrade a total no-cook slacker meal into a semi-gourmand savvy meal with a spicy quickie.  Now doesn't that sound nice?

Savvy 7 Tips For Surviving Holiday Travel

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Written by Carrie Crow Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:48

Photo: Jasleen Kaur via Flickr

For all of you dear, sweet, mad, intrepid travelers who are flying out of town this holiday, good luck.  It's a wild world out there for holiday travelers with weather delays, extra baggage fees, oversold flights and tight quarters, so keep these "Savvy Seven" travel tips in mind and you'll have a smooth, safe and savvy ride, avoiding fees, delays and obstacles like the seasoned jet-setter you wish you were.

Latte (Savings) Factor: MIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Written by Savvy Girl Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:48


Nothing like a piping hot Pumpkin Spice Latte from you-know-where but nothing will put a dent in your wallet bigger than those Pumpkin Spice Lattes from you-know-where.  Intrepid savvies around the web have figured out how to concoct their own PSLs giving us all that warm fuzzy feeling of enjoying the sweet life and saving big at the same time.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to bring PSL goodness right home...

Fall Burritos: Mushroom and Grilled Chicken to the Rescue!

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Written by Savvy Girl Wednesday, 03 September 2014 12:57

Comfort food comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, a homemade blueberry pie. Funny how they all tend to be a bit, shall we say, fattening. This savvy girl adores a good burrito, but it’s true she finds herself avoiding them because of the “weighty” contents: beans, cheese, guacamole and the like.

For this fall she is adding a comforting burrito to the menu that offers all those good feelings and none of the guilt.


We've mentioned before that we are mega-smoothie fans.  Not the 2,000 calorie store-bought guzzling variety, but the homemade yogurt/fruit/low-calorie breakfast variety.  Since we're heading into Prime Time Berry Season when all the fixin's for our fall smoothies are at their peak ripeness and lowest prices, it's got us whipping out freezer containers and whipping up a freezing frenzy, to ensure we'll have the best goods come fall.

To start you out, it's important to know there are four types of freezing fruit: sugar-freezing, syrup-freezing, puréeing and dry-freezing.  We're not big fans of adding unnecessary sugar to our diets, so we only focus on dry-freezing, which is about as simple as it gets. 

A Practical Accessory for Autumnal Adventures

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Written by Ashley Linton Wednesday, 03 September 2014 12:55

The KEEN Springer Backseat Pack works double duty for carrying gear with a side dish of classic comfort.  Snag a seat after lugging your load by propping open the padded seat to protect your tush from outdoor mush.  The pack provides space for a water bottle and 15-inch laptop, with room to spare...so you can sit anywhere!

Coming soon to Altrec for $120 with free shipping.

Canned Stewed Tomatoes: Savvy Ingredient

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Written by Savvy Girl Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:22

Way back in the early 1800s, the canning process revolutionized our ability to preserve food for when it wasn’t in plentiful supply. Today, with seasonal produce available year round, purchasing canned vegetables has become a thing of our mothers’ era: a bit suspect, with veggies nuked, cooked, and de-texturized beyond recognition.

We here at Savvy Central, make one exception to the "no canned goods" rule and that would be for: The Stewed Tomato. Wow. We love it. For a million reasons, beginning with taste, texture, color, ripeness (they’re even more ripe than a ripe Roma!) affordability, malleability, we could go on, and on and on.  But we won’t.

Instead, we’re sharing our favorite two uses for The Stewed Tomato: