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Appetizing and affordable: Dinner on a dime

Are you eating at home more often due to the economy? Food Network star Tyler Florence says having an organized kitchen stocked full of your favorites is the first step to make cooking at home easier. Here, the celebrity chef shares tips and recipes you can whip up in your kitchen:In this tight economy you can make your kitchen work for you to get healthy, delicious meals on the table without the
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Are you eating at home more often due to the economy? Food Network star Tyler Florence says having an organized kitchen stocked full of your favorites is the first step to make cooking at home easier. Here, the celebrity chef shares tips and recipes you can whip up in your kitchen:

In this tight economy you can make your kitchen work for you to get healthy, delicious meals on the table without the expense of ordering takeout or going out. What does this mean? Shopping smartly and organizing smartly, which will give you the building blocks for a meal that can be pulled from your pantry, fridge and freezer.

  • Organize your pantry. Throw out all the clutter, like half-eaten bags of chips and cookies. Stock dried pasta, canned tomatoes, rice, flour, olive oil. Everything should be organized so you can see exactly what you’ve got to put a meal together in your head by just looking at it. Keep everything organized in air-tight glass jars so everything stays fresh and you can see what you’ve got.



  • Keep your fridge organized like your pantry. Keep fresh herbs and vegetables well stocked in your fridge.



  • Use your freezer as a resource and not just a dumping zone for forgotten foods. Keep proteins, stocks, sauces and even ready-made recipes (like garlic bread — see below) on hand.

Garlic bread

"Dinner at My Place" by Tyler Florence