Make Groceries Last Longer: 6 Expert Tips

Here’s a healthy, money-saving New Year’s resolution: Stretch your budget by helping fresh food stay fresh longer. This list of savvy storage strategies comes from one of last year’s most popular food posts on Buzzfeed.com. The original post, compiled from several sources, is long – 27 useful, inventive tips – but here are some of our favorites. 1. Onions hung in panty hose will last eight months. Don’t refrigerate onions. Use this method, which keeps them cool and dry, and …

Window Treatments That Make Sense … and Are Pretty Too!

It’s cherry blossom time in New York and, besides gardening, I’ve become obsessed with window coverings. Spring brings the promise of guests and the brilliance of the summer sun and, quite frankly, I’m not prepared for either. I’ve removed the former owner’s black out shades in the guest room, but haven’t gotten around to replacing them. It feels bare. Not exactly the feeling you’re after in a guest bedroom, is it? The master bedroom, which looks out over the wetlands, needs new window coverings …

Shopping for the Cheapskate Chef

Everybody in my family knows that I love to cook (cheapskate-style, of course).  So for holiday gifts, people often give me kitchen utensils or small cooking appliances.  Now, I love my family dearly and appreciate the thoughtfulness behind their gifts, but I like to keep things simple in my kitchen. I’m not big fan of novelty kitchen gadgets that just take up space. Do I really need a special tool to remove olive pits, AND another one to remove cherry pits? But …