budget | cheap eats

Two Philly cheesesteak sandwiches cut in half on a foil wrapper with a glass of beer in the background.

Philly Cheesesteak

This is the sandwich from South Philly that’s had everyone talking for years. Here’s how to make it at home.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
An overhead view of a single snickerdoodle.

Snickerdoodles

A childhood classic perfected. Includes advice depending on whether you prefer cookies that are thin and flat or thick and puffy.

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  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
A black skillet filled with summer tomato pasta, sprinkled with fresh Parmesan cheese.

Summer Tomato Pasta

Summer simplicity that’s gonna earn a place in your weekly rotation.

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
An open plastic bag of homemade pancake mix with a mug for scooping and an ice cream scoop on the side for the batter.

Homemade Pancake Mix

Homemade buttermilk pancakes can be yours any day of the week thanks to a stash of this handy DIY pancake mix.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
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Pieces of grilled chicken with balsamic vinaigrette cooking on a grill, being turned with a pair of tongs.

Grilled Rosemary-Garlic Chicken

Folks are calling this grilled chicken thighs with arugula salad “wonderful” and “perfectly balanced” and “restaurant quality.” Sorta enticing, yes?

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 4
A grey plate topped with steak and quinoa salad with shaved carrots and mustard vinaigrette.

Steak and Quinoa Salad

An exceptionally easy and ridiculously satisfying use for that leftover grilled steak from your backyard barbecue.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
An open jar of refrigerator sweet pickles with the lid lying beside the jar.

Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

A Scandinavian-style pickle that’s distinctly sweet, just a little sour, and subtly perfumed with dill. So simple it doesn’t even require turning on the stove during the dog days of summer.

  • 15 M
  • 6 H, 15 M
  • 8
Three pretzel rolls on a piece of parchment.

Pretzel Rolls

You’re gonna be astounded at just how easy pretzel rolls are to make at home. And yes, they taste like the real authentic German deal.

  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 8
Homemade Yellow Mustard

Homemade Yellow Mustard

Why make your own mustard? Because you can. And if that’s not reason enough, there’s no comparison between this and the store-bought stuff. Enough said.

  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 52
Smoked Pork Butt

Smoked Pork Shoulder

This smoked pork shoulder with its simple and soulful dry rub and foolproof instructions mean no more standing in line ever again for takeout ‘cue. Here’s how to make it at home.

  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 22 H
  • 13
Several open glass bottles of barbecue sauces, including a vinegar barbecue sauce.

Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

This tangy vinegar-based barbecue sauce, typical of eastern Carolina-style ‘cue, is exactly what you want—nay, need—for anything you pull from your smoker or grill.

  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 6
Bowl of green Spring pea puree topped with chopped mint on white marble

Spring Pea Puree

Serve it alongside grilled fish, spring lamb, or roast chicken. Smear it on a cracker. Set it out with crudités. Twirl it with pasta. This lovely spring pea purée knows no limits…

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 12
Many prepared potato gnocchi on a floured kitchen towel, with a mound of gnocchi dough in the background

Potato Gnocchi

Four ingredients. Ridiculously easy. Wonderfully inexpensive. And, quite frankly, the best gnocchi we’ve ever had.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 6