Jessica Fisher

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Jessica Fisher loves French food, creamy coffee, and great meals that don't cost a fortune. Mom of six children, she's written four cookbooks and five million to-do lists. Find her latest projects at Good Cheap Eats.
36 Delicious Ways to Turn Tortillas into a Meal
Born and raised in Los Angeles County, I grew up eating tortillas several times a week, often handmade from the taco stand. Today my husband and our girls regularly make corn tortillas from scratch and homemade flour tortillas, but I have no qualms about buying giant bags of both corn tortillas and flour tortillas at the store. Tortillas, whether they’re corn or flour tortillas, are super versatile and can be transformed into any number of dishes.
Apr 10, 2024
I’m a Financial Expert and Parent of 6 — Here’s How I Save Money on Groceries for School Lunches
Groceries
“You may learn that the kids are willing to forgo the name-brand juice boxes.”
Aug 26, 2023
The One Thing Every Online Grocery Shopper Should Do to Save Money
Groceries
“Over the course of a month, I can easily save a solid $50 or more.”
Jun 25, 2023
The “Graduation Grocery” Everyone Should Add to Their Shopping List
Groceries
It’s often marked down 50- to 75-percent off!
May 16, 2023
The Last Thing You Should Do After Unpacking Your Groceries
Groceries
You’ll be ready for your next shop and it’ll save you money!
May 6, 2023
This Is the Best Day to Shop for Groceries
Groceries
It’s often double-discount day.
Mar 15, 2023
The One Thing You Should Do Before Leaving the Grocery Store
Groceries
If you ever get distracted in the checkout line, this tip is for you.
Oct 25, 2022
10 Easy Ways to Turn Frozen Potstickers into Weeknight Dinners
Basically 10 reasons to keep a bag in your freezer.
Aug 30, 2022
I’m a Mom of 6 — These Summer Sales Help Me Stock Up on Groceries for the Year
Groceries
Plus, a tip on how to get the scoop on discounted meats.
Jul 29, 2022
5 Things I Always Do So That My Family Actually *Wants* to Attend Sunday Dinners
Tips from The Kitchn
Have a few thoughtful questions prepped in advance!
Aug 8, 2021
The Best Thing I’ve Learned About Budgeting for Costco
This trick saved my grocery budget.
Jun 21, 2021
I’m a Mom of 6 and This One Little Grocery Swap Saved Me $500 in a Single Month
Over and again, this grocery store has proven itself to offer the best prices.
Jun 17, 2021
6 Lessons a Mom of 6 Can Teach You About Saving Money on Food and Groceries
Groceries
These lessons will apply to you even if you don't have kids.
Dec 2, 2020
How I Stock My Smoothie Drawer
When my big kids were little, smoothies were the healthy dessert that could sway them to eat their dinner. Full of fruit and unsweetened yogurt, they are a delicious treat that counts as dessert even though it’s healthy. Now that my eldest is concerned with improving his own nutrition and building muscle, smoothies serve as a nutritional supplement in his 3000-calorie day. Yikes! For the rest of the U17 crew it still counts as dessert or a rocking snack or breakfast.
Sep 30, 2020
12 Easy Lunches You Can Make with Naan
Turn your takeout, homemade, or store-bought naan into the best meal you make for lunch this week.
Sep 21, 2020
The Best Types of Packaging for Freezing Food
You made a big pot of chili — too much to eat at one sitting. The Super Bowl’s long gone. So, what do you do with the leftovers? You could eat chili for the next four days…. …or you could stash the excess in the freezer. Chill it overnight in the refrigerator and make sure it’s packaged and labeled well. Easy, right? Well, what should you package it in? You can’t just stick a bowl in the freezer.
Aug 14, 2020
Recipe: Chile & Sausage Oven Frittata
Egg dishes are the busy cook’s best friend — especially when you can store a few in the freezer. Not only are they an inexpensive (and protein-packed) breakfast dish, but they can also be dressed up in all kinds of flavor profiles from French to Italian to this Southwest-themed oven frittata. While you can’t freeze eggs in the shell, blended eggs freeze fabulously, giving you a great way to use up surplus or simply get ahead of the game.
Jan 29, 2020
Slow-Cooker Cranberry Pork Chops
Slow-cooker meals are a godsend for folks who want to eat at home but don’t actually get home until the witching hour, feeling crazy hungry. If you’ve done your prep work in advance and have the trusty slow cooker working for you, you can return home to a fantastic meal. These seasoned pork chops fit the bill perfectly with their sweet and savory cranberry riff.
Nov 21, 2019
10 Ways to Turn Frozen Meatballs into an Easy Weeknight Dinner
Keeping meatballs stashed in the freezer makes last-minute dinners a breeze.
Sep 12, 2019
These Plastic Containers Turned My Freezer into a Beautifully Organized Ice Tundra
It's not easy to develop a stash of containers you feel good about using for extended periods of time. This story will help you with that, though.
Sep 4, 2019
13 Ways to Save $100 a Month (or More!) on Groceries
Shopping
Money!
Jul 1, 2019
Make Costco Work for You: How I Buy and Freeze in Bulk
For some people the draw might be the great price on tires. For others, the cheap prescription eyewear. For still others, it’s the excellent pricing on diapers and gift cards. But, me and Costco? I’m just there for the food. Not only does Costco serve up the infamous buck-fifty hot dog and soda combo and dish out free samples galore, but it also offers a variety of bulk buys that can help you eat well while saving a bundle.
Jun 6, 2019
6 Things the French Inspired Me to Keep in My Car All Summer Long
Shopping
You're going to want to have these creature comforts tucked away.
Jun 5, 2019
Can Shopping at Costco Really Save You Money?
I’ve been a Costco shopper for over 20 years. I’m not sure if that makes me really old or simply infatuated with grocery shopping in bulk. Either way, I really loved Emma’s tour of Costco with her mom — I can totally relate! As a longtime Costco shopper, I know she’s right on the money with her recommendations of great products. I buy the same pasta, jam, and salad mixes. I also have some tried-and-true reasons for continuing to give Costco my business.
Jun 4, 2019
Eat Well on Vacation with Kids Without Breaking the Bank. Here’s How.
From getting lunch past the TSA (legally) to picnicking on the Champs Elysees, here's how to eat well with kids on vacation.
May 24, 2019
The Food Choices That Helped Me Get Out of Credit Card Debt
One morning, I opened my eyes and smelled the debt. All $18,000 of it.
May 20, 2019
Go Big, Stay Home: My Secrets to Planning the Best Staycation Ever
Tips from The Kitchn
Hint: It involves a trip to Trader Joe's.
May 16, 2019
My Best Tips for Power Cooking Sessions & Freezer Meal Preparation
Having a stash of freezer meals on hand is a great way to save money on food costs and enjoy home cooked meals when you’re too tired to get yourself to the kitchen. While it might take some planning and effort, the benefits far outweigh the costs. Believe it or not, you don’t need any fancy packaging machine or a deep freeze in order to make meals for the freezer. You don’t have to spend all day doing it, either.
May 2, 2019
The Best Make-Ahead Baked Goods to Freeze
My Gramma John was a tremendous baker. A farm wife and mother to eight kids, she spent her fair share of time in the kitchen. But she loved every minute of it, baking until the very day she passed away. I have great memories of spending time with her in the kitchen. Nowadays with my own small army of children, I love to bake as well. They love it even more. I love that I can tailor my baking for food allergies as well as dietary preferences.
May 2, 2019
Have Your Fish and Freezer Meal, Too
A few years ago when I was putting the finishing touches on my freezer cookbook my editor called to say he wanted fish dishes included. Say what?! Up until that point, I never considered including fish or seafood in freezer meals. Those are such delicate proteins; I didn’t want to mess with overcooking them at reheat and end up with chewy, tough fish. But, I took his challenge. And I avoided the fish jerky, too.
May 2, 2019
Should You Have a Second Freezer? 7 Questions to Help You Decide
When my husband and I first got married, we had a large, counter-height dorm-size fridge. It worked for us, but we had to shop fairly often. Buying ice cream was pretty near impossible. A year later, we upgraded to the smallest “full-size” fridge in existence. Albeit small, it had a full-fledged freezer compartment. With careful planning and packaging, I could cook a month’s worth of meals for the two of us and store them in that itty-bitty freezer.
May 1, 2019
How I Label Food for the Freezer
It’s happened at least once that I’ve reused a plastic ice cream container to freeze something and forgotten to label it. Do you know how disappointing it is to reach for chocolate gelato late at night and realize that it’s actually gravy? Those are what we call teachable moments, folks. Since you don’t want to mistake your freezer meals, it’s important to label the packages for the freezer.
May 1, 2019
3 Ways to Prevent Accidental Freezer Thawing
I’ve heard about freezers being left open and the contents thawing. Friends have lost hundreds of dollars of groceries when that’s happened to them. Accidental thawing was one of our considerations when we bought our chest freezer. In theory, the door/lid can’t really be left open by accident, thus reducing our risk of an accidental thaw. However, it wasn’t until the power failed to reach my freezer that I realized how vulnerable my freezer stash was to thaw and loss.
May 1, 2019
How I Save Money on Protein Using My Freezer
During my first year of marriage we spent over $500 a month to feed the two of us, the same amount I spent 15 years later to feed eight of us! Yikes! Clearly, I’ve reformed my ways since then — and my freezer has played a big part in the process. I shake my head in disbelief at 23-year old me who would buy chicken breast for $6 a pound just because she had a craving for chicken that night.
May 1, 2019
The 10 Baked Goods I Love to Freeze
Once upon a time, I had a hard time using up a loaf of bread before it went bad. Nowadays, with a crew of hungry kids, I’m lucking if a loaf of bread lasts one sitting. Either way, freezing baked goods come to the rescue. If yours is a small household that might not use baked goods quickly, the freezer can help you extend the shelf life of your favorite goodies so that you have time to enjoy them.
May 1, 2019