Ode to a chef’s knife

chef's knife, kitchen knife, kitchen investment, kitchen equipment
My six year old chef’s knife broke yesterday during the making of shepherd’s pie.  It was a good knife while it lasted – $11 from London Drugs, but had superb balance and strength, was easy to sharpen, and had no issues with rusting or staining.  *Tear*  I’d like to blame the bf and his questionable culinary skills, but after a thorough post-mortem (it had a half CENTIMETER tang, if that!)...

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Posted in: Home, Money

Creating a new normal

new normal, passive aggressive
I’m big on doing “the little things right” – pulling the shower curtain closed so it can dry properly, closing lids of containers after I use them, turning off the lights when I’m not in a room… and more!  My mind is often organized as one giant checklist that I like to periodically refer to.  That’s the way I am.  I am forever thinking about the little details.  But not everyone...

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Posted in: Life Hacks, Philosophy

Getting rid of the backup rug

the backup rug, carpet, rug
Up until 2 weeks ago, I had a rug propped up against a corner in my living room.  I bought it 2 years ago when I lived in an apartment with hardwood floors.  I ended up vacating that apartment rather unexpectedly due to a fire, and aside from a brief appearance in my condo, I haven’t used the rug since then.I kept it for a while because I liked the colours.  It had taken a long time for the...

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Posted in: Minimalism and Frugality, Philosophy

Cheap eats! Vietnamese “Sour Soup”

Vietnamese beef noodle soup, pho, soup, noodles, Vietnamese sour soup
Having the most frugal grocery budget in the world isn’t going to help you any if you can’t put together at least a few healthy, tasty, and cheap eats! Every month, The Outlier Model features a cheap recipe idea, along with the cost breakdown. This post originally appeared on our WordPress site. Enjoy! Simple Vietnamese “Sour Soup”  Vietnamese sour soup, or cahn chua, is typically made...

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Posted in: Recipes
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