About

Welcome to The Frugal Flambe- a collection of recipes, ideas, and encouragement to help you feed your family at home for much less than eating out. My name is Shellina, and I am NOT an actual chef. But “Chef Shellina” has a certain ring to it, and when it comes to my kitchen, I’m as close to a chef as it gets. I recently made the transition from banking supervisor to stay-at-home-mom. With a two year old struggling with a speech delay at home, and another little one on the way, my husband and I decided having one of us at home would be both beneficial to our family and easier on the wallet- daycare bills were piling up and our savings were slowly being whittled down. We understood the cuts we would have to make- no more eating out three times a week, no more buying lunch at the office, etc. With that in mind, I began making menu plans, grocery shopping like a wild woman, and eagerly searching for new recipes to fill our tummies. And now, I want to share my triumphs and crashes with you- let’s help each other save our families and our money with fun, homemade, delicious recipes!

Regular Columnists

Healthy Bites with Holly

Holly is the mother of three grown daughters, and has recently embarked on her own journey of weight loss and healthy living. Convinced that the key to her success is smart, but manageable, eating choices, she is now a regular columnist for The Frugal Flambe- you can catch her posts every Friday right here! Join her every week as she shares her triumphs and successes, and maybe a couple of stumbles along the way. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be horrible- Holly can do it, and so can you.

Man Food with Mike

Mike Guthrie is married to Shellina, and together they have completely changed their way of thinking when it comes to eating. Not only have they stopped eating out, but they also try to do so in fun, relatively healthy ways. The typical male, Mike loves meat; grilling it, basting it, frying it, and, of course, eating it. Every other Tuesday he’ll share a new “Man Recipe” (usually a general list of ingredients because, according to him, recipes are for chicks).

Just the Basics with Jenna

Jenna comes to the Frugal Flambe with delicious allergen-free recipes for the busy family. As a writer and experimental photographer, Jenna first joined the blog world to simple share her musings on health and fitness. However, after several years of food sensitivity and skin problems, she decided to begin a paleolithic lifestyle. Paleo eaters tend to stick to the pre-agriculture food groups: meat and fish, vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, nuts and herbs. No sugar, no dairy, no grains, no legumes, no peanuts, nothing processed. Just whole, organic, healthy foods that work well with the human body, eliminate auto-immune diseases and improve food related ailments. Having never learned to cook, or made more than mac and cheese for that matter, she knew she had a lot to learn, and fast. Eating out became less and less appealing, as few restaurants offered food that she could eat. This allergen-free diet is Jenna’s new way of life and she is constantly teaching herself new ways to cook and feed her body what it needs. She hopes to share her her dishes with families who suffer from allergies, or people who are looking to change their eating habits. Every Wednesday, she will share unique meals, created based on her love of foods she can no longer consume as well as modified recipes she discovers that contain ingredients she has given up. No sugar? No dairy? No grain? No problem!

6 Responses to “About”

  1. Karen @ Gravy Training March 9, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! Not only was I thrilled to get a comment from you, but now I’ve found your blog too! Not too many of these food blogs get my attention, but you do such a great job! Love all your tips!

    • chefshellina March 9, 2011 at 9:18 am #

      Thank you, Karen! I really appreciate the feedback- hope we’re swapping tips for a long time- I just can’t get enough! Loved your blog, will be back soon. 🙂

  2. lifetasteslikefood March 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    What a wonderful concept! I, too, am always looking for the cheapest (and sometime quickest) way to make a meal that still tastes amazing. Who says you can’t create amazing dishes on a budget?! Great concept for a blog, and I am looking forward to reading more!

    Thanks for reading my blog as well!! 🙂

    • chefshellina March 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      It’s so good to make blogger-friends; I’ve been really enjoying your posts. Thanks for stopping by- and I can’t wait to see you again soon! (And keep writing- I’m hooked!)

  3. sanyaliving March 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Great blog!
    It is hard trying to feed a hungry family when you are so constrained by time!
    Take out is such an easy option, but I noticed as the kids get older, a very expensive one! Looking forward to reading how you guys navigate around this!

    • chefshellina March 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      Stick with us! We’re looking forward to seeing how we navigate it too! (We’re figuring it out as we go along…)

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