web site http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3572/all en-US Healthy recipes--with cost data http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-recipes-with-cost-data <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/healthy-recipes-with-cost-data" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/farmers-market-tomatoes.jpg" alt="Farmers market tomatoes" title="Farmers Market Tomatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="158" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to eat a cheap, healthy diet? Want some recipes that use real food instead of packaged food products? Want to argue about how much it costs to feed a family a healthy diet? Here's a free tool, created by the USDA, that will help you with any of those.</p> <p>Can you eat for $21 a week? If you had to feed yourself using just food stamps, that's about how much you'd be able to spend. To help people trying to do that--and probably to help policy-makers arguing about the food stamp program--the USDA created a database of recipes and then used cost data from stores (gathered by AC Nielson in 2001, and adjusted based on the CPI) to calculate the cost of each dish. Even if you're neither on food stamps nor a policy maker, the USDA's <a href="http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/">Food Stamp Nutrition Connection Recipes Finder</a> is available for free.</p> <p><img width="183" align="right" height="350" title="Nutrition Facts for Bluet Corn Pan Bread" alt="Nutrition facts for blue corn pan bread" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/blue_corn_pan_bread_nutrition_facts.gif" />It's kind of a cool tool. You can search by recipe name or by ingredient--that latter being very handy if you bought a bunch of something because it was cheap and are now trying to find a new way to use it. It provides not only cost per recipe and per serving, but also nutrition facts--a nice chart exactly like the one you find on any packaged food. It also lets you print the recipe in several different formats.</p> <p>Another cool feature is that it will maintain a shopping list for you--click &quot;add to shopping list&quot; for the recipes that you plan to make and it will keep track and give you a list of everything you need. (Sadly, it doesn't total up the amounts when the same ingredient is used in several different recipes, but it does list them all together, making it easy enough to figure out yourself.)</p> <p>As we've discussed in several recent posts, adjusting 2001 prices with the CPI is likely to underestimate actual costs. Since the data is based on national averages, though, regional and seasonal variations will probably be a greater source of inaccuracy than the inflation adjustment. (I couldn't immediately find a way to get at the price data used--it just presents aggregate prices for the recipes--so it wouldn't be easy to spot-check the prices for accuracy.)</p> <p>Still, despite its limitations, it seems like a cool free resource for anyone who wants to make cheap, healthy meals out of real food.</p> <p>The <a href="http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/index.php?mode=display&amp;rec_id=323">Blue Corn Pan Bread recipe</a> looked good. They say you can make the recipe for $1.43, which comes to just $0.12 per serving:</p> <h2><strong>Ingredients:</strong></h2> <ul> <li>3 cups water</li> <li>2 cups blue cornmeal (yellow may be used)</li> <li>1 cup yellow cornmeal</li> <li>3/4 cup raisins</li> <li>1/2 cup sprouted wheat*</li> <li>1/3 cup brown sugar</li> </ul> <p>*To sprout wheat: Wash untreated wheat grains; drain but do not dry. Spread in a single layer in shallow pans and cover with damp cloths. Keep damp in a warm, dark place.</p> <h2><strong>Instructions:</strong></h2> <ol> <li>Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 8x8 inch cake pan with foil.</li> <li>Bring water to boil in a large pot. Add each ingredient, one at a time.</li> <li>Stir well until mixture is smooth and pour into foil-lined cake pan. Cover with a piece of foil.</li> <li>Bake for 2 hours. Bread is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.</li> </ol> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-recipes-with-cost-data">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping cost government Health healthy foods healthy living nutrition recipes USDA web site Sat, 17 Nov 2007 16:34:46 +0000 Philip Brewer 1401 at http://www.wisebread.com Using WordPress for Blogging and More http://www.wisebread.com/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Woman-on-beach-with-laptop.jpg" alt="At the beach on a laptop" title="At the beach on a laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="276" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article provides some instructions for anyone who would like to set up a basic website for themselves, but who does not have much experience with HTML, CSS, PHP, etc.</em></p> <p>Much to the chagrin of some designers and programmers, there’s a variety of easy-to-use software available that makes building and publishing a blog or website easy for anyone, regardless of experience, to do. With a few clicks, you can make your own attractive and easy-to-maintain website for personal or business use.</p> <h3>It’s a drag-&#39;n-drop, cut-&#39;n-paste WYSIWYG world, folks.</h3> <p>While everyone has a preference, this article will focus on <a href="http://wordpress.org/" target="_blank" title="WordPress">WordPress</a>.</p> <p>WordPress is one of many blogging platforms available and it’s free, easy to install, has an intuitive interface and has a lot of extensibility with a growing number of design themes and <a href="http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/" target="_blank" title="WordPress plugin directory">plugins</a> available. Many people use it for blogging, but it can be used to build a website that allows the site owner(s) a great deal of flexibility, as far as creating new sections, adding functionality and features (with the free plugins), and adding and editing content without having to update all the other pages in the site.</p> <h3><span class="heading">Start Me Up</span></h3> <p><span class="sub-heading">To get started, you need to have a domain name on a server that supports PHP and MySQL. Before you sign up for a plan, ask your hosting company if you can install WordPress on their servers, just to make sure they can support it. Then choose a plan that specifies Linux (as opposed to Windows) for PHP support.</span></p> <p>Some hosts, like <a href="http://www.godaddy.com" target="_blank" title="GoDaddy">GoDaddy</a> , offer WordPress as part of a number of tools you can use with your account, and you can install with just a few steps right thru their site. If you plan on using WordPress as the ‘engine’ to run your site, you want to install it in the root (i.e. main) directory; if you plan on using it as a blog as an addition to your site which has its own separate HTML pages, you would install it into its own directory (e.g. <a href="http://www.yoursite.com/blog" title="www.yoursite.com/blog">www.yoursite.com/blog</a>, where ‘blog’ is the directory where you install WordPress).</p> <p>If you decide to install it on your own, but aren’t 100% sure if you’re doing it correctly, follow WordPress’s ‘<a href="http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install" target="_blank" title="Five-Minute Install Instructions">Famous 5-Minute Install</a>’ instructions and you should be up and running in… well, about 5 minutes. Or you could try and <a href="http://install4free.wordpress.net/" target="_blank" title="install4free.wordpress.net">have someone install it for you</a>.</p> <h3><span class="heading">Make It Look Cool</span></h3> <p><span class="sub-heading">Your new site looks like a generic blog, but now you can look for a <a href="http://themes.wordpress.net/theme-viewer.php" target="_blank" title="Design themes">new design theme</a>. You can choose from a variety of styles based on parameters you choose, like 1 column, 2 column, green, red, left sidebar, right sidebar, etc. You can even choose a few and download them if you want to change your theme after you’ve installed it.</span></p> <p>If you don&#39;t have one already, you’ll need an FTP client to install and apply your theme. Depending on your computer platform, you can search a site like <a href="http://www.versiontracker.com" target="_blank" title="VersionTracker">VersionTracker</a> for the software. Some are free, some are commercial or shareware; you can choose based on your needs, rating, cost, etc. If you are using a program like Dreamweaver, you just create a new site and you can use the interface and FTP function to manage your files and uploads. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/themes-small_0.jpg" alt="Themes" width="242" height="121" align="left" />Login to your server and upload your theme (in its folder) to the folder ‘<strong>themes</strong>’ located inside the ‘<strong>wp-content</strong>’ folder. When you login to your Dashboard thru your browser, go to “Presentation” and you’ll see the theme(s) you’ve installed. Choose one and you’re all set… for now.</p> <p>One of the keys to making the site more than just one page with entries on it is to create Pages. WordPress sums up pages best (of course!):</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Pages in a Nutshell</strong><br /><u>What Pages Are</u><br />• Pages are for content that is less time-dependent than Posts.<br />• Pages can be organized into pages and SubPages.<br />• Pages can use different Page Templates which can include Template Files, Template Tags and other PHP code. </p> <p><u>What Pages are Not</u><br />• Pages are not Posts nor are they excerpted from larger works of fiction. They do not cycle through your blog&#39;s main page, nor can they be associated with Categories.<br />• Pages are not files. They are stored in your database just like Posts are.<br />• Although you can put Template Tags and PHP code into a Page Template, you cannot put these into the content of a Page and expect them to run. (Note: You can achieve this by using a PHP evaluating Plugin such as RunPHP (<a href="http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/RunPHP" title="http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/RunPHP">http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/RunPHP</a>). See also the list of Posts Formatting Plugins.)</p></blockquote> <p>Basically, you create sections like “Who We Are” or “My Photography Portfolio” when you create pages. You add a post to a page that you’d like to be more static (as opposed to a page that will be constantly changing as new posts are added, like a news page).</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fron-page-displays.jpg" alt="Front page displays option" width="400" height="160" align="right" />If you want one of your pages (say, “What We Do”, for example) to always be your home page, but you’d like to add posts to another page (say, “News”) you set this up on the <strong>Dashboard &gt; Options &gt; Reading</strong> page in your admin area. Choose ‘Static Page’ where it says “Front Page Displays”, specify “What We Do” to be the front page and “News” to be the Posts page.</p> <p>You can explore more areas of the Dashboard to customize your site more, and even edit the theme under <strong>Presentation &gt; Theme Editor</strong>. Here you can change the color of the text, links, etc. A piece of advice, though: before you start messing with the code, copy and paste it to a text document so you have the original in case you need to start over.</p> <p>Whew! So, that’s about it for basic setup. I know, I know… “simple” should be less wordy, right? But once you set up your hosting account, install WordPress correctly and upload your theme, you’ll get the hang of fine-tuning the site to make it look like exactly what you want.<br /><strong><br /><em>Next time:</em></strong> some must-have plugins and adding your own search engine.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ed-oreilly">Ed O&#039;Reilly</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-by-no-means-definitive-list-of-some-cool-and-free-additions-for-your-blog-or-website">A (by no means definitive) list of some cool (and free!) additions for your blog or website</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-top-7-blogs-for-entrepreneurs">The Top 7 Blogs for Entrepreneurs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dvd-player-region-free-in-seconds">Make Your DVD Player Region-Free in Seconds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Entrepreneurship blogs designer FTP GoDaddy HTML Linux MySQL PHP web site WordPress Tue, 29 May 2007 08:35:44 +0000 Ed O'Reilly 687 at http://www.wisebread.com Link Me, Baby! Sending Out Thankful Vibes http://www.wisebread.com/link-me-baby-sending-out-thankful-vibes <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/rustychain.jpg" alt="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=melodi2" title="Photo by Melodi1" width="287" height="187" /></p> <p>Wise Bread is always grateful for the links we get from friends and even rivals. We&#39;d like to take time to thank eveyrone who linked to us, and highlight some of the goodies.</p> <p>Scrapbookers the world over, but particularly <a href="http://www.scrapscene.com/2007/04/more-cheap-scrapbooking-ideas.html">Scrap Scene</a>, were happy with Paul&#39;s <a href="/make-5-cheap-greeting-cards-that-blow-hallmark-away">creative card-making ideas</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.loansinteractive.com/blog/2007/04/05/why-you-cant-trust-a-real-estate-agent/">Mortgage Loan Officer</a> posted Paul&#39;s blog on why <a href="/why-you-cant-trust-a-real-estate-agent">you can&#39;t trust a real esate agent</a>. Does this mean that the real estate and home loan industries have a hit out on him now? Paul, if you see someone in a colorful blazer headed your way, run.</p> <p><a href="http://moneykeg.com/DesktopDefault.aspx">Moneykeg</a> was one of many sites that linked to Paul&#39;s <a href="/europe-has-the-euro-are-you-ready-for-the-amero">Amero</a> post.</p> <p>Sarah&#39;s career blog posts are, as usual, admired far and wide. <a href="http://careerintensity.com/blog/2007/03/03/how-and-why-you-can-make-a-bad-job-work-for-you/">Career Intensity</a> picked up her ideas about how to <a href="/how-to-survive-and-thrive-in-a-job-you-hate">survive in a crappy job</a>.</p> <p>Hilariously, <a href="http://hawaii-transportation.hawkeyetrapper.com/4295/mr-cheap-stuff/">Hawaii Transportation</a> linked to my article about Mr. Cheap Stuff&#39;s Dean Takamine, because he talked about the roads in Hawaii. This was actually back in March, so we apologize for the slightly bemused and definitely belated thanks! </p> <p>Lil Duck Duck posted my Pet Peeves Part 3 post in the<a href="http://lilduckduck.com/carnival-of-family-life-49/1009"> Carnival of Family Life #49</a>, too. <a href="http://www.tching.com/index.php/2007/04/09/another-perspective-on-jacob-weisbergs-article-on-green-tea-in-saloncom/">Green Tea</a> was a topic all over the internets this month, and T Ching offered their <a href="http://www.tching.com/index.php/2007/04/09/green-tea-neat/">own perspective</a>.</p> <p>We get general <a href="http://creditpenance.blogspot.com/2007/04/what-is-all-of-this-about-part-i.html">all-around love</a> from Credit Penance.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who linked to us!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-me-baby-sending-out-thankful-vibes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-it-real-good">Link it real good</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bit-of-fun-turns-into-10000">Bit of fun turns into $10,000</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-link-us-you-really-really-link-us">You link us! You really, really link us!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-love-makes-the-world-go-round">Link-Love Makes the World Go &#039;Round</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/our-lovely-lady-links">Our Lovely Lady Links</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance blog link mutual promotion thanks web site Wed, 11 Apr 2007 17:43:38 +0000 Andrea Karim 475 at http://www.wisebread.com