Spice of life: Fill up without emptying wallet



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Pork loin milanese with arugula salad makes for an inexpensive yet tasty meal. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Earlier this year I decided that working full time, being a wife and parent, a freelance writer, food blogger, children’s television host and author of this column wasn’t enough on my plate, and I became the host of my own Internet radio show.

Crazy, I know. I am a strike-while-the-iron-is-hot kind of person.

So at 11 p.m. Thursdays, I go live; and so far the show’s popularity has far exceeded my expectations. I wasn’t sure how receptive the fans of my website would be to tuning in and being a part of the show. Amazingly enough, I have scores of live listeners each week and lots of callers. It is fun to get a chance to speak with many who follow the goings-on in my food world.

My show, “Around the Kitchen Sink,” is syndicated on iTunes, so people can download each free podcast at their leisure. Even my kids subscribe to my show; and I know my 13-year-old would never admit it, but he thinks it’s pretty cool. I have been pretty lucky to nab some great guests so far like the creators of Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, Jon Acuff of Dave Ramsey fame, Jill Smokler of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and most recently Food Network host Melissa d’Arabian.

D’Arabian called in to my show for what was supposed to be a 10-minute interview, and it turned into an extended conversation about her new cookbook “Ten Dollar Dinners” and a chat about motherhood and feeding your family on a dime.

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