Clever Kitchen

Check out our tips and tricks for stretching your food budget and having fun in the kitchen. Making your own meals doesn’t have to be a chore if you’ve got the right tools, recipes and, most important, an enthusiastic approach to cooking!

Clever Kitchen Appliance Hacks + Slow Cooker Giveaway!

Here at BLINQ, we’re all about being resourceful — and in the kitchen, that means saving on kitchen essentials, finding new and thoughtful ways to use ingredients, and making the most of your kitchen appliances. One kitchen appliance we can’t live without? The slow cooker; so we’ve decided to give one away! Whether it’s a hearty soup in… Read More »

6 Tips for Packing the Perfect Lunch Box

Whether you’re settling into your back to school routine or are just trying to turn your lunch habits around for work, you’ve probably faced the challenge of packing the perfect lunch box. The advantages of packing lunch are numerous; it can help you save money, and you can better control what you eat on a daily basis. But how… Read More »

Barbecues that Don’t Bust Your Budget

Nothing says summer like a delicious barbecue!  They’re a wonderful way to get together with friends and family, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great time.  Break out the slip ‘n’ slide and get grilling with these easy money saving barbecue tips. 1) Make Your Own Dry Rub Dry rubs add complex and smoky… Read More »

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Caffeine Addiction

Are you a certified caffeine addict? Does your morning revolve around that first life-affirming hit of sweet nectar? Do you sip on your coffee house beverage while posting memes to Facebook warning coworkers not to speak to you until you’ve had your fix? Have you ever had an impassioned discussion about the glories of the French press? If… Read More »

Find the Perfect Gift for a Foodie

Gift-giving can be stressful if you’re not sure what to give someone – especially when you have an aspiring chef in the family and the only time you use your oven is to store sweaters (I know Carrie Bradshaw can’t be the only one). Lucky for you, I’m a bit of cook myself, and I’ve put together a… Read More »

7 Cool Uses for a Stand Mixer and Attachments

So you are considering purchasing a stand mixer, but you’re not sure what you can actually do with it. That’s ok because we are here to help! Stand mixers like ones made by KitchenAid can be very powerful machines on their own, but with the right attachments they’re absolutely magic! From making pasta to chopping vegetables for your homemade… Read More »

Slow Cooker vs. Pressure Cooker – What’s the Difference?

Slow Cooker. Pressure Cooker. Crock-Pot. What’s the difference, and should you own them all? Start by asking yourself: what’s your cooking personality? Are you a plan-now-and-reap-rewards-later chef, or are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-let’s-get-this-done-at-this-very-minute type of cook? Your answer will help determine which cooking tool you’ll use most. More than likely your cooking personality will be influenced by the amount… Read More »

3 Meals for 2 Under $30

Sometimes when I feel like I’m spending too much money out at restaurants, I’ll make a very conscious effort to cook all of my meals at home. But if I don’t plan well enough, or if I become too impulsive at the grocery store, I’ll end up spending even more on a single meal than I would have… Read More »