Tuesday, October 2, 2012


October 2, 2012

Who is Donna McKenna, you ask? Well, let me enlighten you as to this lady’s identity.

About 18 years ago, I found an ad for a cookbook entitled The $30 Dollar A Week Grocery Budget, By Donna McKenna. It was $5 to order a copy, so I dropped my money into the mail, and a few weeks later I received a little yellow cookbook.

It was obviously homemade and run off at a printer’s, then stapled together by hand. It only had 59 pages, filled with recipes and tips on how to cut your grocery bill. There is also a short introduction and a “How To Use This Book” section.

It’s a simple little book—no pretentions of bein’ a great culinary work. It was only intended to help homemakers save on their food budgets while makin’ good meals for their families.

I have used the HECK outta that book. I refer to it for various well-loved recipes, such as pancakes from scratch, and I will NEVER forget that Donna’s little book finally helped me understand what a white sauce is and how to make it.

My copy is stained, fallin’ apart, and taped up. I have used just about every bit of advice it gives, and I have adapted many of the recipes and hints for our family’s tastes and location.

When we lived in the mountains, before the Redneck was able to join us—I used the book to help me feed my son and myself, plus stock up on extra goods as I went along. As a result, I had a well-stocked pantry so that when I couldn’t get to town (like when the snow storms would hit and we were basically trapped in our cabin for a few days), we never had to worry if we had enough to eat until the next trip into town. I still use their books as a resource in my kitchen.

One day, when I was cookin’, I decided that I would write Donna a letter to thank her for her little budget book. I wrote to the address on the back cover, but my letter was returned a few days later, sayin’ that the address was no longer valid.

Well, I decided to GOOGLE her yesterday, and I found her! She now has a website and a blog—and she is sellin’ her books, too! They are updated, and I know I will be sendin’ my money in again soon.

You can now find a link to her site in my LINKS section. I wrote her an email sayin’ how much I appreciate her book—I hope I hear back from her. I also hope she likes the long overdue praise I sent her way.

If you come across a copy of the book—either the new updated one or an older copy--grab it. You will get a lot of good ideas and recipes on how to stretch your grocery dollars.

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

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