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From setting the table to serving the meal, we've got all the bases covered. Check out the articles in this section for tips and tricks to help you create the perfect menu for any occasion.

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Quick, which is the best deal on the menu: the roast chicken, the Caesar salad or the filet mignon? The answer might surprise you.

By Kim Williamson

If you think beans are just a side dish, you don't know beans! Try some of these ideas for incorporating nutritious, quick-fixing canned beans into everything from party dips to desserts.

By Heather Kolich

To make the most of your food budget, you have to be a strategic shopper and a careful cook. Here are 10 steps you can take, both in the supermarket and in your kitchen, that are guaranteed to whittle down your grocery bills.

By Alison Cooper

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Every pantry needs a stock of staple ingredients on hand for dinner, and these 10 won't hurt your purse strings too much.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Has your kid uttered the immortal words, "Not baloney sandwiches again"? Well, what's a mom on a budget to do? Try one of these new school lunch ideas, of course!

By Caitlin Uttley

Casseroles serve crowds, cook inexpensively and clean up in a jiffy. But can you make budget casseroles without sacrificing flavor?

By Julia Layton

Sure, you can take advantage of the "four cans for a dollar" special. But do you really want your family eating sodium-rich, canned food with preservatives every night? How can you make some healthy, cheap meals?

By Debra Ronca

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Whole lobsters for four might be a splurge. But lobster mac and cheese? That's more reasonable. What simple tricks can keep your homemade meals under $25 without sacrificing the tastiest ingredients?

By Julia Layton

Whether you serve it on the cob or as part of a larger dish, corn is both cheap and delicious. It's no wonder that the tasty vegetable is so popular with budget-minded eaters who don't want to sacrifice flavor for cost!

By Alia Hoyt

Times are tough, but the party must go on. These ideas for economical party fare let the good times roll without sinking your budget.

By Heather Kolich

You love to entertain, but who has time for all that cooking, decorating and cleaning? Luckily, you can solve all those problems with one word: potluck.

By Linda C. Brinson

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You don't have to spend a fortune on your groceries. We'll show you how.

By Danielle Fisher

With rising food prices, pasta is a great foundation for feeding your family on the cheap. Check out our suggestions for a variety of satisfying, economical pasta meals.

By Heather Kolich

Do you have a bushel of banana peppers from your garden, and nothing to do with them? Never fear. We have ways to use them all.

By Debra Ronca & Shaun Chavis

You're not restricted to tasteless, lackluster foods just because you're on a budget. Here are five delicious and frugal meals that won't break the bank.

By Natalie Kilgore

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Finding cheap family dinners that won't bore your brood might seem daunting. But we've cooked up five winners for you.

By Kim Williamson

Making dinner every night isn't always easy, especially when you have kids. But don't worry -- you can create these no-fail meals your children are sure to love, regardless how long you have to prepare.

By Jessica Willis

Anyone can host guests for a meal and have an enjoyable time. Come up with a theme, call it a dinner party and viola; you're a hit. Here are 10 ideas to consider.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Dinner parties can be a fun way to show off your culinary chops, but don't exclude your guests from demonstrating their techniques. These cooking games will have you and your friends chopping, mixing and laughing in no time flat.

By Meghan E. Smith

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Dinner parties are a time to gather friends for good conversation, food and wine. And no party would be complete without a killer table setting.

By Sara Elliott

Why not show just what a truly gracious host or hostess you are by presenting your dinner guests with a gift? Here are some fun suggestions your company will remember long after the meal.

By Stefani Newman

Who wants to throw a dinner party with the same old blase dishes? Spice up the night Italian-style with wine, pasta and cheese!

By Echo Surina

If you want to bring a little South of the Border to your next dinner party, we've five fun ideas to make it happen. Can you say "Ole"?

By Sara Elliott

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Put down the hot dog buns and be a little more creative when you think about inviting friends to dine al fresco.

By Jill Jaracz

Bring your guests back to the happy days of the nifty '50s with all the boss food, drink, tunes and style that the decade has to offer. We'll show you how with these five tips.

By Laurie L. Dove