Howdy! I’m Nicole Ray, aka Austin Frugal Foodie. I like to cook and eat delicious food and I try to be gentler to the earth. And I’m thrifty!
I live and work in South Austin, Texas, so I’m close to Central Market, Newflower Market, Sun Harvest, HEB, Sprouts and the Sunset Valley Farmers Market. I wind up downtown several days a week so Whole Foods is usually convenient for me as well and I occasionally visit the Austin Farmers Market when youth sports draw me to the inner city on Saturdays. I look for sales and specials at these venues and pass along the opportunity for savings on local and sustainable foods to my readers. And I devise dishes to best utilize the ingredients available to me—in season, on sale or leftover. Our local bounty never leaves me at a loss!
As a mother of a 5 year-old and a baby I enjoy additional challenges in the kitchen, and a number of my recipes reflect that. But I tackle the occasional culinary adventure (I LOVE Indian food!) and even craft a pretty cake now and then. Our family needs to eat. We want our food to taste great. We try to do right by the planet.
Savor the earth and save money with me.