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The article linked in this Jezebel post, in which two food critics at the Post give themselves a challenge to create dinner for under fifty bucks. That's right, fifty American dollars.

Fifty bucks buys me two weeks worth of groceries. Three if I invest in Ramen noodles.

That's not even mentioning that, as the Jezebel post points out, the entire challenge suffers from the same thing a lot of these articles suffer from -- the recipes are always so damn complicated it's hard to find someone who can pull it off.

I'm reminded of the Top Chef episode from this season when the quickfire challenge was basically to make a quick meal in under fifteen minutes (IIRC) from the basic dried and canned goods you'd find in, say, my cupboards. You would think Padma had led all of the contestants' pets out into the kitchen and set them on fire. OH NOES! WE HAVE TO COOK LIKE EVERYDAY PEONS! They moaned, they whined, you expected at any minute that they were about to throw a tantrum.

I adore the uncomplicated cheap recipes in the comments of the Jezebel post. Because when I saw "fifty bucks for one dinner," all I could think was, "A buck for a bag of frozen broccoli, a buck for a bag of frozen cauliflower, a buck for a box of elbow noodles, and a buck for a little tub of butter. And that would feed me for a WEEK, if I were desperate."
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... seeing a sign that says, "Chinese restaurant coming soon!" in an empty shop not three blocks from your house.

Dear God, I know I don't believe in you, but the last time there was a possibility of a Chinese place in town we never got it. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease? *bats eyelashes heavenward*
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-- Cocoa Rum Balls (they're still setting, so I don't get to taste 'em until tomorrow)
-- Junior Mint Cheesecake (the mints melt in the oven and give it this yummy chocomint layer on top)

Stuff wot I still want to make:

-- A bunch of stuff from Top Chef I probably can't handle without an actual chef available

Stuff wot I want to make that's not edible:

-- There's a ton of bags on Etsy like this and this and this and they're all, like, forty bucks and ... for fuck's sake, I just want the damn pattern. Hmph. (Granted, I'm pretty sure I could mock up a copy my own damn self if I think about it enough, but still.)
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I just put this in the oven to bring to work with me. Here's hoping it turns out okay. Me and my experimental cheesecake recipes. "Oh, I think I'll try this!" Heh.

And if I get laid off for this week ... well, hell, I know what I'm having for dinner tonight! :)


Aug. 20th, 2008 06:11 pm
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Note: I don't actually want you to do this. If there's one thing I hate about memes, it's, "Now you do this! And tell all your friends so they'll do it! And make your grandma do it even though she has no computer! Can your cat type? Why doesn't he take this quiz, too?!"

But it's a food list, so that's right up my alley.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

Cut for length )
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Beef Chow Mein

2 hunks beef (My mom gave me a London broil to use as the beef, so I imagine that's about the size she means)
2 stalks celery
3 lbs. onions
1/2 bottle soy sauce
ginger to sprinkle
seasoning and broth (I assume she means boullion cubes here, since that's what she told me to get)
2 cans bean sprouts

Rest of recipe )

I cut back on the onions if only because I don't like a whole lot of onions in anything, and the same goes with the bean sprouts. I'm cooking it now so we'll see how it turns out when I make it. I usually put it over those La Choy noodles. I could live off beef chow mein the way my mom makes it, so I really hope I can manage to make it without screwing anything up. :)

EDIT: Urgh. I just spent the past twenty minutes trying to clear smoke out of the kitchen because the bottom of the pan burned. Blah. I hate that frickin' pot. For some reason that one smokes the second you turn around.

Apple pie!

May. 10th, 2008 02:20 pm
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My mom's apple pie recipe, for my own reference (and, you know, if anybody else wants it):

2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup water
3 lbs. apples, peeled and sliced
3 pats of butter
cinnamon to flavor
1/2 cup sugar
milk and sugar for top of pie crust

Rest of recipe )

I'm pretty sure all of that actually makes two pies -- she always makes two pies at once, so ... *shrugs* -- but I'll have to ask about that when she gets back from her trip, so I'll probably be altering this a bit tomorrow.
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... and I was reminded of this recipe for butterbeer that got linked over there a couple of Top Chef recaps ago. I don't have anybody to drink it with and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it enough to finish it by myself, but I really REALLY want to save the recipe. Hey, you never know, right? ;)

Besides, I figured some of you might appreciate it as well.


Makes 2 quarts.

1 cup butterscotch schnapps
7 cups cream soda (almost one 2 liter bottle)

Carefully mix just before serving, adding the schnapps to the soda thenstirring gently to mix well, or the fizz will dissipate too soon.
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All this talk of appetizers and Polish snacky food and Chinese food and chicken wings and ...

*stomach growls*

I am very small, I tell you! Only so much food fits into me!

And before I forget, this is me saving my mom's recipe for pizza dip: A bag of monterey jack cheese, a package of cream cheese, a can of chili without beans. Mix, nuke, eat with nachos. The end. :)

I need to go eat pierogies and kielbasa now. MMMMMM.


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