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Wed
30
Apr '08

Gourmet Cooking on a Budget: Dollar (and Under) Store Savings

With rising food and gas prices, sometimes it’s hard to justify the expense of gourmet food ingredients. However, according to Christiane Jory, the author of 99¢ Only Stores: The Cookbook, shopping at discount stores (at least occasionally) may be the answer.
According to the book’s description:

Tired of forking over hundreds of dollars for entertaining her friends and family, Christiane Jory challenged herself to create more than 100 gourmet recipes for appetizers, side dishes, main courses, and desserts-solely with items she found at 99¢ Only Stores. Her recipes include:

  • Artichoke Spinach Bake on Homemade Pizza Bread
  • Green Beans Au Gratin
  • Chicken Tetrazinni
  • Pinot Noir Poached Pear Tart

This 224 page book is filled with sample menus, as well as a glossary of cooking terms. Each recipe includes the estimated cost of the meal and helpful kitchen hints, such as uses for recycled milk cartons and how to freeze egg whites.

By the way, Christine has a blog in which she shares recent bargain store finds, photos, and recipes.

There are 262 99¢ Only Stores in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. (Here’s a link to the store locator.)

Because we live in South Carolina, I have never been to a 99¢ Only Store. However, we do have Dollar Tree Stores which offer all items for $1.00 which are located all over the East Coast.

Among the things we’ve found there are gourmet snacks and crackers, organic soups and broths, large containers of spices, bread and baked good mixes, marinated artichoke hearts and musrooms, Hungarian Ajvar (and myriad other condiments), kitchen knives and cutlery (not exactly Henckel quality, but if you’re bringing over a cake to a friend you won’t weep if you lose your implements), microfiber kitchen towels, and more.

When we lived in Western New York State, there was a small, local supermarket chain that offered all groceries for $1 as well as a variety of independent dollar sores that sold everything from #10 cans of chocolate syrup, an assortment of gourmet ice creams and cheeses, large jars of various pestos, fancy honeys and mustards, imported olives, and tapenades, and other culinary items that make me weep at the memory of the incredible savings.

Here’s a funny video of Ellen DeGeneres clowning around in a 99 cent store.

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Tue
29
Apr '08

911 Cooking Emergency…Nathalie Dupree to the Rescue!

“Olga Berman had something to confess: She is frequently guilty of involuntary porkicide. ‘I’m the girl who kills pork,'’ she wrote in an e-mail. ‘I always overcook pork chops, and they come out dry.’Even after three years of a part-time culinary program at Sur La Table, Berman didn’t have the chops to cook chops.”

But Olga Berman is nothing if not supremely fortunate.

According to this article in the Miami Herald, when Southern cookbook author Nathalie Dupree heard about Berman’s pork curse, she showed up Olga’s DC apartment to play fairy godmother and show her the secret of unforgettably succulent pork chops.

“Then the two started the chops by heating butter and oil in a saute pan. Dupree laid two chops in the pan, explaining that you always cook the prettier side first because it will get more nicely browned than the second side. ‘When the pork starts talking, you start listening,’ Dupree intoned. ‘It’s sizzling because it’s putting water out into the hot fat. When it stops sizzling so much, it’s time to turn it.’ Dupree turned the chops with her hands, as the pros do…”

You can read more about Nathalie Dupree’s 911 Culinary Intervention here.

The first woman since Julia Child to film more than 100 cooking shows for public television, Charleston’s Dupree is the author of 10 cookbooks (you can preview four of them free of charge here) which have sold over half a million copies so far.

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Mon
28
Apr '08

That Out to Dinner Feeling: Food & Wine Names the Best New Chefs of 2008

You’ve doubtless heard the term “out to lunch” as used to describe someone who’s not fully engaged in what they are doing; just going through the motions.

In contrast to that I’d like to add the phrase to the verbal pantheon “out to dinner” to describe someone deeply savoring each and every bite with great attention and awareness; someone truly alive to all the sensual possibilities and satisfactions that only a great meal can provide.

Do you remember the first time you had corn on the cob cooked up and buttered only minutes after it was harvested? Your first cream puff, bursting at the seams, swirls of chocolate drizzled pastry brushing your nose? The thrilling sinus rush of wasabi harmonizing with the buttery notes of fresh tekkamaki? The intoxicating scent of Vidalia onions caramelizing on the grill?

Then you’ve been fortunate enough to have that “out to dinner” experience.

Recognized for giving many people that “out to dinner” feeling early in their careers, these chefs were named the 2008 Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine. Seeking to discover tomorrow’s superstar chefs in the making, Food & Wine’s previous awardees included Thomas Keller in 1988, Nobu Matsuhisa in 1989, and Rick Bayless in 1988.

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