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Saturday
Sep032011

A more challenging challenge: cooking with da Boot

Oh no! Just as I graduated from physical therapy for my shoulder, I get a stress fracture in my foot. Was it from resisting the pull of the exercise bands for my shoulder exercises? Or was it a short-story related injury caused by slogging across the NCSU campus in search of a reading from a new anthology?

Linda's in a walking boot. Ai yi yi.

Whatever the cause, it means I'll be doing the $5 Challenge Feast in da boot shown above, plus the attractive matching "Even Upper" on my other foot so I don't tilt. The great news is that with the efficient and easy recipes from Wildly Affordable Organic and help from my Taster, I'll still be able to throw a Slow Food dinner party this week. If I can do it like this, you can do it too!

Saved by the Bread. My first step today will be to make a batch of Whisk Pizza Dough to use for Garlic Flat Bread. It's classic Slow Food stuff, getting better as the yeast works for up to two weeks. I'm also going to scrutinize the menu to make sure I'm choosing the easiest of the delicious options.

Working Menu. I'm going to go with the Slow flow for the menu, making changes when I get to the market based on what looks fresh, delicious, and affordable. But here's what I'm aiming for (with prices shown per full single serving using prices from 2010):

  • Cuban Black Beans with Brown Rice ($0.55)
  • Garlic Flatbread ($0.19)
  • Green Salad with Vinaigrette ($0.44)
  • Baked Pears with Cinnamon Yogurt Sauce ($1.05)
  • Mint or Lemon Balm Tea and Raleigh's famous tap water (free)

Splurge. At $2.24, the feast above costs less than half of the Challenge amount. People who want to eat more than a usual serving will indulge in the more affordable dishes, such as beans and rice, instead of the more expensive pears.

Even when I update to current prices from the ones from 2010, that should still leave me with $2 a person to splurge. I'm hoping to add:

  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Local nuts

I'll let you know how local I'm able to go with this menu, but it should be well over 10%.

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