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Slow Food $5 Challenge a Delicious Success

We had a great time at my early-bird version of the Slow Food $5 Challenge last night. The menu changed again after I went to the Raleigh Downtown Farmers' Market and Whole Foods. Here's the main course of the feast I served for $4.77 a person. Check out the next picture for dessert: Peach Ice Cream Supreme and roasted pecans. And we had enough extra food for one or two more people.

  • Cuban Black Beans, made with local bell peppers and onions from Wild Onion Farm, and local bay leaf from a friend
  • herb-coated Montrechet cheese from Celebrity Dairy
  • grilled and marinated okra (from Hilltop Farms) and summer squash
  • spiced and roasted pecans
  • Garlic Flatbread
  • long-grain basmati rice
  • Lemon verbena tea
  • Peach Ice Cream Supreme, with peaches from Johnson Farms via Ball Berries and Produce

We had food left over, even though I forgot to serve the cucumber (also from Hilltop Farms).

I splurged on the pecans ($1.00 a serving) and the goat cheese (92 cents a serving). My friend Patrick surprised me by bringing a bottle of wine, which I'm not including in the total but that was much enjoyed.

Next week, look for more information about how to do a dinner like this yourself. It's fun, delicious, and wildly affordable.

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