One of my goals is too eat gourmet food on a budget. To that end, I’m happy to have discovered Frugal Cuisine, which chronicles the author’s attempt to eat well while spending $2 or $3 a day on food. The site features recipes, tips, book reviews, and more. I asked the author for some background:
Frugal Cuisine began when I was out of work briefly, earlier this year. The basic background strategy is to buy just what I need of the best values in my local grocery stores and markets. I often find creative ways to prepare them on recipe websites and food blogs. Though no longer out of work, I continue to cook frugally since the budget makes me focus on getting healthy things, using what I have on hand, and minimizing waste.
Frugal Cuisine features food-related advice, such as this bit on shopping, storing, and eating. There’s also an ongoing series about “the basics”, which has covered information on biscuit mix, granola, stock, and polenta. But I especially love the recipes:
- Onion fried rice with peas — This looks awesome in its simplicity.
- Eggs cooked on top of things — One of my personal favorites, though I usually do “eggs cooked with stuff mixed in”. Just this morning I did eggs with ham and parmesan cheese. Yum.
- Apple and raisin cobbler with almond biscuits
- Blueberry soup with polenta and chevre — Where did this combination come from? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to try it next June, when my blueberries are coming on.
My only complaint is that Frugal Cuisine isn’t updated often enough. I want more! But that’s a minor quibble — I’ll take what I can get. For more frugal food tips, you may also be interested in:
- The Frugal Foodie — John V. wrote to mention his own food blog, which he bills as “a graduate student’s guide to dining in and dining out in Silicon Valley”.
- The Frugal Oenophile — Richard Best suggests one new inexpensive bottle of wine every week.
- Hungry for a Month — In this recent experiment, a fellow spent only $1 for food each day for an entire month. Q: What can you eat for a buck? A: Starch!
Also check out the food category in the Get Rich Slowly archives for more articles on saving money while eating well.
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