Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Dollar Dish Duel Round-Up!!!

The day you have all been waiting for has come...THE DOLLAR DISH DUEL ROUND UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

As I have mentioned, the inspiration for this duel originally came from an article in the New York Times entitled "5 Cooks, $40, 5 Dishes, 3 Desserts." However, as gas and food prices continue to rise, this event seemed to be nicely timed. It forced me to start thinking about how to cut costs but still make an excellent meal. An important skill to have! I found myself roaming around the grocery store and trying to figure out more ways to cut costs. I don't know about the rest of you but I loved this challenge! Due to the positive response and relevance to everyday life, I plan to do it again, especially once I go back to being a starving student this fall...

Without further ado...I am very proud to introduce eight delicious dishes for our duel!!! Thank you all for participating and for everyone's support through my first event. The contestants had to make a dish to feed at least two people for under $5. They could also use three staples from their pantry. My judges, roommates and boyfriend, shall deliberate shortly and decide upon who wins the The Improvisational Cook by Sally Schneider. Then, on Friday, I will announce the winner along with a guest post from my mother. You hear that mom? Are you writing?

So, let the games begin!

Serving us Soft Boiled Egg Prosciutto with Rustic Toast for $3.66, Kristin of the Pearl Onion from New York, NY gives us some great tips for Soft Boiling Eggs. A technique I really need to try!

LyB of And then I do the dishes from Lévis, Québec, Canada makes a delicious Zucchini and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
for lunch. A sun-dried tomatoes meal for under $5? A fabulous idea!

All the way from Manila, Philippines, Heart of Heart and Hearth brings us Stuffed Tilapia for the low price of $1.12! Stuffed with onions, tomatoes and garlic, this is a great quick and nutritious meal!

Rachel of Wheat-Free, Meat Free from upstate New York entered Spanish Rice in Crockpot. A delicious, easy and cheap meal! What could be better?

Brandi of Rantings of a Dixie Pixie in Yankee Land from a small town western in NY bring us Mama's Texas Goulash for $4.97. A very comforting meal that also comforts your wallet!

Creating a Pasta Frittata for the low price of $2.27, Terry of Blue Kitchen in Chicago, IL proves you can make an under $5 meal worthy of company. When can I come to dinner?

Ivy of Kopiaste, to Greek Hospitality from Greece gives us Patates Antinahtes a delicious and simple Cypriot recipe that means "Tossed Potatoes." Pair it with a salad and you have a great and inexpensive dinner!

Smita from Smita Serves You Right in Rochester, NY made Chocolate Orange Raisin Cakes in the Microwave! Make an inexpensive version with some orange juice or want to splurge? Use some Grand Mariner or rum!

If anyone accidentally fell through the cracks and I did not include you please email me. I'll add you to the round-up post-haste! Thank you all again for participating! It was so much fun and I loved hosting it!


Manggy said...

Great job, Ginny :) Sorry I wasn't able to join as it is much harder to make entrees for me these days :( But it's a great roundup! I'm not sure I can get prosciutto for cheap around these parts but of course, here in the Philippines, it's a lot cheaper to get whole fish :)

VeggieGirl said...

FABULOUS round-up - love the variety of dish entries!

Heart said...

This is a wonderful round-up! It is great to learn from each other!

LyB said...

Wow, those are some great dishes! Creativity goes a long way in the kitchen! Thanks for hosting such a fun event Ginny, I loved it! :)

canarygirl said...

What a great idea, Ginny! I wish I had seen it sooner to participate. I will be checking out these recipes...I'm always on the lookout for a bargain! :)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

This is a great event and a great roundup. I'll have to see what I can do the next time you run it...aside from the interest and the challenge, this is an area (saving money) I could stand to improve upon ;-)

cakewardrobe said...

You could have fooled me as high end dining!!!

Neen said...

Wow, I'm so impressed my the entries... I'm not sure what I was expecting, maybe I assumed (erroneously) that everyone else's creativity is as limited as mine is! At any rate, I'm floored at the quality of the entires. Please, please do continue this. I'll be a grad student in the fall and could both use the excuse to cook cheap and the inspiration from others' submissions. Phenomenal idea. Maybe a monthly thing?

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Wow! Everything looks great!

Kristin (The Pearl Onion) said...

Thanks for organizing this event, Ginny. And it is fun to see what else people came up with. I am impressed by the variety!

Vicarious Foodie said...

This was such a good idea! I keep watching my grocery bill go up and I can't stand it. We all need some nice cheap dishes under our belts--thanks for the round-up!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Lots of fun things to try here! Thanks -- a great event.

Ginny said...

manggy- Thanks! I loved how we get to see how things that are cheaper in one part of the world aren't in another...it was neat!

veggiegirl- Thank you! It was a good turn out.

Heart- thanks again for your participation!

LyB- thank you! glad you enjoyed it!

canarygirl- me too! maybe next time?

mike- can't we all? thank you!

cakewardrobe- I know! Everything looks fabulous!

neen- monthly? or semi-monthly? let me think about it...I'm off to law school in the fall so trust me I understand!

jessy- thank you for stopping by!

kristin- thanks for participating!!!

vicarious foodie- thank you! it was a fun challenge...

lydia- thanks! glad you could check it out!

Roopa said...

That was a really thoughtful event :) Nice dishes !!

ServesYouRight said...

Lovely theme and very nicely done round-up! May the Dollar Dish continue to prosper!!