In this book, the difference between low-cost shit food, and trying to make something is evident. Food costs are high, budgets have to stretch, etc. I get it. However, I don't get this book. I am not a food snob by any means and I know the days when I was calling Tuna Helper "Tuna Noodle Surprise" to get my kids to eat it. Did they fall for it? HAYLLL NO! Lesson learned is that no "Helpers" are in the house and they will easily eat pasta with a homemade marinara before I try to pass off Tuna Helper as something it's not.
I'm glad it's 2012 and not 1978. And guess what? I have more budget cooking books.
|Family Circle Low-Cost Main Dishes, 1978|
|If your budget is that tight to where you are serving what looks like sliced turds, then maybe you need to reassess the situation. Just saying.|
|We shall not call this Garnished Saurekraut with ham hocks and knockwurst and sauerkraut. It will be known as "Choucroute Garni" and hidden behind a lantern. Tuna Noodle Surprise it is not!|
|NOW this is budget cooking! Take whatever crap you have and cover it with a white sauce. It could be leftover Tuna Noodle Surprise or stale bread, but if it's smothered in a white sauce and has a lemon wedge on the side then this can pass for food.|
|If this is budget cooking, I'd hate to see what regular fare costs. What kind of family devours two pounds of beef liver or two cups of tongue? We don't have to be carnivores for every meal! Retract your incisors!|
|Seriously the WORST take on stuffed shells I have ever read.|
|Last time I saw this much stringy looking stuff, it was after I dewormed a puppy. Gave her some medicine, went to work, came home to spaghetti dog poop. I want to cry.|
|What a sad picture. The poor, emaciated little girl is waiting patiently and her grandmother is too busy making 20 pasta dishes. Would it ruin her chi to give her some of the tagliatelle? Mangia, mangia!|
|Dessert time!! A luscious chocolate glazed banana or yellow cake with a cute little rose and a berry garnish. What's that? It's really Moussaka A La Turque? What looks like chocolate is really eggplant skin? Words escape me. I'm rendered silent.|
Until next time!