Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Something new I'm trying

So after a couple of years of reading Everyday with Rachael Ray and looking at the $10 dinner feature in the magazine, I have felt the need to comment. I find this section really annoying because the amounts listed in the $10 section aren't really available to purchase. How can you buy $.10 worth of olive oil and $.07 worth of parsley anyway?

Anyway, in an attempt to show that you can actually make dinner for less than $10, I'm starting a new feature on my blog called $5 Fridays. Here's what I'm going to do -- every Friday I'm going to post a recipe for a $5 dinner (or a dinner between $5 and $10). This dinner will serve 4 people and you'll get to follow me from store to table. I've decided that I'm going to show that you can do this anywhere, not just the discount store. The ingredients (all of them) will be listed in amounts that can actually be purchased (no $.04 worth of carrots here). Also, spices, salt, pepper, and oil will be freebies since most people I know have these on hand anyway.

So here is where you, my awesome readers, come in (this is an interactive feature by the way), I want you to suggest what I make OR you can suggest where I shop. In order to show that you really can throw something together for $5 I'm going to either shop where you want me to or make what you want me too. Here are the rules: (1) in order to suggest I'd like for you to become a follower if you are not already one; and (2) you can only suggest one thing -- either a dish or a store. I like a challenge but keep it reasonable -- remember I've only got $5 to spend.

I was also thinking that this could be a fun competition among you and your friends, like a $5 Top Chef challenge or something. You and a group of friends could plan a month where once a week someone different hosts a dinner party with a $5-$10 budget and after dinner everyone rates a dish and at the end of the month you look at the score cards and pick a winner.

This week's $5 dinner is coming from my favorite money saving spot -- Dollar Tree. Next week will be up to you!

Happy Hump Day!


darnold23 said...

Good for you! Great idea...I hope you get lots of useful responses to share with us. Those articles are so often misleading that I get frustrated with them as well. Come share a slow cooker favorite for Crock Pot Wednesday whenever you get a chance.

CTB said...

This is a fantastic idea! I love your Top Chef challenge idea. What a great dinner party idea. I'm very curious to see your Dollar Tree meal. I've heard you say you can put together a meal from there before, but I just can't believe it till I see it. :)

AmyT said...

GREAT idea!!!!!!! Cannot wait to see how it turns out!

Freck said...

Great idea! Looking forward to seeing these meals!

I'm glad this stemmed from reading the $10 section. I was very frustrated when I read it, too! TBF and I ran out to grab the ingredients (for a meal in the October issue)and ended up spending WAY more money than anticipated.

Can't wait to see these posts!!

Children of the 90s said...

Great idea! I love it. I will definitely be checking it out!

Beth Dunn said...

Good for you! That is so real. xoxo


Beth Dunn said...

You passed with flying colors too! And all this time I was feeling sorry for myself that I did not have a magazine "decorator" home--who knew. We'll just tell everyone its by design--preppy design lol xoxo