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Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

My French Chef's Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese 
Jun. 20, 2009 5:34 am 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2009 6:53 pm
Ok,ok, not my personal French chef... T and I recently spent a week in Paris, and one of the highlights was the day we took a French cooking class. We met in the morning at the markets, and our chef took us to the cheese shop, the butcher, the fish shop, the bakery, and the fruit/vegetable market. The group-6 students- chose what we'd make for lunch with some help from the chef. We went back to the cooking school where he led us through prep and cooking. It was very hands-on and not like a classroom at all. More later on all the wonderful things we had for lunch!

During the cheese course, 14 different cheeses paired with wines, our chef explained what he does with all the leftover cheese butts at the end of the week. He makes a Bechamel sauce (lots of recipes on this site) and melts in all the random cheeses. The sauce is then tossed with cooked pasta and topped with buttered  breadcrumbs, baked until bubbly. Voila! He says it's the best mac and cheese he's ever had. I think I will add some spinch and bacon that I have from the salad the other night.

The leftover cheeses I am using are parmesan, brie, blue, feta, goat, pepper jack, mozzarella, and cheddar, and am grating up some leftover biscuits for the topping. Total cost: $2.19 for the pasta. I love this house-sitting food in the fridge thing!

So this is the end of another menu week. I spent a total of $49.10, most of which was documented in blogs this week, plus some random lunch items. I can put $55.90 into vacation piggy bank!

Have a great day everyone!
Jun. 20, 2009 6:18 am
Cheese Butts made me giggle! Boy, that sounds good though! Can't wait to hear about more about the cooking class! It really sounds like it was fun, not intimidating.(like I thought a class would be!) So where does one who lives on a boat in the tropical islands, go on vacation, LOL?
Jun. 20, 2009 5:12 pm
Mmmm, mac n cheese. I made some today with white cheddar, swiss, and parmesan. I love the thought of adding bacon, maybe I'll use my cheese butts (loving that phrase, too!) and make some bacon mac next.
Jun. 20, 2009 6:53 pm
What a great idea! I have a couple cheese butts in the fridge right now that are in need of something to do. Great blog, thanks!
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
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Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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