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

Cheddar Cheese 'Champagne' 
Jul. 19, 2009 7:05 am 
Updated: Jul. 21, 2009 9:56 am
OK, I am definitely not an expert on wines, but I guess that you know your sparkling wine has turned bad when it has become the color of cheddar cheese. Well, we're tough, we drank it anyway.

We were having a Poor Man's happy hour on the boat earlier this week...T had brought home a bottle of sparkling wine from work (he is the captain on a day-sail catamaran that features an open bar, and they were discontinuing this particular brand). I think it started as a blush or a rose, but it had become a lovely orange color that matched some tasteless cheddar cheese that we had bought on sale. We ate the cheese anyway. Was that mold that T just scraped off an old baguette? We ate it anyway. The crackers were soft and the avocado was hard. We ate it anyway. No worries! Cool breeze in the cockpit, gentle rock of the boat, the good company of my favorite husband and my favorite dog. A leisurely cruise in the dinghy at sunset, and it was another day in Paradise!

Kept right on budget for the week:  Monday- Chicken Piccata with fettucine and mashed carrots ($14.53), Tuesday- Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwiches in honor of Bastille Day ($16.22), Wednesday- Grilled Portabello sandwiches with lots of grilled veggies and a bottle of wine -not orange- ($27.17), Thursday- Watermelon good on a hot day ($10.81), Friday- Jamaican Me Crazy Chili, veg version, ($8.98), and Saturday we took our neighbors sailing so they bought us dinner, but I had spent $7.97 on breakfast stuff. Total for the week was $85.68, so $19.32 into vacation piggy bank!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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Jul. 19, 2009 10:20 am
That really is orange wine! Also, I LOVE your blog. It is my favorite to read. I enjoy seeing how you acutally cook on a budget and maintain it. Once we are settled into the new house I plan on attempting your challenge. Thanks!
Jul. 19, 2009 11:08 am
My MIL and FIL made a box of 20+ year old Mac and Cheese once. I would be hesitant of Cheddar Cheese Champagne but would probably still drink it too. Where are you going on vacation?
Jul. 19, 2009 2:12 pm
Yeah, it really wouldn't matter what you're eating while you are sitting on your boat. Sounds heavenly. Thanks so much for sharing, also fun to read your blog!!
Jul. 19, 2009 7:08 pm
So today we are treated to not one, but TWO pictures of your shirtless husband? Wow, life in paradise is indeed good.
Jul. 19, 2009 7:08 pm
I did not write husband with a question mark twice.
Jul. 20, 2009 6:15 am
Hmm...don't know about 20 year old mac and cheese! Husband does actually wear shirts...sometimes...oh, our next vacation is NYC for a wedding!
Jul. 20, 2009 7:50 am
Hi neighbor ... greetings from St. Croix! Great job cooking on a budget, it is very expensive going to the grocery store here in the islands. Your blog is very entertaining, love the parts in this post "we ate it anyway" ... too funny. Been there, done that. If you ever get to St. Croix, give us a holler and we'll take you to some of our favorite places around the island.
Jul. 21, 2009 9:56 am
Hi Jill! Thanks...and same offer goes to you!
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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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