After hosting the Julia Child Book Club meeting, I realized that I could entertain despite this economy. How, you ask? By finding recipes that feature inexpensive ingredients that are interesting and full of flavor, with leftovers that also can be made into other dinners and freeze well. A personal side note for me—I try to make healthy versions of the recipes. For the book club, I spent around $100 on ingredients for the cassoulet. From that one dish, I was able to feed 10 women, and had about 4 frozen dinners (for 3 people in my family, so 12 more servings). For a total of 22 servings, that comes out to $4.54 per serving! Plus, it’s healthy and if you are a protein and legume lover like me, a cassoulet is your ticket. The frozen portions were also a huge time saver for me, which a working mom like me can really appreciate.
And what about wine, you ask? Besides the obvious answer of drinking less wine (which I do not recommend) and that you order your wine from me, here are some tips to keep your palate buzzing without breaking the bank.
Angela Camacho, a certified sommelier and author of a best selling wine tool, The Wine Wheel®, shares her obsession with wine and food.