Cookstr! Cooking at Home and Keepin’ it Real

The Cookstr 10
Ten Recession-Friendly Meals

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Elvis Burger w/ Chopped Salad & Pickled Gherkin
Marinated Pork Loin
Tortilla Espanola
Big Quesadillas w/ Refried Beans, Spinach & Avocado
Curry in a Hurry
Chinese Chili Stir-Fry
Bucatini w/ Onions, Bacon & Tomato
Chicken Adobo
Mushroom Barley “Risotto”
Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts
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Welcome back to The Cookstr 10,’s newsletter. In each newsletter we will highlight ten chefs and authors, recipes, books, tips & techniques, or other selections we think you’ll enjoy.

Very few things are recession proof, but clearly one is cooking at home.  There are so many amazing meals to make that don’t dent your bank account, and we plan to add new budget-friendly recipes every week.  Here are ten dinners under 10 bucks that won’t leave you feeling nickled and dimed in the satisfaction department.

1. Elvis Burger w/ Chopped Salad & Pickled Gherkin  
Jamie OliverBurger
There are burgers, and there are Burgers. This is a Burger.  And Elvis’s birthday was just last week.

Click here for Jamie’s Elvis Burger Recipe

2. Marinated Pork Loin  
Penelope Casasgarlic
Pork loin is a serious centerpiece roast, and so much less costly than other meats.  This one sports a Spanish heritage.

Click here for Penelope’s Marinated Pork Loin Recipe


3. Tortilla Espanola
Mario Batalipotatoes

Four simple ingredients are transformed into a classic Spanish dish, and one that is equally welcome at breakfast, lunch or dinner.  (And vegetarian-friendly!)

4. Big Quesadillas with Refried Beans, Spinach, and Avocado
Nava AtlasAvocado
For all you vegans out there…hearty, inexpensive, and ready in half an hour.

Click here for Nava’s Big Quesadilla Recipe

5. Curry in a Hurry  
Curry Nigella Lawson
This Thai curry relies on chicken thighs which are arguably the most flavorful part of the chicken. (Not that we’re being argumentative.)

Click here for Nigella’s Curry in a Hurry Recipe


6. Chinese Chili Beef Stir-Fry  
stir-fry Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
Spicy, with a drizzle of fragrant sesame oil to finish it off.  You can also make this with chicken.

Click here for Victoria and Brigitte’s Chinese Chili Beef Stir-Fry Recipe


7. Bucatini with Onion, Bacon and Tomato (Bucatini All’amatricina)  
spaghetti Lidia Bastianich
This is the Roman version of a dish usually associated with the Abruzzi region of Italy.  Long, slurpable noodles make this a kid favorite, too.

Click here for Lidia’s Bucatini All’amatriciana Recipe


8. Chicken Adobo  
Amy Besa  and Romy Dorotanpeppers
The coconut milk in the Philippine dish keeps the chicken moist, and also makes a rich and fragrant sauce.

Click here for Amy and Romy’s Chicken Adobo


9. Mushroom-Barley “Risotto”  
mushrooms Jay Weinstein
A riff on risotto with barley as the star grain.  Purists may scoff, but the rest of us have a new whole grain vegetarian dish to embrace.

Click here for Jay’s Mushroom-Barley “Risotto” Recipe


10. Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts  
honeymustard Art Smith
Honey + mustard + chicken = fast, cheap family-friendly dinner.

Click here for Art’s Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts Recipe


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