|The 99 Cent Chef|
|Submitted by: Tip Hero 08/06/2008 11:02 AM|
|It’s one thing to be able to find cheap food. It’s another to be able to make a decent meal out of it.
That’s where Billy Vasquez, a.k.a. “The 99 Cent Chef”, comes in. Billy frequents the 99 Cent Only Store near his home in Los Angeles. At the 99 Cent Only Store, everything is always, well, 99-cents or less. The store sells food, including meat and produce. Years ago, Billy began having a little fun trying to see what he could make from food purchased only at this store. He discovered that he was able to make entire meals from it – and they tasted pretty good too.
As Billy noted during a radio interview on NPR:
Billy put together a blog, appropriately called “The 99 Cent Chef”, where he provides recipes for all kinds of meals made from ingredients only found for 99 cents or less. Some of his most recent posts include “Scrambled Eggs With Sundried Tomato”, “Pork Roasted With Green Chiles”, “Seafood Paella”, and “Lighter Than Air Meatballs”.
The 99 Cent Chef also has a number of videos up on YouTube, including this one where he and his mom show how they make jambalaya using only ingredients purchased for 99 cents or less:
We also discovered a book written by Christiane Jory, titled “The 99 Cent Only Stores Cookbook: Gourmet Recipes at Discount Prices”. From Amazon.com:
Also, another money-saving cooking tip (this one’s our own): Consider going to the supermarket you regularly visit and buying only items you find on sale. Then get creative and see what kinds of meals you can make with these discounted ingredients. We’ve found that there are sales in just about every section of the grocery store whenever we go shopping, so the meals are usually well-rounded.
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Photo credit: Jef Poskanzer