Champagne dreams on a Kool-Aid budgetPosted by MomOnMars on March 20, 2012
Last week at South by Southwest, I ran into my friend $5 Dinner phenomenon, Erin Chase. I met Erin years ago, before her first cookbook and before Rachel Ray…and she intimidated the heck out of me. Here she was – the mom who cooked entire meals for under $5 for her entire family. Not $5 per person, but $5 for all of them. My legacy? I once told my friend that I was cooking dinner for my family. She informed me that Super Suppers didn’t count as cooking – it counted as heating up. Details…just details.
I have Erin’s cookbooks. Both of them. Signed. On my shelf. And I’m still the queen of “heating up.” Just ask my kids. That’s because I really dream of having a chef (or Erin) live with me and cook fabulous meals for us. And, while I’m dreaming, it would be nice to have someone clean up after me, too. Because, unlike my friend Emily of Defining Delicious, who apparently dreams of being the European Martha Stewart, I’d much rather be the American Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr. Sadly, he’s dead. So it will never be.
Such as it is, my wallet, my husband and my kids (and me!) are truly delighted that Erin is coming to San Antonio to teach me all her tricks for saving, couponing, cooking and menu planning. Maybe she’ll convert me, and make it all work on my Kool-Aid budget. Or maybe I’ll just stick with my champagne dreams and heated up food and enjoy the company of the evening.
Either way it’s going to be loads of fun. Come on and join me.
The class will be on March 30 from 6:30-8:30pm at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio. Cost is $5 plus a canned good – both of which go to the San Antonio Food Bank. How awesome is that? Register right now, right here.
Want a preview of how fabulous Erin’s cookbooks and tips really are? Check out the lessons Amanda of Team Espinoza, who actually, really uses Erin’s cookbooks, has picked up over the last year.
See you next Friday!