Thanks. I guess there are some caul fat haters on this board. I like the Buford Highway Farmers Market - I will give a shot. The Gorgeous One just can't eat too much - I have to keep it twisted steel and sex appeal.
not only is this a well written article, it makes me want to go out and buy pork, something I have never ever in my life cooked.
"[It is] very inexpensive; we sell it at the shop. You can get it at Buford Highway Farmers Market, you can get it at the Sweet Auburn Market."
Where can you buy caul fat?
This looks amazing. However, I see a bell pepper on the counter, and bell pepper is mentioned in the article. But it's not on the receipt, nor in the recipe. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE I DEMAND ANSWERS.
homemade arepas, yes - totally worth it.
homemade torillas? not so much.
I thought you had a Latina girlfriend? A store bought tortilla is not even in the same stratosphere as a home made one. They are a pain in the ass to make though.
i've never understood why anyone would want to make their own tortillas.
it seems like a lot of time and work to make something at home that is readily available in every grocery store for what seems like a low price. is the savings that significant?
You can also learn how to make your own tortillas, as a bag of flour goes a longer way than a package of tortillas. You can grow stuff like mint and vegetables. A big tub of yogurt is cheaper than sour cream...I think this meal is very affordable if you approach it that way. Our household has two working parents and this is how we maintain a savings account. We've developed a system that works with our busy schedules and though it is more work, it's better for everyone to eat this way.
@celle, I meant it figuratively. "Not have to eat rice and beans" as in "to seek a better life." Rice and beans is considered economical food that is all some people can afford. I was not making a broad comment on Mexican cuisine. As for the merits of rice and beans, no need for the lecture, as I have enjoyed plenty, having traveled the length and breadth of Mexico and further south still. Tranquilo.
"And didn't poor Mexican families come to the US so they would NOT have to eat rice and beans?"
You really think people immigrated somewhere because they were sick of their cuisine? Wow. If you're really curious why people have left their homes and families to move to the U.S., maybe you ought to read up on this thing called NAFTA: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/18/weekinre…
"Eat like a poor Mexican (but be sure to use baby lettuces) and you could be a chef."
Maybe you just don't realize this, but you're making some very problematic assumptions about race and class. Your sarcasm implies that somehow Mexican chefs are not as legitimate or respected as chefs of other cuisines. That rice and beans are mere poverty food. Let me shine some light: Rice and beans are indeed very affordable and accessible to poor people, but they also happen to serve as nutritious and delicious components of many Latin cuisines, which is eaten by people from all classes (whether in Mexico or the U.S.).
Let's also acknowledge that food is a part of culture, and just because people relocate to the U.S. doesn't mean they automatically want to assimilate and forget the place they come from or the recipes that were passed down from their grandmother.
He says he doesn't know what Southern food is, but judging from these recipes I'd say it is vaguely Mexican.
And didn't poor Mexican families come to the US so they would NOT have to eat rice and beans? Eat like a poor Mexican (but be sure to use baby lettuces) and you could be a chef.
easily $15 for maple syrup.
i wondered about that too. kiteless, i don't know where you're shopping for groceries, but i think you're getting ripped off.
"...it assumes that you have expensive culinary delights just tucked into your magical pantry, such as olive oil ($5 at trader joes, $7 at walmart), maple syrup (easily $15), fresh mint ($3) and red wine vinegar ($3)."
I'll concede that fresh mint isn't generally something kept on hand, but everything else you mentioned is found in every respectable kitchen or pantry. There's nothing magical or exotic about red wine vinegar, and you don't need to spend $15 on maple syrup.
Weren't you grousing about places that serve cheese on reubens a while back? And now you're characterizing OLIVE OIL as the food-lube of the plutocracy? How?
Instead of viewing the article as an opportunity to whine about wage disparities or your ignorance about basic, pervasive cooking ingredients, maybe you should read it for what it is: a goddamned recipe. For eating.
"i read articles about the proclaimed best restaurants in atlanta every week in CL, and then i feel ashamed because almost all of them are out of my price range"
you feel ASHAMED because CL reviews restaurants that are out of your price range? why is that?
You have clearly never been to the mercados of metro Atlanta. This meal was maybe $10. The other $10 will pay for dashes of spices and oil.
A large tub of cumin that lasts me a year is only a couple dollars if you get the Hispanic brand. Fresh produce is very cheap at a mercado or Asian market. Mango was $2 tops. 2 chicken leg quarters is maybe $3, probably closer to $2.
These markets don't have organic this and that, but 10 limes/dollar and 3 bunches of cilantro/dollar goes a long way.
this article exemplifies how out of touch those with money are with those who struggle to feed their families. first of all, this meal isn't $20. no one is going to be able to buy a tortilla for 35¢ or ground cumin for 60¢. these prices are pulled straight out of someone's ass. have you been to the grocery store lately? second of all, even if you use the article's prices, the meal still doesn't add up to $20. it assumes that you have expensive culinary delights just tucked into your magical pantry, such as olive oil ($5 at trader joes, $7 at walmart), maple syrup (easily $15), fresh mint ($3) and red wine vinegar ($3).
lastly, this could feed *maybe* two people. someone on a budget with three kids is easily going to spend $100 on this meal.
i appreciate the attempt, and the meal certainly looks delicious.
but let's be honest here, this isn't an affordable meal by any means. and i don't blame chef acheson in particular, even though it does cost a cool $300 for a dinner for two at empire state south. this has become common across the country. i read articles about the proclaimed best restaurants in atlanta every week in CL, and then i feel ashamed because almost all of them are out of my price range.
whenever i hear the culinary elite complain about how poor americans eat and then offer unaffordable solutions like this, it just provides more proof about how large the divide in economic classes has become.
Why does Acheson have this "I just got finished pumping the neighbor's collie" look on his face?
Odd picture, if you ask me.
Here's a recipe for your broke ass.
Take 4 packs of ramen noodles.
Add flavor packets and serve.
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