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Opening Arguments

Cheap thrills

The next time you see a news organization jumping on a politician for being "out of touch with the lives of ordinary Americans" (like, let's see, Bush 41 being amazed at supermarket scanners or John McCain being ignorant of computers), consider that the news organization might need a little reality check itself. Here's CBS-TV telling viewers how to have meals "on the cheap":

She's executive chef at The Harrison, in Manhattan's trendy Tribeca neighborhood. Freitag treats guests to an inspired New-American menu that tourists and New Yorkers alike can't seem to get enough of.

As The Early Show Saturday Edition's "Chef on a Shoestring," Freitag sought to take a traditional, three-course spaghetti dinner and give it a little twist any family would love - on our new, lower, recession-busting budget of $35.

And, we introduced another challenge to our "Shoestring" chefs. We're calling it "How Low Can You Go?" The chef who prepares the least-costly meal will be back at the end of the year to create our big, blowout holiday feast!

$35 for a spaghetti dinner is "recession-busting" cheap? Is that because they think stuff everywhere costs the same as it does in New York so they don't even bother to check out the cost of groceries available at, say, amazon.com? Or perhaps it's because this "traditional" three-course meal has a beet salad with crushed pistachios and soft goat cheese, and the "spaghetti" is really "lamb ragu with rigatoni and fresch ricotta."

Jeez. Anybody who can't serve a three-course pasta dinner for $15 or less shouldn't even be allowed out of the house.


Bob G.
Wed, 01/14/2009 - 2:51pm

And at MY house Leo, that $15 INCLUDES the appropriate ap