$1000 a Week Vs $25 a Week


Welcome to the premier issue of More Thyme Than Dough©, a cooking and recipe blog for people looking for budget friendly recipes during this Great Recession.

This is not a political blog.

However, recently I read an article, Taxpayers,  that I just cannot ignore. I read that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spent over $100,000 during the last two years for “in-flight services” mostly food and liquor on the plane that takes her back and forth from her home in San Francisco and Washington, and on business trips, as part of her official duties. This works out to about $1000 a week for food and drink.

Now I am not one of those citizens who normally begrudge our politicians spending money for doing the business of our country. Being an elected leader is hard work with long hours and not much appreciation. And I further understand this expenditure was not just for Speaker Pelosi, as she sometimes had other member of Congress and her family on board the plane. Nevertheless, during this Great Recession and in the face of rising unemployment, housing foreclosures, with children going to bed hungry, more and more people in the middle class on food stamps, and the rise of poverty in the suburbs and among the middle class I find this expenditure especially unconscionable.

With all due respect Madame Speaker, today there are families who would think they had died and gone to heaven if they had a $1000 a month to spend on food.

And your $1000 a week is just for the food served on your airplane. I am sure you are not on your airplane every day of the week. So your average weekly food expense has to be far more than just this $1000.

Today when so many Americans have to scrimp and have to put off paying other bills just to put food on the table to feed their families this expenditure is a disgrace. Americans are hurting and this type of cavalier expenditure is a slap in the face to every American citizen who struggles to feed their family. It is exactly these type of actions that make many Americans feel their government doesn’t care about them.

In 2008 people on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps as the program is more commonly known, on average received $101 a month, or $25 a week.

Madame Speaker, you spent on average a $1000 a week for food and liquor on your plane while the average food stamp recipient in America only got $25 a week.

A food stamp recipient receives about $3.00 a day to spend on food! A measly $1.00 per meal. That is not even enough money to buy a Happy Meal!!!  While too many Americans struggle Congresswoman Pelosi you are flying right over them in your Jetstream having a party – and on their tax dime.

Madame Speaker, I humbly suggest that the next time you need to travel from San Francisco to Washington and back that you drive a car, or take a bus. Drive across this great land of ours and stop to meet the people who are hungry and who only have $25 a week for food. Talk with them and find out what they are eating to survive. Sit down with them at their table and eat a meal with them. See how they eat.

Meet the unemployed. Meet the hungry Americans who are all across this great land of ours. Walk a mile in their moccasins. Stop the partying and do something constructive and concrete for them, not just for the bankers and Wall Street types! Put food on American’s table. Put food in their bellies. In the United States of America doing nothing to ease hunger is worse than Marie Antoinette’s attitude of, “Let them eat cake.”

More Thyme Than Dough© is dedicated to all those Americans out there who struggle every single day to make it during this recession. Here at More Thyme Than Dough© we are on your side. We will provide you with recipes that are easy, delicious, mostly healthy, but most important of all, recipes that will not bust your budget. And periodically we will give you tips on making the most of your food dollars so you can buy more food with fewer dollars.

Let’s start right now!

There are several different ways to save money when cooking:

  1. Use fewer ingredients
  2. Use leftovers
  3. Stretch ingredients in soups, stews, and casseroles.
  4. Look for sales, use coupons, stock up on sale items

Julia Child said, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”

I agree whole heartedly!

So today I want to share a very easy and very delicious recipe that uses just three  ingredients – Tomatoes with Noodles. This is a recipe I found many years ago in the cookbook, “60 Minute Gourmet,” by Pierre Franey. However, I made one small change – I do not peel tomatoes. The recipe is so easy it is one of the few recipes I have committed to memory. My kind of recipe all the way round.

A piece of trivia for you: tomatoes are really a fruit and not a vegetable. Tomatoes are very healthy for us and are always in every list of healthiest foods I have ever read. Tomatoes contain Lycopene, an anti-oxidant that helps fight the development of cancer.

Featured Recipe      Tomatoes with Noodles
This is what you will need per person:

1 medium or larger tomato per person – cost for 3 tomatoes  $2.36

A couple of handfuls of noodles per person –  cost for 3  people  $.70  (half package of noodles costing $1.39)

2-3 tablespoons of butter (not margarine) – cost for 3 people $.45  (3 tablespoons butter costing $1.19 a stick)

Salt and pepper to taste – cost pennies

Total cost for 3 people:    $2.36 or less than $1.00  per person
Here is what you do:

Bring a pot of water to a boil.

In the mean time, remove core from tomatoes and cut them into cubes.

Melt the butter in a skillet over low heat making sure it does not brown or burn.

The water should be boiling about now, so salt the water and add the noodles; cook till just tender.

While the noodles cook add the tomatoes, salt and pepper to the skillet with the butter and sauté till the tomatoes release their juices and are heated through, about 2-4 minutes.

Drain noodles and put on a plate.

Top the noodles with the tomatoes and butter.

Adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve with a salad and a slice of crusty bread. The cost for a salad and bread will vary depending upon what kind of lettuce and the type of bread you buy.

If you have fresh, just picked from the vine, home-grown tomatoes it will be sweeter, more delicious, and even more budget friendly. This recipe is so delicious you really do not need anything but the noodles, the butter, and the tomatoes. No garlic, no cheese, no basil are needed.

Next time and in honor of the underdog Saints winning the Super Bowl earlier this month we will cook up some budget friendly Chicken  Creole.

Bon appétit!!!


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11 comments to $1000 a Week Vs $25 a Week

  • helenk

    I found this cookbook in my local grocery.
    The $5 dinner mom cookbook by Erin Chase. It has many useful recipes.
    Thank you starting this site as many people will need to learn how to budget and cook like their grandmothers. Back then you cooked with what you had and could afford and some really great meals were created from very little.

  • CT

    I like this recipe a lot.

    It’s simple, easy on the wallet and can be quickly paired with just about anything. I will definitely be making this dish soon.

    Your website is fantastic. I look forward to reading your next blog post.

    Keep up the great work.

    Nancy Pelosi if you ever read this, you ought to be ashamed of yourself!

  • DisenfranchisedVoter

    Pelosi probably spends more than a $1,000 each week on her Botox injections.

  • Rufus Jervis

    I’m really proud of you

  • TSD

    Hello, I like all your articles, keep them coming.

  • Deeann Motyka

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

  • EWL

    Thank You for sharing your knowledge, Really nice post.

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