Four Foodies, Four Courses, $40

This video represents a series of 2600 photos edited down from the 6400 we captured that day.

It all started with a bet. Ben and I were at Mark & Jane’s house enjoying the typical weekend together with cooking, dogs, wine, jousting, cards, and crafting  (not necessarily in that order). Ben was helping Jane load the dishwasher- Mark and I were a) pouring another glass of wine and getting our glue sticks ready to scrapbook b) giving Oliver & Sobe (The Dogs) their gourmet doggy kibble or c) putting our helmets on or d) all of thee above, and Ben made The Bet. Which movie had the scene with the timed dishwasher loading scene in it? Dan in Real Life or Rachel Getting Married? As soon as Ben named the stakes and asked me which one it was, I start jumping up and down with Jane screaming that we won, and once again Ben realized that he shouldn’t bet against the “Steel Trap.” Rachel Getting Married was what brought sweet, tasty, victorious, satisfaction in the form of four courses, for four foodies, for under $40.

So the following is the menu that was prepared for the victors of the bet. Now, we love food. We love good food, and Ben and Mark came up with the idea to do this gourmet meal on a budget. Based our experiences dining out, we figured that this meal could easily be $40/person, so the challenge was set and the menu was written. We do have copies of receipts with our purchases minus any pantry staples i.e. salt, pepper, flour, water, etc. Keep in mind that the bubbly and any wine consumed with the meal was not budgeted with good reason- had that been the case, we would’ve been drinking our dinner : )


17 responses

  1. Jessica Hutchison

    Can beautiful food make you cry? Well… I guess anything beautiful will make ME cry… especially friends as beautiful as the two of you… your life is art… and it is touching in a way that only comes through you… thanks for sharing that… makes me miss you guys more! lovelove…jess

    September 4, 2009 at 4:07 am

  2. tyler man

    brill brill, I feel full just watching that so beautiful and inspiring.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:08 am

  3. Ramsatron 8000

    Most excellent.

    September 4, 2009 at 5:21 am

  4. Amazing! Great video and I love the way the recipes look too. Now I’ll know where to get some great ideas if we ever have you over for dinner (scary thought). Four foodies and two very, very lucky dogs.

    September 4, 2009 at 6:10 am

  5. Kevin

    Do you guys offer cooking lessons? Love the site!

    September 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm

  6. Mek

    I love it, Ber! I would actually eat all of that 🙂

    September 4, 2009 at 1:41 pm

  7. Lauren P. and Alicyn V.

    These videos and pictures are amazing. idk how you guys do it. the video was “extremly cool” {ali says}. We love you

    September 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm

  8. Mom and Pop Morton

    Your food sounds delicious! We volunteer to be “tasters” anytime!
    Congratulations on a great idea!

    September 5, 2009 at 1:21 am

  9. marn

    this is so great.
    keep it going, willya? 🙂
    thanks for sharing.

    September 6, 2009 at 12:31 pm

  10. Ashley Lee

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Blog. Had a great time in KC and hopefully next time I am out there we can add a fifth. Can’t wait til the next posting

    September 8, 2009 at 2:37 am

  11. Pam Darling

    Hello to Sarah & Bill’s neighbors and congratulations on the start of an awesome foodie blog. I have bookmarked this as we are foodies too. Thank you for posting the recipes. That was a great menu! I am especially interested in the game hen recipe. The video was great!

    September 8, 2009 at 5:50 pm

  12. Davica

    This is really awesome..absolutely LOVE it all! food looks scrumptious, making me hungry!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 pm

  13. john


    September 18, 2009 at 2:38 pm

  14. fourfoodiesblog

    even though I am old I learn so many ideas from you guys! I think I am a more healthy cook now than when I was younger and I experiment more!~ Mom

    September 18, 2009 at 5:55 pm

  15. Megan Stark

    WOW! you guys this is amazing! your cooking skills combined with the photography on the video was so fun to watch. everything on your site looks so delicious. did you invent all these recipes yourselves? good lord. Ben and I need to come visit more often. can’t wait to see what’s next. congrats!!

    September 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

  16. lovely, just lovely.

    October 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm

  17. That is brilliant and beautiful. Love the dogs. So smartly done!

    December 8, 2009 at 12:20 am

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