May 7: Lunch out; Frogmore Stew


We decided to go out for lunch, for no particularly good reason. A local favorite is The Country Deli. With a ‘Jewish’ deli in suburban Chatsworth expectations are for good food and lots of it, not necessarily great food.

Not every dish is great, but Foodie Philip broke the cardinal rule of “never order steak in a deli” if you care about steak! They serve a 10 oz marinated skirt steak that is always good. Served with three eggs and side of choice, and a bread/bagel, it’s a huge meal.

Foodie Greg’s pastrami sandwich was likewise excellent, although he was thankful he ordered a half!

  • Lunch at the Country Deli runs out around $20 a serve with tax and tip.


Returning to an old favorite, it was time for Frogmore Stew. Think southern boil with potatoes, shrimp, corn, etc, but where the stewing liquid is turned into a sauce.

The recipe serves six.

  • Leaks cost $2.00 or 33c per serve
  • A pack of arugula is $3.50 or 58c per serve
  • Two cans of tomato juice instead of tomatoes and juice, $3.79 or 63c per serve
  • The fish stock was $3.99 or 67c per serve
  • A cup of white wine is about 80c or 15c per serve
  • We used about half of the $3.99 pack of potatoes, or 33c per serve
  • The corn cost $2.99 or 50c per serve
  • Andouille sausage cost $4.99 or 83c per serve
  • Shrimp cost $3.00 per very, very generous serve
  • We served with a par-baked garlic bread – $3.99 for the loaf (expensive for bread but delicious) or 67c per serve
  • Other ingredients add another 25c per serve.

Dinner tonight cost us $7.94 per serve, but it was a lot of shrimp!

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