Budget Foods Philosophy:
Budget Foods removes the smoke and mirrors of over-expensive dishes and shows you how you can make the same food without breaking your budget.
I know what it means to live within my means. Celebrity chefs and over priced food items scare people away. Cooking seems impossible and infeasible. Budget Foods is here to disprove that.
Fancy looking plates like thepictured fried ricotta balls only cost $2.16 to make.
Whether it’s sloppy wine and cheese parties or dates with your significant other, you can pick up recipes, tips, and random facts that change an average meal into something more. Like anything, it’s part science and part art, so, remember to have fun with it and experiment.
Budget Foods will also explore diverse food spots around my hometown of Burlington, Vermont and my travels.
I learned to cook on the job. I started as a dishwasher and worked as a line cook in several different restaurants throughout college. Before learning to cook, sandwiches and ramen were staples in my diet. Cooking was foreign to me. While I am still an avid sandwich aficionado, I’ve learned that while cooking is an essential skill to have in life, it is also a gateway to the history of other cultures.
I am no longer a professional cook, nor was I one in a Michelin Star restaurant. We didn’t serve duck confit; we served burger, fries, and more fries. Hell, no one even fucking spoke Spanish. I spent more time in the dish pit than on the line, and making a food blog feels like a commercialized, cheesy tip-of-the-hat to what were, what Anthony Bourdain calls, my mercenary days as a line cook. I’m doing this to keep that connection to knives, fires, and heavy-metal music alive through the purgatory of a cubicle.
That being said, the people that cook your food are the downtrodden, beer battered backbone of your nice night out… leave them a tip for the end of the night, and treat them with some god-damn respect.
I moved to Burlington, Vermont when I was four, and for a state that is 97% white, Burlington is a small outlier. On my street alone, I can grab Napoli, Vietnamese, and Japanese food. Being Balkan-born, I love to explore Croatian, Bosnian, and Turkish dishes but I don’t shy away from Indian, African, and Lebanese foods. My favorite food, if you’re asking, is Southern BBQ because of the smokey flavor and its rich American history… and it pairs well with bourbon.