The nytimes.com has a great article on how it is possible to create great meals from low cost ingredients. It’s a great story, and there is a slide show with links to rhe recipe and the article.
The slide show is here: Dining on a Dime fromThe New York Times in the Dining & Wine section
The article is here: How to Survive in New York on 99 Cents
And here’s the recipe for what is pictured above, namely Almond Nougat Parfait With Orange Coulis
(Photo: Evan Sung for The New York Times)