A gourmet meal at a restaurant can cost upwards of $200. A gourmet meal at home costs upwards of $50.
Christiane Jork is here to help. She recently published The 99 Cent Only Cookbook, adapting many recipes from The Joy of Cooking using only ingredients found at the 99 Cent Store. Talk about being resourceful. The book sells on Amazon.com for $10.39 new, but buy it used for as little as $7.72 and save enough to make one of Christiane's recipes.
Just be certain to check the expiration date on those packages!
(And then head to Trader Joe's for some $5 flowers and $2 Charles Shaw to complete the experience.)