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May 10, 2008 12:14 PM   Subscribe

Cheap Eats offers recipies and reviews of inexpensive food. (Make a Ghetto McMuffin and let us know how it tastes.) For dessert, generate an ice cream flavor. Well, a flavor name anyway. Crackling Rutabega Nebula Twist, anyone? (Part of Bloglander which offers some interesting but spottily updated content.) (Previously.)
posted by Fuzzy Skinner (27 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I make eggamuffins (they are called this because of an ancient National Lampoon sketch that I'm unable to currently find) almost every day. Using Canadian bacon jacks up the price a little bit, but it's totally worth it. Screw hot dogs.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 12:30 PM on May 10, 2008


As to his Ghetto McMuffin...

It's totally easy to make a scramble in the microwave: use a coffee mug, swish some water in it and dump it out (so the interior is just a little wet) then crack 1-2 eggs into the cup, add whatever other ingredients you need and use a fork to beat it thoroughly.

Microwave for 30s-1min stopping if you hear popping.

(This is also a great way to just poach an egg in about 40s - just dump the egg in and microwave. Yum!)

Now, if you're looking for the yummy Maillard^ reaction on the meat, cheese, or egg - yeah, go with a stove.

In other news, I think breakfast sausage isn't that much more expensive than hotdogs.
posted by abulafa at 12:42 PM on May 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Cool links, thanks. solipsophistocracy: That's Not Funny, That's Sick.
posted by Smart Dalek at 12:43 PM on May 10, 2008


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posted by Science! at 2:17 PM on May 10, 2008


"Ghetto Mcmuffin"?? "Ghetto Pizza"??

"Again, I don’t mean ghetto in any derogatory way… like, if you live in or near a sketchy neighborhood I’m not saying this is the only type of food you would eat."

"I call it Ghetto Pizza, although maybe it should be called 'Starving College Kid Pizza'..."


so why use the term "ghetto" at all? especially since, even with the stupid hotdog, it's probably healthier & better tasting than the swill at McDonald's

maybe the rest of the site is interesting but that really turned me off - what a clueless & smarmy attempt at wit
posted by jammy at 2:39 PM on May 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Why didn't the blogger call them "nigger mcmuffins"? Does the moron even know what a "ghetto" is?

Fuck, it pisses me off when middle-class white (or non-black, whatever this tool is) people throw "ghetto" around. If the blogger weren't obviously American ($5 Subway subs and pretty much every other reviewed product is American) I could almost look past this, but no, American and as usual completely unreflective about this racist bullshit.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 2:41 PM on May 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


so why use the term "ghetto" at all?

Seems that this usage of "ghetto" is a quick way to say "very cheap", and is acknowledgment of the fact that ghettos are places where people are poor and have to make do.
posted by dilettante at 2:48 PM on May 10, 2008


Why didn't the blogger call them "nigger mcmuffins"? Does the moron even know what a "ghetto" is?

Oh my, yes. It astound me that people still use this construction; just the other day I emailed the mods over rewording an AskMe (help me make a a ghetto something-or-the-other!!). I've found "bootleg" to be the perfect alternative to using "ghetto" as an adjective--both less offensive and more fitting.
posted by youarenothere at 2:50 PM on May 10, 2008


I like how the recipes tell the cost of the meal. Clicking on the "under $3" link is pretty interesting.

As for the "ghetto pizza," I started making pizza with flour tortillas because my daughter has a yeast allergy and a love for pizza. I can make yeast-free dough, but flour tortillas are way easier. The secret is to use 2 tortillas for added structural integrity: the bottom one has just a thin layer of sauce and cheese, and the upper one has the regular amount, and is topped with pepperoni and whatever else. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 and broil for another 5 or so.

As to the "ghetto" designation: As someone who was raised in the ghetto, literally, it doesn't bother me. Good or bad, many people in the U.S. (in my experience) use it for various purposes. Ghettos can be inhabited by people of any ethnicity, so I never see it as meaning "black." I don't use the word in that context myself, but to me "ghetto pizza" is the same as "poor man's steak" or "hobo stew."
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 3:00 PM on May 10, 2008


Seems that this usage of "ghetto" is a quick way to say "very cheap"

again, why not call it "starving student [x]" - at least this way one is not referencing & making light of a long & bloody history of economic disenfranchisement, slavery, & genocide

ghettos are not just places where people "are" very poor - it is where they are *forced* to be very poor, & to remain that way

blech - this is nothing but the smug hipness of the overprivileged
posted by jammy at 3:01 PM on May 10, 2008


So it's making light of all that history to give a nod to a little bit of self-sufficiency?
posted by dilettante at 3:03 PM on May 10, 2008


I make eggamuffins (they are called this because of an ancient National Lampoon sketch that I'm unable to currently find)...

Actually, it was a Saturday Night Live skit -- "Can you say eggamuffin?"
posted by ericb at 4:25 PM on May 10, 2008


Why didn't the blogger call them "nigger mcmuffins"? ... Fuck, it pisses me off when middle-class white (or non-black, whatever this tool is) people throw "ghetto" around.

Maybe he missed the politically correct memo ... or perhaps the one where we conflate everything into namby-pamby, there's-only-two-sides-to-everything diminutiveness.

Does the moron even know what a "ghetto" is?

I don't know. Do you?

Main Entry:
1ghet·to Listen to the pronunciation of 1ghetto
Pronunciation:
\ˈge-(ˌ)tō\
Function:
noun
Inflected Form(s):
plural ghettos also ghettoes
Etymology:
Italian, from Venetian dialect ghèto island where Jews were forced to live, literally, foundry (located on the island), from ghetàr to cast, from Latin jactare to throw — more at jet
Date: 1611

1: a quarter of a city in which Jews were formerly required to live
2: a quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure
3 a: an isolated group b: a situation that resembles a ghetto especially in conferring inferior status or limiting opportunity

posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:39 PM on May 10, 2008 [4 favorites]


Does the ethnomethodologist even know what a ghetto is?
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 7:22 PM on May 10, 2008


I'm a bonafide raised in the hood Black man and sometimes the term "ghetto" bothers me...sometimes it doesn't. There's a nuance to it that I can usually detect. Despite what Al Sharpton would have you believe, some of us have our racism detectors set to "rational intent"

With that said, "nigger mcmuffins" is quite possibly the funniest thing I've heard all year. I might even make myself a t-shirt out of it, with your permission of course ethnomethodologist. Of course this will probably offend everyone in a 50 foot radius, but will make perfect sense to anyone who knows me and has heard my standard rant about McDonalds' pervasive "ethnic" advertising, which I find to be a combination of offensive, hilarious, and usually David Lynch levels of surreal.

McDonalds' commercials contain the happiest Black people in all of mass media. As if the very sight of the golden arches sends all Black people into a state of orgasmic bliss. It's almost as if there's this alternate universe that we're peeking into where slavery never happened.

Yet if you ask most Black people what their favorite fast food is, 85% of them will say "Burger King"
posted by billyfleetwood at 7:26 PM on May 10, 2008 [6 favorites]


Yet if you ask most Black people what their favorite fast food is, 85% of them will say "Burger King"

I thought it was McDowells!
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 7:42 PM on May 10, 2008


Williams: Ghettoes are the same all over the world. They stink.
posted by porpoise at 9:39 PM on May 10, 2008


As a starving, ghetto-dwelling college student, I have a few cheap and filling recipes that I rely on to get through the week. I never, ever get sick of them. And I spend $30/week on groceries, in New York City.

Primarily, it's these two:
1. Tuna/mackerel (out of a can) with rice and corn, broccoli, garlic, and/or red pepper cooked in a pan for a little bit with lemon juice and olive oil. Mix together. Eat.

2. Ramen noodles. Put some chopped broccoli, sliced mushrooms, and garlic in the pot where you're going to boil the water. Crush up the noodles so they mix better. Cook everything together. Also, fry up 1-2 strips of bacon. When they're done, cut them into little squares and add them to a bowl. Put ramen-with-crap-in-it in the bowl. Add hot sauce. Stir. Eat.

Neither of these meals costs more than a buck or two, and they're complete, fairly tasty, borderline nutritious dinners--broccoli is one of the most vitamin-rich veggies out there. As a bonus, neither takes more than 15 minutes or so to cook (except for the rice, possibly). They're fairly flexible, too--if there's some other crap you want to put in, it'll probably be cool.
posted by nasreddin at 2:03 AM on May 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


I click on the OP's links and firefox says
"Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete"
so none of them are displaying, anyone else run into this?
posted by stavx at 6:13 AM on May 11, 2008


The only time I've heard the word 'ghetto' used as a descriptor was by black people, referring to bad or uncouth behaviour.

"Sorry, I didn't mean to act ghetto to you"
"I can't believe she's being so ghetto"
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:19 AM on May 11, 2008


so none of them are displaying, anyone else run into this?
posted by stavx


I am on Firefox v. 2 on Mac OS X 10.4. No problems. Also no trouble in Safari. Weird huh.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 10:05 AM on May 11, 2008


Actually, it was a Saturday Night Live skit -- "Can you say eggamuffin?"

No, it was National Lampoon's Mr. Rogers parody, apparently with Christopher Guest as Mr. Roberts and Bill Murray as the bass player. I hadn't heard this in 30 years before I just tracked it down.
posted by stargell at 10:51 AM on May 11, 2008


I can't give credence to anything turned out by anyone who says you can't scramble an egg in a microwave. A microwave is good for four things: reheating leftovers, baking potatoes, popping corn and scrambling eggs. Otherwise it's a box that takes up counterspace.
posted by Dreama at 3:44 PM on May 11, 2008


What? No heating drinks?
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 4:12 PM on May 11, 2008


No, it was National Lampoon's Mr. Rogers parody...

Yeah -- you're right. I stand corrected.
posted by ericb at 4:51 PM on May 11, 2008


Does the ethnomethodologist even know what a ghetto is?

What's with the ad hominem bullshit? I'm a sociology professor, of course I know what a "ghetto" is. Do you have some disability that doesn't allow you to read profiles on here?
posted by ethnomethodologist at 1:31 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Don't bother, ethnomethodologist, the magical (& utterly meaningless) phrase "politically correct" has been busted out. People only use this phrase to let you know they've stopped thinking & have no intention of starting again.
posted by jammy at 4:16 PM on May 14, 2008


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