Gourmet Food on a Budget

What’s Cookin’?

Good Stuff!

Welcome to The Good Plate’s kitchen. My name is Adrienne Boswell and I’m here to give you recipes, tips, and methods for making gourmet food on a budget. A new recipe comes out every Friday at noon and the What’s Cookin’? Good Stuff newsletter comes out on the last day of the month.

Open faced tomato salad sandwich is gourmet food on a budget

Fresh Food

We will show you how to make gourmet food on a budget, homemade so you know what is in it.


Soup can certainly be gourmet food on a budget

From Soup…

Why buy that stuff in the can when you can prepare your own soups for half the cost and much better flavor.


Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto our favorite gourmet food on a budget

to Basil Pine Nut Pesto

We really like fresh foods at The Good Plate, and this Basil Pine nut Pesto can’t be beaten!


Tiramisu is a great gourmet food which fits in anyone's budget

Curated Menus

Holiday and seasonal menus to give you some ideas.


To become a good cook requires more than the blind following of recipe. It means to gain a knowledge of foods and how they behave and skill in manipulating them. The recipe by itself, helpful as it is, will not produce a good product; the human being using the recipe must interpret it and must have skill in handling the materials it prescribes.

~Ruth Berolzheimer, Director Culinary Arts Institute – American Woman’s Cook Book

Last Updated on May 21, 2022

Cherries Jubilee with Chocolate Cherry Sauce
Cherries Jubilee with Chocolate Cherry Sauce

In honor of Queen Elizabeth II, Cherries Jubilee with Chocolate Cherry Sauce is a dessert, made with dark cherries over vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Basque-Style Cheesecake
Chocolate Basque-Style Cheesecake
Chocolate Basque-style Cheesecake in all its glory

Chocolate Basque-style Cheesecake takes the easiest cheesecake you’ve ever made to a whole new level. Still easy to make, more delicious. You may have heard this cheesecake is all the rage in 2022, and there is a reason for it. It’s probably the easiest, no-fail cheesecake to make.

Buttermilk waffles with strawberry sauce

Last Updated on May 6, 2022

Buttermilk waffles with strawberry sauce
Buttermilk waffles with strawberry sauce

Waffles with fresh strawberry sauce are a wonderful start to any morning, loved by kids of all ages, from two to ninety-two.

Last Updated on May 6, 2022

Inexpensive Secret Formula Cleaner
Inexpensive Cleaner – ssh! It’s a Secret Formula!

I have been using this inexpensive secret formula cleaner for years. With concern about plastics in our environment and keeping ahead of viral infection, it’s important to have a no-fail cleaner.

Are you ready to Make some Gourmet Food on a Budget?

So come along with us. Grab your apron, your curiosity, thriftiness, and an appetite. Let’s get started on a wonderful journey! Glad to have you here. Share your love, cook good food!

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