EatinEatOut : Spring 2013
74 WWW.EATINEATOUT.CA Spicy Mushroom-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese (1) 10-ounce package cremini mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, and sliced 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp fresh thyme salt and pepper 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp, chopped 6 Tbsp unsalted butter 6 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour 4 cups milk, warmed 8 oz. Pepper Jack cheese, shredded 2 Tbsps chipotle salsa 16 ounces penne pasta, cooked according to manufacturer's instructions 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 cup panko bread crumbs 3 to 4 green onions, sliced For many, many years, Amy McCoy had wanted to write and to work in food, however, her career as a broadcast producer, producing promos for cable networks such as A&E, Discovery, ESPN, and History, kept her from following her passion. Until autumn of 2008, when her freelance work dried up, and she found herself with plenty of time, and less money than she had been accustomed to. Amy started Poor Girl Gourmet to chronicle the inexpensive, seasonal meals that she and her husband, Jonathan, were eating, and a few months later, a literary agent contacted her to see if she'd be interested in writing a cookbook. The answer could only be an emphatic "yes!" "Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget" (Andrews McMeel) was published in 2010, and features 83 cost-conscious recipes, most of which are $15 or less for 4 people. The book also in- cludes a chapter of company-worthy "splurges" (all for $30 or less), as well as a chapter on lesser-known wine varietals that offer great avor for the wine lover on a budget.