If your shoestring is gold thread with a diamond tip. CBS News thinks a $35 "recession-busting" budget is dining on a shoestring, and so they made Beet Salad with Crushed Pistachios & Soft Goat Cheese, Lamb Ragu with Rigatoni and Fresh Ricotta, and Greek Yogurt with Blood Oranges, Honey & Mint.
Here's a realistic meal for those needing to stretch their budgets:
Head of lettuce, two cucumbers, bottle of salad dressing
Box of dry spaghetti, jar of spaghetti sauce, onion, ground beef
Carton of plain yogurt and frozen strawberries
The New York-based news crews again show how ignorant they are of real life in this country.