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The Cost of 'My Seven Years in Tibet Dinner' (in US$)

The cost of the ingredients for my 'Seven Years in Tibet' Dinner are listed below. Keep in mind that the prices are based on buying everything new rather than using ingredients that I already had in my pantry. Of course there were lots of things left over for future meals, so the actual cost of the dinner based on the quantities of the ingredients used to make the dishes will be much lower than the grand total of stocking a pantry from scratch for preparing Tibetan cuisine.

Specialty Ingredients:

Soy Sauce - 3.49
Curry Powder - .99
Chili Paste - 2.49
Sherry or Brandy - 4.99
Bleu Cheese - 3.49
Turmeric - .99
Sechuan Pepper - .99
Cashew Nuts - 3.50

Fresh Ingredients:

Chicken - 3.01
Lamb - 3.35
Ground Beef - 2.22
Kale - 1.50
Onion - 2.61
Garlic - .49
Ginger - 1.67
Potatoes - 2.49
Red Bell Pepper - 1.52
Yogurt- .50
Limes - .99
Tomatoes - 4.56
Daikon - .51
Spinach - 1.44
Green Beans - 1.87
Apples - 1.70
Cream - 1.49
Pinot Noir - 3.33

Basics:

Butter - 2.50
Flour - 1.99
Cornstarch - 1.49

Total - $62.16 (US$)