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Spiced Chicken Kebabs, More, on a Shoestring

Cooking - or race car driving?

Marc Murphy says he first got into cooking when he realized that he couldn't afford to be a professional race car driver, and has spent his time since crafting mostly Italian and French cuisine in the United States and Europe, alike.

He's now executive chef and owner of both Landmarc and in New York.

"Early Show" Recipes Galore!

Marc was also something of a trailblazer on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," becoming the show's first "Chef on a Shoestring" to make a dish viewers voted for.

Each week, viewers get to let us know which of three choices they want our "Chef on a Shoestring" to make the following week. [Click here to vote for next week's main course!]

As our "Shoestring" chef, Marc attempted to whip up a delicious, three-course dinner for four, featuring spiced chicken kebabs, creamy tomato soup and spores, on our stingy budget of $40.

His chef's hat was also automatically tossed into our "How Low Can You Go?" competition, in which the "Shoestring" chef whose ingredients cost the least will be invited back to make our year-end holiday feast.

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Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheddar Croutons
Spiced Chicken Kebabs
Smores in the Oven

FOOD FACTS

Beefsteak tomato: Among the most commonly marketed tomato variety is the beefsteak tomato, which is delicious both raw and cooked. It's large, bright red and slightly elliptical in shape. (Souorce: Epicurious.com)

Immersion blender: This handheld BLENDER is tall, narrow and has a rotary blade at one end. It has variable speeds, is entirely portable and may be immersed right into a pot of soup (or other mixture) to puree or chop the contents. Many immersion blenders come with a whisk attachment (good for whipping cream), and other accoutrements such as strainers or beakers for mixing individual drinks. Some also come with wall mounts. (Souorce: Epicurious.com)

Kebab: Small chunks of meat, fish or shellfish that are usually marinated before being threaded on a skewer and grilled over coals. Pieces of vegetables can also accompany the meat on the skewer. Also called shish kebab and shashlik. (Souorce: Epicurious.com)

RECIPES

Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheddar Croutons

For the soup:
1 large white onion (large dice)
1 rib celery (large dice)
1 medium carrot (large dice)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
4 large ripe beefsteak tomatoes (large dice)
1 medium size potato (peeled and diced)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 quart half and half
water
salt
fresh ground black pepper

Heat a large stockpot on medium heat and add the butter. When it has melted add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions start to soften (about five minutes). Add the celery, carrot, tomato and potato let cook for another five minutes. Add 2 1/2 quarts of water and let simmer uncovered for thirty minutes. When all the vegetables are soft puree until smooth with an immersion blender. Add the half and half and blend.

For the croutons:
4 slices white bread
1/2 pound cheddar cheese (sliced)
2 tablespoons butter

Make two grilled cheese sandwiches and brown them in as saute pan with the butter. Cut into bite size cubes and brown again on all four sides. Float in the soup.

For more recipes, go to Page 2.

Spiced Chicken Kebabs

2 pounds chicken thighs (bone out)
2 sprigs rosemary (chopped)
1 tablespoon roasted garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
8 each button mushrooms
1 red onion (cut in quarters)
1 red bell pepper (cut into 1 inch squares)
4 bamboo skewers

Cut the chicken into 2 inch cubes. Mix with the rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Let marinate for at least 1 hour. Thread the chicken on to a skewer and then a mushroom, then another piece of chicken then a piece of red pepper and so on until the skewers are full. Heat your grill on high for 10 minutes and clean it well. Place the skewers on the grill for 5 minutes a side. Serve.

Smores in the Oven

4 graham crackers
1 bar (1.55oz) milk chocolate
4 marshmallows
4 10x10 pieces aluminum foil

Break the graham crackers in half. Break the chocolate bar into 4 pieces. Place a piece of chocolate on a graham cracker half then top with a marshmallow and finish off with the other half of the graham cracker. Wrap each s'more in foil. Heat in a 400 degree oven for 4 to 5 minutes. unwrap and serve.


So, how did Marc fare in our "How Low Can You Go?" competition?

Creamy Tomato Soup
white onion $0.79
celery $1.99
carrot $1.29
garlic $0.66
tomatoes $5.00
potato $0.74
half and half $1.99
white bread $1.69
cheddar cheese $2.69
total $16.84

Spiced Chicken Kebabs
chicken thighs $3.98
rosemary $1.99
mushrooms $1.99
red onion $1.12
red bell pepper $1.50
skewers $1.49
total $12.07

Smores
graham crackers $2.99
chocolate $1.33
marshmallows $2.19
foil $1.69

Grand total: $37.11

Marc made our leader's board!:

1. Bill Telepan $37.01
Telepan

2. Marc Murphy $37.11
Landmarc, Ditch Plains

3. Amanda Freitag $37.17
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