@morning glory That looks beautiful and delicious. and on a side note I wish I could find avocados that cheap. Which brings me to a point.
I understand a lot of the issues with this month's challenge as I buy a lot in bulk as well. Also, with the wholesale prices those in the industry can get, it can be an unfair competition if they used their actual cost. Therefore, I think @jake t buds picked a great theme, but it requires a little extra work and calculation. I think as long as you properly price your ingredient into your dish, it doesn't mater what you actually paid for it. Finding a good sale price is obviously on the table, but getting Sushi grade tuna or dry aged ribeye for $0.99/lb would be cheating, even if that is what you actually paid. I am using ingredients from a larger item so I don't pay ridiculous per ounce prices, but I am looking at the price of the smallest container of that ingredient to factor into my recipe cost. Correct me if I'm wrong Jake, but I think that is your point?
Anyway, the next take away is the word "Spectacular" and that is to be determined by the judge. My food tends to be a more pedestrian affair, but definitely not lacking in flavor. So my next entry is a Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Sub. Good old fashioned Italian American comfort food.
I picked this by looking at sale items and was able to get Hot Italian Sausage pack of 5 for $2.49
Price for 2:
2 Hoagie Rolls @ .69/ea $1.38
Can Tomato Sauce $0.59
Mozzarella Cheese $2.69
(usually use my own home made sauce, and add Parmesan cheese and parsley, but that would have put me over budget. I refuse to use cheap parm cheese, I would rather omit)