You Paid How Much for Cat Poop Coffee?: The Gourmet Prices and Facts Quiz


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This high-end appetizer costs just 50 cents per serving if you prepare it yourself at home.

Edamame, a type of soybeans, cost around 50 cents per serving.


What are truffles?

Like mushrooms, truffles are a type of fungus. They're also one of the world's most expensive foods.


What dish made from corn meal is now considered a gourmet delicacy?

Polenta is a long-standing Italian staple, but it can now be found in many high-end restaurants.


Which of these cuts of beef is generally the cheapest?

If you need beef for your gourmet feast, choose sirloin, as it's a less pricy cut of meat than tenderloin and rib-eye.


What percentage of the average American's disposable income is spent on food?

Americans spend just 9 percent of their income on food today, down from around 25 percent a century ago.


What color of caviar is the most expensive?

The paler the caviar, the older and more valuable it generally is.


After Magnolia Bakery was included in a 2000 episode of “Sex and the City,” people across the country began to splurge on this sweet treat.

At specialty cupcake shops, patrons can treat themselves to a gourmet dessert for just a few dollars.


This spice, which is popular in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Provencal cuisine, is generally considered to be the most expensive spice in the world.

Pound for pound, saffron is among the world's most expensive foods.


What is gnocchi?

Thanks to enticing new recipes, the classic gnocchi dumpling is now included in many gourmet dishes.


What modern gourmet food was once fed to servants and prisoners in colonial America?

Servants in colonial America ate so much lobster they staged a revolt to protest the dish.


The word “gourmet” comes from a French term meaning ______.

The word gourmet is derived from a French term meaning “wine merchant.”


What type of nut can you substitute for expensive pine nuts when making pesto?

Toasted walnuts serve as an affordable substitute for pine nuts when preparing pesto.


Which of these meats features the lowest price per pound?

Both pork chops and lean ground beef cost nearly three times as much per pound as a whole chicken.


What's so special about Kopi Luwak coffee, which costs $300 to $600 per pound?

Gourmet Kopi Luwak coffee is made from beans that were predigested by a palm civet (a type of wild cat) for your drinking pleasure. Yes, this means the coffee comes from poop, but it's supposedly very tasty. A single cup of the stuff will run you $40 or more at an upscale cafe.


This dish made from saffron, chicken, rice and shellfish originated in Valencia, Spain.

Outside of Spain, paella is often seen as a gourmet treat because many people have never tried it. Because of the saffron, it's also pretty pricy.


How much of their income does the average family spend on dining out each year?

The average family spends 4 percent of their income dining out each year, compared to 5.5 percent spent on food prepared at home.


What makes casu marzu cheese so sought after?

Proving that gourmet doesn't always mean appetizing, casu marzu is a cheese containing live maggots.


How much should you expect to pay for a pound of Kobe, or Wagyu, beef?

If you want to sample the world's best beef, prepare to shell out $150 or more per pound.


What part of a duck is used to make foie gras?

Foie gras is made from the liver of a fattened goose or duck, and it's considered a great delicacy.


How many saffron blooms are needed to produce a pound of this fragrant spice?

It takes 75,000 saffron blossoms to make a single pound of this spice, which is part of the reason it can cost as much as $5,000 per pound.


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Gourmet cuisine includes some of the world's rarest, most expensive, and just plain weird foods. While many people are content to shell out big bucks for caviar and foie gras, others prefer to excite the palate without taking out a second mortgage to pay for groceries. The frugal gourmet relies on innovation to create exciting and memorable meals without the high cost of traditional high-end ingredients. Think you know all there is to know about creating five-star cuisine on a shoestring budget? Take our Frugal Gourmet Recipe quiz to find out!

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