I’m guessing everyone punked out because of Labor Day, the one month I finally DON’T punk out. There’s a real O. Henry vibe going on here lately.

I went with a peach-glazed chicken with peach, tomato and corn salad. As for the rest of you punks:

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A Little Greener Every Day returns to the fray with some southern pulled pork and cole slaw. All the more impressive because it was made with pork loin, a lean cut and not traditionally used for pulled pork. Well played!

Which we all know is right up my alley, because pork, but will serve as this month’s Cautionary Tale: these things have themes, yes? Yes. Unless I’m mistaken and cabbage is a fruit, in which case I apologize.

Anyway, I have to disqualify non-theme-followers from Smugness Prize running, even while I drool over the pulled pork. Thank god I’m in North Carolina, where I can easily satisfy the pork craving I now have.
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A Form of Function essentially tells the Supreme Court to SHOVE IT with some tasty-sounding spicy roasted eggplant with tomatoes and cilantro. Yes, her fruit is the tomato. You can decide for yourselves whether you choose to view this as a cop-out or not; I am merely the messenger.

There are, sadly, no photos, so you’ll have to go read the post. Which you really need to do because this sounds damn good, even for a non-eggplant fan. Total cost: $1.74 per person.

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Dark Side of the Fridge is also disqualified from this month’s Smugness Prize because they’re so fucking cheap that they’ve won twenty thousand months in a row. Still, that doesn’t stop them from playing.

This month, as though to rub our noses in it, they see how close they can come to $5 with this salad-y thing with peaches and tomatoes (fruit?) and pecans and buttercrunch lettuce and it looks delicious with the roasty peaches even if I’m not 100% sure what it is.

Thank god they’re disqualified, because at $2.46 per person, it’s almost like they’re one of the rest of us.
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Just Emily made tacos, so I officially love her because tacos are one of my favorite foods. Steak, with a melon-y, minty, cucumber-y, peppery salsa that looks as refreshing as it sounds. Plus, the london broil was marinated in, among other things, ginger beer and sriracha so: yay. Also: you’re welcome for dinner any time, assuming you’re cooking dinner.

She also – FANFARE! – is this month’s Smugness Prize winner, with her dish clocking in at $1.20 per person.

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Thanks, everyone, for playing this month! Just Emily, enjoy your month of being smug, and let us know what we’re cooking up next month.

The first Tuesday in October is the 6th.