Anybody else see the cooking challange on the Today show this morning? I know that things cost more in places like New York and LA. But that challange went beyound the ridiculous. I mean, do these people live in the same world as the rest of us? The deal was, two familes (friends and neighbors) had to prepare festive holiday dinners for eight. To do this they were each given $150 and the services of a professional party planner. The host was all but swooning over the difficulty of achieving this. Surely they jest? I mean a yard and a half to make dinner for eight? Where's the difficulty in that. As it turns out, both families came in way under budget. And the host was dutifully impressed (more like overwhelmed) that they pulled it off. But in each case the dinner did not even include a major protein: one of them served chili, the other a "deconstructed lasagna," whatever that means. Is it just me? Does anybody else think $150 is a particularly tight budget for a family dinner for eight? By the same token, if you were offered this challange, what sort of meal might you serve? Don't have to specifically cost it out, but your menu must include (as each of their's did) a soup, a main meal, and dessert, for eight, and cost less than $150. Actually, the NBC challange included decorating the table. I didn't see anything that would have cost more than, maybe, 25 bucks. So let's deduct that. Our festive table challange is to prepare a holiday dinner for eight for $125.