Basic White Sauce

Cost: $.30

(butter: .15, flour: .01, milk: .19) 

2 Tbsp butter of other fat (oil, lard, whatever floats your boat)

2 Tbsp flour

1 C milk (or broth)

a few dashes of salt and pepper or whatever crazy seasonings you'd like

 Melt butter in saucepan over lowish heat. Whisk in flour (I use a flat whisk) and seasonings. It'll get thick and pasty. Then pour in the milk or broth, stirring as you do. Heat to boiling and let it boil gently for about a minute or until it thickens.

 To Make Cheese Sauce: Stir in 1/2 C shredded cheese and 1/4 tsp dry mustard if you've got it on hand and you're feeling fiesty (it won't make it mustard-y tasting; it will just make it good--you can thank Sally for this tip too). Stir until smooth over low heat.
Posted by The Tasty Cheapskate