I doubt I'll get a picture in to this post. Sorry.
So, we should just establish a point after which the cost of the items used in recipes no longer has to be accounted. For instance, if I've had something over a year, could I just not calculate the cost in to my recipes? I know, that's silly reasoning. If that's all it took, I'd just keep everything for a year before cooking it, then everything would be free, right? Yeah, it doesn't work that way. It's just that, for the fried rice, I'm using sesame seeds that I've had for at least a year, and I don't have a clue how much they cost.
Here's the best estimate I can make:
2 c rice - $.30
butter - $.25
Soy sauce - $.30
Smoked sausage - $.50
bacon - $3.00
eggs - $.30
sesame seeds - $.15
ramen seasoning - $.17
Total for a huge pot of fried rice - $4.97. I'll serve my veggies separate from the fried rice. 'Cuz that's how I prefer it.
That takes my total for dinner to just about $6.00.
I had to estimate the cost of most of the items. I know the smoked sausage is right on. And the eggs. But the rest, since I don't really use measurements, is pure hypothesis.