The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Fruit filled shortcake

Strawberries aren’t the only fruit that tastes good with shortcake!

What you’ll need:

2 c biscuit mix
1/3 c quick cooking oats
3 Tbl brown sugar
½ c milk
3 Tbl butter, melted
2 pears, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 c cranberries (frozen is fine)
½ c orange juice
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 can apricot pie filling

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix first 5 ingredients until a soft dough forms. Drop dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet into six ‘piles’. Sprinkle with additional brown sugar & oats if desired. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown. In a heavy saucepan, heat remaining ingredients except pie filling until the fruit mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 3 – 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until the cranberries pop. Stir in pie filling. Split warm shortcakes and fill and top with fruit mixture. Top with whipped topping if desired. Makes 6 servings.

biscuit mix – $3.00
oatmeal – $1.59
pears- $2.18/lb
frozen cranberries- $2.49
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
pie filling – $1.99
Total – $7.97

December 30, 2008 Posted by | -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bring on the fudge topping

I’ve said it before, food that’s made at home just tastes better than restaurant or store bought in my opinion. This is an excellent fudge sauce that can be used to top anything you like chocolate on.

What you’ll need:

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 bag (2 c) semisweet chocolate chips
½ c sugar
1 Tbl butter
1 tsp vanilla

In a heavy saucepan, heat milk, chips and sugar to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla until sauce is smooth and creamy. Cool about 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. It can be kept refrigerated up to 4 weeks in an airtight container. Makes about 3 cups.

evaporated milk – $1.50
chocolate chips – $2.50
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
butter – $1.75/pound
vanilla – $2.25
Total – $4.60

December 30, 2008 Posted by | -chocolate, -fudge, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings | , , | Leave a comment


I got this recipe out of a Betty Crocker cookbook and tried it a couple years ago. It is so sweet and delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 c cranberry juice cocktail
½ c vodka
¼ c orange juice
1 tsp lime juice
Cranberries and lime slices, if desired

Fill a container you can cover and shake ½ full of ice. Add all ingredients except cranberries and lime slices. Shake well. Pour into glasses, straining the ice. Garnish with cranberries and lime slices if desired. Makes 4 drinks.

mixed juice drink – $2.50/bottle
vodka – $2.50/small bottle
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
limes – $1.99/4
Total – $4.99/$1.25 per drink

December 30, 2008 Posted by | -contains alcohol, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , , , | Leave a comment

Stuffed tomatoes

What you’ll need:

8 medium tomatoes
2 Tbl olive oil
1 c pepper jack cheese, shredded
2 c shrimp, peeled and chopped
½ c cilantro, chopped
1 tsp seafood seasoning

Cut top ¼ off tomatoes and scoop out the pulp. Brush the outside of each tomato with olive oil. Set aside. Mix together tomato pulp, cheese, shrimp, cilantro and seasoning and toss to coat. Stuff each tomato with ¼ cup of mixture and set on a rack coated with non stick cooking spray. Bake @ 375 degrees for about 5 – 8 minutes or until shrimp is cooked and cheese melts. These are also very good cooked on the barbeque pit. Makes 8 servings.

tomato – $1.00
shredded cheese – mixed Mexican blend – $1.69
1/2 lb 30/40 shrimp – $2.50
Total – $12.19

December 30, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas, -shrimp, -vegetables, SEAFOOD/FISH, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

New year’s day black eyed peas

Traditionally eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring you good luck. My friend gave me this recipe a couple years ago and I was amazed by the delicious taste!

What you’ll need:

1 lb dry black eyed peas
2 c cooked ham, chopped
2 onions, diced
1 can whole tomatoes
1 pinch garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste

Put peas in a large pot. Add enough water to fill the pot ¾ of the way full. Stir in ham, onions and seasonings. Put can of tomatoes in a blender or food processor and blend until the tomatoes are liquefied. Stir tomatoes into pot of peas. Bring to a boil. Cover pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 ½ – 3 hours or until peas are tender.

black eyed peas – $0.89/bag
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
onion – $1.12
canned whole tomatoes – $1.19
Total – $4.20

December 30, 2008 Posted by | -pork, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment