The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Chicken fried steak

We fight all the time at my house on whether it’s chicken fried steak or country fried steak. I say it’s chicken fried steak!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg gravy steaks
1 egg
Season salt
Garlic powder
Onion powder

Beat the egg and milk together. In a separate bowl, mix flour and seasonings. Dip each steak in milk mixture then flour mixture then place in heated oil over medium-high heat turning once halfway through cooking. It takes about 10 minutes for each steak to cook through. Serve with country gravy, mashed potatoes & corn.

gravy steaks – $3.49
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
country gravy – $0.39/serving
whole kernel corn – $0.40
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
Total – $4.98

December 8, 2008 Posted by | -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The BEST hot chocolate ever

It’s starting to be cool here at night. I know a lot of places it’s been cold for awhile but Texas is a little behind with winter. I used the cold weather as an excuse to make the BEST hot chocolate ever…I think you’ll agree…

What you’ll need:

Chocolate syrup
Amaretto flavored coffee creamer (I use the dry but the liquid is good too)

Put a couple tablespoons of chocolate syrup and a couple teaspoons of flavored creamer in a mug. Over low heat warm milk. Pour in mug & enjoy! You won’t believe how yummy this is!

milk – $3.99/gallon
chocolate syrup – $2.50
flavored creamer – $2.99
Total – $0.79/cup

December 8, 2008 Posted by | -chocolate, -kids favorites, -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , | Leave a comment

Fried corn

We fry everything in the south! Ok, maybe not everything but I have personally eaten fried pickles, fried candy bars and fried Twinkies (I know you’re thinking eww but they’re really good!).

What you’ll need:

1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can cream style corn
½ c cornmeal
½ c flour
1 egg white
2 Tbl milk
Salt & pepper
Oil to fry in

In a medium bowl, stir together corns. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray. Drop spoonfuls of the corn onto the sheet and freeze until firm (usually about 2 ½ hours). In a separate bowl mix together remaining ingredients. Dip frozen nuggets into the batter and cook in hot oil until golden brown. Usually around 2 minutes. Don’t overcook or the corn will cook right out the middle. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Makes about 20 corn nuggets.

whole kernel corn – $0.40/can
cream style corn – $0.44
cornmeal – $3.12/5 pound bag
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
milk – $3.99/gallon
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $1.84

December 8, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , | Leave a comment

Cook like an Italian calzone

My kids are crazy for this!! For those of you that don’t know, a calzone is basically a pizza inside of it’s crust. There are so many different combinations I decided to give you the basic calzone recipe and then some suggestions after. Use your imagination!

Basic calzone

What you’ll need:

1 can pizza dough (you can find it with the canned biscuits)
Italian seasoning
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Small amount of olive oil
Fillings & sauces

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Lay the dough out flat on cookie sheet (the dough is square when it is unrolled). Spread desired sauce to within ½ inch of edge. Don’t spread it all the way to the edge or your calzone won’t seal. Sprinkle about ¼ tsp parmesan into center. Fill half the calzone with desired fillings. Top the filling with mozzarella cheese. Fold the unfilled half over the filled half and press down on edges to seal all the way around the calzone. GENTLY press down on the top of the calzone to flatten it a little. Spread a small amount of olive oil mixed with Italian seasoning over the top. Cut three small slits in the top to release heat. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 7 minutes or until crust is brown and cheese is melted.

Suggested fillings:

Cooked, crumbled ground beef

Cooked, crumbled Italian sausage



Shredded beef

Shredded chicken


Black olives




Suggested sauces (to dip and to fill):

Garlic butter – Mix a little garlic powder with butter. Heat to dip, cold to fill.

Marinara – Mix tomato paste, a few drops of water & Italian seasoning. Heat to dip, cold to fill.

Blue cheese dressing

Ranch dressing

Barbeque sauce

Suggested combinations:

Breakfast calzone – Use ranch dressing as the sauce inside. Use scrambled eggs and cooked, crumbled breakfast sausage.

Taco calzone – Use cooked ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, diced onions and cheddar instead of mozzarella and no sauce inside. Dip in sour cream.

Hawaiian calzone – Use sliced ham and pineapple chunks. Use garlic butter to fill and dip.

Barbeque calzone – Use shredded beef, onions and cheddar instead of mozzarella. Use barbeque sauce to fill and dip.

Bacon cheeseburger calzone – Use cooked, crumbled ground beef and bacon. Use cheddar instead of mozzarella. Use blue cheese dressing to fill and dip.

canned pizza dough – $1.89
Italian seasoning – $2.89
parmesan cheese – $1.99
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
Total – $4.98 + fillings

December 8, 2008 Posted by | ----ground beef, -bacon, -beef, -breakfast items, -chicken, -kids favorites, -pizza, -pork, -sausage, -vegetarian (*or almost*), -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment