The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Irish cup o’ joe

Delicious. This recipe just makes one drink but it’s easy to make several at a time with a fresh pot of coffee.

What you’ll need:

1 shot Bailey’s Irish cream
1 healthy shot of chocolate syrup
Coffee

Put liqueur and syrup in a coffee mug. Fill to the top with hot, fresh coffee. Stir and enjoy!

Cost:
Bailey’s Irish cream – $14.99/750 ml bottle
chocolate syrup – $2.50
pot of coffee – $1.29
Total – $2.14 per drink

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January 5, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -contains alcohol, -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , | Leave a comment

Carrot cake

I got this recipe off the back of a cake mix box and decided to try it one day. I was amazed at the taste. You’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg spice cake mix and ingredients needed to make it
2 c (about 3 large) shredded carrots
1 (8oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 c chopped pecans, divided
2 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
2 c powdered sugar
1 tub whipped topping, thawed

Mix cake mix according to package directions. Stir in carrots, pineapple and ¾ c pecans. Pour into two 9” square pans. Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cook in pans for 10 minutes then remove from pans and cool completely. When cakes are cooled, in a large bowl mix together cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Fold in whipped topping. Stack cake layers on a plate, frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Top with remaining nuts. Store refrigerated. Makes 18 servings.

Tip: If you can’t find spice cake mix just use yellow cake mix plus 2 tsp of cinnamon.

Cost:
boxed cake mix – $1.29
carrots – $0.89
crushed pineapple – $1.09
pecans – $3.00
cream cheese – $2.06
powdered sugar – $1.69
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $9.48

January 5, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -kids favorites, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Traditional chef salad

This is one of my favorite salads. It’s very simple but I thought I would write it down for you anyway.

What you’ll need:

Salad greens (whatever kind you like. I prefer good old iceberg)
Green onion, chopped fine
Celery, chopped fine
Bacon bits (fresh or canned. If you use fresh, cool slightly before mixing with salad greens)
Swiss cheese, sliced in julienne strips
Cheddar cheese, sliced in julienne strips
Ham, sliced in julienne strips
Turkey, sliced in julienne strips
Hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half
Cherry tomatoes

Wash and tear lettuce into bite sized pieces. In a large bowl, mix together salad greens, onion, celery and bacon. Top with remaining ingredients and whatever dressing you prefer.

Cost:
lettuce – $0.89/head
onion – $1.12
celery – $0.99
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
cheddar cheese – $3.12/block
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
turkey – $2.89/lb
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cherry tomatoes – $2.25
Total – approximately $3.55 per salad

January 5, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -pork, -turkey, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy pizza bake

You can make this with different meats (instead of pepperoni) but make sure they are fully cooked before baking.

What you’ll need:

3 1/3 c biscuit mix
1 c milk
2 c pizza sauce (or tomato paste mixed with Italian seasoning and a small amount of water)
1 (8 oz) pkg pepperoni
2 c shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray. This pizza bakes best in a glass pan. In a medium bowl, mix together biscuit mix and milk until a soft dough forms. Drop half the dough by spoonfuls across the bottom of the pan. It won’t completely cover the bottom of the pan, just make sure the piles of dough are even across the bottom of the pan. Pour half the sauce over the piles of dough. Scatter half the pepperoni over the sauce. Top that with half the cheese. Repeat the above pattern with the remaining dough, sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown. Feeds 8.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
milk – $3.99/gallon
pizza sauce – $1.89
pepperoni – $1.69
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
Total – $9.71

January 5, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, -pizza, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clam chowder

An easy recipe that only takes about half an hour to cook.

What you’ll need:

4 slices bacon, diced
1 ½ c onion, chopped
1 ½ c water
4 c potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 c half & half cream
3 Tbl butter
2 (10 oz) cans minced clams
1 ½ tsp salt
Pepper to taste

In a large pot over medium high heat cook the bacon until it’s almost crisp. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in water, potatoes and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Pour in half & half and butter. Add the clams using one can drained and the other with the juice. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the chowder is heated through. Do not allow to boil at this point or the cream will curdle. Makes 8 servings.

Cost:
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
onion – $1.12
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
cream – $1.99
canned minced clams – $2.12
Total – $8.57

January 5, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -clam, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , | Leave a comment