The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Cheese ball

These are great for parties. Serve with crackers, vegetable pieces or toasted breads.

What you’ll need:

2 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 (1oz) pkg dry ranch dressing mix
2 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ c pecans, chopped

Mash the cream cheese up in a medium bowl. Stir in the dressing mix and cheddar cheese. Shape the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts. Refrigerate covered with saran wrap for several hours before serving.

cream cheese – $2.06
ranch dressing (dry mix) – $0.99
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
pecans – $3.00
Total – $7.55


January 8, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -party ideas, -super snacks, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment

Super simple pimento cheese

Just as the name implies, super simple.

What you’ll need:

2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 c shredded Colby cheese
2 (4oz) jars diced pimento peppers, drained
½ c Miracle Whip
Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add more Miracle Whip if it’s not creamy enough. This recipe makes about 6 cups of pimento cheese. Keep refrigerated.

shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
shredded cheese – Colby jack – $ 1.65
pimento – $3.00
miracle whip – $2.12
Total – $7.21

January 8, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, -vote for Foodista contest | , , , , | Leave a comment

Orange pork

The citrus in this recipe is pleasing to the eye and taste buds.

What you’ll need:

1 ½ lbs pork strips
1 tsp oil
½ c orange juice
½ c pineapple juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 ½ tsp dried basil leaves
Pinch of salt & pepper

Cook the rice according to package directions and set aside if it’s finished before the pork. In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add pork and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring often, until the meat is cooked through. In a large boil combine remaining ingredients except the salt and pepper and rice. Mix well. Pour over the pork and continuing cooking over medium heat, bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Salt & pepper the meat and place over top of rice. Pour sauce from pan over the top of that. Garnish with additional orange slices if desired. Makes 5 servings.

pork chops/strips – $3.50
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
pineapple juice – $2.50
garlic cloves – $1.12
cornstarch – $1.29
rice – $2.12
Total – $6.78

January 8, 2009 Posted by | -pork, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crazy cake

I had a chocolate urge about 1:00 am and I made this cake. It’s great for people with dairy allergies (or just people who are out of dairy products) because it doesn’t use any. And don’t worry about the vinegar. I promise you you can not taste it. If you didn’t know it was in there, you wouldn’t know. I made it into cupcakes instead of in the 8 x 8 pan I usually make it in. I just prefer cupcakes lately. It made 11 cupcakes. I didn’t take any pictures because it was 1:00 in the morning and didn’t think about it until I woke up and saw I didn’t dream I baked cupcakes! I did get a picture of the finished project though. Or what’s left of them. Sorry about the fingerprints, they were picked on a lot overnight! 🙂 So delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 ½ c flour
1 c + 2 Tbl sugar
1/3 c + 1 Tbl cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 c cold water
¼ c vegetable oil
1 Tbl vinegar
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients until completely blended together. Stir in remaining ingredients one at a time and stirring well after each addition. Pour into a greased and floured 8 x 8 inch pan or cupcake tins. Bake about 30 minutes for cake, about 22 minutes for cupcakes. Frost as desired.

I made a simple chocolate frosting with ½ c butter, 1 tsp vanilla and about 4 c powdered sugar beat together until creamy. This cake is also very good with just powdered sugar sprinkled on top instead of frosting.

flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
baking soda – $2.28/box
vegetable oil – $2.89
vinegar – $1.19
vanilla – $2.25
powdered sugar – $1.69
Total – $1.89

January 8, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -chocolate, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parmesan potato patties

Another great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. I’m making them tonight as a matter of fact.

What you’ll need:

About 3 c leftover mashed potatoes
1 egg
1/3 c parmesan cheese
1/3 c dry bread crumbs
Oil to fry in

Pat cold potatoes out on your countertop or cutting board to about ½ inch thickness. Cut six rounds from the potatoes with a 3” biscuit cutter. You may need to gather the potatoes and pat them back out as you work.

Beat the egg in a bowl large enough to place the potato rounds in. Mix the bread crumbs and parmesan in another bowl large enough for the potato rounds to fit in or on a plate.

Dip each round first in egg, then in bread crumbs, pushing the crumbs slightly into the patties.

Put them in the freezer no longer than 10 minutes (you don’t want them to freeze) or in the refrigerator if you’re preparing ahead of time like I am. Cook the patties in hot oil about 3 minutes on each side (until they are browned). Three cups of potatoes usually makes six patties.

eggs – $1.09/ dozen
parmesan cheese – $1.99
dry bread crumbs – $0.99
Total – $0.97

January 8, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, SIDE DISHES | , , , | Leave a comment