The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Just a tip

If a recipe calls for “softened gelatin” or “quick gelatin”,  that just means you soak the gelatin in 1/2 – 1/4 cup of cold water before you make the recipe.

January 23, 2010 Posted by | TIPS | | 4 Comments

Wassail

This is a great non-alcoholic party drink. You need a large percolator (30 cup) to make it or you can make it in a large, deep pot, tying the herbs in a cheesecloth. This makes 16 1/2 cups of Wassail.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 1 pint cranberry juice
  • 1 c orange juice
  • 1/4 – 3/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp (2 or 3 sticks) cinnamon sticks

In the bottom part of the perculator (or in a large, deep pot), combine cider, juices and sugar. The amount of lemon juice is up to your taste. Stir well. In the “coffee grounds basket” (or in a cheesecloth), place allspice, cloves & cinnamon sticks. Heat until perculating (or bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low) and allow to perculate (or simmer) for 10 – 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Cost:
apple cider – $2.85
cranberry juice – $1.49
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
lemons – $1.99/4
sugar – $2.42
cloves – $1.12
cinnamon – $1.85
Total = $11.00/$0.67 per cup

January 22, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Baked corn

A special note to Joni: This recipe uses buttered crumbs 😀 For the rest of you, I gave a tip a little while back on what buttered crumbs are. Just mix equal amounts of crumbs and softened butter together.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 Tbl butter
  • 3 Tbl flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 1/2 c light cream
  • 2 1/4 c (8 – 9 ears; remove corn from cob) cooked corn
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 c buttered crumbs
  • Paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring the cream to a boil and then remove from heat. In a deep skillet, melt the butter and then whisk in the flour. Add the salt & pepper. Add the hot cream all at one and stir with a whisk over medium heat until thickened and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in corn. Slowly stir in eggs, whisking the entire time. Pour into a greased 5 – 6 cup casserole dish. Top with buttered crumbs and sprinkle paprika on top. Place casserole dish into a shallow pan filled 1″ deep with hot water. Bake 45 – 50 minutes covering the top with foil if it’s browning too much. Feeds 6.

Cost:
butter – $2.38
all purpose flour – $1.25
cream – $1.12
corn – $0.50/ear
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
bread crumbs – $1.89
Total – $5.79

January 21, 2010 Posted by | -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | 4 Comments

Cherry angel food trifle

This is absolutely decadent!

What you’ll need:

  • 5 c angel food cake cubes (1 store bought angel food cake)
  • 1/4 c cherry liqueur (optional)
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 (3 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8oz) carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 c toasted, chopped pecans
  • 1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling

Place cake cubes in a large bowl and cover with cherry liqueur. Let stand 30 minutes. In a medium bowl, cream sugar and cream cheese well. Fold in all but 2 Tbl of the whipped topping. Stir into cake cubes. Add pecans and mix well. Spoon 1/2 of the mixture into serving bowl. Top that with 1/2 of the cherry pie filling. Top that with the other 1/2 of the cake cube mixture and then top that with the other 1/2 of the cherry pie filling. Refrigerate at least 3 hours. Top with the reserved 2 Tbl whipped topping and serve. Feeds 8 – 10.

Cost:

angel food cake from bakery – $3.25
cherry liqueur – $2.25
powdered sugar – $1.67
cream cheese – $0.98
frozen whipped topping – $1.78
pecans – $3.00/lb
pie filling – $1.99

Total – $10.05

January 18, 2010 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -fruit dishes, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cheese puffs

This recipe calls for pot cheese which is basically cottage cheese that has been drained longer and therefore has a slightly drier texture. If pot cheese is not available where you live, use cottage cheese but let it drain in a sieve for approximately half an hour before you use it. Also, this is a very time consuming recipe so don’t start it until you have plenty of time!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb Feta cheese
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg pot cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 c parsley or dill, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb real butter OR 1/4 lb real butter + 1/4 lb margarine
  • 1 lb Phylo pastry sheets

Crumble Feta into small pieces into a large bowl. Add pot cheese and blend well. Add the eggs and beat thoroughly. Mix in the herbs. Set aside. Carefully cut the Phylo pastry into three equal portions. Put two of the portions (covered) into the refrigerator until ready to use. Place a damp towel over the portion you are working with. Phylo dough dries out very quickly and you don’t want it dry. You are going to work with one sheet at a time.

Remove one sheet of dough, place on a flat surface and butter well using a pastry brush. Fold the long side towards the middle making a strip about 2″ wide. Butter again. Place 1 Tbl of the cheese mixture on the bottom right hand corner of the strip and fold over into a triangle shape. Keep folding and making triangles until you get to the end of the strip. Lightly butter the finished triangle and place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Continue this process until all the dough/cheese has been used. This should make 75 pieces.

Bake @ 425 degrees for 20 minutes, turning once. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cost:
Feta cheese – $4.79/lb
cottage cheese – $2.86
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
herbs – $1.20 in store/free from herb garden
butter – $2.38
Phylo dough – $3.89
Total – $14.28/$0.19 per piece

January 17, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments