The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Valentine’s Day Dinner (A Re-post)

I decided to re-post my Valentine’s Day Dinner that I posted last year. The only problem I see is that you should have gotten the steaks in the refrigerator yesterday….oops! You can let them marinate all day today though and they’ll be ok for dinner tonight 🙂

I hope y’all have the BEST day today filled with lots of love!


Today is Valentine’s Day ♥ So I thought I would post an entire meal instead of just one recipe. I’m giving you two main dishes to choose from. Check out the total at the bottom. It’s a lot less than you’d pay at the restaurant for all this!

The main dishes:

Orange glazed chicken

What you’ll need:

1/3 c sweet orange marmalade
1 Tbl hot mustard
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1 – 2 lb Chicken pieces (which pieces are your choice; I prefer breasts but this is good on all parts)
Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cover a 1” deep baking dish with foil. Lightly oil the foil. Wash & pat dry chicken pieces & salt and pepper; roast, skin side up, 30 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown. While the chicken is baking, mix together remaining ingredients. Remove chicken from oven and spoon marmalade mixture over all pieces. Return to oven. Change heat to broil and broil chicken 3 to 5 minutes or until the glaze is bubbly. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Marinated steaks

This recipe will make more rub than is needed for one meal. Store the leftovers in an airtight container up to 90 days.

What you’ll need:

Steaks
¼ c pepper
¼ c salt
¼ c garlic powder
2 Tbl paprika
¼ c onion powder
2 Tbl meat tenderizer
2 Tbl season salt
1 Tbl celery salt
Soy sauce

In a large zipper bag mix together all ingredients except steaks and soy sauce. Using washed hands rub the mixture over the steaks. Rub it in really good! Rub a small amount of soy sauce over the steaks. Place in a different zipper bag. PLACE IN REFRIGERATOR FOR 24 HOURS, turning occasionally. I’m screaming at you because I want you to get it in the refrigerator today so it will be ready for dinnertime tomorrow =) Bake steaks @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until they’re cooked through.

The sides:

Tossed green salad with red wine vinaigrette dressing

What you’ll need:

1 bag mixed greens or desired salad greens
1 pkg croutons
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
¼ c balsamic vinegar
2 Tbl red wine vinegar
¼ c water
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ c extra virgin olive oil
¼ c canola oil

Place washed & dried greens in a bowl. Toss in croutons. In a separate bowl, mix together remaining ingredients except oils. Slowly whisk in oils. If you have a salad dressing shaker you can mix this up in it. Be sure to add the oils slowly, mixing well after each addition. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Herb roasted potatoes

What you’ll need:

10 – 15 red potatoes, washed and patted dry
¼ c butter, melted
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp chervil
1 tsp chives
1 tsp tarragon

Cut potatoes in half. Brush the cut sides of each potato with melted butter. In a small bowl, mix together herbs. Place buttered potatoes on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with herbs. Bake @ 325 for about an hour or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned.

The after dinner drink:

A fuzzy thing

What you’ll need:

2 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec
1 ½ oz peach schnapps
1 splash orange juice
1 splash pineapple juice
Sweet & sour mixer (this can be found with the alcohol or on the drink aisle in most grocery stores including Walmart. It is also at the liquor store.)

Pour the alcohol first, then add the juice. Add a little sweet & sour mixer but not too much or it will overpower the juices. Shake before serving and make sure you don’t use too much ice. This drink just needs a little.

The dessert:

Cherry cobbler with crumb topping

What you’ll need:

1 can cherry pie filling
2 Tbl butter
½ c quick cooking oatmeal
¼ c flour
½ c sugar
2 – 4 Tbl chopped pecans

Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour cherry pie filling into casserole dish. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar and pecans until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of cherry pie filling. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Cost:
marmalade – $2.12
mustard – $0.79
soy sauce $1.89
lemons – $1.99/4
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
sirloin steak – $4.50
seasonings – $3.50
lettuce – $0.89/head
croutons – $1.19
vinegar – $1.19
olive oil – $3.89
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
butter – $1.75/pound
vodka – $2.50/small bottle
schnapps – $2.50
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
pineapple juice – $2.50
mixer – $3.25
pie filling – $1.99
oatmeal – $1.59
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
pecans – $3.00
Total – $28.16 with steak
$30.70 with chicken breasts

♥ Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! ♥

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February 14, 2010 Posted by | --potatoes, -beef, -chicken, -contains alcohol, -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Pineapple chiffon pie

*A special note to Chris: This recipe calls for softened gelatin*

What you’ll need:

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 c sugar, divided
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 c pineapple, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 c cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (4 oz) pkg gelatin softened in 1/4 c water (stir gelatin and water together and allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes)
  • 1 (9″) pie crust, baked and cooled

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the egg yolks, 1/2 c sugar, lemon juice, cream, salt, pineapple chunks and vanilla until it is slightly thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in softened gelatin. Allow to cool. Beat the egg whites until fluffy and then gradually beat in the remaining 1/2 c sugar until stiff peaks form.* Fold into cooled custard. Pour into cooled pie crust and chill for at least one hour. Serve each slice topped with whipped cream. Makes 1 pie.

*If you allow the egg whites to come to room temperature, they will beat up much fluffier.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
sugar – $2.42
lemons – $1.99/4
pineapple – $1.09
cream – $1.12
vanilla (2 oz) – $1.96
gelatin – $0.99
frozen pie shells (2) – $1.88
Total – $4.58

February 12, 2010 Posted by | -fruit dishes, -pies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, TIPS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Simple strawberry shortcake

What you’ll need:

1 ½ c flour
2 Tbl granulated sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
½ tsp grated orange zest
3 Tbl unsalted butter or margarine, cut into pieces
¾ c skim milk

For filling:

2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
1 Tbl orange juice
1 Tbl granulated sugar

For garnish:

Vanilla yogurt or whipped cream
Mint leaves

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar and baking powder. Stir in orange zest. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. Quickly stir in milk until a soft dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ½” thickness. Using a 2 ½” biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits, gathering and re-rolling until all the dough is used. Place on prepared pan and bake until golden, usually 12 – 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack and cool slightly. Combine strawberries, orange juice and sugar and mix well. Split warm biscuits in half. Top each bottom with filling. Place top on and place a spoonful of filling over that. Garnish with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream and a sprig of mint. Serves 8.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
baking powder – $2.38
oranges – $2.25/bag
butter – $1.75/pound
milk – $3.99/gallon
strawberries – $3.50
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $7.16

August 12, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -fruit dishes | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cheaters cherry brownies

I had a major chocolate craving Saturday night. And a major cherry craving…I decided to combine the two and you wouldn’t believe how good it was! My made up recipe is super easy too (would I have it any other way?)

What you’ll need:

1 pkg brownie mix + egg, oil and water to make them
1/2 can cherry pie filling (I used the other half the can to top pancakes. Just make sure you refrigerate the leftovers after opening the can)

Oh, here’s the ingredients for my cherry brownies (I was a little lax in my picture taking because I was so consumed with the need to eat them!):

Mix brownies according to package directions. Spread in an 8 x 8 inch pan. Drop pie filling around the top of the brownies using a tablespoon. Take a butter knife and draw lines first across the pan one way and then across the other way to marble the cherries into the brownies. Bake @ 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until brownies are cooked through.

They’re delicious!!!

Cost:
brownie mix – $1.09
pie filling – $1.99
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $2.18

March 30, 2009 Posted by | -brownies, -chocolate, -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , | 2 Comments