The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Fried cheese balls

A super simple recipe that is surprisingly delicious. Remember to allow your egg white to come to room temperature before beating it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 c grated parmesan cheese

Beat egg white until stiff and tripled in volume. Mix together 1/3 of the beaten egg white and 1 cup of the parmesan cheese. Beat well. Alternate mixing in the remaining egg white and cheese until it is all mixed together. Drop marble sized balls off the end of a teaspoon and fry @ 365 degrees until lightly browned. Makes about 3 dozen cheese balls.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
parmesan cheese – $2.88
Total – $2.96

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February 17, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, SIDE DISHES | , | 2 Comments

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! ♥

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

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

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