The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Salmon fromage

When I think of canned salmon, I always think of salmon patties. This is a delicious alternative to the “same old thing”.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cans salmon
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 2 Tbl finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 c flour
  • dash of Tabasco
  • 1 1/2 c cottage cheese
  • hot biscuits
  • parsley & pimento strips for garnish, optional

Drain the salmon but do not discard the liquid. Mix liquid and milk together and set aside. Break salmon into pieces using a fork, set aside. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add onion and cook until transparent. Whisk in flour. Add milk/salmon liquid all at once and cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture begins to thicken. Add Tabasco. Fold in the cottage cheese and stir gently until it is heated back through. Add salmon and stir gently until heated through again. Serve over hot, split biscuits. Feeds 6.

Cost:
canned salmon – $2.12
milk – $1.78/gallon
tub butter – $2.38
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
all-purpose flour – $1.25
Tabasco sauce – $1.59
cottage cheese – $2.12
canned biscuits – $2.28/4 pack
Total – $7.08

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January 4, 2010 Posted by | -salmon, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy hush puppies

What you’ll need:

1 c cornmeal
1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c onion, finely chopped
1 egg, beaten
2/3 c milk

Mix together egg and milk. Set aside. Mix together remaining ingredients. Mix milk mixture and cornmeal/onion mixture together well. Let stand 5 minutes. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Drop hush puppies mixture by teaspoonful into hot oil and fry 3 to 5 minutes until browned. Do not overcrowd your pan. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Makes 18 hush puppies.

Cost:
cornmeal – $3.12/5 pound bag
all purpose flour – $1.25
baking powder – $2.38
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
milk – $1.78/gallon
Total – $1.65

December 10, 2009 Posted by | SEAFOOD/FISH, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

French Quarter Sauce (for shrimp)

Most of you know that I am a huge fan of seafood. Specifically, I’m a huge fan of shrimp. Especially boiled shrimp! This recipe is made just for boiled shrimp. It makes about 1/4 cup of sauce.

What you’ll need:

2 Tbl cider vinegar
6 Tbl olive oil
3 Tbl Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
6 anchovy fillets, mashed to a pulp
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbl finely chopped parsley
1 Tbl finely chopped chives
1 hard boiled egg, minced well

Mix all ingredients well and chill thoroughly. Serve over chilled, shelled and deveined boiled shrimp.

Cost:
vinegar – $0.92
oil – $2.28
mustard – $1.28
garlic cloves – $1.12/lb
anchovy fillets – $1.38/can
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
Total – $2.47

December 4, 2009 Posted by | -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, -shrimp, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tomato-oyster bisque

What you’ll need:

4 Tbl butter, divided into 3 Tbl & 1 Tbl
3 Tbl flour
3 c milk, scalded (brought to a boil then removed from heat)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 pint oysters with liquid
¼ tsp celery salt
1 egg, separated
¾ c condensed tomato soup, undiluted and heated

Melt the 3 Tbl butter in a deep pot. Whisk in the flour and blend well. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly. Stir until smooth. Add the salt & pepper and set aside. In a separate pan, melt remaining butter with the oysters, oyster juice and celery salt. When the edges of the oysters start to curl, remove from heat and beat in the egg yolk with a wire whisk. Add the oyster mixture to the milk mixture stirring well. Reduce heat to low. Stir in tomato soup and heat through. In a mixing bowl, beat egg white until stiff. Place the beaten egg white in a soup tureen or large serving bowl. Pour the oyster mixture over the top of the beaten egg white and gently fold the two together. Serve with oyster crackers. Feeds 4 – 5.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
milk – $3.99/gallon
oysters – $3.00
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
condensed tomato soup – $0.89
Total – $5.36

August 4, 2009 Posted by | -oyster, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Shrimp & Okra Gumbo

This recipe is quick and easy if you need to feed a crowd.

What you’ll need:

2 Tbl bacon fat
3 c sliced okra
2 onions, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined and cut in half
½ can tomato sauce
2 red peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 bay leaf
8 c water
1 tsp salt

Cook, covered, the okra, onions and bell pepper in the bacon fat until okra is almost tender. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients except shrimp. Heat to boiling then cook an additional 10 minutes. Add shrimp. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Serve with steamed rice. Feeds 8.

Cost:
okra – $3.99/lb
onion – $1.12
small onions – $1.50/bunch
bell pepper – $0.90
tomato sauce – $0.33/can
garlic cloves – $1.12
1/2 lb 30/40 shrimp – $2.50
Total – $14.68/$1.84 per serving

July 25, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -shrimp, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , | Leave a comment