The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

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

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

Roasted pork loin

Apples and sweet potatoes make this dish. Delicious!

What you’ll need:

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 (3 lb) boneless pork loin
6 large apples, cored, quartered and then the quarters cut in half
1 medium onion, cut into ½ inch wedges
6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp allspice
1 Tbl brown sugar
¾ c apple juice
1 Tbl butter or olive oil

For the rub:

1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp dry mustard
½ tsp allspice
1 tsp sage
Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook the sweet potatoes in lightly salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Set aside. Cover the surface of the pork loin with the rub. Rub it in really well. You want the flavors to cook into the meat. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the butter/oil. Sear the pork in the pan for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Reduce the heat to medium-high. Add the remaining ingredients except the juice and sweet potatoes. Sauté until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the apple mixture and place in the bottom of a small roasting pan. Set the pan aside (you’re not done with it yet) Add the sweet potatoes to the apple mixture and stir to combine. Place the pork on top of that mixture. Return the skillet to the burner; add the juice and bring to a boil, scraping up all the brown bits. Pour over the meat and apples. Place in oven and roast until the meat is cooked through, about 50 – 60 minutes. Baste the pork occasionally with the pan juices, adding a little water if necessary. After cooking allow the meat to rest about 10 minutes before cutting into slices. Feeds 6.

Cost:
sweet potatoes – $1.99/lb
pork loin – $2.25/lb
apples – $2.25/bag
onion – $1.12
garlic cloves – $1.12
apple juice – $1.99
Total – $12.97

February 5, 2009 Posted by | -pork, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Pear crisp

What you’ll need:

4 -5 ripe pears
2 Tbl lemon juice
¾ c dried cherries, blueberries or raisins
6 Tbl butter, softened
2/3 c flour
2/3 c oats
2/3 c brown sugar
½ c chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Halve and core the pears. Slice into ½ inch slices. Toss with lemon juice. Combine pears and dried fruit in a 13 x 9 inch pan. Mix butter and flour with a fork until it’s crumbly. Mix in oats, brown sugar, nuts and spices. Sprinkle evenly over fruit and press down lightly. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until pears are tender (check with the tip of a knife or a fork). Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping. Makes 6 – 8 servings.

Cost:
pears- $2.18/lb
lemons – $1.99/4
raisins – $1.12/box
butter – $1.75/pound
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
oatmeal – $1.59
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
pecans – $3.00
cinnamon – $1.85
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $9.00

December 19, 2008 Posted by | -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gingerbread cookies

What you’ll need:

1 ½ c dark molasses
1 c brown sugar
2/3 c cold water
1/3 c shortening
7 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 (16 oz) pkg chocolate frosting

Mix together the molasses, brown sugar, water and shortening. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Add the two together mixing well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease one cookie sheet. Roll dough ¼ inch thick on a floured board. Cut with floured gingerbread cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Cool and decorate with frosting. You can use different frostings and candy pieces to decorate your gingerbread men if desired. And this recipe makes great gingerbread houses too! Great fun for the kids! Makes about 30 cookies.

Cost:
molasses – $3.12
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
spices – $2.00
frosting – $1.29
Total – $8.04

December 14, 2008 Posted by | -chocolate, -cookies, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment