The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

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

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

Holiday nut cake

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This is a great cake to take along to a holiday party this year.

What you’ll need:

1 lb. cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 lb. sugar
1/2 lb. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 wine glass of white wine
1 1/2 lbs. raisins
6 eggs, separated*
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 qt. (4 cups) pecan pieces
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan (tube pan) and set aside. Cream the butter and the sugar until the sugar is dissolved (this takes about 20 minutes of mixing and the mixture is no longer white). Sift flour and baking powder together. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, alternating with flour/baking powder mixture. Add wine. Fold in pecan pieces and raisins. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and then gently fold them into the batter using a rubber spatula. Pour into prepared pan and bake 4 hours. Remove from pan when completely cooled. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

*Allow the egg whites to come to room temperature to get better results.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
baking powder – $2.38
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
butter – $1.79/lb
wine – $3.50/bottle
raisins – $1.12/box
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
pecans – $3.00
Total – $8.36

November 18, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -contains alcohol, -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

Just a tip

It is very important that you use fresh ingredients in your recipes. To test the freshness of baking powder, mix 1 tsp. baking powder with 1/3 cup of hot water. If it doesn’t foam, it’s stale and should not be used.

August 7, 2009 Posted by | -how to..., TIPS | | 1 Comment

Lemon Yogurt Cookies

This recipe comes from Quaker Oats and is one of my favorites. I just love lemon cookies!

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt or lemon low-fat yogurt
2 egg whites or 1 egg
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups QUAKER® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Lightly spray cookie sheet with no-stick cooking spray or oil lightly.

Beat margarine and 1-1/4 cups sugar until fluffy. Add yogurt, egg whites, lemon peel and vanilla; mix until well blended. Gradually add combined remaining ingredients except powdered sugar; mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.

Heat oven to 375°F.

With lightly floured hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on prepared cookie sheet. Using bottom of glass dipped in sugar, press into 1/8-inch thick circles.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.

Sift powdered sugar over warm cookies. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
yogurt – $2.12
oatmeal – $1.59
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
powdered sugar – $1.69
Total – $6.57

February 25, 2009 Posted by | -cookies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments