The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Barbecue sauce

Barbecue, or as we have always called it, BBQ is just not the same without a good sauce. I’d like to share three of mine today. They are all good on any kind of meat or grilled seafood. This first one is very simple and is particularly good on chicken. The second takes a little time but is worth the wait. It’s excellent on pork. The third is perfect when grilling fish or shrimp. It can be used to baste the seafood while it is grilling or is also good as a marinade before grilling.

BBQ sauce #1
(Makes about 3/4 cup)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Tbl Worcestershire
  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 Tbl vinegar
  • 12 drops Tabasco sauce

Mix all together and heat over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Use immediately.

Cost:
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
butter – $2.38
vinegar (small) – $0.92
Tabasco sauce – $1.59
Total – $1.66

BBQ sauce #2
(Makes about 3 cups)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 Tbl butter
  • 2 Tbl vinegar
  • 1 Tbl orange juice
  • 6 Tbl brown sugar
  • 2 c ketchup
  • 1 c water
  • 1 1/2 c finely diced celery
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 Tbl Worcestershire
  • small can of crushed pineapple

In a large, deep pot, saute the garlic and onion in the butter. Mix in remaining ingredients. Allow to simmer for 45 minutes adding water if it becomes too thick. Let cool 10 minutes before using.

Cost:
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
butter – $2.38
vinegar (small) – $0.92
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
brown sugar – $1.44
ketchup (small) – $1.58
celery – $0.99
mustard – $1.28
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
crushed pineapple – $1.09
Total – $3.55

BBQ sauce #3
(Makes about 1 3/4 cups)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 c peanut or sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1/2 c sherry

Mix all together well.

Cost:
oil (small) – $2.28
soy sauce $1.89
sherry – $2.00
Total – $2.89

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January 3, 2010 Posted by | -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Just a tip

1/4 cup of lime juice plus 1 minced garlic clove makes a good marinade for beef.

November 28, 2009 Posted by | TIPS | , , , | Leave a comment

French onion soup

The first time I ever ate this was in New Orleans. If you don’t have ovenproof serving dishes you can broil the cheese on the toast only and then place one slice on top of each bowl of soup.

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl butter
1 large onion, sliced
½ tsp sugar
1 ¼ c beef broth
1 ¼ c water
2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
4 slices French bread
½ c shredded Swiss cheese
1 Tbl grated parmesan cheese

Arrange bread on a baking sheet and cook in a 300 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes until crisp and dry. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and sugar. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Add broth, water and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer 10 – 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together cheeses. Spoon soup into 4 oven proof serving dishes. Top each with 1 slice of bread and sprinkle generously with cheese mixture. Place under broiler 2 – 3 minutes to melt cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
onion – $1.12
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
French bread – $1.50
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $3.83

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -vegetarian (*or almost*), -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Caribbean marinated kabobs

You can make these with chicken, pork, firm fish like tuna or snapper, or seafood like shrimp and scallops. You can also change up the vegetables to whatever kind you like.

What you’ll need:

2 lbs meat, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces or 1 lb large shrimp
½ pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces or 1 can pineapple chunks, drained and rinsed
1 red onion, peeled and cut into 4 wedges, layers separated
2 red, yellow or green bell peppers, or a mixture of all 3, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
1 pkg cherry tomatoes
¼ c orange juice
¼ c olive oil
¼ c cilantro, chopped
½ tsp cayenne pepper
8 bamboo skewers

Combine all ingredients in a large, zipper close bag. Seal and turn over several time to blend the ingredients. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Thread the skewers, alternating meat and vegetables. Place on a rack in a pan and bake @ 375 degrees or cook on an indoor or outdoor grill. Cook 8 – 10 minutes on each side or until the meat is cooked through. Makes 8 kabobs.

Cost:
meat or seafood – $3.00
pineapple chunks – $1.09
onion – $1.12
bell pepper – $0.90/each
cherry tomatoes – $2.25
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
Total – $9.56

January 2, 2009 Posted by | -beef, -fish, -party ideas, -vegetables, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beef stroganoff

This recipe tastes best slow cooked. It allows the meat to become extremely tender and all the flavors to mix together.

What you’ll need:

1 lb round steak, cut into thin strips
½ c onion, chopped
2 tsp butter
¼ c water
½ tsp paprika
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ c sour cream
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
Rice or egg noodles

Brown the steak and onion in the butter in a large pot. Stir in remaining ingredients except rice or egg noodles. Cover. Cook over low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice or noodles. Makes 4 servings.

Tip: This is an excellent recipe to cook in the crock pot. After browning the beef and onion, mix all ingredients together in crock pot, cover and cook on low under beef is tender.

Cost:
steak – $3.50
onion – $1.12
cream of mushroom soup – $0.89
sour cream – $0.99
egg noodles – $1.89
Total – $8.39

January 2, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment