The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

White chip chocolate cookies

I think these cookies are pretty.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 2/3 c cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and set aside. Beat together butter, both sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually mix in flour/cocoa mixture. The dough will be stiff. Stir in chips. Roll 1 Tbl dough into a ball and then flatten slightly. Place 1″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 – 11 minutes. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Cost:
all purpose flour – $1.25
cocoa – $2.84
baking soda – $0.50
salt (large) – $0.38
butter – $2.38
sugar – $2.42
brown sugar – $1.44
vanilla (2 oz) – $1.96
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
white morsels – $1.97
Total – $5.11/$1.02 per dozen

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February 16, 2010 Posted by | -cookies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

Oatmeal scotchies

I have been baking cookies for Christmas all week and these, according to everyone that’s tasted them so far, are the top favorite!

What you’ll need:

1 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 c butter, softened
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 c old fashioned oats
1 pkg butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mixing well. Set aside. Beat together butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy. Gradually mix flour mixture into butter mixture until well combined. Stir in oats and chips. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 7-8 minutes for chewy cookies, 9-10 minutes for crisp cookies. Makes about 4 dozen.

Cost:
all purpose flour – $1.25
baking soda – $0.50
cinnamon – $1.85
salt (large) – $0.38
tub butter – $2.38
sugar – $2.42
brown sugar – $1.44
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
vanilla (2 oz) – $1.96
oatmeal – $1.24
butterscotch morsels – $1.97
Total – $4.19

December 18, 2009 Posted by | -cookies, -vote for Foodista contest, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

White Chocolate and Strawberry Cookies

One of my favorite ladies here in blogland has begun her television cooking career! Ok, maybe it’s not a career yet but I’d be willing to bet my money that it will be before too long. Her name is Celeste (click here to visit her blog) and she is an incredible woman. Her debut was on MyArkLaMiss’ morning show and her recipe is White Chocolate and Strawberry Cookies…yum! Click here to watch her TV debut and click here for other great recipes that she has posted on her forum KARD Kookbook (she posts under the name LadyElaine. You will need to specifically select her forum to get to her recipes). I know, you want me to get to the recipe! 🙂

White Chocolate and Strawberry Cookies

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups strawberries, cleaned
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.

Clean, trim, and slice berries.

Puree/mash strawberries in a blender, or with a fork for less mess (berries should now be 3/4 cup), leaving some larger chunks if desired; set berries aside.

In a large bowl beat butter and sugars.

Beat in one egg at a time.

In a separate bowl whisk flour, salt and baking powder.

Add dry mixture to creamed mixture, about 1/2 a cup at a time.

When well mixed, slowly add berries, about 1/4 cup at a time, while mixing at the same time, ensuring berries are spread well throughout.

Drop batter in tablespoons about 1-inch apart on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 350° for 11- 12 minutes for soft cookies, or up to a maximum of about 14-15 minutes for crunchier cookies, watching the edges to ensure they are lightly browned.

Let rest on cookie sheets for 2-3 minutes for cookies to set.

Cool on wire racks.

Cost:
strawberries – $3.50
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
chocolate chips – $2.50
Total – $6.93

March 3, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -cookies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , | 3 Comments

Quick goulash

This recipe is great when you have to throw dinner together in a hurry. It can be ready to serve in 15 minutes!

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
½ medium onion, minced
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
Salt & pepper to taste
1 large (16 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juice
¾ c ketchup
2 Tbl brown sugar
8 oz (1 cup) macaroni noodles, cooked and drained

Brown grown beef with seasonings and onions. Drain grease and return to pan. Add the canned tomatoes and brown sugar. Mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in macaroni noodles and ketchup. Stir and cook until heated through. Serves 4 – 6.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
onion – $1.12
diced tomatoes – $0.89
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
elbow macaroni – $1.75
Total – $5.17

February 15, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments