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

Cheese puffs

This recipe calls for pot cheese which is basically cottage cheese that has been drained longer and therefore has a slightly drier texture. If pot cheese is not available where you live, use cottage cheese but let it drain in a sieve for approximately half an hour before you use it. Also, this is a very time consuming recipe so don’t start it until you have plenty of time!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb Feta cheese
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg pot cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 c parsley or dill, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb real butter OR 1/4 lb real butter + 1/4 lb margarine
  • 1 lb Phylo pastry sheets

Crumble Feta into small pieces into a large bowl. Add pot cheese and blend well. Add the eggs and beat thoroughly. Mix in the herbs. Set aside. Carefully cut the Phylo pastry into three equal portions. Put two of the portions (covered) into the refrigerator until ready to use. Place a damp towel over the portion you are working with. Phylo dough dries out very quickly and you don’t want it dry. You are going to work with one sheet at a time.

Remove one sheet of dough, place on a flat surface and butter well using a pastry brush. Fold the long side towards the middle making a strip about 2″ wide. Butter again. Place 1 Tbl of the cheese mixture on the bottom right hand corner of the strip and fold over into a triangle shape. Keep folding and making triangles until you get to the end of the strip. Lightly butter the finished triangle and place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Continue this process until all the dough/cheese has been used. This should make 75 pieces.

Bake @ 425 degrees for 20 minutes, turning once. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cost:
Feta cheese – $4.79/lb
cottage cheese – $2.86
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
herbs – $1.20 in store/free from herb garden
butter – $2.38
Phylo dough – $3.89
Total – $14.28/$0.19 per piece

January 17, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Chili cheese balls

With less than a month before the Superbowl, I thought I’d start posting some good party recipes. These are excellent. This recipe feeds 6 but it can be doubled or tripled depending on your party size.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c margarine, softened
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (4oz) can green chilies, drained and chopped

Mix all ingredients together well. Form into 3/4″ balls. Place 1″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake @ 375 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes turning over once halfway through baking.

Cost:
cheddar cheese block – $3.98
tub butter – $2.38
all purpose flour – $1.25
chilies – $1.19/can
Total – $3.25

January 13, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Rice pilaf

I’m a sucker for any kind of rice. This is delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl butter
1/4 c chopped onion (1 small onion)
1 c uncooked rice
2 1/2 c chicken stock
1 bay leaf

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion and cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook and stir for an additional 1 minute. Add chicken stock and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 20 – 25 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. Feeds 4.

Cost:
tub butter – $2.38
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
rice – $0.62
chicken stock – $2.09
Total – $2.05

December 2, 2009 Posted by | -rice, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment