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

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

Easy doughnut holes

We made these last night. I would have pictures for you but they were scarfing them down as fast as I made them. These are definitely a kid’s favorite!

What you’ll need:

Canned biscuits (how many depends on how many you’d like to make. One can makes about 30 to 40 doughnut holes depending on how big or small you cut them)
Powdered sugar
Granulated sugar
Cinnamon
Cocoa

For doughnut holes:

Remove biscuits from can and roll each individual biscuit in your hand to make it a long oval shape (just like making snakes out of play dough =) don’t make them too skinny though). Slice each “snake” into 4 to 5 pieces and roll those in your hand to make the ball shape. Set on a plate, not touching each other, until all the biscuit balls are made. Drop carefully into hot oil (375 degrees) and flip if necessary (they usually flip on their own which is pretty neat but if they don’t then you need to flip them). Cook until browned, usually about 1 minute. Don’t overcrowd your pan. You just want about 5 doughnut holes cooking at a time. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Glaze or cover while they’re still warm.

For “toppings”:

Glaze:

Mix together about ¼ cup of powdered sugar and a small amount of water. Heat in the microwave 30 seconds. Mix again. It should be pretty thin; if it’s not, add a little more water. You want it thicker than water but thinner than frosting. Using a spoon, roll doughnut holes in glaze and place on a plate that is NOT lined with paper towels.

Chocolate:

Mix together 2 Tbl cocoa with ¼ cup powdered sugar. Stir well. Roll doughnut holes in mixture.

Cinnamon:

Mix together 3 Tbl cinnamon with ¼ c granulated sugar. Roll doughnut holes in mixture.

Cost:
canned biscuits – $1.09/4 pack
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
powdered sugar – $1.69
cocoa – $1.69
cinnamon – $1.85
Total – $1.06 using one can of biscuits

March 18, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -doughnuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | 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