The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook


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.

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

January 22, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Turkey and Cornbread Stuffing Casserole

This recipe for a great way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers came in my Bisquick newsletter from Betty Crocker this morning and it looked so good I just had to share it with you! My cost is based on using generic products but because the recipe came from Betty Crocker, I left it as they had it.

What you’ll need:

1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken or celery soup
1 1/4 cups milk
1 cup Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers™ frozen sweet peas
1/2 cup dried cranberries
4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
2 cups cut-up cooked turkey or chicken
1 1/2 cups cornbread stuffing mix
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 55 min
Makes: 6 servings

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease bottom and side of 3-quart casserole with shortening or cooking spray.

2. In 3-quart saucepan, heat soup and 1 1/4 cups milk to boiling, stirring frequently. Stir in peas, cranberries and onions. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently; remove from heat. Stir in turkey and stuffing mix. Spoon into casserole.

3. In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour over stuffing mixture.

4. Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Increase 1 1/4 cups milk to 1 1/2 cups.

Make the Most of This Recipe


Serve this cozy casserole with a side of cranberry-orange relish or cranberry sauce.


No dried cranberries on hand? You can leave them out of the recipe or use raisins instead.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving: Calories 380 (Calories from Fat 120); Total Fat 13g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g); Cholesterol 120mg; Sodium 870mg; Total Carbohydrate 43g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 13g); Protein 22g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 20%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 15%; Iron 15% Exchanges: 2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 2 Lean Meat; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

cream of chicken soup – $0.69
milk – $3.99/gallon
frozen peas – $1.68
cranberries – $2.49/lb
small onions – $1.50/bunch
leftover turkey – $0.00
stuffing mix – $1.09
biscuit mix – $3.00
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $7.29

November 27, 2009 Posted by | -turkey, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES, TIPS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy homemade cranberry sauce

This is a great recipe if you’re feeding a crowd.

What you’ll need:

1 lb (4 c) cranberries, frozen or fresh
2 c water
2 c sugar

Rinse cranberries and remove any stems or bad berries. Heat water and sugar over medium heat in a 3 quart saucepan, stirring occasionally. Continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cranberries. Return to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue to boil another 5 minutes or until cranberries begin to pop, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until it’s chilled through. Makes 16 servings.

Variation: To add a unique and refreshing flavor, stir in 1 Tbl grated orange peel after cooking.

frozen cranberries- $2.49
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
Total – $2.74

January 1, 2009 Posted by | -fruit dishes, -party ideas, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, SIDE DISHES | , , | Leave a comment

Fruit filled shortcake

Strawberries aren’t the only fruit that tastes good with shortcake!

What you’ll need:

2 c biscuit mix
1/3 c quick cooking oats
3 Tbl brown sugar
½ c milk
3 Tbl butter, melted
2 pears, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 c cranberries (frozen is fine)
½ c orange juice
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 can apricot pie filling

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix first 5 ingredients until a soft dough forms. Drop dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet into six ‘piles’. Sprinkle with additional brown sugar & oats if desired. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown. In a heavy saucepan, heat remaining ingredients except pie filling until the fruit mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 3 – 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until the cranberries pop. Stir in pie filling. Split warm shortcakes and fill and top with fruit mixture. Top with whipped topping if desired. Makes 6 servings.

biscuit mix – $3.00
oatmeal – $1.59
pears- $2.18/lb
frozen cranberries- $2.49
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
pie filling – $1.99
Total – $7.97

December 30, 2008 Posted by | -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


I got this recipe out of a Betty Crocker cookbook and tried it a couple years ago. It is so sweet and delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 c cranberry juice cocktail
½ c vodka
¼ c orange juice
1 tsp lime juice
Cranberries and lime slices, if desired

Fill a container you can cover and shake ½ full of ice. Add all ingredients except cranberries and lime slices. Shake well. Pour into glasses, straining the ice. Garnish with cranberries and lime slices if desired. Makes 4 drinks.

mixed juice drink – $2.50/bottle
vodka – $2.50/small bottle
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
limes – $1.99/4
Total – $4.99/$1.25 per drink

December 30, 2008 Posted by | -contains alcohol, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , , , | Leave a comment