The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Fried cheese balls

A super simple recipe that is surprisingly delicious. Remember to allow your egg white to come to room temperature before beating it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 c grated parmesan cheese

Beat egg white until stiff and tripled in volume. Mix together 1/3 of the beaten egg white and 1 cup of the parmesan cheese. Beat well. Alternate mixing in the remaining egg white and cheese until it is all mixed together. Drop marble sized balls off the end of a teaspoon and fry @ 365 degrees until lightly browned. Makes about 3 dozen cheese balls.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
parmesan cheese – $2.88
Total – $2.96

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February 17, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, SIDE DISHES | , | 2 Comments

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

Pineapple chiffon pie

*A special note to Chris: This recipe calls for softened gelatin*

What you’ll need:

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 c sugar, divided
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 c pineapple, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 c cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (4 oz) pkg gelatin softened in 1/4 c water (stir gelatin and water together and allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes)
  • 1 (9″) pie crust, baked and cooled

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the egg yolks, 1/2 c sugar, lemon juice, cream, salt, pineapple chunks and vanilla until it is slightly thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in softened gelatin. Allow to cool. Beat the egg whites until fluffy and then gradually beat in the remaining 1/2 c sugar until stiff peaks form.* Fold into cooled custard. Pour into cooled pie crust and chill for at least one hour. Serve each slice topped with whipped cream. Makes 1 pie.

*If you allow the egg whites to come to room temperature, they will beat up much fluffier.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
sugar – $2.42
lemons – $1.99/4
pineapple – $1.09
cream – $1.12
vanilla (2 oz) – $1.96
gelatin – $0.99
frozen pie shells (2) – $1.88
Total – $4.58

February 12, 2010 Posted by | -fruit dishes, -pies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, TIPS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Baked corn

A special note to Joni: This recipe uses buttered crumbs 😀 For the rest of you, I gave a tip a little while back on what buttered crumbs are. Just mix equal amounts of crumbs and softened butter together.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 Tbl butter
  • 3 Tbl flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 1/2 c light cream
  • 2 1/4 c (8 – 9 ears; remove corn from cob) cooked corn
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 c buttered crumbs
  • Paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring the cream to a boil and then remove from heat. In a deep skillet, melt the butter and then whisk in the flour. Add the salt & pepper. Add the hot cream all at one and stir with a whisk over medium heat until thickened and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in corn. Slowly stir in eggs, whisking the entire time. Pour into a greased 5 – 6 cup casserole dish. Top with buttered crumbs and sprinkle paprika on top. Place casserole dish into a shallow pan filled 1″ deep with hot water. Bake 45 – 50 minutes covering the top with foil if it’s browning too much. Feeds 6.

Cost:
butter – $2.38
all purpose flour – $1.25
cream – $1.12
corn – $0.50/ear
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
bread crumbs – $1.89
Total – $5.79

January 21, 2010 Posted by | -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | 4 Comments

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