The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Yogurt dip

Try this dip with different varieties of crackers. Whole wheat crackers are my favorite.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 or 3 whole walnuts, shelled
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 c plain yogurt
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash of vinegar
  • 1/2 c diced cucumber

Using a muddler, mash the garlic and walnuts in the olive oil. If you don’t have a muddler you can quickly mash them in a food processor using the pulse for 2 – 3 seconds. You don’t want them to be complete mush; you want some pieces of garlic and walnut but not large pieces. Blend the mixture into the yogurt. Stir in remaining ingredients and chill for at least one hour before serving. Makes approximately 1 cup of dip.

Cost:
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
walnuts – $2.00
yogurt – $2.12
vinegar (small) – $0.92
cucumber – $1.00
Total – $4.92

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January 16, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, 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

Quick & Easy Hopping John

This is a traditional New Year’s Day “good luck” meal. Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c dry black eyed peas or 1 pkg frozen black eyed peas
  • 1 strip of bacon, cooked til crisp and crumbled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 c hot, cooked rice
  • 1 Tbl red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbl chives, chopped
  • 2 Tbl parsley, chopped

Cook the beans, drain but reserve 1/4 c of the liquid, set aside. Add onion to same pan and saute over medium heat 1 minute in one Tbl of the reserved liquid. Add garlic clove and cook 3 minutes more.  Add peas, rice, vinegar and enough of the reserved liquid to make the mixture moist. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in salt & pepper. Put into 4 serving bowls. Top each with a portion of the bacon, chives and parsley. Serve immediately. Feeds 4.

Cost:
dry peas – $1.00
bacon – $2.98/lb
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
rice – $1.32
vinegar (small) – $0.92
herbs – $0.50
Total – $2.18

December 31, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -vegetarian (*or almost*), HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

French Quarter Sauce (for shrimp)

Most of you know that I am a huge fan of seafood. Specifically, I’m a huge fan of shrimp. Especially boiled shrimp! This recipe is made just for boiled shrimp. It makes about 1/4 cup of sauce.

What you’ll need:

2 Tbl cider vinegar
6 Tbl olive oil
3 Tbl Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
6 anchovy fillets, mashed to a pulp
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbl finely chopped parsley
1 Tbl finely chopped chives
1 hard boiled egg, minced well

Mix all ingredients well and chill thoroughly. Serve over chilled, shelled and deveined boiled shrimp.

Cost:
vinegar – $0.92
oil – $2.28
mustard – $1.28
garlic cloves – $1.12/lb
anchovy fillets – $1.38/can
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
Total – $2.47

December 4, 2009 Posted by | -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, -shrimp, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Just a tip

1/4 cup of lime juice plus 1 minced garlic clove makes a good marinade for beef.

November 28, 2009 Posted by | TIPS | , , , | Leave a comment