The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Old fashioned macaroni and ham salad

I remember this dish mainly from country funerals when all the ladies would make something and bring it to the hall for after the ceremony. It’s very simple and delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 c. cooked macaroni noodles, cooled
1 c. diced cooked ham
1/2 c. ground pickles (sweet or dill, whichever you prefer)
1 can pimentos, chopped
1 c. mayonnaise

Mix all together well and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

Cost:
elbow macaroni – $1.75
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
pickles – $2.12/jar
pimento – $3.00
mayonnaise – $2.50
Total – $6.62

November 15, 2009 Posted by | -pasta, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | 1 Comment

Country Scalloped Potatoes



From: Campbell’s Kitchen
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 1 hour 10 minutes
Stand: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

What you’ll need:

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Celery Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Chicken Gravy
1 cup milk
5 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
1 small onion, thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
2 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

Stir the soup, gravy and milk in a small bowl. Layer half the potatoes, onion, ham and soup mixture in 3-quart shallow baking dish. Repeat the layers. Cover the baking dish.

Bake at 375°F. for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 25 minutes. Top with the cheese. Bake for 5 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Cost*:
cream of celery soup – $1.19
gravy – $1.49/jar
milk – $3.99/gallon
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
onion – $1.12
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $7.69

*As usual, I use generic products and the cost is based on those prices.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Southern style collard greens

Let me tell you a secret. I hate collard greens. I also hate ham hocks. But put the two of them together and I love them! Isn’t that odd? This recipe is so easy that it’s almost NOT a recipe but I’m going to post it because I know one day a long time ago I had no idea how to cook collard greens 🙂

What you’ll need:

1 lb ham hocks
3 qt water
5 lb collard greens, washed, stems removed
1 Tbl sugar
Salt and pepper

Place water and ham hocks in a large pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook until meat is tender (approximately 1 hour). Cut collard leaves in half and put in pan. Add sugar. Stir well. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer on medium heat until collards are tender (approximately 2 hours). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with cornbread. Feeds 4 – 6.

Cost:
ham hocks – $3.89
collard greens – $1.12/lb
Total – $9.49

February 4, 2009 Posted by | -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , | 2 Comments

Cheese Grits Casserole

I am a southern woman and I love grits! This recipe mixes together one of my favorite foods with one of my favorite ways to cook food: in a casserole! Throw it together, pop it in the oven and forget it for a little while.

What you’ll need:

3 c water
¾ c quick grits
2 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
¾ c evaporated milk
1/3 c butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ tsp tobasco sauce
1/8 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 2-quart baking dish. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring water to a boil. Add grits. Cover pan and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in 1 ½ c shredded cheese, evaporated milk and butter. Continue stirring until cheese and butter are melted. Add eggs, tobasco and pepper, stirring well. Pour into prepared pan. Top with remaining ½ c cheese. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until it is golden brown and puffy. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Feeds 6.

Variation: Stir in 2 c diced, cooked ham before the addition of eggs to turn this side dish into a meaty main dish.

Cost:
grits – $1.89
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
evaporated milk – $1.50
butter – $1.75/pound
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $2.97

January 15, 2009 Posted by | -casseroles, -vegetarian (*or almost*), MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Creamy potato soup

This soup always makes me think of my mom. She loves potato soup!

What you’ll need:

3 c chicken broth
1 can evaporated milk
About 6 large potatoes
1 c onion, chopped
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ c diced ham
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 pint whipping cream
Shredded cheddar cheese & chopped green onion for garnish

Sauté the onions and garlic in about a tablespoon of butter over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Scrape them into a large pot making sure to get all the good stuff off the bottom of the pan. Add chicken broth and milk and cook over medium heat about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except for garnishes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Mash several of the potatoes against the side of the pot and stir to thicken the soup. The more you mash the thicker it will be. Add salt and pepper to taste and continue simmering over low heat for about 10 minutes or until soup is heated through and at the desired consistency. Sprinkle cheese and chopped green onion on top of individual bowls when serving. Makes about 10 bowls.

Cost:
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
evaporated milk – $1.50
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
onion – $1.12
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
whipping cream – $1.49
garnish – $1.25
Total – $7.06

January 7, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, -bacon, -pork, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment