The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Baked buffalo wings with bleu cheese dipping sauce

No football party would be complete without buffalo wings!

For wings:

What you’ll need:

2 lb chicken drumettes
2 Tbl honey
2 Tbl ketchup
2 Tbl Tabasco sauce
1 Tbl Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Remove skin from chicken. In a large zipper close baggie mix honey, ketchup, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Add chicken. Seal bag and refrigerate at least 15 minutes but no longer than 24 hours, turning occasionally. Pour chicken coated in marinade onto prepared pan and sprinkle with paprika. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until crisp and juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut. Makes about 24 wings.

For dipping sauce:

What you’ll need:

1/3 c cottage cheese
½ tsp white wine vinegar
2 Tbl milk
1 Tbl crumbled bleu cheese
1/8 tsp white pepper (it can be black but I prefer white for this recipe)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped

In a blender or food processor, place cottage cheese, vinegar, milk, half of the blue cheese, the white pepper and garlic. Cover and blend on low speed until smooth and creamy. Spoon into serving dish. Stir in remaining blue cheese. Cover; refrigerate until serving. Makes about ½ cup of dressing.

chicken wings – $4.85/bag
honey – $1.12
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
cottage cheese _$2.12
vinegar – $1.19
milk – $3.99/gallon
bleu cheese – $3.16/pound
garlic cloves – $1.12
Total – $8.98


January 16, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, -party ideas, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Granola bars

With all the products on the shelves I know most people just buy it and go on but I really like making things myself. I know what’s in them. I know how old they are. It’s just so good.

What you’ll need:

2 ½ c old fashioned oatmeal
1 c shredded coconut
½ c raw sunflower seeds without the shells
¼ c sesame seeds
½ c wheat germ
½ c slivered almonds
4 Tbl butter
¼ c dark brown sugar
½ c honey
1 c raisins
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On a cookie sheet, mix together the oatmeal, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ and almonds and spread out evenly on the pan. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the butter, sugar and honey over low heat, stirring often. Leave to simmer while the oat mixture finishes baking. When the oats are done, remove from oven and mix in the raisins. Do not turn oven off. Remove honey mixture from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and mix until all the ingredients are coated in the honey mixture. Using buttered hands, press the mixture into a heavily buttered 8 x 8 pan. Return to oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Invert the pan to remove the granola. Slice into squares. Makes about 16 bars.

oatmeal – $1.59
shredded coconut – $2.25/bag
sunflower seeds – $1.00/bag
wheat germ – $1.99/jar
sesame seeds – $1.29
almonds- $2.00
butter – $1.75/pound
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
honey – $1.12
raisins – $1.12/box
vanilla – $2.25
Total – $7.99/approximately $0.50 per bar

January 7, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Orange/strawberry/banana smoothies

I’m just crazy for this mixture of flavors!

What you’ll need:

2 c plain or vanilla flavored yogurt
1 (10 oz) bag frozen strawberries (frozen)
1 banana, sliced
2 Tbl orange juice
1 – 2 Tbl honey (to taste)

Add all ingredients to a blend and blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into glasses. Makes 4 drinks.

yogurt – $2.12
strawberries – $3.50
bananas – $2.15
orange juice – $1.19
honey – $1.12
Total – $5.43/$1.36 per drink

January 1, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy three bean salad

A nice picnic or potluck dinner cold dish.

What you’ll need:

1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can green beans, drained and rinsed
4 green onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced

For dressing:

½ c apple cider vinegar
¼ c vegetable oil
1 Tbl honey
½ tsp ground dry mustard
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Whisk together dressing ingredients until well combined. In a separate bowl, gently combine salad ingredients. Pour dressing over salad and toss gently to coat. cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Gently toss before serving. Makes 8 servings.

beans – $0.89/can
green beans – $1.09
onion – $1.12
celery – $0.99
vinegar – $1.19
honey – $1.12
mustard – $0.79
Total – $6.28

December 25, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hot toddy’s

I’m sure the people my age remember grandma making you a hot toddy when you were sick but they are very good drinks even when you’re perfectly well! This makes a big batch so I thought I would include it with my other holiday party recipes. As with all my drinks you can leave the alcohol out for the kids and non drinkers and it won’t affect the taste too badly or try my Hot apple cider.

What you’ll need:

8 c apple cider
2 whole lemons, wedged
1 c brandy
3 Tbl honey
3 cinnamon sticks
3 cloves

Mix everything together in a big pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let sit one minute. Serve with additional lemon wedges in each cup. Makes about 10 cups.

apple cider – $2.85
lemons – $1.99/4
brandy – $8.00
honey – $1.12
cinnamon sticks – $1.85
cloves – $1.12
Total – $16.93/$1.69 per cup

December 15, 2008 Posted by | -contains alcohol, -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment