The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Wassail

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.

Cost:
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

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

Easy party punch

This punch recipe is super simple! It makes 50 small servings or about 25 large servings.

What you’ll need:

1 pkg cherry koolaid mix
1 pkg raspberry koolaid mix
2 c sugar
2 quarts (8 c) water
1 (46 oz) can unsweetened pineapple juice
2 quarts (64 oz or you can use 2 liters) ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, chilled

Mix together all ingredients except the ginger ale or soda. Chill for at least an hour. When ready to serve, stir in chilled ginger ale or soda.

Cost:
koolaid- $0.25
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
pineapple juice – $2.50
ginger ale – $1.29
Total – $6.78/$0.13 per small serving or $0.27 per large serving

November 23, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , , | Leave a comment

Simple strawberry shortcake

What you’ll need:

1 ½ c flour
2 Tbl granulated sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
½ tsp grated orange zest
3 Tbl unsalted butter or margarine, cut into pieces
¾ c skim milk

For filling:

2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
1 Tbl orange juice
1 Tbl granulated sugar

For garnish:

Vanilla yogurt or whipped cream
Mint leaves

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar and baking powder. Stir in orange zest. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. Quickly stir in milk until a soft dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ½” thickness. Using a 2 ½” biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits, gathering and re-rolling until all the dough is used. Place on prepared pan and bake until golden, usually 12 – 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack and cool slightly. Combine strawberries, orange juice and sugar and mix well. Split warm biscuits in half. Top each bottom with filling. Place top on and place a spoonful of filling over that. Garnish with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream and a sprig of mint. Serves 8.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
baking powder – $2.38
oranges – $2.25/bag
butter – $1.75/pound
milk – $3.99/gallon
strawberries – $3.50
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $7.16

August 12, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -fruit dishes | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Easy chicken stir-fry

This is so yummy you’ll want to eat it all yourself!

What you’ll need:

¼ c orange juice
1 ½ Tbl cornstarch
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
¾ c chicken broth
1 ½ Tbl soy sauce
2 ½ tsp vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbl minced fresh ginger OR 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
1 ½ c snow peas OR green beans
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (about 1 c)
¾ c sliced green onion
1 c frozen broccoli, thawed
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
2 c cooked white rice

Combine the orange juice and cornstarch in a shallow glass bowl. Add the chicken strips and stir to coat them well with the marinade. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Drain and discard remaining juice. In a small bowl, mix together the broth and soy sauce. Set aside. In a wok or skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add the chicken and cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add the vegetables and cook and stir an additional 5 minutes. Stir in broth/soy sauce and heat through. Remove from heat. Place about ¼ cup of rice on separate plates. Top with chicken mixture and serve hot. Feeds 4 – 5.

Cost:
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
cornstarch – $1.29
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
soy sauce $1.89
garlic cloves – $1.12
green beans – $1.09
bell pepper – $0.90
small onions – $1.50/bunch
fresh carrots – $1.19
frozen broccoli – $1.89
rice – $2.12
Total – $14.28

July 26, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments