The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Valentine’s Day Dinner (A Re-post)

I decided to re-post my Valentine’s Day Dinner that I posted last year. The only problem I see is that you should have gotten the steaks in the refrigerator yesterday….oops! You can let them marinate all day today though and they’ll be ok for dinner tonight 🙂

I hope y’all have the BEST day today filled with lots of love!


Today is Valentine’s Day ♥ So I thought I would post an entire meal instead of just one recipe. I’m giving you two main dishes to choose from. Check out the total at the bottom. It’s a lot less than you’d pay at the restaurant for all this!

The main dishes:

Orange glazed chicken

What you’ll need:

1/3 c sweet orange marmalade
1 Tbl hot mustard
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1 – 2 lb Chicken pieces (which pieces are your choice; I prefer breasts but this is good on all parts)
Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cover a 1” deep baking dish with foil. Lightly oil the foil. Wash & pat dry chicken pieces & salt and pepper; roast, skin side up, 30 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown. While the chicken is baking, mix together remaining ingredients. Remove chicken from oven and spoon marmalade mixture over all pieces. Return to oven. Change heat to broil and broil chicken 3 to 5 minutes or until the glaze is bubbly. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Marinated steaks

This recipe will make more rub than is needed for one meal. Store the leftovers in an airtight container up to 90 days.

What you’ll need:

Steaks
¼ c pepper
¼ c salt
¼ c garlic powder
2 Tbl paprika
¼ c onion powder
2 Tbl meat tenderizer
2 Tbl season salt
1 Tbl celery salt
Soy sauce

In a large zipper bag mix together all ingredients except steaks and soy sauce. Using washed hands rub the mixture over the steaks. Rub it in really good! Rub a small amount of soy sauce over the steaks. Place in a different zipper bag. PLACE IN REFRIGERATOR FOR 24 HOURS, turning occasionally. I’m screaming at you because I want you to get it in the refrigerator today so it will be ready for dinnertime tomorrow =) Bake steaks @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until they’re cooked through.

The sides:

Tossed green salad with red wine vinaigrette dressing

What you’ll need:

1 bag mixed greens or desired salad greens
1 pkg croutons
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
¼ c balsamic vinegar
2 Tbl red wine vinegar
¼ c water
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ c extra virgin olive oil
¼ c canola oil

Place washed & dried greens in a bowl. Toss in croutons. In a separate bowl, mix together remaining ingredients except oils. Slowly whisk in oils. If you have a salad dressing shaker you can mix this up in it. Be sure to add the oils slowly, mixing well after each addition. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Herb roasted potatoes

What you’ll need:

10 – 15 red potatoes, washed and patted dry
¼ c butter, melted
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp chervil
1 tsp chives
1 tsp tarragon

Cut potatoes in half. Brush the cut sides of each potato with melted butter. In a small bowl, mix together herbs. Place buttered potatoes on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with herbs. Bake @ 325 for about an hour or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned.

The after dinner drink:

A fuzzy thing

What you’ll need:

2 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec
1 ½ oz peach schnapps
1 splash orange juice
1 splash pineapple juice
Sweet & sour mixer (this can be found with the alcohol or on the drink aisle in most grocery stores including Walmart. It is also at the liquor store.)

Pour the alcohol first, then add the juice. Add a little sweet & sour mixer but not too much or it will overpower the juices. Shake before serving and make sure you don’t use too much ice. This drink just needs a little.

The dessert:

Cherry cobbler with crumb topping

What you’ll need:

1 can cherry pie filling
2 Tbl butter
½ c quick cooking oatmeal
¼ c flour
½ c sugar
2 – 4 Tbl chopped pecans

Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour cherry pie filling into casserole dish. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar and pecans until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of cherry pie filling. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Cost:
marmalade – $2.12
mustard – $0.79
soy sauce $1.89
lemons – $1.99/4
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
sirloin steak – $4.50
seasonings – $3.50
lettuce – $0.89/head
croutons – $1.19
vinegar – $1.19
olive oil – $3.89
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
butter – $1.75/pound
vodka – $2.50/small bottle
schnapps – $2.50
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
pineapple juice – $2.50
mixer – $3.25
pie filling – $1.99
oatmeal – $1.59
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
pecans – $3.00
Total – $28.16 with steak
$30.70 with chicken breasts

♥ Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! ♥

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February 14, 2010 Posted by | --potatoes, -beef, -chicken, -contains alcohol, -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

January 22, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Simple cheesecake

I thought I’d post a cheesecake recipe today since I posted tips on successful cheesecakes yesterday. I realized I have MOST my price list right here on my cookbook (duh Kathy…I know). Be sure to use the tips I gave yesterday to ensure this cheesecake is creamy.

What you’ll need:

1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbl. butter
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs, separated
1/2 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. lemon extract

Mix together graham cracker crumbs and butter and press into a 9″ pan (you can use a springform pan or a pie plate); set aside. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Beat the egg yolks and set them aside; allow the egg whites to come to room temperature while mixing the remaining ingredients. Beat the cream cheese well. Add the milk, beaten egg yolks, sugar, salt and extracts; mixing well after each addition. Beat the egg white until stiff and gently fold into cheese mixture. Pour into pan and bake 45 minutes. Makes 1 cheesecake.

Cost:
graham crackers – $1.09
butter – $1.79/lb
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
milk – $3.99/gallon
cream cheese – $2.06
eggs – $1.09/dozen
vanilla extract – $2.25
lemon extract – $2.25
Total – $4.13

August 27, 2009 Posted by | -cheesecake, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lemon garlic chicken

Simple and delicious. I know you’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

8 chicken thighs, removed from the bone (skin is optional)
1/3 c lemon juice
1/4 c olive oil
10 – 15 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 c chicken broth
1 Tbl dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash chicken and pat dry. Place the garlic in a roasting pan. Lay the chicken thighs over the garlic cloves. Top the chicken with the remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Roast, turning occasionally until the chicken is golden and most of the juice has evaporated, about 40 minutes. Remove from pan. Serve with or without the garlic cloves (they taste great!) and additional lemon wedges. Serves 4 – 6.

Cost:
chicken thighs – $4.99/pkg
lemons – $1.99/4
olive oil – $3.89
garlic cloves – $1.12
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
Total – $9.17

March 9, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lemon Yogurt Cookies

This recipe comes from Quaker Oats and is one of my favorites. I just love lemon cookies!

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt or lemon low-fat yogurt
2 egg whites or 1 egg
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups QUAKER® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Lightly spray cookie sheet with no-stick cooking spray or oil lightly.

Beat margarine and 1-1/4 cups sugar until fluffy. Add yogurt, egg whites, lemon peel and vanilla; mix until well blended. Gradually add combined remaining ingredients except powdered sugar; mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.

Heat oven to 375°F.

With lightly floured hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on prepared cookie sheet. Using bottom of glass dipped in sugar, press into 1/8-inch thick circles.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.

Sift powdered sugar over warm cookies. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
yogurt – $2.12
oatmeal – $1.59
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
powdered sugar – $1.69
Total – $6.57

February 25, 2009 Posted by | -cookies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments