The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Cherry angel food trifle

This is absolutely decadent!

What you’ll need:

  • 5 c angel food cake cubes (1 store bought angel food cake)
  • 1/4 c cherry liqueur (optional)
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 (3 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8oz) carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 c toasted, chopped pecans
  • 1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling

Place cake cubes in a large bowl and cover with cherry liqueur. Let stand 30 minutes. In a medium bowl, cream sugar and cream cheese well. Fold in all but 2 Tbl of the whipped topping. Stir into cake cubes. Add pecans and mix well. Spoon 1/2 of the mixture into serving bowl. Top that with 1/2 of the cherry pie filling. Top that with the other 1/2 of the cake cube mixture and then top that with the other 1/2 of the cherry pie filling. Refrigerate at least 3 hours. Top with the reserved 2 Tbl whipped topping and serve. Feeds 8 – 10.

Cost:

angel food cake from bakery – $3.25
cherry liqueur – $2.25
powdered sugar – $1.67
cream cheese – $0.98
frozen whipped topping – $1.78
pecans – $3.00/lb
pie filling – $1.99

Total – $10.05

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January 18, 2010 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -fruit dishes, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Holiday nut cake

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This is a great cake to take along to a holiday party this year.

What you’ll need:

1 lb. cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 lb. sugar
1/2 lb. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 wine glass of white wine
1 1/2 lbs. raisins
6 eggs, separated*
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 qt. (4 cups) pecan pieces
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan (tube pan) and set aside. Cream the butter and the sugar until the sugar is dissolved (this takes about 20 minutes of mixing and the mixture is no longer white). Sift flour and baking powder together. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, alternating with flour/baking powder mixture. Add wine. Fold in pecan pieces and raisins. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and then gently fold them into the batter using a rubber spatula. Pour into prepared pan and bake 4 hours. Remove from pan when completely cooled. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

*Allow the egg whites to come to room temperature to get better results.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
baking powder – $2.38
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
butter – $1.79/lb
wine – $3.50/bottle
raisins – $1.12/box
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
pecans – $3.00
Total – $8.36

November 18, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -contains alcohol, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Chunky chicken salad


I worked for almost 10 years in a certain roast beef restaurant that shall remain nameless but I’m sure you would all recognize the hat. 😉 We made THE BEST chicken salad I have ever eaten! (With the exception of my grandmother’s of course.) The recipe we used at the restaurant made an enormous amount of chicken salad (as I’m sure you can imagine) so I scaled it down for home use. I left all the ingredients the same.

What you’ll need:

2 large (1 lb/ 16 oz) cans breast meat chicken chunks, drained and rinsed
1 cup (1 large or 2 small) diced red apples with the skins on
1 cup red seedless grapes, rinsed and sliced in half *measure after slicing*
½ cup diced fresh celery
½ cup chopped pecans
1 ½ cups mayonnaise

Put your gloves on because this recipe gets mixed by hand…literally! Add ingredients one at a time into a large bowl ending with the mayonnaise. Add the mayo ½ cup at a time and slightly stir in with a large spoon until you’ve reached desired creaminess. Use more for really creamy chicken salad and less for a dryer chicken salad. Mix it really well with your hands. This ensures that the mayo and the juices from the other ingredients get thoroughly mixed and if you use a spoon to just mix it up a little it will not taste the same I promise. I know because I tried it. Sometimes I’m stubborn. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Serve on bread with lettuce or topping lettuce in a bowl or stuffed in a pita like in the picture mmm mmm. This makes about 2 ½ pounds of chicken salad or 8 – 10 servings. It can be kept refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Cost:
canned chicken chunks – $2.50
apples – $2.25/bag
grapes – $1.99/bunch
celery – $0.99
pecans – $3.00
mayonnaise – $2.50
Total – $10.24

February 27, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, -party ideas, -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Sugar coated pecans

One of my favorites. This is great for a party snack too.

What you’ll need:

1 egg white
1 Tbl water
1 lb pecan halves
1 c sugar
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside. In a large bowl, whip together the egg white and water until it’s frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt and cinnamon. Add pecans to egg white mixture and stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts using a slotted spoon and add them to the sugar mixture bowl. Toss well to coat in sugar. Spread them onto the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Cost:
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
pecans – $3.00
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
cinnamon – $1.85
Total – $3.47

January 22, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -candy, -kids favorites, -party ideas, -super snacks, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate surprise truffles

As I’ve told you before, I get some of my favorite recipes off of the backs of boxes, bags, cans and jars. I first found this recipe on the back of a cocoa container and then I found it again on the Hershey’s website. I just love these truffles. They’re rich and delicious and have a surprise center! I think you’ll love them too!

What you’ll need:

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
½ cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
¼ cup whipping cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Centers: After-dinner mints, whole candied cherries, whole almonds, pecan or walnut halves
Coating: Powdered sugar, MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes or chopped nuts

Beat butter in large bowl until creamy. Stir together powdered sugar and cocoa; add to butter mixture alternately with whipping cream and vanilla, blending well. Refrigerate until firm. Shape small amount of mixture around desired center; roll into 1-inch balls. Drop into desired coating, turning until well covered. Refrigerate until firm. Makes about 3 dozen truffles.

Variation: Add ½ teaspoon rum extract, decrease vanilla to 1 teaspoon.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
powdered sugar – $1.69
cocoa – $1.69
whipping cream – $1.49
vanilla – $2.25
cherries – $1.12
Total – $3.89

January 19, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -chocolate, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment