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

Just a tip

Add 1/2 tsp season salt to 1 c sour cream. Stir in 1/2 tsp parsley flakes. Mix well. Use as a dip or to top baked potatoes.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | TIPS | , , , , | Leave a comment

Crispy sweet potato wedges

You can make these potato wedges with or without the skin. It’s all a matter of personal taste. I like them with the skin.

What you’ll need:

4 medium sweet potatoes, cut into large, thick wedges*
1 Tbl vegetable oil
¼ tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp paprika

Place wedges in a large bowl. Cover with cold water and let stand 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Drain potato wedges and spread on a double layer of paper towels. Press another double layer of paper towels on the top to dry them. Place them in a dry bowl and toss with oil, salt & pepper. Arrange in a single layer on prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Using a spatula, turn potato wedges over and sprinkle with garlic and paprika. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes, turning the pan once about halfway through baking. Serve immediately. Feeds 4.

*To make with russet potatoes, omit paprika.

Cost:
sweet potatoes – $1.99/lb
vegetable oil – $2.89
garlic cloves – $1.12
Total – $5.39

August 5, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, SIDE DISHES | , , , | 3 Comments

Champ (Irish potatoes)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I decided you needed an authentic Irish recipe today and I can’t think of anything more authentic than Champ! Plus it’s super simple to make! Enjoy your Irish day!!

What you’ll need:

4 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 pound green onions (scallions), chopped
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons salt
4 ounces (1/2 c) butter

Boil the potatoes until tender. Simmer the green onions in milk for about 5 minutes. Drain potatoes and mash. Add the hot milk and scallions, salt, pepper and half the butter and mix. Serve with remaining butter. Serves 4 – 6.

Cost:
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
small onions – $1.50/bunch
milk – $3.99/gallon
butter – $1.75/pound
Total – $3.31

March 17, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, SIDE DISHES | , | Leave a comment

Irish stew

My friend Sherri asked if I would be interested in sharing a post with her for St. Patrick’s Day. I would love too! She asked that it either be an Irish recipe or a green recipe (the color not the action…you know what I mean…Go green!) so today I bring you Irish Stew! Be sure to visit Sherri over at Everything in Moderation for more great St. Patrick’s Day recipes!!

Everything in Moderation: Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage

Irish Stew:

What you’ll need:

6 – 8 small lamb chops
1 Tbl oil
3 – 4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 c finely shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large white leek, thinly sliced
12 small white onions
1 ½ c celery, diced
1 ½ c peas
Salt & pepper
Parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns, thyme and rosemary tied up in a cheesecloth

Lay the chops in a single layer in a large stockpot; season with salt and pepper. Brown both sides over medium-high heat. Drain off fat and cover chops with water. You want just enough water to cover them. Put seasoning pack (the herbs you put in cheesecloth) into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except for peas and simmer for another 20 minutes. Stir in peas and continue simmering until potatoes are tender (about 10 more minutes). Remove herb pack before serving. Feeds 6.

Cost:
lamb chops – $3.50/lb
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
cabbage – $2.00
onion – $1.12
leeks – $2.25
small onions – $1.50/bunch
celery – $0.99
frozen peas – $1.68
Total – $13.84

March 4, 2009 Posted by | -lamb, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments