The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Creamy potato soup

This soup always makes me think of my mom. She loves potato soup!

What you’ll need:

3 c chicken broth
1 can evaporated milk
About 6 large potatoes
1 c onion, chopped
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ c diced ham
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 pint whipping cream
Shredded cheddar cheese & chopped green onion for garnish

Sauté the onions and garlic in about a tablespoon of butter over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Scrape them into a large pot making sure to get all the good stuff off the bottom of the pan. Add chicken broth and milk and cook over medium heat about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except for garnishes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Mash several of the potatoes against the side of the pot and stir to thicken the soup. The more you mash the thicker it will be. Add salt and pepper to taste and continue simmering over low heat for about 10 minutes or until soup is heated through and at the desired consistency. Sprinkle cheese and chopped green onion on top of individual bowls when serving. Makes about 10 bowls.

Cost:
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
evaporated milk – $1.50
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
onion – $1.12
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
whipping cream – $1.49
garnish – $1.25
Total – $7.06

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January 7, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, -bacon, -pork, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

French onion soup

The first time I ever ate this was in New Orleans. If you don’t have ovenproof serving dishes you can broil the cheese on the toast only and then place one slice on top of each bowl of soup.

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl butter
1 large onion, sliced
½ tsp sugar
1 ¼ c beef broth
1 ¼ c water
2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
4 slices French bread
½ c shredded Swiss cheese
1 Tbl grated parmesan cheese

Arrange bread on a baking sheet and cook in a 300 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes until crisp and dry. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and sugar. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Add broth, water and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer 10 – 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together cheeses. Spoon soup into 4 oven proof serving dishes. Top each with 1 slice of bread and sprinkle generously with cheese mixture. Place under broiler 2 – 3 minutes to melt cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
onion – $1.12
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
French bread – $1.50
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $3.83

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -vegetarian (*or almost*), -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clam chowder

An easy recipe that only takes about half an hour to cook.

What you’ll need:

4 slices bacon, diced
1 ½ c onion, chopped
1 ½ c water
4 c potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 c half & half cream
3 Tbl butter
2 (10 oz) cans minced clams
1 ½ tsp salt
Pepper to taste

In a large pot over medium high heat cook the bacon until it’s almost crisp. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in water, potatoes and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Pour in half & half and butter. Add the clams using one can drained and the other with the juice. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the chowder is heated through. Do not allow to boil at this point or the cream will curdle. Makes 8 servings.

Cost:
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
onion – $1.12
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
cream – $1.99
canned minced clams – $2.12
Total – $8.57

January 5, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -clam, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , | Leave a comment