The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Just a tip

Many recipes call for wine. If you don’t want to use wine in your cooking, you can substitute water in equal amounts. It will change the taste of your recipe though, from a little to dramatically depending on the recipe.


January 2, 2010 Posted by | -contains alcohol, TIPS | , | 2 Comments

Holiday nut cake


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.

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

Broccoli salad

This is an excellent cold salad with a nutty flavor.

What you’ll need:

2 heads broccoli or about 3 c broccoli florets
1 red onion
½ pound bacon, cooked, cooled and crumbled
¾ c raisins
¾ c sliced almonds
½ c sunflower seeds
1 c mayonnaise
½ c sugar
2 Tbl white wine vinegar

Chop broccoli and onion up finely and put in a large bowl. Add bacon, raisins, nuts and sunflower seeds and stir well. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Pour over broccoli mixture and mix until coated. Let chill about 1 hour. Stir before serving. Makes 9 servings.

broccoli – $1.89
onion – $1.12
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
raisins – $1.12/box
almonds- $2.00
sunflower seeds – $1.00/bag
mayonnaise – $2.50
vinegar – $1.19
Total – $7.64

December 24, 2008 Posted by | -bacon, -party ideas, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Noel spritzer

Just mix and pour.

What you’ll need:

2 c chilled dry white wine, nonalcoholic wine or apple juice
1 c chilled cranberry-apple drink
1 c chilled sparkling water
Apple slices and fresh mint for garnish, if desired

Mix wine, juice and water. Serve over ice. Garnish with apple slices and mint. Makes 6 drinks.

wine – $3.50/bottle
mixed juice drink – $2.50/bottle
sparkling water – $2.00
Total – $4.00/$0.67 per drink

December 24, 2008 Posted by | -contains alcohol, -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , | 1 Comment