“I Don’t Care” Casserole
"I Don't Care" Casserole
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
"I Don't Care" Casserole
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F), get out a baking dish (I will verify the size when I make this).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, pour into your baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is starting to brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes, serve to your ungrateful family 😉
  5. Maybe next time when you ask, they will be more specific. Now if you ask what would you like for dinner and the family says "Kobe beef, Maine lobsters, and King crab" then fix this casserole, they will learn 😉
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get ham again, right now I will say high cost and will calculate this after I gather the supplies.

Shortcut: Condensed Cheese Soup.

Variants: 1. Substitute ham for cooked and cubed chicken or turkey. 2. Omit the meat and just make a vegetable casserole.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Ham Loaf
Ham Loaf
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This sounds interesting, next time in the city, if I get over to Makro I will pick up some ham to make this with.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
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This sounds interesting, next time in the city, if I get over to Makro I will pick up some ham to make this with.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the pork, ham, eggs, bread crumbs, milk, salt, and pepper. Mix together well then place into the prepared baking dish and shape into a loaf.
  3. Bake for 90 minutes.
  4. While the ham loaf is baking, go ahead and mix together the topping. In a bowl, add the brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar and mix well. During the last 15 minutes of baking, pour the topping over the loaf and continue baking for the remainder of the time.
  5. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this next time I pick up some ham in the city. I will say high cost for now.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Shrimp Spaghetti Carbonara
Shrimp Spaghetti Carbonara
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I made this last night for dinner, 20 Dec 2017, but not worthy of a photo since the eggs did scramble. The flavor was excellent, just not a nice presentation so I will certainly be making this again, one to get the technique mastered to mix in the egg and cheese, and two, to get photos.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Shrimp Spaghetti Carbonara
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I made this last night for dinner, 20 Dec 2017, but not worthy of a photo since the eggs did scramble. The flavor was excellent, just not a nice presentation so I will certainly be making this again, one to get the technique mastered to mix in the egg and cheese, and two, to get photos.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil then cook the spaghetti until just tender. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, leave the spaghetti in the pot and set aside.
  2. While the water is getting hot for the spaghetti, in a mixing bowl mix together the cheese, eggs, and yolks with a fork or whisk. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Set this aside and finish up the spaghetti 😉
  3. Heat a large non stick skillet on medium heat and when hot, add the bacon and cook until crispy then remove to a bowl, leaving the fat in the pan. and add 1/4 cup of the pasta water you reserved.
  4. Add the shrimp to the pan and season with salt and pepper as desired. Cook until the shrimp are all pink, turn often.
  5. Now drain the pasta and add to the pan with the shrimp, use tongs to combine the shrimp and pasta. Once mixed well, toss the parsley into the pasta.
  6. Working quickly, now stir in the egg and cheese mixture and use tongs to quickly toss to coat the spaghetti, double fist two sets of tongs, work fast to prevent the egg from scrambling. Add additional pasta water as needed to make a creamy sauce. Just before serving, toss the bacon in.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with additional parsley, cheese, and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Large white shrimp from Tesco will cost about 150 Baht/500 grams. The cheese about 170 Baht. Bacon prices vary greatly, on average, figure about 150 Baht/250 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $3.46 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pizza Pasta
Pizza Pasta
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This sounds really good, and is an original recipe from a friend, I look forward to making this. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
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This sounds really good, and is an original recipe from a friend, I look forward to making this. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C (425 F).
  2. Heat a pot of salted water to a boil, then add the pasta and cook that until just tender, drain well (let cool for a few minutes before adding to a Pyrex dish) pour into a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. While the water is heating for the pasta, heat a large non stick pan and add the sausage and break it with a spatula as you cook it, add some chopped up pepperoni slice if want and add to the pan as well, as much as you like. When cooked through, do not drain, just pour into the baking dish and mix with the pasta until "all the pasta is coated with the yummy meatiness." (Author's words, very cool!)
  4. Add the pasta sauce and mix together, now add the pizza cheese blend and mix that in. Once mixed, smooth out the top evenly, top with Mozzarella, then a layer of pepperoni slices.
  5. Bake until bubbly, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and let rest for a few minutes, you have a bubbly dish of cheese lava, you are just cooling it a bit before serving.
  6. Serve. Garlic bread would be a great side dish.
Recipe Notes

The sausage if you make yourself, about 45 Baht. The cheeses will cost about 175 Baht for the pizza cheese blend, and 140 Baht for the Mozzarella. For 6 servings, this is about $1.77 per serving.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Pasta Sauce.

Variants: 1. Easy, anything you like on a pizza. The author, Amy, says diced green bell pepper and sliced mushrooms is a very good addition. 2. To make this leaner, use chicken sausage.

Original recipe and photo, provided by good friend, Amy Weckerly Shanks, and the original recipe is here.

White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the head and feet from the chicken, rinse it inside and out and place in a large pot. Add the spring onion, ginger, peppercorns, and cooking wine.
  2. Add water to the pot to just cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and hold that for 8 minutes (a few minutes longer if you have a larger chicken), then turn off heat, leave on the burner, and cover for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl fill with cold water and ice, remove the chicken from the pot, set the pot and broth aside, and place in the ice water and soak for several minutes, turning it often to ensure the chicken is completely cooled. Remove and drain residual water, place on a cutting board and brush the skin with sesame oil.
  4. To cut the chicken, use of a large cleaver is highly recommended as the weight of the knife is helpful. The chicken has to be completely cooled in order to cut to get smooth edges. Basically remove the legs at the thigh joint, then cut each thigh from the leg, then cut each leg in half. Remove the wings and separate each wing at the joints. Cut the remaining chicken in half, cut each half into large pieces.
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small heat proof bowl, mix together the ginger, chopped spring onion greens. and coriander.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan or wok, and the spring onion whites when the oil is hot and saute until the whites are just starting to brown and they are aromatic.
  3. Pour the hot oil into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix. Add two tablespoons of broth from the pot the chicken was in. Season with a pinch of salt or to taste and mix well.
  4. Serve the dipping sauce as a side for the chicken, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I cannot really remember what a whole chicken in the market costs, I think 150 or 200 Baht. Going with 200 Baht, 2 servings is about $2.95 per serving, which I think may be on the high side. I will verify price and servings when I make this.

This recipe for White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken) is from China Sichuan Food.

Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken Seasoning
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the Andouille sausage in half lengthwise and slice half moons 1/4 inch thick. For regular pork or beef sausage, just slice 1/4 inch thick. Set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of olive oil, when hot, add the cubed chicken and season with the Chicken Seasoning spices to taste, just a bit of each spice will do. Lightly brown the chicken, no need to cook through, over cooked chicken = tough chicken. When lightly browned, remove from the pan to a large bowl and set aside. If there is water in the pan, pour that off.
  3. Same pan, add the sausage and brown that up, remove from the pan and add to the bowl with the chicken and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the bell peppers, saute for about 5 minutes then add the garlic and shallots. Saute for about 15 minutes or until the bell peppers are just softened yet still crunchy. If using the the optional mushrooms, add those now and saute to just soften them. Remove from heat and set aside. Now follow either Method 1 or Method 2 for the final preparation.
Method 1
  1. In a large pot, add the stock, cream, chicken and sausage, bell peppers from the pan, and the pasta. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes uncovered, to reduce the liquid amount, stirring often.
  2. Stir in the spring onion and Parmesan, simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Method 2
  1. In a pot heat the stock to boiling and cook the pasta until tender. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add the sausage and chicken to the pan with the bell peppers, use low heat and just heat everything through.
  3. Add the drained pasta to the pan and mix together well, then add the cream and just simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost between 30 and 60 Baht, 500 grams/1 kilo, and the sausage, going with Cumberland, 750 grams is about 267 Baht. For 6 servings, this is about $1.60 per serving.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Anthony Ramirez.
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Stuffed Camel
Stuffed Camel
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Ever heard of a lamb in a pig in cow and roasted? This is the Arabic version, and both are very real. From the size and logistics of this, this is very rarely prepared, not to mention you need a big ass oven.
Servings
80-100 servings
Servings
80-100 servings
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Ever heard of a lamb in a pig in cow and roasted? This is the Arabic version, and both are very real. From the size and logistics of this, this is very rarely prepared, not to mention you need a big ass oven.
Servings
80-100 servings
Servings
80-100 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Skin, trim, and clean the camel, lamb, and chickens. and boil all until tender. Work in batches 😉
  2. Cook rice, hard boil the eggs and peel them, fry the all nuts until browned. Mix the nuts with the rice.
  3. Stuff the chickens with eggs and rice mixture. Stuff the lamb with five chickens and some rice. Now stuff the camel with the lamb and some rice.
  4. Broil the camel in an a large oven until golden brown.
  5. Spread the remaining rice on a large tray and place the camel on top. Place the remaining chickens around the camel also on the rice. Garnish the rice with the remaining eggs.
  6. Serve to the entire village 🙂
Recipe Notes

I would say this is high cost as I have not ever priced what a whole camel is sold for.

Variant: 1. Instead of stuffing the chickens with eggs, stuff them with cooked fish, which sounds absolutely disgusting, plus that will add to the per serving cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
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Easy Fish Pie
Easy Fish Pie
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Sounds wonderful, on my to cook list! This is very rewritten to make is user friendly. This recipe assumes you have hard boiled eggs (chicken or duck), and mashed potatoes already prepared.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Sounds wonderful, on my to cook list! This is very rewritten to make is user friendly. This recipe assumes you have hard boiled eggs (chicken or duck), and mashed potatoes already prepared.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Get out a deep dish Pyrex pie dish or a 7x11 baking dish, I will verify when I make this.
  2. To poach the fish, heat a non stick pan and add the milk, onion, bay leaves, and cloves. Heat to just before a boil, add the fish and simmer until the fish is cooked through and flakes with a fork, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the fish to a plate, strain the milk mixture and pour into a bowl, discard the contents of the strainer.
  4. Flake the fish into large pieces into the baking dish, Add the shrimp and arrange the quartered eggs on the top. Sprinkle the parsley on the top.
  5. To make the sauce, melt half of the butter in a small pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring, then remove from heat. Stir in the reserved milk to get a smooth sauce. Return the pot to heat and bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes, stirring continuously, until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  6. Pour the sauce over the fish. Top the pie with mashed potatoes, push the mash right up to the edges to seal, fluff the top with a fork then sprinkle on the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes then let rest for 5 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the whitefish, Pangasius, and about 200 Baht for salmon. For the cheese, figure about 90 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $2.50 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Salmon Gravlax II (Gravad Lax)
Salmon Gravlax II (Gravad Lax)
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This is the Swedish version of Gravlax, and is salmon cured with salt, sugar, white pepper, and herb used is just dill. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 days
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This is the Swedish version of Gravlax, and is salmon cured with salt, sugar, white pepper, and herb used is just dill. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 days
Ingredients
To Prepare the Salmon
For the Sauce (Gravlaxsås)
Servings:
Instructions
To Prepare the Salmon
  1. Ideally, you would want two 500 gram skin on fillets from the center cut of the fillet, remove the pin bones if that is not already done. But you can use the smaller fillets from Tesco, as what is in this photo. When I make this, I will use two of these fillets on the bottom, and two on top, just reduce the salt and sugar in equal proportions.
  2. Mix together the salt, sugar, and white pepper. Rub the mixture into both sides of the salmon fillets.
  3. Put half of the dill between the fillets, then divide up the remaining dill between the top and bottom, place in a ziplock bag and seal after removing as much as as you can. Place the bag in a backing dish and place a smaller dish on top and weight it down with some canned goods.
  4. Place in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours, flip the bag about every 12 hours.
  5. remove from the fridge and remove from the dish. Rinse the fillet very well with cold water, and use your fingers to rub off all the salt and dill. Dry the fillets with paper towels.
  6. Place a fillet skin side down on your cutting board, hold your knife at a angle and slice as thin as you can down to the skin but not through the skin. Repeat with remaining fillet or fillets.
For the Sauce (Gravlaxsås)
  1. Mix together the mustards and sugar, stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the vinegar.
  2. Using a mixer or food processor, very slowly add the oil, continuously mixing, start with just drops at first and when it binds (like making mayo), you can increase the amount of oil you are adding at a time. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Mix in the dill.
  3. Serve with the sliced salmon as an appetizer on rye bread or with boiled potatoes for a lunch or dinner.
Recipe Notes

The salmon fillets I will use will be from Tesco, 69 Baht each for 140 to 160 gram fillets, frozen, from Norway. Initial test will be 4 fillets for a total of 276 Baht, about $8.40. I don't know the number of servings as an appetizer until I make this and I will update the pricing. For now I will say High Cost per serving.

This recipe for How to Make Salmon Gravlax is from Simply Recipes.
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Salmon Gravlax I
Salmon Gravlax I
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This is a Scandinavian dish, and is salmon cured with salt and sugar and herbs used are just dill and fennel seeds. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Salmon Gravlax I
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This is a Scandinavian dish, and is salmon cured with salt and sugar and herbs used are just dill and fennel seeds. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Ingredients
For Serving
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Ideally, you would want two 500 gram skin on fillets from the center cut of the fillet, remove the pin bones if that is not already done. But you can use the smaller fillets from Tesco, as what is in this photo. When I make this, I will use two of these fillets on the bottom, and two on top, just reduce the salt and sugar in equal proportions.
  2. Mix together the salt, sugars, and fennel seeds. Sprinkle some of the mixture along the bottom of a glass baking dish, sprinkle some dill on that. Place half of the fillets skin side down on that.
  3. Sprinkle half the remaining salt mixture on the fish and half of the remaining dill. Lay the second piece or pieces of salmon on top of the salmon already in the dish, skin side up.
  4. Sprinkle remaining salt mixture and dill over the top of the fillet. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Set another smaller dish on top of the fillets and weight it down with some canned goods, a brick wrapped in foil, or any kind of heavy weight.
  5. Place in the fridge for two days to cure, turn the fillets after one day, so the top piece becomes the bottom piece, this is to cure them evenly.
  6. After two days, remove from the fridge and remove from the dish. Rinse the fillet very well with cold water, and use your fingers to rub off all the salt and dill. Dry the fillets with paper towels.
  7. Place a fillet skin side down on your cutting board, hold your knife at a angle and slice as thin as you can down to the skin but not through the skin. Repeat with remaining fillet or fillets.
  8. Place the thin slices on a a serving tray, sprinkle with purple onion, dill, and capers. Serve with toasted rye bread and lemon wedges.
Recipe Notes

The salmon fillets I will use will be from Tesco, 69 Baht each for 140 to 160 gram fillets, frozen, from Norway. Initial test will be 4 fillets for a total of 276 Baht, about $8.40. I don't know the number of servings as an appetizer until I make this and I will update the pricing. For now I will say High Cost per serving.

This recipe for How to Make Salmon Gravlax is from Simply Recipes.