Fugozza
Fugozza
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This is an Italian bread and comes to me from a very good friend in the US, and she got this recipe (and makes it often) from her lifetime friends who are in fact Italian, and direct from Italy, so I would say this recipe is very authentic. This is a no knead bread and is baked in a 9x13 pan. I made this on 15 May 2018, the very day I received this recipe. For the term I use, proofing, that is the same as rising.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Passive Time
3 1/2 hours for proofing
Prep Time
10 minutes
Passive Time
3 1/2 hours for proofing
Fugozza
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This is an Italian bread and comes to me from a very good friend in the US, and she got this recipe (and makes it often) from her lifetime friends who are in fact Italian, and direct from Italy, so I would say this recipe is very authentic. This is a no knead bread and is baked in a 9x13 pan. I made this on 15 May 2018, the very day I received this recipe. For the term I use, proofing, that is the same as rising.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Passive Time
3 1/2 hours for proofing
Prep Time
10 minutes
Passive Time
3 1/2 hours for proofing
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the water, salt, sugar, and yeast, stir together then let sit on the counter for 5 minutes. While that is siting, measure out the 4 cups of flour into another large mixing bowl.
  2. To the yeast mixture, add just one cup of flour and mix that in, a sturdy spoon can be used for this whole process.
  3. Then add another cup of flour and mix, then another, then the last of the flour. The mixture will be a big sticky flour ball.
  4. Take the bowl the flour was in, wipe that out, then lightly spray with olive oil (I use a oil sprayer and olive oil), or lightly coat with butter, you just need to get the dough out of the bowl after proofing, Keep in mind, you are going to put the bread dough in this bowl to proof, you want to make it easy to get this out of this bowl. Roll out the sticky dough from the first mixing bowl to the lightly oiled/greased bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl with a dry towel and let proof (rise) for 3 hours. This photo is after 3 hours.
  6. Punch down the dough, lightly flour your hand for this.
  7. Roll out the dough into a 9x13 well buttered baking dish, and spread it out on bottom of the dish.
  8. Poke holes in the dough. In each hole, place a chunk of butter. Lightly salt the top.
  9. Cover with a damp cloth a proof until it has doubled. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Photo is after proofing. (Getting dark now so the ceiling light is on, hence the greenish tint.)
  10. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, remove and smear softened butter all over the top. Then place back in the oven until golden brown. Remove the dish and place on a rack to cool.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
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Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Ingredients
For the Beef Meatballs
For the Chicken
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing we need to do is make the meatballs. Add all the Beef Meatball ingredients to a mixing and mix with your hands to combine. Shape into 1/2 to 3/4 inch meatballs, Place meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  2. For the chicken, place in a large pot and cover with water to an inch over the chicken. If you want to make the chicken broth, use skin on chicken breasts, add a sliced carrot, onion, celery, and some peppercorn, these are additional ingredients needed and NOT listed in the ingredients list. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a low boil and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp, this will provide you juicy chicken and a nice broth.
  3. When the chicken is cooled to room temp, remove from the pot and shred, then set the chicken aside. I using just water, discard that, if using the added ingredients, pour the broth through a strainer and set aside, discarding the contents of the strainer.
  4. Now onto the soup preparation. Melt the butter in a large pot, add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes until the veggies are softened.
  5. Add the broth you just made and additional water to make it 12 cups total, or just add 12 cups of broth you made from powder. Bring to a boil and taste, reduce heat to low, taste, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as desired. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Carefully add the meatballs and continue simmering for about 7-8 minutes, then add the pasta and cook for another 5 minutes, then add the spinach, then add the spinach.
  7. Simmer for another 30 minutes to heat the chicken through. If you simmer longer the flavors will blend more. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I make the beef meatballs. I will say fair cost for now.

Variant: 1. Add a handful or two of mushrooms, halved Straw mushrooms comes to mind, or sliced or chopped mushrooms of your choice.

This recipe is for Italian Wedding Soup is provided by Brown Eyed Baker.

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
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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.

Red Wine Risotto
Red Wine Risotto
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Sounds good, I have never eaten risotto so I must try this. This recipe is written as I found it. I have advice from a good friend to reverse the stock and wine, using the wine first and finishing with the stock. When I try this, I will make as listed first then will try the other approach. Sounds like a great side dish for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
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Sounds good, I have never eaten risotto so I must try this. This recipe is written as I found it. I have advice from a good friend to reverse the stock and wine, using the wine first and finishing with the stock. When I try this, I will make as listed first then will try the other approach. Sounds like a great side dish for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Heat the stock in a saucepan and keep it warm at the side of the stove. Melt half the butter in a shallow saucepan, add the onion and season with salt and pepper to your liking, cook for 5-7 minutes until soft, but not browned. Stir in the rice, stirring constantly, until it absorbs the butter, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in about half the wine with a little salt and pepper and simmer, stirring, until the rice starts to dry, 5-7 minutes. Add a couple of ladlefuls of hot stock and continue simmering, stirring gently but constantly. When the rice dries again and needs more liquid, add the remaining wine.
  3. Continue cooking, stirring all the time and adding more stock in batches. At the end of cooking, the rice should be tender, still slightly al dente (chewy) and creamy from the starch that has begun to leach from the grains. This will take 25 to 35 minutes and don't hesitate to use plenty of stock.
  4. Take the risotto off the heat, add the remaining butter in pieces, and stir it into the rice as it melts. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve immediately as a side dish topped with a bit of Parmesan cheese if desired. Served with fish cooked with cherry tomatoes on a bed of this risotto.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by good friend, Darhl Thomason.
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Homemade Lasagna Noodles
Homemade Lasagna Noodles
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I will have to try this. I have made egg pasta for ravioli and that is quite straight forward and easy. So this should be just as good. Keep in mind, fresh pasta is also fragile as well but is also rated as the best for a great lasagna. On my to test out list for sure!
Servings Prep Time
noodles for a 9x13 lasagna 45 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
noodles for a 9x13 lasagna 45 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
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I will have to try this. I have made egg pasta for ravioli and that is quite straight forward and easy. So this should be just as good. Keep in mind, fresh pasta is also fragile as well but is also rated as the best for a great lasagna. On my to test out list for sure!
Servings Prep Time
noodles for a 9x13 lasagna 45 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
noodles for a 9x13 lasagna 45 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: for a 9x13 lasagna
Instructions
  1. To make the pasta, mound your flour on a large pastry board, or the counter with the salt, and make a well in the center.
  2. Break the eggs, and yolks into this well, and start to scramble each egg with a fork as it is being added.
  3. Start to incorporate the eggs and flour by slowly bringing more flour in from the inside edges of the well. Continue mixing the flour with the eggs until they are no longer runny.
  4. Using your hands now, bring the outside edges in, forming a large mass on your board. Use only the amount of flour needed to form a soft ball.
  5. Begin to knead the ball of dough as you would bread, pushing it down with the heel of your hand. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and satiny, for about 5 to 7 minutes. When the dough is ready, Wrap the it in plastic wrap, and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
  6. Roll by hand to make long sheets of pasta 1/8 inch thick, cut into 8 inch by 4 inch sheets (makes them easier to handle than 12 inch sheets).
  7. Precook the sheets in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove and place in ice water, this prevents the sheets from absorbing too much sauce while cooking in a lasagna.
  8. Use in a lasagna. Fresh is best.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Homemade Ravioli
Homemade Ravioli
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I love ravioli, when we lived in Phuket, we bought fresh made ravioli from an Italian producer, excellent ravioli. Where I live now, no ravioli, so I decided to make some yesterday, 26 Aug 2017. No servings are given, the only items with measurements is the egg pasta dough. Feel free to use any filling you like, and any sauce you like, this here is what I prepared.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
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I love ravioli, when we lived in Phuket, we bought fresh made ravioli from an Italian producer, excellent ravioli. Where I live now, no ravioli, so I decided to make some yesterday, 26 Aug 2017. No servings are given, the only items with measurements is the egg pasta dough. Feel free to use any filling you like, and any sauce you like, this here is what I prepared.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Egg Pasta Dough
For the Filling (this is what I used)
For the Sauce (this is what I used)
Servings:
Instructions
For the Egg Pasta Dough
  1. In a large bowl, add the flour and mix in the salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and crack in the eggs. Use your fingers to slowly mix the eggs and flour together until it forms a ball, it will come together. Knead the dough for just a few minutes, adding flour if it starts to get sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge while you prep the filling.
For the Filling
  1. Heat a skillet and crumble in the sausage and cook through, pour the meat into a strainer to thoroughly drain any fat.
  2. While the sausage is cooking, prep the mushrooms, can be any mushrooms you like, just rinse, and chop. I used two handfuls of small Shiitake mushrooms, stems and caps, chopped.
  3. After you remove the sausage from the pan, use the same pan, heat a splash of olive oil then add the mushrooms. cook until browned.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the strainer with the sausage to let that drain a bit, then add a handful or so shredded Mozzarella.
  5. Once the sausage and mushrooms are drained, pour that into a mixing bowl and stir together and let cool.
To Assemble
  1. Take your dough from fridge and cut into quarters. Using 1 piece of dough, flour a a work surface and roll out the dough with a rolling pin, get it as thin as you can.
  2. I used a dumpling press (3 inch size), you can use any method you prefer. When the dough is rolled out, cut circles just a bit larger than the press.
  3. Take a circle and flip it over and place on the press, push down in the center to fit the press, then press along the edges to make sure dough it tight on the press.
  4. Take about a teaspoon of filling and place in the center of the press. Use a brush and brush one side of the edge of the press with water.
  5. Fold the press in half and squeeze to crimp the edge, any of the dough that comes out from the press, just scrape off with a knife. Open the press and remove the ravioli and place on a lightly floured plate.
  6. Take the leftover dough, form into a ball, roll out and repeat the steps. I used 2 pieces of dough from the original ball and made 15 ravioli.
  7. For the sauce, just whisk together the paste and water. The ratio for sauce is 2 cans of water to 1 can of paste, I use the 220 gram can. Whisk in the Italian seasoning and put on stove on low heat to simmer while you cook the ravioli. I also added several large spoonfuls of filling to the sauce.
  8. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling. Add some ravioli using a slotted spoon without over crowding the pot, I cooked 15 ravioli in two batches. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.
  9. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork if using the shortcut is about 50 Baht/kilo. This is actually a low cost meal.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Italian Seasoning.

Dough recipe adapted from an internet recipe. The filling I just made since that combination sounded good, and I have been making pasta sauce using paste for years.

Eggs in Purgatory
Eggs in Purgatory
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Strange name for eggs poached in tomato sauce, this is a Southern Italian dish, and it sounds really good. This is a fast, low cost, skillet dish.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
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Strange name for eggs poached in tomato sauce, this is a Southern Italian dish, and it sounds really good. This is a fast, low cost, skillet dish.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a bit of olive oil in a deep pan to medium heat, add the garlic and basil leaves, cook briefly until fragrant. Add the bacon, and cook until just cooked through.
  2. Pour in tomato puree until the base of the pan is covered, stir to mix everything. Lower the heat to a simmer. Season the sauce with salt to your liking, then gently break in eggs. Sprinkle with oregano, freshly ground black pepper and the grated Parmesan. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 8-10 minutes until egg whites are firm but yolk is still runny.
  3. Serve with buttered toast.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Tomato Puree.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pasta all’amatriciana
Pasta all’amatriciana
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This dish originates in the town of Amatrice in Italy. Originally a peasant dish made with simple ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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This dish originates in the town of Amatrice in Italy. Originally a peasant dish made with simple ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the pancetta and red pepper flakes until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Add the wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to gather any browned bits until wine is nearly all evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer, season with black pepper, reduce heat to low and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.
  3. While sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until just tender. Using tongs, transfer cooked pasta to the sauce and about ¼ cup of pasta water, stirring quickly until incorporated. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit more of the pasta water.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht for the bacon, on average, there is plenty of choices. For 4 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
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This recipes sounds great, will try for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This recipes sounds great, will try for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet add olive oil and cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown on each side and cooked until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate. Drain oil and wipe out pan with a paper towel.
  2. Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Then add the spinach and tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach just starts to wilt then add the chicken back to the pan, turning each one after adding to coat the chicken in the sauce.
  3. Heat for a few minutes on a low simmer to heat the chicken through. Serve over pasta.
Recipe Notes

Four chicken breast might be 60 Baht, for 4 servings this is about 44 cents per serving.

Variant: double the amount of sauce for a saucier pasta.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Chicken Piccata Pasta
Chicken Piccata Pasta
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This sounds like a good recipe, on my to cook list for sure. Capers, never seen them where I live. Don't have 3 tablespoons of capers? Use 2 green olives and 1 inch of dill pickle, mince those up, similar but not perfect.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This sounds like a good recipe, on my to cook list for sure. Capers, never seen them where I live. Don't have 3 tablespoons of capers? Use 2 green olives and 1 inch of dill pickle, mince those up, similar but not perfect.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a deep nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and the chicken to the pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken until lightly golden all over, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and return the skillet to the heat. Reduce heat to medium.
  2. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter, the garlic and shallots to the skillet. Cook the garlic and shallots 3 minutes. Add flour and cook 2 more minutes. Whisk in wine and reduce liquid 1 minute. Whisk lemon juice and broth into sauce. Stir in capers and parsley. When the liquid comes to a bubble, add remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter to the sauce to give it a little shine.
  3. Add chicken back to the pan and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes. Toss hot pasta with chicken and sauce and serve. Adjust salt and pepper, to your taste. Top with fresh snipped chives.
Recipe Notes

The chicken would cost about 50 Baht/600 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 37 cents per servings.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Garland Davis, US Navy Cook (Ret).
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