Pumpkin Orange Cookies
Pumpkin Orange Cookies
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These sound really good and pumpkin is very inexpensive. I based this recipe on making the fresh pumpkin yourself, but the canned amount is stated as well for those wishing to use that. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
30
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Prep Time
30
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Pumpkin Orange Cookies
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These sound really good and pumpkin is very inexpensive. I based this recipe on making the fresh pumpkin yourself, but the canned amount is stated as well for those wishing to use that. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
30
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Prep Time
30
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. First thing if not using canned pumpkin is to cook your pumpkin, I steam about 750 to 800 grams of fresh pumpkin until fork tender then peel and mash. Use any method you prefer to cook and mash the pumpkin. If you have a bit more than 2 cups, no problem, no one will complain πŸ™‚
  2. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In another large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Then beat in the egg, pumpkin, 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice, and 1 tsp of grated peel. Mix well until smooth.
  5. Slowly add the flour and mix in until well combined. Stir in the nuts if using those.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are set.
  7. Place the cookies onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  8. To make the icing, add the powdered sugar to a mixing bowl, and the remaining orange juice and peel, mix until smooth.
  9. Spread about 1/2 teaspoon of icing on each fully cooled cookie.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
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This sounds really good, on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Sweet Potato Pie
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This sounds really good, on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes whole with skin on until fork tender, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool them under running water and peel them.
  2. If you are using a bought crust, thaw that out. If making your own crust, go ahead and make while the sweet potatoes are cooking, then line a pie dish with the crust and set aside.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F).
  4. Place the sweet potatoes in a pot and using a potato masher, mash them up well. Add remaining ingredients except for obviously, the crust πŸ™‚
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. As the pie cooks it will puff up then sink down as it cools, perfectly normal.
  6. Allow the pie to cool completely, break out the whipped topping, cut, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Pie Crust.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Square Pumpkin Pie
Square Pumpkin Pie
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Rectangle pie really, as this uses a 9x13 baking dish. Pumpkin pie was requested by the family for a wedding party and since I only have one pie dish, I opted to go with a 9x13 pan and modified my other pumpkin pie recipe to make this work. This is from scratch recipe, meaning you will make the filling and the crust, so this does take time but well worth it.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Square Pumpkin Pie
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Rectangle pie really, as this uses a 9x13 baking dish. Pumpkin pie was requested by the family for a wedding party and since I only have one pie dish, I opted to go with a 9x13 pan and modified my other pumpkin pie recipe to make this work. This is from scratch recipe, meaning you will make the filling and the crust, so this does take time but well worth it.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Ingredients
For the Crust
For the Filling
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing we need to do is steam the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin into quarters, then cut each quarter into chunks, no need to peel, it is much easier when it has been steamed. Place the chunks in a steamer (I use my rice cooker with a steamer tray) and once the water is boiling, steam for about 15 minutes or so until the pumpkin is fork tender, work in batches if needed depending on the size of your steamer. Once the pumpkin is steamed, remove to a bowl and let cool.
  2. Now we make the crust, make sure you have a large work surface to do the rolling on.
  3. Add the flour and salt to a mixing bowl and mix together, then add the shredded cold butter and cut into the flour with a large sturdy fork until it has the consistency of bread crumbs.
  4. Now add about 4 tablespoons of cold water and mix together with a large sturdy spoon, keep adding water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms a nice ball, if too sticky, add flour as needed.
  5. Transfer the dough onto your floured work surface, rub your rolling pin with flour, sprinkle some flour on the dough and roll it out very large, about 1/8 inch thick, you want it larger than 9x13 due to the sides of the dish as well.
  6. Once rolled, roll it up on the pin and unroll it over the dish, gently pushing down and helping it in to cover the bottom and sides. If the side split and break off, no worries, just add them back to the sides and press together the seams. Trim off the excess dough from the edges. Place the dish in the fridge. (You can take the excess dough and roll it back out, cut into strips and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake those if you like.)
  7. Preheat your oven to 230 C (450 F). And take the baking dish out of the fridge and set on the counter, very important if you are using Pyrex so you do not do a major temp change.
  8. Now to make the filling. Take the cooled chunks of pumpkin and peel all the skin off using a pairing knife, very easy to do, toss each cleaned piece into a medium sized pot. When all are cleaned and in the pot, use a potato masher and mash the pumpkin.
  9. Add the rest of the Filling ingredients to the mashed pumpkin, mash a few more times then mix with a large spoon.
  10. Pour the filling into the baking dish and spread evenly, dish will be about 3/4 full. Place dish in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  11. Lower temp to 160 C (325 F) and continue to bake until set, use a toothpick to check, this takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  12. Once the filling is set, leave the pie in the oven and turn off the heat and let the pie set for 30-40 minutes (this gives a firm texture to the pie).
  13. Remove the pie to a rack on the counter and let completely cool. Then place in the fridge until chilled.
  14. Serve with whipped topping and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from a combination of my pumpkin pie recipe and and internet recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Bread
Apple Cinnamon Bread
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Apple Cinnamon Bread
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease a loaf pan with butter and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder, set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream together the white sugar and butter. Use an electric mixer or the reliable hand and elbow grease πŸ˜‰
  5. Beat in the eggs one at a time, add the vanilla and mix that in as well. Add the flour mixture and mix in then mix in the milk to make a smooth batter.
  6. Pour half of the batter into your prepared loaf pan than add 1/2 of the chopped apples and 1/2 of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, lightly tap the apples into the batter.
  7. Pour on the remaining batter, then the remaining apples, and the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Lightly tap the apples into the batter.
  8. Using a butter knife, make a couple of swirls through the batter.
  9. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick (wood skewer would be a better choice) comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for 20 minutes, then roll out to cool on a rack. When cooled, slice and enjoy πŸ™‚
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Thai Fish Cakes
Thai Fish Cakes
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious. You can prepare the fish two ways, 1. with a food processor, or 2. with a meat grinder and your hands, I will use the second way. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Thai Fish Cakes
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious. You can prepare the fish two ways, 1. with a food processor, or 2. with a meat grinder and your hands, I will use the second way. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
For Food Processor Use
  1. Put the fish in your food processor and process until coarsely chopped, then add the curry paste, egg, sugar, salt, and corn starch and process until well blended. Stir in the beans, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves (if using those).
For Meat Grinder & Hands Use
  1. Run the fish through your meat grinder using the coarse plate (the wagon wheel). With the ground fish in a mixing bowl, add the curry paste, egg, sugar, salt, and corn starch and mix with your hands to completely mix everything together. Stir in the beans, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves (if using those).
Continuing On...
  1. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes have passed, get the bowl and shape fish mixture in balls then flatten to make the fish cakes.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when the oil is hot, add the fish cakes (in batches) and cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges. Serve as a side with any Thai main dish, such as a curry over rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth, and her recipe isΒ here.
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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.

Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
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I used to make this type of coffee cake when I was little and learning to cook. This sounds pretty close to what I made, and I tested this out on 2 Jan 2018 and yep, this is really close to what I made, it is excellent. Now there is a story to the photos, the photo of the batter in the pan with the topping before the oven, picture perfect, after I put it in the oven, about 10 minutes later, I realized I had not opened my new bottle of baking powder! Since this cake was for my mother in law's birthday, removed the pan from the oven, scraped out the contents for the compost pile and let the pan cool while I prepared a new batter and topping mix. As I was making the batter, my wife walks through the kitchen and says, mother in law likes very little sugar, so go easy on the topping. The second cake is the cooked photo, with little topping. Mother in law took one bite, instant thumbs up from her!
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
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I used to make this type of coffee cake when I was little and learning to cook. This sounds pretty close to what I made, and I tested this out on 2 Jan 2018 and yep, this is really close to what I made, it is excellent. Now there is a story to the photos, the photo of the batter in the pan with the topping before the oven, picture perfect, after I put it in the oven, about 10 minutes later, I realized I had not opened my new bottle of baking powder! Since this cake was for my mother in law's birthday, removed the pan from the oven, scraped out the contents for the compost pile and let the pan cool while I prepared a new batter and topping mix. As I was making the batter, my wife walks through the kitchen and says, mother in law likes very little sugar, so go easy on the topping. The second cake is the cooked photo, with little topping. Mother in law took one bite, instant thumbs up from her!
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Cake
For the Topping
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F), grease a 9x9 baking dish with butter.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix together the egg, oil, and milk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix well to combine. (I just used two separate bowls, one for batter, one for topping.)
  3. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly.
  4. Now using the bowl the flour mixture was in, add the Topping ingredients and mix together. Sprinkle the topping over the batter.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. (I used the toothpick method, when it came out clean, done.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Blackened Salmon on Tangerine Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
Blackened Salmon on Apple Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
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This is from a good friend, and is probably the longest recipe name I have listed. Sounds absolutely delicious, salmon, large prawn, black eyed peas, nice salad, what is not to love here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Blackened Salmon on Apple Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
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This is from a good friend, and is probably the longest recipe name I have listed. Sounds absolutely delicious, salmon, large prawn, black eyed peas, nice salad, what is not to love here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Black Eyed Peas
For the Salmon Fillets & Prawn
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Salad
  1. Mix together the Salad ingredients, cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
For the Black Eyed Peas
  1. Cook the peas with the ingredients listed for the Black Eyed Peas.
For the Salmon Fillets & Prawn
  1. Generously rub all sides of the fillets with the rub. Cover and place in the fridge for a 30 minutes.
  2. Lightly coat the prawn, head removed, shell on with the rub, place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
To Prepare
  1. Grill or oven roast the salmon and prawn to just cooked through.
  2. Plate some salad and place a salmon fillet on top, add some black eyed peas on the side and arrange 4 prawn on top, garnish with some fresh chopped basil if desired.
Recipe Notes

I will hold off on the pricing until I get some jumbo prawn, easily high cost per serving but sounds oh so good!

Shortcut:Β Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Drew Padilla.
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Apple Butter (Slow Cooker)
Apple Butter (Slow Cooker)
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I have not enjoyed apple butter for probably 30 years, I need to change that. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Apple Butter (Slow Cooker)
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I have not enjoyed apple butter for probably 30 years, I need to change that. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the sugars, you can reduce the amount based on the sweetness of your apples.
  2. Place the apples as you prepare them into your slow cooker, after they are done, add the sugars, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix together.
  3. Set your slow cooker to Low and cook for 10 hours, stirring every 2 hours or so. When the apple butter is thick and dark brown, it is ready.
  4. Mash with a potato masher if you would like a chunky version, or use an immersion blender (or pour into a blender) to make a smooth version.
  5. Pour into jars and refrigerate covered for up to two weeks or freeze in small containers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
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Sounds good, and easy, common ingredients.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
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Sounds good, and easy, common ingredients.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Ingredients
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  1. Add all the ingredients to a sauce pan on medium heat and whisk to combine, simmer and stir often until sauce thickens to your liking. Taste and adjust sugar to your liking.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool, sauce is ready.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Used in Recipe Listed on this Site:
Spring Rolls aka Lumpia, Made it, GO-TO recipe.

Adapted from an internet recipe.