Icebox Cookies
Icebox Cookies
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Sounds tasty, on my to cook list. These come from a good friend that is an excellent cook. I am looking forward to making these. This can be made ahead and frozen for several weeks before you bake them, just thaw in the fridge for a day or two before baking.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
8-12 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
8-12 minutes
Icebox Cookies
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Sounds tasty, on my to cook list. These come from a good friend that is an excellent cook. I am looking forward to making these. This can be made ahead and frozen for several weeks before you bake them, just thaw in the fridge for a day or two before baking.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
8-12 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
8-12 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Cream together the sugars, butter, and eggs until smooth.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. Slowly mix the flour mixture with the butter mixture until well combined.
  4. Shape dough into logs, place on wax/parchment paper and roll. Place in the fridge overnight. As an option, you can roll and place in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, just thaw for a few days in the fridge before use.
  5. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F), line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Unwrap the log, slice, and bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone.
United States.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
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This comes from a good friend and these sound incredibly good! Certainly on my to cook list, and soon.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10-14 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10-14 minutes
Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
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This comes from a good friend and these sound incredibly good! Certainly on my to cook list, and soon.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10-14 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10-14 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with butter.
  2. Beat together cream cheese, butter, and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat some more.
  3. In a separate bowl, nix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Slowly mix in the flour mixture, once fully combined, fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by teaspoons on the baking sheet, leaving 1 inch spacing.
  6. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until set and lightly browned on the edges. Let cool for 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool fully.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone.
United States.

Chicken Adobo (Pressure Cooker)
Chicken Adobo (Pressure Cooker)
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This recipes comes from a good friend in Thailand, and it is very good. the vinegar used is a good combination, but I think when I make this again, I will play around the they types of vinegar. This is a pressure cooker recipe and I will verify use my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top model. Follow the safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker at all times.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Chicken Adobo (Pressure Cooker)
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This recipes comes from a good friend in Thailand, and it is very good. the vinegar used is a good combination, but I think when I make this again, I will play around the they types of vinegar. This is a pressure cooker recipe and I will verify use my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top model. Follow the safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker at all times.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place your pressure cooker, no lid used yet, on medium high heat and heat the oil, when hot, lightly brown the chicken, you are not looking to cook through, just brown it on both sides.
  2. Remove the chicken and cook in batches if needed until all are browned. When taking the chicken out, any pieces stuck to the bottom, no worries, just loosen them up when making the sauce.
  3. Add the onion and saute until starting to soften, then add the garlic and saute for another minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the soy sauce, both vinegars, bay leaves, peppercorns, and brown sugar.
  5. Bring to a simmer then add the chicken back to the pot.
  6. Place the lid on the pot and lock that and add the weight (jiggler), turn heat to high and bring to high pressure, when the jiggler starts to move, indicating full pressure, reduce the heat to low or medium low to keep the jiggler still moving and venting pressure.
  7. Start timing for 8 minutes. When 8 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and carefully move the cooker to an unused burner and allow the pressure to release naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  8. When you have indication of zero pressure in the cooker (for my stove top model there is a pin that will drop), remove the jiggler, then open the lid.
  9. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon to a serving plate. Tender and juicy chicken adobo, but we are not done yet 🙂
  10. Place the cooker, without the lid, back on medium high heat, stir often and reduce the sauce to thicken it.
  11. Spoon sauce over the chicken and serve. If having white rice as a side dish, spoon some sauce over the rice as well. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Go with about 105 Baht for 4-5 quarters (2 kilos, 4 lbs). For 4 servings this is about 80 cents per serving.

Inspired by good friend, Ryan Gou.
Thailand.

Huli Huli Chicken
Huli Huli Chicken
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This sounds like some delicious grilled chicken! This comes from a good friend and is highly recommended. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
12-16 minutes 3-24 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
12-16 minutes 3-24 hours
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This sounds like some delicious grilled chicken! This comes from a good friend and is highly recommended. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
12-16 minutes 3-24 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
12-16 minutes 3-24 hours
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add all of the Marinade ingredients and whisk together. Reserve 1 cup of marinade for basting chicken later. (Cover the cup and place in the fridge until needed.)
  2. Add the chicken to a large zip lock bag then pour in the marinade. Squeeze out the air and zip the bag closed. Squish the chicken around to coat everything well. Place in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight for a more robust flavor.
  3. Grill chicken (using the cover as well) on medium heat and cook for 6-8 minutes each side, until no longer pink inside and juices run clear. Use the reserved marinade and baste the chicken during the last 5 minutes of grilling.
  4. Garnish with sliced spring onion and serve.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost 125 Baht/2 kilos. For 6 servings, this is about 65 cents per serving.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone.
United States.

Nước Chấm (Vietnamese Vegetarian Fish Sauce)
Nước Chấm (Vietnamese Vegetarian Fish Sauce)
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A vegetarian alternative to fish sauce.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Nước Chấm (Vietnamese Vegetarian Fish Sauce)
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A vegetarian alternative to fish sauce.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
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  1. Add the boiling water to a bowl and dissolve the sugar then allow the water to cool to room temp.
  2. To the bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Done, and ready to use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add pickled daikon and carrot, chopped. 2. Add crushed peanuts.

Shortcut: Vietnamese Pickled Carrot & Daikon (Đồ Chua).

Inspired by Nước Chấm (Vietnamese Vegetarian Fish Sauce) from Pham Fatale.

Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce II
Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce II
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This is an American rendition of soy sauce eggs, more like a pickled egg in way, but sounds like these would be great in a salad or as appetizers or snacks. On my to cook list. I will update the servings, prep, and cook times after I have made this. My goal is to make two pint jars. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce II
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This is an American rendition of soy sauce eggs, more like a pickled egg in way, but sounds like these would be great in a salad or as appetizers or snacks. On my to cook list. I will update the servings, prep, and cook times after I have made this. My goal is to make two pint jars. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a pot, add the soy sauce, vinegars, garlic, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil, stir, and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp.
  2. If using fresh hard boiled quail eggs, get them peeled, rinsed, and place in the mason jars. If using canned eggs, drain, rinse (they are already peeled), and place in the mason jars.
  3. Add 1 chili (both halves) to each jar. Place a wedge or two of onion in each jar.
  4. Pour the cooled brine into each jar, pack in more eggs as needed and push them down into the liquid so they are covered. Place lids on the jars and set in the fridge for 3 to 5 days, then the eggs are ready to be enjoyed.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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
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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 🙂
  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
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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 🙂
  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 😉
  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 🙂
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.