Jalapenos en Escabeche
Jalapenos en Escabeche
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Jalapenos en Escabeche
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. Sterilize two quart jars, you wont be canning these but you need them clean.
  2. Slice off the stem and pointy ends of the peppers, slice peppers into rings and place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a sauce pan, add the water, sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, and vinegar and bring brine to a boil.
  4. While the brine is heating, toss the carrot, garlic, onion, and olive oil with the jalapenos, then place mixture into 2 quart jars.
  5. Once the brine is boiling, remove the bay leaves and place one into each jar. Pour the hot brine into the quart jars.
  6. Leave jars on the counter, with no lids to cool to room temperature, then add the lids and place in the fridge for at least 1 week, 2 weeks is better to allow the flavors to really blend.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Leave the peppers whole after cutting off the stem and point end, can make two rows in a quart jar.

Adopted from a internet recipe.

Russian Beet Salad
Russian Beet Salad
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This sounds really good, and several shortcuts to make sure you have flavorful vegetables. This can be dressed two different ways as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Russian Beet Salad
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This sounds really good, and several shortcuts to make sure you have flavorful vegetables. This can be dressed two different ways as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Dressings, pick one
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the pickles, carrots, beets, and potatoes and toss together.
  2. Add ONE of the dressings, starting with 4 tablespoons and adjusting as needed, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Chill for a few hours, then when serving, garnish with the fresh dill.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Pressure Cooked Beets, Pressure Cooked Carrots, Fridge Pickles.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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This sounds really good, you can prepare all of this in your pressure cooker with the starting steps keeping the lid off. Your pressure cooker is essentially a heavy duty pot, use it as such and make your life a little easier. I will use my 9 1/2 quart stove top pressure cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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This sounds really good, you can prepare all of this in your pressure cooker with the starting steps keeping the lid off. Your pressure cooker is essentially a heavy duty pot, use it as such and make your life a little easier. I will use my 9 1/2 quart stove top pressure cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the flour in a zip lock bag, working in batches, coat the beef with flour and shake off excess.
  2. Without using the lid, heat the oil in pressure cooker on medium heat, when hot add the onion and beef, season with salt and pepper to your liking. Brown the beef, and when the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes or so, remove the beef from the cooker.
  3. Now add the beef stock, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, and basil, stir to mix.
  4. Place the steamer rack if your cooker has one (it is not required), then layer the potatoes, carrots, and finally the beef, season again with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the lid on the cooker and lock in place, add the weight on top and bring the heat up to high. Once the weight (jiggler) is moving and venting pressure, you are at full pressure, reduce the heat to low or medium low to maintain pressure venting and the jiggler moving. Start your timer for 8 minutes.
  6. When 8 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and place the cooker on an unused burner to release pressure naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  7. When safe to open the cooker, remove the meat and vegetables to a serving bowl and pour the liquid from the pot over the meat and vegetables.
  8. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some more beef. For now I will say fair cost as it depends where you source the beef from.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pumpkin Soup (Slow Cooker)
Pumpkin Soup (Slow Cooker)
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This comes from a friend in Northern Thailand and sounds delicious! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Pumpkin Soup (Slow Cooker)
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This comes from a friend in Northern Thailand and sounds delicious! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place everything in your slow cooker except the whipping cream. Set to High, cover, and cook for 4 hours.
  2. After 4 hours, use a immersion blender, hand blender, or like me, I will use a potato masher.
  3. Now add the cream as desired, from 1/2 to 1 cup, blend again, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by friend, Kurt Hammerschmidt.
Thailand.

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
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
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.

Whole Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
Whole Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Think of boiling a whole chicken, very common in Asia, I am going to use my pressure cooker and will add some items to make broth for use in another recipe. The chicken can be thawed or frozen, just add more time if frozen. The time is based on a 2 kilo (4 lb) chicken, if your chicken is larger, increase the time slightly, if your chicken is smaller, decrease the time slightly. Follow your pressure cooker safety requirements.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Whole Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Think of boiling a whole chicken, very common in Asia, I am going to use my pressure cooker and will add some items to make broth for use in another recipe. The chicken can be thawed or frozen, just add more time if frozen. The time is based on a 2 kilo (4 lb) chicken, if your chicken is larger, increase the time slightly, if your chicken is smaller, decrease the time slightly. Follow your pressure cooker safety requirements.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the giblets from the cavity, for those in Asia (for a local fresh chicken, remove the head and feet if you like but not required) and rinse the chicken inside and out, place in your slow cooker. (This chicken I used is 2.2 kilos, head and feet attached, feet are tucked into the cavity, I also use a 9 1/2 quart pressure cooker.)
  2. Add the water, onions, carrots, celery, and peppercorns.
  3. For variant and to add a western taste to this chicken, we also added about 5 or 6 stalks of lemongrass. For those that are unfamiliar with using lemongrass in cooking, the texture ranks right up there very coarse wood shavings, this is not an item that remains in a dish, so the best way to add this when a dish is cooked, is to beat the stalks flat (this releases the fragrant oils in it) and tie into an overhand knot (this prevents the stalks from separating). When you are done cooking, just spoon out the knotted bundle.
  4. Cover and lock the lid. Heat on high heat until the jiggler releases pressure and starts moving, reduce heat to low to keep the jiggler moving. Now start timing.
  5. For a FROZEN chicken, time for 30 minutes. (The chicken I used here was frozen and 2.2 kilos so I timed for 32 minutes.). When the time is complete, remove the cooker from heat and set on an unused burner to do a natural release, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. For a THAWED chicken, time for 20 minutes. When the time is complete, remove the cooker from heat and set on an unused burner to do a natural release, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. After the natural pressure release, open lid on the cooker. Check out that clear broth, perfect!
  8. Very carefully lift the chicken out, I used two large wide spoons to do this, one wing disintegrated into the broth, the legs fell off after I set on a plate.
  9. Serve with a dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

The chicken I used was 2.2 kilo and we paid 143 Baht. For 4 servings, this is $1.08 per serving. The bonus is you get 2 quarts of broth to use in other recipes.

Variants: 1. Add lemongrass, ginger, or vegetables as you desire.

Adapted from using pressure cooker times on the internet.

Cream of Carrot Soup
Cream of Carrot Soup
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This original recipe comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Cream of Carrot Soup
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This original recipe comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the stock to large pot and add the carrots, bring to a simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. When the carrots are good and tender, use an immersion blender to blend up the carrots, or as I will do, use a potato masher for a good work out 😉
  3. Then stir in the cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the cheese and simmer to melt in the cheese.
  4. When the cheese is melted in fully, serve and garnish with fresh grated or shredded Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Original recipe, and photo, provided courtesy of good friend, Mary Weinberger. Original recipe is here.
United States.

Lentil & Potato Stew
Lentil & Potato Stew
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Sounds good, I have not had lentils yet, so I need to change this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Lentil & Potato Stew
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Sounds good, I have not had lentils yet, so I need to change this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot with the oil, then add the onion cook until softened, the add the potatoes and carrots and cook for 5 minutes to just brown them.
  2. Add the garlic and rosemary until fragrant then the salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika and stir to combine the flavors for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Add the vinegar and water and stir, bring to a boil and add the lentils and reduce to a simmer, simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrot is tender and the lentils are tender.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the honey, mustard, thyme, and greens. When the greens are wilted and hot, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I can find dried lentils here, for now I will say low cost.

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

Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)
Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)
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This is fast and delicious, this is an Americanized version of Stroganoff, very much like a stew really. I made this on 30 Dec 2017 for dinner, very well liked by the family as well. This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)
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This is fast and delicious, this is an Americanized version of Stroganoff, very much like a stew really. I made this on 30 Dec 2017 for dinner, very well liked by the family as well. This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Season the beef on all sides with salt and pepper to your liking. Heat a splash of olive oil in your pressure cooker on medium heat and add the beef and cook to brown on all sides.
  2. When the beef is mostly browned, add the onion and saute until softened and starting to brown, then add the wine, mustard, and flour. Simmer until reduced a bit, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and carrot.
  3. Place the lid on the cooker (without the weight) and place to the locked position, then add the weight, and turn the heat to high.
  4. When the jiggler (the weight) starts moving, turn heat to low but maintain it hot enough to keep the jiggler moving. This is when you start timing, and for this dish, 18 minutes.
  5. My pressure cooker has a lid lock, meaning the lid cannot be opened when under pressure. The round pin in that circle in the lid is a gravity pin, when there is zero pressure in the pot, the pin is dropped and allows steam to escape while the pressure in increasing.
  6. When pressure builds inside the cooker, it forces the pin up and locks/prevents the lid from being removed, and is an indicator that vessel is pressurized at this point.
  7. At 18 minutes, turn the heat off and move the cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure, meaning just let the pot sit and cool, takes about 10 to 15 minutes. If you have a lid lock, that will drop when the pressure is zero inside the pot.
  8. When it is safe to open the pot, remove the lid and stir in the cream cheese. Place the lid back on and lock it in place, return to high heat to bring the pot up to full pressure again, this goes much fast now since the contents are hot. When the jiggler starts to move indication full pressure, reduce the heat to low to maintain high pressure for 4 minutes.
  9. When 4 minutes have passed, turn the heat off and move the cooker to an unused burn and allow a natural release of pressure, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  10. When safe to open, remove the lid and give the stroganoff a stir.
  11. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 200 Baht for 750 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the onion, carrot, and celery and saute for about 8 minutes or so, until onion is translucent.
  3. Now add the rice, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, and salt to the pan, saute for 3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Pour the contents of the pan into your slow cooker, then add the chicken and broth, stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and let cook for 6 to 8 hours, stirring every 2 hours.
  6. The soup is done when the chicken is cooked through, rice is fluffy and tender, and thickened a bit.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 23 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Adapted from an internet recipe.