DIY Chowder

DIY Chowder
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This is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Chowder. This is what I have come up with for you to make a different chowder each time you prepare this. The basics are you need a fat, vegetables, stock, evaporated milk or cream and milk, and seafood.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
DIY Chowder
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This is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Chowder. This is what I have come up with for you to make a different chowder each time you prepare this. The basics are you need a fat, vegetables, stock, evaporated milk or cream and milk, and seafood.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
For Fat - pick 1 item to use
For Vegetables - pick 1 or more items to use, some are required
For Stock - pick 1 item to use
For Cream - pick 1 item to use
For Seafood - pick 1 or more items to use
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Some good combinations:

    If using whitefish, mushroom or vegetable stock works well, plus onion, carrot, daikon, spring onion, and mushrooms. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.

    If using clams or oyster meat, with the juice they come in, chicken or vegetable stock work well, plus onion, carrot, and potatoes. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.

    For a seafood type chowder, go with a mushroom or vegetable stock, and a little of each seafood listed, plus onion, carrot, potato or daikon. and mushrooms. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.
  2. Let's get started. In a medium size pot, heat the bacon fat or butter, when hot, add the onion and saute until softened and starting to brown up.
  3. Add the stock of your choice, the carrot, and 1-3 vegetables of your choice and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. As that is simmering add the fish or seafood of your choice, then add the evaporated milk or cream and milk, season with salt and pepper as desired. If using mushrooms add those as well.
  4. Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes to cook the seafood through and the carrot, and potatoes or daikon are tender.
  5. Ladle into bowls and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

This can be low cost up to high cost depending on what seafood you use.

My own creation, Lee Thayer.
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Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes

Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
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
Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
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. Heat the oil in a large pot, when hot, add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add the tomatoes plus juice, sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and potatoes, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just fork tender.
  3. Stir in the fish, cover, and cook for 5 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley, serve.
Recipe Notes

Using Pangasius fillets, which are boneless and skinless, 1 kilo is about 128 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 95 cents per serving.

This recipe for Fish Stew with Ginger and Tomatoes is from Simply Recipes.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff II

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff II
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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
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff II
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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
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Ingredients
Optional, for a thicker sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Grease your slow cooker insert with the butter, then leave the rest of the butter in the bottom. This prevents some sticking and adds flavor.
  2. Add the chicken and mushrooms, pour the stock in, and sprinkle the Italian Seasoning mix over the top, use two packets for a more seasoned dish. Cover and cook on Low setting for 4 to 6 hours, no peaking until 4 hours have passed, then check the chicken for tenderness.
  3. 30 minutes before serving, turn the slow cooker to the High setting, cut the cream cheese into cubes and stir into the chicken and mushrooms, cover and continue on High setting for about 15 minutes, then stir again to fully combine the cheese into the mixture.
  4. Serve with rice, pasta, mashed potato, and a vegetable for a complete meal.
Optional, for a thicker sauce
  1. Mix the cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl to make a slurry, remove the cover of the slow cooker and slowly stir in the slurry. Cover and cook for another 20-30 or until the sauce thickens.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht for the chicken, 120 Baht for the Cream cheese.  For 6 servings, this is about 93 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Dry Italian Salad Dressing.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry

Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry
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This sounds really good, I like a good curry, prawn, and quail eggs, sounds like a win win to me. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry
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This sounds really good, I like a good curry, prawn, and quail eggs, sounds like a win win to me. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat a splash of olive oil, then add the onion, garlic, and ginger, cook until onion is soft but not brown, then add the chili, fish sauce, and lemongrass, cook, stirring for a minute or two, then add the coconut milk, stock, sugar, and stir.
  2. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and reduce to medium heat, let mixture reduce by about 40%. Once reduced, stir in the prawn and Bok Choi.
  3. Stir gently until the prawn is cooked through and pink, and the Bok Choi is wilted. Maybe 2-3 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Stir in the quail eggs, allow to warm for a minute or two, then pour into a serving bowl, garnish with spring onion, with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I buy some large prawn here in the village. This is probably Fair priced.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sipo Egg I

Sipo Egg I
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is the quick non creamy version, and it does sound good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Sipo Egg I
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is the quick non creamy version, and it does sound good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a measuring cup add the cold stock and mix in the corn starch, set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, melt the butter then cook the garlic and onion until the onion is soft, add the mixed vegetables and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the stock, add the cashews, shrimp, and quail eggs. Bring to a low simmer and cook, also stirring once in a while, for 3 minutes.
  4. Mix in the sesame oil and season with salt and white pepper powder, serve as a side dish with any meal.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 20 Baht for the quail eggs, and about 75 Baht for the shrimp, both locally obtained in local markets. For 6 servings, this is about 44 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sausage & Bean Casserole

Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. In a large oven proof pot, heat the olive oil, when hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes then the celery and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Then add the sausages and cook for 5 minutes then stir in the garlic, paprika, cumin, and thyme.
  3. Add the wine, about a quarter bottle, tomatoes and beans. Stir, then cover and place in the oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I buy sausage again. I will base the price on pork sausage only and not chorizo. I will say fair value for now.

Shortcut: Baked Beans.

Provided by Mick at Mick's Feckin Cook Book and the link to this recipe is here.
Scotland.

Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles

Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles
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Sounds excellent, a must try for me. Several shortcuts to prepare for cost savings as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles
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Sounds excellent, a must try for me. Several shortcuts to prepare for cost savings as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Butter your slow cooker insert, place the cubed chicken on the bottom of the insert.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the soup, gravy packets, parsley, garlic powder, and the stock, whisk to combine. Pour this over the chicken, cover and cook on Low setting for 4 to 6 hours.
  3. At the 4 hour mark, check the tenderness of the chicken, if tender, go ahead cook the egg noodles in a pot of salted boiling water to just before tender, drain well then add to the slow cooker and mix them in, add a bit of water if needed, make sure the noodles are submerged in the sauce. Cook for another 20 to 30 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste, serve. IF the chicken is not tender, wait an hour, check the tenderness, if ok, proceed with the cooking the noodles as stated above and go from there.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost about 70 Baht/kilo. You can use white or dark or a combination of the two. For 8 servings, this is about 26 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup, Chicken Gravy Mix.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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5-Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken & Mushrooms

5-Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken & Mushrooms
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This sounds very good! Chicken and mushrooms in a gravy sauce, on my to cook list for sure! (Salt & pepper do not count for the 5 ingredients.)
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
5-Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken & Mushrooms
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This sounds very good! Chicken and mushrooms in a gravy sauce, on my to cook list for sure! (Salt & pepper do not count for the 5 ingredients.)
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Use the butter and grease your slow cooker insert, leave the remaining butter in the bottom of the insert.
  2. Add the sliced mushrooms and spread into a layer. Place the chicken over the top of the mushrooms. Mix together the stock and soup and pour over the chicken. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
  3. Cover and cook on Low setting for 5 to 7 hours. Chicken will be fall apart tender.
  4. If a thicker gravy is desired, mix together 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water to make a slurry. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, slowly whisk in the slurry, return the chicken to the slow cooker. Cover and cook for another 20 minutes on High setting.
  5. Serve with pasta or rice and a steamed vegetable.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht for the 4 chicken breasts. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)

Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I will use my small rice cooker for this.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I will use my small rice cooker for this.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add the stock into a small pot and place over high heat and bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  2. To the hot stock add the saffron, turmeric, cumin, garlic, chili, and fish sauce and mix well.
  3. Add the dry rice to the rice cooker pot then pour in the stock mixture. Stir, cover, and set to Cook mode.
  4. When the rice cooker switches to Warm, fluff the rice with a fork. Taste for saltiness, add fish sauce to adjust, and if too salty, add a squeeze or two of lemon or lime juice.
  5. Serve as a side dish with any Asian or Indian dish.
Recipe Notes

Saffron is the pricey item but just a small bit is used, this is an expensive spice regardless of your location. Overall, this is still a low cost dish.

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
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
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.
United States.