Old Fashioned Onion Rings
Old Fashioned Onion Rings
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Old Fashioned Onion Rings
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the onion into 1/4 inch slices, then separate into rings and set them aside.
  2. In a gallon size zip lock bag, add the flour, salt, and baking powder, sip closed and shake to mix. Add some onion rings, zip closed and shake to coat the rings, remove and set the coated rings aside, repeat with the remaining onion rings.
  3. Once all the rings are coated with flour, add the egg and milk to the zip lock bag, mix that up with your fingers. Add some rings, lock the bag and squish around to coat, remove to a wire rack over foil to drip. Repeat for the remaining rings.
  4. While waiting for the rings to drip, and there is more dripping, go ahead and heat a large deep pan with oil or a deep fryer with oil, heat to 180 C (350 F), and add the bread crumbs to a shallow bowl.
  5. While the oil is heating, place a few rings on the breadcrumbs and coat well, tap off excess, and set aside. Repeat with the remaining rings.
  6. When the oil is hot, add a few rings at a time and fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown, remove to paper towels to drain and continue with the rest of the rings.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Breadcrumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken in Sweet Soy Sauce
Chicken in Sweet Soy Sauce
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This is an Indonesian dish from a good friend and sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe uses basic, everyday readily available ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
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This is an Indonesian dish from a good friend and sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe uses basic, everyday readily available ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rub the chicken pieces well with the pepper and nutmeg.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and when hot, add the chicken and cook until golden brown on the first side, then flip all the chicken over.
  3. Add the onion and enough warm water so about 1/3 of the chicken pieces are in the water.
  4. Add the vinegar and sweet soy sauce. Cover partially with a lid and turn heat to low and let simmer for 25-35 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and fully cover with the lid for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with rice, spoon some of the sauce over the rice, and sliced cucumbers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost, easily less than $1 per serving.

This recipe for Chicken in Sweet Soy Sauce is from Pisang Susu.
Netherlands.

Beef Taquitos
Beef Taquitos
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Beef Taquitos
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
To Serve, as desired
Servings: taquitos
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, cook the ground beef and break up with a spatula as you cook, when no longer pink, drain the fat then add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft.
  2. Add the cumin, chilies, and tomato sauce to the pan and mix in, simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large, flat pan, cast iron would be perfect, heat a little oil and warm each tortilla for a minute or two on each side, this makes them very soft so you can roll them.
  4. Lay a tortilla on your work surface and add some beef filling at about the point mid way between the edge and the center, make a line of filling across the tortilla.
  5. Roll the tortilla tightly, goal is a nice cigar sized taquito. Repeat this for each tortilla.
  6. Heat about 1/3 inch of oil in pan, when the oil is hot, quickly fry the taquitos to brown them, light golden color is the goal, about 1 minute each.
  7. Serve with dipping sauces as you desire, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole would be great choices.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Tomato Sauce, Salsa, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
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Italian Pasta Rockefeller
Italian Pasta Rockefeller
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Not sure about where this got its name, but it certainly sounds good, on my to cook list. Feel free to use jarred Alfredo sauce instead of from scratch, totally up to your preference. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Italian Pasta Rockefeller
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Not sure about where this got its name, but it certainly sounds good, on my to cook list. Feel free to use jarred Alfredo sauce instead of from scratch, totally up to your preference. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Alfredo Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan (one that has a lid) and add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is soft. Add the sausage and break that up with the spatula as it cooks.
  2. When the sausage is cooked through and no longer pink, stir in the wine and stock.
  3. Turn the heat to low, add the spinach and cover.cover the pan and allow mixture to come to a boil.
  4. Uncover and stir, allow mixture to reduce.
  5. While the pan is simmering on very low heat, heat a pot of salted water to boiling then cook the pasta until tender, then drain and rinse.
  6. While waiting for the pasta to cook, make the Alfredo sauce. Simply add the Alfredo sauce ingredients to a sauce pan on medium or medium low heat, and whisk continuously until the cheese is melted in and the sauce thickens.
  7. Add the sauce to the sausage mixture and mix together, pour the sauce over the drained and rinsed pasta.
  8. Serve, have grated Parmesan cheese for individual preference as well as salt and pepper, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

If you make the sausage yourself, very easy, the cost is about 50 Baht for the pork (using pork shoulder or butt). The cheese figure about 100 Baht. For 6 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Pork Sausage.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Aromatic Paste
Servings: dumplings
Instructions
To Make the Aromatic Paste
  1. Grind together the garlic, pepper, and cilantro with a mortar and pestle until a smooth paste. Set aside 1 table of the paste for the dumplings, the remaining can be frozen for up to a month.
For the Dumplings
  1. Heat a large non stick pan with 1 tablespoon of oil on high heat. When hot, ad the sliced spring onion white parts, aromatic paste, and the diced mushrooms, stir often and cook until the spring onion is softened. Add the pork, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and water chestnuts (if using). Break the ground pork up as it cooks with your spatula, until cooked through and no liquid remains in the pan. Set the pan aside, this is the dumpling filling, and allow this to cool to room temperature.
  2. When the filling has cooled. Heat a small pot of water, about half full, to boiling. When the pot is boiling set out a bowl with ice water near the the pot. Add the spring onion green parts to the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds, keep them submerged in the water as well. After 30 seconds, remove them to the ice water to cool them. Remove from the ice water and pat dry, then cut each green piece in half lengthwise, these are the ties for the Golden Purses.
  3. Open the refrigerated wonton wrappers and place on a plate, place one wonton wrapper on a work surface, keeping remaining wrappers covered with a towel to prevent them from drying out.
  4. Depending on the size of your wrappers, place between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper. wet the 4 edges of the wrapper with water on your fingertip, draw up all the sides and pinch together at the top, so that it looks like a little bag an the bottom is rounded. Use a piece of the spring onion green and tie that around the top of the dumpling, and knot that. Trim the ends of the green.
  5. Repeat with the remaining wontons.
  6. Heat about 2-3 inches of cooking oil in a large pot, when the oil is hot, add a few dumplings at a time with a slotted spoon and fry until golden brown, remove with the slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, continue to fry remaining dumplings.
  7. Allow dumplings to cool for a few minutes, serve with a sweet chili sauce or plum sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe was inspired by good friend, Daniela Dalaa Payerl.
Thailand.

Recipe here is courtesy Tara's Multicultural Table and her recipe is here.
United States.

BBQ Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
BBQ Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds like a very good recipe, I will be making this soon. This applies to a stove top pressure cooker, follow all your pressure cooker safety instructions. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
BBQ Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds like a very good recipe, I will be making this soon. This applies to a stove top pressure cooker, follow all your pressure cooker safety instructions. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat your pressure cooker on medium heat with a splash of cooking oil, no lid for this. When hot, brown the chicken pieces for a few minutes on each side, season as you desire with salt, pepper, and paprika and brown the pieces, you are browning not trying to cook the chicken through, that comes later, work in batches as needed. Return all the browned chicken to the pressure cooker and remove the cooker from the heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce, water, onion, and vinegar. Pour sauce over the chicken. (I used the variant and went with Sriracha sauce.)
  3. Place the cooker back on the heat and secure the lid to the cooker. Turn heat to high to lock up the cooker and get the jiggler moving and releasing pressure. Start timing for 12 minutes and reduce the heat to maintain the jiggler movement and pressure release.
  4. At 12 minutes, turn off the heat and move the cooker to an unused burner to do a natural release of pressure, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Open pressure cooker carefully, plate with a side or two, serve. (Now out of fear of loosing a hand or arm during the feeding frenzy, no photos this time of a plated dish. This photo also shows 3 thighs have been removed.)
  6. This photo was leftovers on the day after and just nuked to reheat 🙂
Recipe Notes

Quarters (leg and thighs attached, just separate yourself in a few seconds), is about 55 Baht. Considering 6 servings, this is about 30 cents per meal, excluding sides.

Variants: 1. Swap out BBQ sauce for a chili sauce, think Sriracha (chili and garlic sauce) and this will be the first way I test this recipe. 2. Increase the chicken to 1.5 kilo (3 lbs), permitting on your pressure cooker.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cornmeal Whitefish
Cornmeal Whitefish
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The only time I have eaten fish coated in cornmeal was catfish in Tennessee, and that was years ago. Time to change this I will use shark catfish but it has a whitefish flavor, not at all like catfish. This is make as much as you want recipe, no servings, times, or quantities are listed for this (read that as simple).
Cornmeal Whitefish
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The only time I have eaten fish coated in cornmeal was catfish in Tennessee, and that was years ago. Time to change this I will use shark catfish but it has a whitefish flavor, not at all like catfish. This is make as much as you want recipe, no servings, times, or quantities are listed for this (read that as simple).
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut your whitefish fillets in half if you like, easier to manage that way.
  2. Place 3 shallow bowls on the counter, place some flour in the first bowl, 2-3 eggs in the next bowl and beat them with a fork, then some cornmeal in the last bowl. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the flour and the cornmeal.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan with a good splash of cooking oil. When the oil is hot, dredge each fillet in flour and shake off excess, then in egg and shake off excess, then in cornmeal, the into the hot oil. cook until golden brown on the bottom then turn fillets over and cook until golden brown, remove to paper towels. I am cooking the fish fillets on the right, my wife is cooking wontons on the left.
  4. When all the fillets are cooked, serve with a vegetable and a salad for a nice meal.
Recipe Notes

For the fish, go with about 130 Baht/1 kilo of Pangasius fillets. For 4 servings, this is about 96 cents per serving.

Inspired by seeing cornmeal coated fish photos from a number of good friends.

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Fries
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Fries
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This sounds good for a family get together, watching a sports game with friends, or even as a main dish served over rice or pasta with a salad on the side.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
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This sounds good for a family get together, watching a sports game with friends, or even as a main dish served over rice or pasta with a salad on the side.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, heat the oil then add the chicken, cook for about 4-5 minutes each side, remove from pan.
  2. Add the bacon and cook until just crisp, then add the garlic and jalapenos and fry until just fragrant. While the bacon is cooking, dice the chicken.
  3. Stir in the cream, salt, and pepper and let it simmer on low heat.
  4. Then stir in the cheese, then the chicken. Simmer for a few minutes to melt the cheese into the sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce over a large tray of hot french fries, hand everyone a fork, and dig in.
Recipe Notes

For the number of servings, this is low cost, only thing costly would be the cheese at about 180 Baht, but 10 servings, low cost overall.

Variant: 1. Make this a main dish served over rice or pasta and a salad on the side.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Crab Rangoon
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: wontons
Instructions
  1. For the crab, you can use canned (drained), fresh picked, or even imitation. If using imitation, just cut each crab stick into 1/4 inch pieces and use your hands to break them apart, very easy and will be the first way I prepare this.
  2. In a small bowl, add the Cream cheese, crab, spring onion, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until combined.
  3. Lay out a wonton wrapper, place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Base this on the size of your wontons. The wrappers I use are about 3 inches on each side.
  4. Wet your finger in a small bowl of water and run it across the 4 edges, need to dip your finger in water a few times doing this.
  5. Now, pull up two opposite corners and press them together to seal the top,
  6. Now bring up the other two corners and seal them at the top and press together the 4 seams to seal them as well. Place the wonton on a sheet of parchment.
  7. Repeat for the remaining wontons.
To Deep Fry
  1. Heat about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of cooking oil in a large deep pan or a heavy pot. You want the oil hot but not smoking. Your preference on the oil, rice bran oil would be a good choice.
  2. Carefully place the wontons in the hot oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, do not overload the pan, until nice and golden brown. Remove wontons to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining wontons. My wife is cooking the wontons on the left, I am cooking some fish on the right.
To Bake
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C (425 F)
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. and arrange wontons in an orderly fashion. Spray with cooking oil, a oil mister would be perfect for this, for folks in the US, feel free to use a cooking spray of your choice.
  3. Another option is to lightly, and I mean lightly, brush each wonton with oil. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Keep in mind baked will not be as crispy as the deep fried, but just as good in flavor.
  4. Serve with dipping sauces of your choice.
  5. I served these as a side with some fish and long beans I cooked.
Recipe Notes

The Cream cheese will cost about 60 Baht/125 grams. The imitation crab will cost about 50 Baht/140 grams. (When I buy fresh crab, I will price this once I pick 140 grams.) Figure 6 servings (3 each 6 people for appetizers), this is about 54 cents per serving.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)
Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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I use a lot of dry beans as canned is just expensive compared to what you get. 500 grams of dry beans cooked, makes a lot of canned beans for sure. And dry beans are so cheap. And since I recently bought a stove top pressure cooker, I decided to cook my kidney beans in that and this is a guide for me regarding the time needed. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions at all times.
Prep Time
6 hours
Cook Time
8 minutes
Prep Time
6 hours
Cook Time
8 minutes
Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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I use a lot of dry beans as canned is just expensive compared to what you get. 500 grams of dry beans cooked, makes a lot of canned beans for sure. And dry beans are so cheap. And since I recently bought a stove top pressure cooker, I decided to cook my kidney beans in that and this is a guide for me regarding the time needed. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions at all times.
Prep Time
6 hours
Cook Time
8 minutes
Prep Time
6 hours
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Rinse the kidney beans and remove and bad ones and any debris, place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and stir that in. Cover the bowl and let that sit for 6 to 8 hours. (These look a bit wrinkly, as I took the photo about an hour after I put them in the water.)
  2. After 6 to 8 hours, drain and rinse the beans and place in your pressure cooker. Add 9 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, this keeps the beans from foaming so do not skip this step.
  3. Place the lid on the pot and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing steam, start timing this and turn the heat down to just maintain the jiggler moving and steam releasing.
  4. The time to cook these is 8 minutes. At 8 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid, use beans as needed in other recipes.
  5. Drained and ready for use in a recipe. (I will be making a pot of chili with these.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe / pressure cooker guidelines.