Cucumber Sandwiches
Cucumber Sandwiches
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These can be a light lunch or served as an appetizer. These sound delicious! Simple ingredients and very common to find. On my to make list. Keep in mind, an electric mixer is not required for this, you can easily mix this by hand, just follow the instructions if you do not have an electric mixer.
Servings Prep Time
30 appetizers 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 appetizers 20 minutes
Cucumber Sandwiches
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These can be a light lunch or served as an appetizer. These sound delicious! Simple ingredients and very common to find. On my to make list. Keep in mind, an electric mixer is not required for this, you can easily mix this by hand, just follow the instructions if you do not have an electric mixer.
Servings Prep Time
30 appetizers 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 appetizers 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: appetizers
Instructions
Using an Electric Mixer
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the room temperature cream cheese and mayo, and mix until smooth.
NOT Using an Electric Mixer (my preferred way)
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the room temperature cream cheese, mash with a potato masher, yes, I know this sounds weird, just go with it, it works. When the cream cheese is mashed well, now you can use a heavy spoon to mix in the mayo. See, wasn't that easy?
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  1. When the cream cheese and mayo is a nice smooth mixture, stir in the dill, chives, and garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. For the cucumber, skin on or off is your choice, some like skin on for the color, some like it off. An alternative is the peel strips off, so the cucumber is in strips before peeling, totally up to you.
  3. Slice the cucumber thinly, the use of a mandolin is highly recommended.
  4. Lay out the bread slices and cut off the crusts, makes for a very nice presentation when served as appetizers. Spread the cream cheese mixture on each slice of bread.
  5. Top half of the slices with a good layer of the cucumber slices, overlapping them the slices.
  6. Place the remaining slices on top, cream cheese spread side down. Slice each into 3 sections. If you want to make smaller appetizers, slice in 3 sections then cut all three in half to make 6 tiny sandwiches. You may want to use toothpicks inserted in the centers of the smaller ones to keep them together.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The cream cheese will cost about 150 Baht/250 grams. This recipe makes a lot of appetizers so I will say this is overall, low cost.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Chive Pancake
Chive Pancake
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I cannot remember the last time I had pancakes, and with a good amount of chives, these sound especially delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Chive Pancake
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I cannot remember the last time I had pancakes, and with a good amount of chives, these sound especially delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the flour and eggs, add the water slowly while mixing to ensure a well mixed batter.
  2. Add the salt and chives and mix those in.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when hot, pour in 1/3 of the batter and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side then remove from the pan, repeating the steps for two more pancakes.
  4. Serve with soy sauce for dipping and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Chive Pancake from Spice the Plate.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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This is a simple and basic dish, made with what you have, how much of what you would like to use. Easily tailored to make this your own creation, or to change it each time you prepare it.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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This is a simple and basic dish, made with what you have, how much of what you would like to use. Easily tailored to make this your own creation, or to change it each time you prepare it.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large non stick pan, about 2-4 tablespoons would be nice. When melted, add the sliced mushrooms and saute them until nicely browned.
  2. While the mushrooms are cooking, cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water. Cook until the pasta is just tender, then drain.
  3. When the mushrooms are browned, add the pasta and mix that in. Then add a big generous amount of Parmesan and mix that in.
  4. Plate, top with additional Parmesan as desired and some fresh chopped chives for garnish. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast Pizza
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This sounds good and uses fresh hash browns, not frozen. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Breakfast Pizza
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This sounds good and uses fresh hash browns, not frozen. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Lightly coat a baking sheet or pizza pan with butter or spray with olive oil using an oil mister.
  2. Wash and scrub the potatoes. Shred, and place in water, rinse, and squeeze dry, repeat the water, rinse, and squeeze steps 3-4 times until the water that is squeezed out runs clear, there, you just rinsed out the starch and made your own has browns.
  3. Add the hash browns to a large mixing bowl, add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup cheese, and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Mix to combine.
  4. Place the hash brown mixture on the prepared baking sheet or pizza pan, use your hands and pat this down to a round pizza shape.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. While the potato crust is baking, heat a non stick pan and when hot, cook the bacon until crispy, then place the bacon on a paper towel lined plate to drain, then crumble.
  7. Remove the potato crust from the oven, top with the remaining cheese and crack the remaining eggs onto the crust, sprinkle on the crumbled bacon and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake again for about 15 minutes to set the egg whites but with runny yolks, or bake for 18 to 20 for firmer yolks.
  9. Remove from oven, sprinkle with the chives, slice, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing II
Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing II
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes this often. Brian's words "In keeping with the spirit of simple and inexpensive recipes, here's my version of Bleu Cheese dressing." I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often, and it will be good.
Servings Prep Time
3 cups, about 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 cups, about 1-2 hours
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes this often. Brian's words "In keeping with the spirit of simple and inexpensive recipes, here's my version of Bleu Cheese dressing." I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often, and it will be good.
Servings Prep Time
3 cups, about 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 cups, about 1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: cups, about
Instructions
  1. First thing with the cheese, place that in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Feel free to a bit more if you like.
  2. When you are ready to start, and the cheese is good and firm, in a mixing bowl, combine the mayo and whipping cream.
  3. Finely grate the cheese, the finer the cheese, the flavor develops more. If desired, reserve some of the cheese to crumble in to make a chunky dressing.
  4. Add the cheese to the milk and cream mixture, then mix in the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours before use. The longer is chills, the better the flavors blend together.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by good friend, Brian Colligan.
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Crab Bisque
Crab Bisque
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Sounds, and reasonable enough to use imitation crab for cost saving instead of lump crap, which is what I will do the first time I make this to verify the consistency of the bisque. There is several shortcuts for additional savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Crab Bisque
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Sounds, and reasonable enough to use imitation crab for cost saving instead of lump crap, which is what I will do the first time I make this to verify the consistency of the bisque. There is several shortcuts for additional savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan, mix together the milk, soups, and cream, bring to a boil stirring often, then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Stir in the crab meat and warm through.
  3. Serve garnished with chives sprinkled on top and crackers or bread on the side.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I either pick some fresh crabs (cheapest way) or buy lump crab meat frozen. This should be easily low cost.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

White Trash Hash
White Trash Hash
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This sounds very good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
White Trash Hash
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This sounds very good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Hash
For the Sausage Gravy
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Hash
  1. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet, when hot, add the hash browns and cook undisturbed for 5-10 minutes, then flip and cook 5 minutes more, until golden and crispy. Add onions and bell pepper and season with salt and pepper as desired and mix together. Cook until onions and bell pepper are tender, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and jalapeno and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  2. Sprinkle on the cheese and let that melt then mix in well.
  3. Use the back of a spoon and make for nests in the hash brown mixture, and crack an egg into each one and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook until the whites are set and yolk is still runny, about 8 minutes.
For the Sausage Gravy
  1. While the eggs are cooking, make the gravy. Cook the sausage in a medium size non stick skillet until browned and cooked through, sprinkle the flour on the cooked sausage, mix and cook one minute, then add the milk and bring to a boil then reduce to heat to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
To Serve
  1. Scoop up some hash with an egg and place on a plate, pour over some gravy, garnish with chopped chives if desired.
Recipe Notes

Over all, low cost.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Hash Browns.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Cowboy Butter
Cowboy Butter
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Sounds really good. Serve with grilled meats like steak and chicken for dipping.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cowboy Butter
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Sounds really good. Serve with grilled meats like steak and chicken for dipping.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine butter, lemon juice, garlic, shallot, mustard, horseradish, cayenne, and paprika. Whisk to combine.
  2. Stir in parsley, chives, thyme and season with salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Cheesy Garlic Baked Potatoes
Cheesy Garlic Baked Potatoes
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These are great! Large potatoes make a main dish with a vegetable or salad on the side, smaller potatoes should be used if making these as sides. These are basically Hasselback style potatoes with a twist. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Cheesy Garlic Baked Potatoes
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These are great! Large potatoes make a main dish with a vegetable or salad on the side, smaller potatoes should be used if making these as sides. These are basically Hasselback style potatoes with a twist. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For the Sour Cream
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (390 F).
  2. Make several parallel slits, about 1/2 inch apart, into each potato top, making sure not to slice completely through. Place 3-5 garlic slices between the slits on each potato, use more if you like. I used a slice of garlic in every slit.
  3. Brush each potato, all sides, with olive oil. Place potatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  4. When the potatoes begin to “fan out”, about 15 minutes depending on your oven and the size of the potatoes, it’s time to add bacon. Carefully slip a chunk of bacon into each slit of the potato and return to the oven. Don’t worry if a slit breaks through, the cheese will hold it together later. Lay a piece of bacon over a slit, then use the handle of a spoon and press the bacon into the slit, folding it as you gently press it in the slit.
  5. Once the potatoes and bacon are fully cooked, use fork to test, you can leave them as is, meaning with the garlic, bacon, salt and pepper, they are delicious no matter what way you have them. If that is your choice, pour a little melted butter and chopped parsley over each potato and put into the oven for about 5 more minutes. To give you an idea on the size of these potatoes, they are in a pie dish.
  6. Or top the potatoes with the Cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake until tops are crispy. The baking process total time is about 1 hour. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the sour cream and chives.
For the Sour Cream
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sour cream together and refrigerate until use.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 4 servings, this is about 66 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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7 Pasta Salad Dressings
7 Pasta Salad Dressings
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I have not tried any of these but will in the near future and give my results. 250 grams of dry pasta (1/2 pound)m then cooked, should be fine with these but if you do make one of these, please post a comment with your findings. Add what ever you added for other ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 5 minutes
7 Pasta Salad Dressings
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I have not tried any of these but will in the near future and give my results. 250 grams of dry pasta (1/2 pound)m then cooked, should be fine with these but if you do make one of these, please post a comment with your findings. Add what ever you added for other ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 5 minutes
Ingredients
Creamy Italian Dressing
Ranch Dressing
Garlic Dressing
Mediterranean Dressing
Asian Dressing
Pesto Dressing (Mix in a Blender)
Just Basic Mayo
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook your pasta, 250 grams, in a pot of boiling salted water until tender, then cook 2 more minutes, then drain, rinse under colder water to stop the cooking process, drain well, and put in a large bowl.
  2. Add additional items to the pasta as you like, such as chopped hard boiled eggs, spring onion, onion, radish, bell pepper, cubed cheese, etc.
  3. Mix the dressing of your choice in a small bowl (or a blender for the Pesto Dressing), pour 3/4 of the dressing over the pasta and toss to coat evenly, if needed, add the remaining dressing. Chill for at least 2 hours and serve as a side dish with any meal.
Recipe Notes

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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