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.

Spaghetti Rockefeller
Spaghetti Rockefeller
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This is from a good friend and not only sounds good, but looks good! On my to cook list for sure! This recipe as stated is for a average casserole dish, feel free to double this then use a 9x13 baking dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
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This is from a good friend and not only sounds good, but looks good! On my to cook list for sure! This recipe as stated is for a average casserole dish, feel free to double this then use a 9x13 baking dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing, get a pot of salted water on high heat, when boiling, add the spaghetti and cook until just near tender. Drain and rinse and place in a large mixing bowl, set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease an average size casserole dish or a 9x13 dish if you are doubling the recipe.
  3. Same pot, add more water and set on high heat, add the frozen spinach. When the water boils, remove from heat, drain well, place in the same large mixing bowl and toss together.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix to combine. If the mixture is too thick, add a little milk at a time.
  5. Pour into the prepared casserole or baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy, top each serving with some chopped cooked bacon.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I locate Monterey Jack cheese. For now I will say fair value.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Add chopped ham, cooked sausage, cooked and chopped chicken.

Recipe and photo from a good friend, her recipe which is located here. Ramona Cain.
Unites States.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
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This is a basic buttercream frosting mix from none other than Betty Crocker, this recipe has been used by millions of people over many many years. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake, or about 12 cupcakes.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
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This is a basic buttercream frosting mix from none other than Betty Crocker, this recipe has been used by millions of people over many many years. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake, or about 12 cupcakes.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar, use a heavy spoon or an electric mixer on low speed.
  2. Add the vanilla and just 1 tablespoon of milk. Beat well, and just add additional milk, a few drops at a time, to make a nice and smooth, and spreadable frosting. If frosting is too thick, add milk a few drops at a time, if too thin, add powdered sugar a teaspoon at a time. (This photo is the chocolate variant.)
  3. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake, or about 12 cupcakes.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use chocolate flavoring instead of vanilla. 2. Use coconut flavoring instead of vanilla.

Used in Recipe Listed on this Site:
Red Velvet Cake, Made it, GO-TO recipe.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spätzle
Spätzle
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This is a German dish, sort of a mix between a soft egg noodle and a dumpling, cooked in simmering water or stock then fried. Commonly served with a meaty stew or gravy.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2-5 minutes
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This is a German dish, sort of a mix between a soft egg noodle and a dumpling, cooked in simmering water or stock then fried. Commonly served with a meaty stew or gravy.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2-5 minutes
Ingredients
Special Item - not required, but helps
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and whisk to combine.
  2. Beat the eggs. Add half the eggs and half of the milk to the flour mixture and mix, then add the remaining eggs and milk, and mix until smooth.
  3. Fill a medium sized pot half full with water or even chicken stock, Heat to simmering.
  4. Using a spätzle maker, place over the pot and add dough to the hopper and slide back and forth to allow the dough to fall through the holes into the simmering water, don't overcrowd the pot. (If you do not have one, you can use a flat grater with large holes or even a large holed sieve and use a rubber spatula to press the dough through).
  5. Let the spätzle cook until it floats to the top of the water, use a large slotted spoon to remove and place them in ice water to cool them and then place in a colander to drain. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Once all the dough is cooked in the water, heat a large non stick skillet 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter, add the spätzle and fry, turning often, until starting to crisp up.
  7. Serve as a side with a meaty dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Fry in bacon fat and 5-6 slices of chopped bacon. 2. Fry some onion and garlic until soft and the onion is softened, add the spätzle and mix in, then add 1-2 cups Swiss cheese, there, you just made Käsespätzle, the German version of mac and cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bacon Fat Flour Tortillas
Bacon Fat Flour Tortillas
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These sound really good, thicker than store bought, and a hell of a lot cheaper as well 🙂 On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
16 tortillas 90 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 tortillas 90 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Bacon Fat Flour Tortillas
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These sound really good, thicker than store bought, and a hell of a lot cheaper as well 🙂 On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
16 tortillas 90 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 tortillas 90 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: tortillas
Instructions
  1. For the bacon fat, you can either fry up some bacon or if you keep bacon fat in the fridge, use that when it is softened up.
  2. Add to a small sauce pan, the oil, 3/4 cup of milk, and the bacon fat, heat on medium low to just bring the mixture to a simmer, do not let it boil. Once at a simmer, remove from heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, and baking powder and whisk together. Make a well in the center and pour in the heated milk mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of milk, and using your hands, mix until a rough dough forms.
  4. Lightly flour your work surface and turn out dough onto that. Knead dough for about 4 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Wrap in plastic wrap and let it rest on the counter for 1 hour.
  5. When 1 hour has passed, unwrap the dough and cut into 16 even pieces and form each into a ball about 1 1/2 inches diameter. Cover with a kitchen towel.
  6. Take one ball and on your floured work surface, roll it out to a 6 inch round. Place that under the towel and repeat the steps for the remaining balls.
  7. Once all the tortillas are rolled out, heat a cast iron pan on medium low to medium heat, add a tortilla and cook for about 2 minutes, you want some brown spots to form on the bottom and air bubbles form on the surface, poke the large bubbles with a fork. Flip and cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and stack under the towel, repeat for remaining tortillas.
  8. Fill with your favorite taco fillings and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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

Cinnamon Roll Bread
Cinnamon Roll Bread
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Excellent flavor! And is a no yeast recipe. I made this on 31 Jan 2018, perfect.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
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Excellent flavor! And is a no yeast recipe. I made this on 31 Jan 2018, perfect.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Ingredients
For the Bread
For the Topping
For the Glaze
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and lightly butter a bread pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the Bread dry ingredients. In a small bowl, mix together the Bread wet ingredients.
  3. Pour the wet into the dry and mix with a heavy spoon, no need for an electric mixer, easily done with a spoon.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the Topping ingredients. Use a spoon to sprinkle the mixture over the bread batter.
  6. Use a knife to make swirls through the batter to mix it in, about 1/3 deep into the batter.
  7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, use the toothpick method to check for done. Insert a toothpick in the center and when it comes out clean, the bread is done.
  8. When the bread is done, remove from the oven, let cool for 15 minutes, then roll out of the pan to a rack to cool completely.
  9. While the bread is cooling, make the glaze using the powdered sugar and adding just a teaspoon of milk at a time to obtain the consistency you prefer.
  10. When the bread is completely cooled, pour the glaze over the top.
  11. Slice, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Add chopped walnuts and or raisins to taste to the batter before pouring into the bread pan, maybe some chopped walnuts on the top after you swirl in the topping.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Variant provided by Sheila Olson.
United States.

Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
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I used to make this type of coffee cake when I was little and learning to cook. This sounds pretty close to what I made, and I tested this out on 2 Jan 2018 and yep, this is really close to what I made, it is excellent. Now there is a story to the photos, the photo of the batter in the pan with the topping before the oven, picture perfect, after I put it in the oven, about 10 minutes later, I realized I had not opened my new bottle of baking powder! Since this cake was for my mother in law's birthday, removed the pan from the oven, scraped out the contents for the compost pile and let the pan cool while I prepared a new batter and topping mix. As I was making the batter, my wife walks through the kitchen and says, mother in law likes very little sugar, so go easy on the topping. The second cake is the cooked photo, with little topping. Mother in law took one bite, instant thumbs up from her!
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
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I used to make this type of coffee cake when I was little and learning to cook. This sounds pretty close to what I made, and I tested this out on 2 Jan 2018 and yep, this is really close to what I made, it is excellent. Now there is a story to the photos, the photo of the batter in the pan with the topping before the oven, picture perfect, after I put it in the oven, about 10 minutes later, I realized I had not opened my new bottle of baking powder! Since this cake was for my mother in law's birthday, removed the pan from the oven, scraped out the contents for the compost pile and let the pan cool while I prepared a new batter and topping mix. As I was making the batter, my wife walks through the kitchen and says, mother in law likes very little sugar, so go easy on the topping. The second cake is the cooked photo, with little topping. Mother in law took one bite, instant thumbs up from her!
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Cake
For the Topping
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F), grease a 9x9 baking dish with butter.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix together the egg, oil, and milk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix well to combine. (I just used two separate bowls, one for batter, one for topping.)
  3. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly.
  4. Now using the bowl the flour mixture was in, add the Topping ingredients and mix together. Sprinkle the topping over the batter.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. (I used the toothpick method, when it came out clean, done.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hamburger Buns
Hamburger Buns
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes these often. Brian's words "Being that I live in Thailand, in a place that does not have a bakery around the corner, making my own hamburger buns allows me to enjoy a burger with a proper bun." And Brian is very correct, want a proper bun for a burger here, you have to make it yourself. I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often.
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes these often. Brian's words "Being that I live in Thailand, in a place that does not have a bakery around the corner, making my own hamburger buns allows me to enjoy a burger with a proper bun." And Brian is very correct, want a proper bun for a burger here, you have to make it yourself. I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often.
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
Ingredients
For the Buns
For the Tops
Servings: buns
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the yeast and 1/2 cup of the flour. Add the luke warm water and mix together. Let this set for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is foamy and bubbly.
  2. To the flour mixture, add the egg, butter, sugar, salt, and whisk together until well combined.
  3. Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour. IF using a standup mixer, use the dough hook and kneed for 6-8 minutes, add flour as needed until the dough comes together and has come free of the sides of the bowl.
  4. IF mixing by hand, mix in the bowl until the dough comes together, adding flour as needed until the dough comes free from the sides of the bowl, turn out dough on a clean surface and kneed with hands for about 10 minutes, use flour as needed until the dough is tacky but comes free of the work surface.
  5. Oil a large bowl (large enough to allow the dough to double in size), and place the kneeded dough inside in the bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and set aside for about 2 hours to rise and double in size.
  6. Punch down the down and remove the dough from the bowl to a lightly floured work surface. Shape the dough into a rectangle or circle and cut into 8 equal size pieces. A pastry cutter works well, and a digital scale is a bonus to ensure you get equal sizes. Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly flour just the sheet.
  7. Using floured hands, form each dough piece into a ball, then take each ball and form into a disk about 1/2 inch thick, place each disk on the baking sheet evenly spaced.
  8. Lightly flour the tops of the disks and cover with a towel. Let rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
  9. About 20 minutes before buns have risen, preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F).
  10. Whisk together the egg and milk. Remove the towel from the rolls and using a pastry brush, lightly coat the top of each bun. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
  11. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place buns on a rack to cool.
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by good friend, Brian Colligan.
Thailand.

Cardamom Bread (Bread Machine)
Cardamom Bread (Bread Machine)
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A friend of mine mentioned to me Cardamom Bread and that inspired me to research this and I came up with this. I made this on 17 Dec 2017, and wow is it good! This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hour, or so
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hour, or so
Cardamom Bread (Bread Machine)
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A friend of mine mentioned to me Cardamom Bread and that inspired me to research this and I came up with this. I made this on 17 Dec 2017, and wow is it good! This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hour, or so
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hour, or so
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed.
  2. Set the bread machine to Regular Bread, 1 1/2 pound loaf, light crust, and start.
  3. When the cycle is completed, remove the pan from the bread machine and remove the loaf to a rack to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Slice, butter, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce
Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce
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This is a quick meal to put together. One of the ingredients is Tasso Ham, which is a specialty of Cajun/Creole cooking of the southern US. If you do not have access to this type of ham, you can easily use Andouille sausage or thick cut smoked bacon and just add a bit of Cajun seasoning to taste. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce
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This is a quick meal to put together. One of the ingredients is Tasso Ham, which is a specialty of Cajun/Creole cooking of the southern US. If you do not have access to this type of ham, you can easily use Andouille sausage or thick cut smoked bacon and just add a bit of Cajun seasoning to taste. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Grits
For the Rest
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Follow the package instructions to prepare the grits but for what ever amount of water it calls for, cut that in half and use milk for the other half.
  2. Get your grits going, season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir often to make nice and creamy grits. When the grits are done, add in Cheddar to your liking and stir in, set aside but keep warm.
  3. Get everything else prepped, measured, and set out and ready to go, this will come together quickly.
  4. In a large non stick pan on medium high heat, heat the oil and butter. When hot, add the ham and saute until crispy. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute until the onion is translucent then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the shrimp and saute for 1 to 2 minutes or until all the shrimp are pink. Pink shrimp are tender, over cooked shrimp are tough. Remove the shrimp when pink and set aside.
  6. Stir in the white wine and let it reduce. When it has reduced, slowly stir in the cream, season with salt and pepper, and if you used sausage or bacon, season to taste with Cajun seasoning. Let sauce reduce to thicken.
  7. Divide the grits between two plates, divide the shrimp onto the grits, pour sauce equally over each plate, top each plate with chopped spring onion greens. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will say low cost for now but will price this when I get the shrimp again, I will be using large shrimp for this.

This recipe for Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce is from Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom.