Stephen Special
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This sounds really good, and is a modified recipe based on making the mac & cheese from scratch instead of boxed. This seems like a long winded recipe, just read through it, it is not that bad, the homemade part takes a bit more but the results will be much better. On my to cook list for sure. 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
Stephen Special
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This sounds really good, and is a modified recipe based on making the mac & cheese from scratch instead of boxed. This seems like a long winded recipe, just read through it, it is not that bad, the homemade part takes a bit more but the results will be much better. On my to cook list for sure. 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 Pasta
For the Remaining Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling then cook the pasta until just tender, drain and set aside.
  2. While the water is heating for the pasta and for the pasta to cook, go ahead and heat a large non stick pan then add the bell peppers, onion, and ground beef, when the beef is good and browned, drain, then mix in the taco seasoning and add the drained tuna and mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are wilted and softened. Remove from heat and mix into the drained pasta, set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, warm the milk until it is simmering then set it aside.
  4. In a large heavy-bottomed stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it turns light brown in color and has a slightly toasted aroma, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the dry mustard.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat then slowly whisk the warm milk into the flour mixture. Continue whisking constantly to avoid any lumps. (The mixture will become very thick and then thin out gradually until it is smooth.)
  6. Return the pot to the stove over medium-high heat and cook the mixture while whisking constantly until it has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste and reduce the heat to medium. Whisk in the Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses until they are melted and the cheese sauce is smooth.
  7. Add the pasta mixture to the cheese sauce and stir to mix together and heat to warm everything through, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this after I make it, but for now will say low cost.

Shortcuts: Fresh Tuna, Taco Seasoning Mix.

Provided by Stephen Story and the original recipe is here.

Olive Salad
Olive Salad
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This is a new one for me, I have never heard of this but it sounds really good, on my to make list very soon.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
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This is a new one for me, I have never heard of this but it sounds really good, on my to make list very soon.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add all the items to a large mixing bowl, toss to coat everything.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to chill and allow the flavors to blend.
  3. Will keep for up to a week in the fridge.
  4. This is great as a side dish, a topping on burgers, etc.
Recipe Notes

One can of black olives will cost 78 Baht, 1 jar or green olives 74 Baht, and one can of mushrooms will cost 70 Baht. For 8 servings this is about 87 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Deviled Egg Salad
Deviled Egg Salad
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Sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Deviled Egg Salad
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Sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the prepared eggs, spring onion, celery, and bell pepper in a large mixing bowl and toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, mustard, Tabasco sauce, and the vinegar.
  3. Stir the dressing into the egg and veggies and season with paprika, salt, and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for several hours to chill it fully before serving.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Deviled Egg Salad is from Simply Recipes.

Sweet Pickle Relish
Sweet Pickle Relish
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Somethings in Thailand are nearly impossible to find or are overpriced for imports, so the next best thing, make from scratch. This sounds like a great sweet pickle relish and I look forward to making this, and tasting it 😉
Servings Prep Time
1 quart 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 quart 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 30 minutes
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Somethings in Thailand are nearly impossible to find or are overpriced for imports, so the next best thing, make from scratch. This sounds like a great sweet pickle relish and I look forward to making this, and tasting it 😉
Servings Prep Time
1 quart 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 quart 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Veggies
For the Brine
Servings: quart
Instructions
  1. Prep all the vegetables, how fine you dice them is your preference. Place the veggies in a strainer over a bowl, mix the veggies as you sprinkle in the salt. The purpose of the salt is to remove the water from the veggies and keep them crisp. Let the veggies sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Rinse the veggies in fresh water and kind of squeeze them dry of any water, be gentle, don't squash everything, just most of the water out of them, then spread them out on paper towels to remove any remaining water.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, add all the brine ingredients and bring to a simmer. Let the brine simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. While the brine is simmering, pack the veggies into a warmed Mason quart jar leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
  5. Remove the brine from heat and carefully pour into the quart jar, covering the veggies by an inch or so. Use a knife and poke into the veggies to release any air trapped.
  6. Set the jar aside to cool to room temp. When the jar is cooled, place the lid and ring on and place in the fridge.
  7. Chill in the fridge overnight before first use. Store in the fridge and use within 2-3 weeks.
  8. Use as a topping on burgers, hot dogs, added to potato or pasta salads, etc.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad
Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad
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This is a make the day before you serve salad, or at a minimum, prepare in the morning for serving with the evening meal, the flavors need time to blend. I made this on 26 Dec 2017, tasted 6 hours later for dinner, outstanding, very well liked by my Thai wife as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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This is a make the day before you serve salad, or at a minimum, prepare in the morning for serving with the evening meal, the flavors need time to blend. I made this on 26 Dec 2017, tasted 6 hours later for dinner, outstanding, very well liked by my Thai wife as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add the pasta and cook until tender, drain well.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, mix together the Dressing ingredients in a good sized mixing bowl.
  3. After the pasta is well drained and cooled a bit, add it to the dressing along with the rest of the Salad ingredients except the cheese. Toss well to coat everything.
  4. Now add the cheese and fold that, then cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Serve as a side, or in my opinion, as a main dish as that is what I will probably do.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price pepperoni at this time, I used a 150 gram pack of smoked ham for 90 Baht. For the Feta, that is 150 Baht for 275 grams, use half the package (75 Baht), cut the block in half and crumble that for right about a cup. Based on the Feta and smoked ham, for 4 servings, this is about $1.22 per serving.

Variants: 1. In place of pepperoni, use thin sliced smoked ham. 2. Use what you have, like a whole bell pepper instead of cup, or a package of pepperoni or smoked ham, like a cup or so, etc.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken Seasoning
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the Andouille sausage in half lengthwise and slice half moons 1/4 inch thick. For regular pork or beef sausage, just slice 1/4 inch thick. Set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of olive oil, when hot, add the cubed chicken and season with the Chicken Seasoning spices to taste, just a bit of each spice will do. Lightly brown the chicken, no need to cook through, over cooked chicken = tough chicken. When lightly browned, remove from the pan to a large bowl and set aside. If there is water in the pan, pour that off.
  3. Same pan, add the sausage and brown that up, remove from the pan and add to the bowl with the chicken and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the bell peppers, saute for about 5 minutes then add the garlic and shallots. Saute for about 15 minutes or until the bell peppers are just softened yet still crunchy. If using the the optional mushrooms, add those now and saute to just soften them. Remove from heat and set aside. Now follow either Method 1 or Method 2 for the final preparation.
Method 1
  1. In a large pot, add the stock, cream, chicken and sausage, bell peppers from the pan, and the pasta. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes uncovered, to reduce the liquid amount, stirring often.
  2. Stir in the spring onion and Parmesan, simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Method 2
  1. In a pot heat the stock to boiling and cook the pasta until tender. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add the sausage and chicken to the pan with the bell peppers, use low heat and just heat everything through.
  3. Add the drained pasta to the pan and mix together well, then add the cream and just simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost between 30 and 60 Baht, 500 grams/1 kilo, and the sausage, going with Cumberland, 750 grams is about 267 Baht. For 6 servings, this is about $1.60 per serving.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Anthony Ramirez.
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Mexican Scrambled Eggs
Mexican Scrambled Eggs
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Sounds delicious! I like the use of the coconut milk and the spices. I look forward to preparing this dish.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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Sounds delicious! I like the use of the coconut milk and the spices. I look forward to preparing this dish.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, milk, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and cilantro. Whisk then set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan. When hot, add the onion, bell pepper, and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper as desired. Stir and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion and peppers are soft.
  3. Whisk the egg mixture again, then pour into the pan, season with salt and pepper as desired and cook, stirring and folding to scramble the eggs, until the eggs are to your desired consistency.
  4. Serve with toast and bacon.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by What Great Grandma Ate and the link to this recipe is here.
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Hash Brown Casserole
Hash Brown Casserole
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Sounds excellent. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Hash Brown Casserole
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Sounds excellent. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. If using homemade hash browns, go ahead and blanch them for about 3 minutes in a pot of boiling water, drain and squeeze dry.
  2. If using frozen hash browns, thaw and drain those.
  3. Heat your oven to 190 C. Get out a 9x13 baking dish,
  4. Saute the onion, bacon, and bell pepper in a large non stick skillet until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes, stir occasionally. Remove to a bowl.
  5. In the baking dish, add the hash browns, soup, sour cream, and 1 cup of cheese, mix lightly. Add the bacon and onion mixture and stir that in. Spread out evenly. Top with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, uncovered, or until heated through.
  7. Serve with some fried eggs and toast. Perfect for a breakfast or dinner, I always love breakfast for dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Hash Browns, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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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
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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.
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Macaroni Salad II
Macaroni Salad II
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This is an excellent macaroni salad, I made this on 11 Jan 2018. This is a very versatile recipe that you can make different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This is an excellent macaroni salad, I made this on 11 Jan 2018. This is a very versatile recipe that you can make different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add and cook the macaroni until tender, drain and rinse under cold water, set aside to cool.
  2. While you are cooking the eggs and pasta, prep the vegetables.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, vinegar, and mustard until smooth.
  4. Add the garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper, eggs, and parsley. Mix to coat then add the pasta and mix to coat.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours before serving as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add 100 grams or so of shredded or cubed Cheddar or Swiss cheese. 2. Use any color bell you like.

Adapted from an internet recipe.