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
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
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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Au Gratin Potatoes

Au Gratin Potatoes
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Cheese and potatoes, my kind of side dish. I am looking forward to making this version. This can be costly depending on the cheese you use, but would be a great meal for visiting friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Au Gratin Potatoes
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Cheese and potatoes, my kind of side dish. I am looking forward to making this version. This can be costly depending on the cheese you use, but would be a great meal for visiting friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 205 C, get out a casserole or baking pan and lightly grease with butter.
  2. Thinly slice the potatoes into 1/8 inch thick slices, a mandolin would be the best item to use for this, it is faster than using a knife and will provide uniform slices. After the potatoes, slice the onion as thin as possible as well, again, a mandolin would be the best choice to use. Separate the onions into rings as well.
  3. Once the potatoes and onions sliced, make little stacks, starting with a potato slice, couple of onion ring slices, another potato, and so on until the stack is 2 inches high or so, ending with a potato slice on top. Do this for all the slices. Now take the stacks and place them in the baking dish on one side of the stack. Instead of layering them, the edges of the potatoes will be facing upwards.
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan then whisk in the flour and cook this for 2-3 minutes, then whisk in the the mustard, salt and pepper to your liking, and the milk. Whisk continuously until this thickens and is bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheeses until full melted in.
  5. Pour or spoon the cheese sauce over the potatoes, covering the dish evenly. Cover with foil. If the edges of potatoes may touch the foil, lightly grease the foil with butter (not the edges of foil) and then cover with the foil, greased side down.
  6. Bake this for 1 hour, then remove the foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the potatoes are cooked through. Serve. I can foresee using this as a side with meatloaf or with a couple of thick ham slices.
Recipe Notes

Only costly items is the cheeses. Cheddar cheese (from New Zealand) is about 180 Baht for a block of 250 grams, shred just about half of the block and that will give around 1 cup of cheese, cost would be 90 Baht. For Gruyere cheese (from Switzerland), this is about 395 Baht for a block of 200 grams, shred 1/4 of the block for about 1/2 cup of cheese, cost would be about 99 Baht. If you use Swiss cheese in place of Gruyere, the cost would be 45 Baht. For eight servings, this can be 70 cents per serving using Gruyere cheese. If using Swiss cheese, the cost would be 50 cents per serving. This is an expensive side dish but would be a very nice once in a while side dish or for when friends and family is visiting.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)

Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)
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I love Swedish Meatballs, and have had the honor and pleasure to have them made by a Swedish lady about 7-8 years ago, had not had them since, I need to change that. I have contacted several Swedish friends and I am always pointed to this recipe to use. So here it is and I look forward to making this and reporting my findings. The spices stated are important. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)
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I love Swedish Meatballs, and have had the honor and pleasure to have them made by a Swedish lady about 7-8 years ago, had not had them since, I need to change that. I have contacted several Swedish friends and I am always pointed to this recipe to use. So here it is and I look forward to making this and reporting my findings. The spices stated are important. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For the Meatballs
For the Gravy
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Get out a large baking dish.
  2. Place the bread crumbs into a small bowl, and mix in the cream. Allow to stand until crumbs absorb the cream, about 10 minutes. While the bread is soaking, melt 1 teaspoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion until it turns light brown, about 10 minutes. Place onion into a mixing bowl; mix with the ground beef, ground pork, egg, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Lightly mix in the bread crumbs and cream.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Pinch off about 1 1/2 tablespoon of the meat mixture per meatball, and form into balls. Place the meatballs into the skillet, and cook just until the outsides are brown, about 5 minutes, turning the meatballs often. Insides of the meatballs will still be pink. Place browned meatballs into a baking dish, pour in chicken broth, and cover with foil. Bake until the meatballs are tender, about 40 minutes. Remove meatballs to a serving dish.
  4. To make the gravy, pour pan drippings into a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the flour into the pan drippings until smooth, and gradually whisk in enough beef broth to total about 2 1/2 cups of liquid. Bring the gravy to a simmer, whisking constantly until thick, about 5 minutes. Just before serving, whisk in the sour cream, taste so you do not over do the sour cream. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve the gravy with the meatballs and mashed potatoes or boiled macaroni.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht max for the beef and pork. For 6 servings this is about 75 cents per serving. You can keep the meatballs and gravy warm in a slow cooker.

Shortcut: Heavy Cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad
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The original name I found for this was Baked Potato Loaded Salad, there is no baked potato anything here, just potato salad with fillings of a baked potato, name aside, this is a must try for me. The one thing I do not like about this recipe is making the dressing first then adding the potatoes, but we'll see when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Loaded Potato Salad
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The original name I found for this was Baked Potato Loaded Salad, there is no baked potato anything here, just potato salad with fillings of a baked potato, name aside, this is a must try for me. The one thing I do not like about this recipe is making the dressing first then adding the potatoes, but we'll see when I make this.
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
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the mayo, sour cream, and mustard until well mixed. Add 3/4 of the chopped chives along with some salt and pepper to taste and whisk to mix. Mix in the cheese and bacon (reserve some bacon for a garnish if you like). Cover and chill for thirty minutes.
  2. Peel (if you want) and cube the potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until fork tender. Drain and cool slightly. Fold the cooked potatoes into the chilled dressing. Garnish with the remaining chives and bacon.
Recipe Notes

Minimal cost for a side dish.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Mike Early.
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Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet
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This is an easy one skillet dish that is extremely good and very versatile. Lot of things to change in this to suit your taste. I made this on 4 Oct 2016, recipe modified slightly and some step by step photos added, my comments below.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet
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This is an easy one skillet dish that is extremely good and very versatile. Lot of things to change in this to suit your taste. I made this on 4 Oct 2016, recipe modified slightly and some step by step photos added, my comments below.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet and brown the sliced sausage, onion, garlic, and bell pepper.
  2. Add, salt, pepper, chicken stock, tomatoes and juice, chilies, and pasta. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, and let cook uncovered, or until pasta is tender and just some of the liquid remains, about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Mix in the cheese and serve.
Recipe Notes

I get good quality smoked sausage at Makro for about 150 Baht/500 grams. One cup of cheese is about 1/2 of a 250 gram block (180 Baht), so I'll go with 90 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, I will estimate about $1.18 per serving. Good value overall.

Variants. Add fresh sliced mushrooms. Use fresh tomatoes but you will need tomato juice (just a bit) as well. If you like cheese, use the whole block. Variants add cost however but can change up the dish from one time you prepare it to the next. Add taco seasoning and use Cheddar cheese and you have a taco pasta dish.

Variants provided by good friend, Lynn Batterman, United States.
Toss in some Basil, Thyme, Oregano, and you have a great Italian dish. Leave out the sausage, but saute some chicken breast/thighs first, then add the rest with the herbs, and it's Chicken Cacciatore. Add paprika and you have Goulash. What you've done is reveal how EASY cooking can be... just add a few different herbs/spices, or even bake vs. pan fry, roast, and it becomes a whole different meal from a different country even though they are very similar. The biggest differences are the HOT dishes from various countries, India heat vs. Thai, vs. Jamaican, vs. Tex-Mex, is so different.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta Skillet

Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta Skillet
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Sounds really good, pasta and cheese with chicken, perfect. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta Skillet
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Sounds really good, pasta and cheese with chicken, perfect. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Using a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil and add in the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, then stir in the pasta, chopped tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and 2 1/2 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Let this simmer for about 10-12 minutes, stirring often until the pasta is tender. Add more water as needed.
  2. When the pasta is tender, stir in the heavy cream and chicken and continue simmering until the sauce is thickened just a bit. Remove from heat and mix in the Parmesan cheese and parsley. Top with the Mozzarella cheese and cover for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with a vegetable on the side for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Nothing really expensive in this dish, easily $1 per serving or less.

Shortcut: Heavy Cream.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Ham and Potato Casserole

Ham and Potato Casserole
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Sounds really good and easy and common ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ham and Potato Casserole
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Sounds really good and easy and common ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 180 C, get out a large backing dish, 9x13 should work, or use 2 smaller dishes.
  2. In a large non stick pan, cook the onion and bell pepper in butter until tender, then stir in the flour and salt and pepper to your liking. Add the milk and bring to a boil stirring constantly, once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer and stir in the cheese and mayo and stir until the cheese melts. Stir in the potatoes and ham and stir to coat everything.
  3. Pour into your baking dish and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

The ham would cost about 100 Baht for the 2 cups (think the thick sliced ham available at Makro), and the cheese would run about 90 Baht for 1 cup or about half a block of 250 grams. For 8 servings, this is about 70 cents per serving, excellent value for casserole with ham and cheese in it.

Adapted from an internet recipe.