Homemade Ghee
Homemade Ghee
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Ghee is nothing more than clarified butter, meaning the milk solids are removed leaving nothing but the milk fat. Pure ghee can be stored on the counter, however, if there is any bit of milk solids not strained out, it can go rancid, so it is best to store in the fridge. This process uses a slow cooker due the controlled low temp.
Servings Prep Time
1 pint ghee, approximate 1 minute
Cook Time
2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 pint ghee, approximate 1 minute
Cook Time
2-3 hours
Homemade Ghee
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Ghee is nothing more than clarified butter, meaning the milk solids are removed leaving nothing but the milk fat. Pure ghee can be stored on the counter, however, if there is any bit of milk solids not strained out, it can go rancid, so it is best to store in the fridge. This process uses a slow cooker due the controlled low temp.
Servings Prep Time
1 pint ghee, approximate 1 minute
Cook Time
2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 pint ghee, approximate 1 minute
Cook Time
2-3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: pint ghee, approximate
Instructions
  1. Unwrap and place the butter in your slow cooker. turn the heat setting to Low, and leave the lid tilted to allow steam to escape.
  2. Allow to cook for 2-3 hours. Check at 2 hours. The milk solids should turn brown and sink to the bottom or stick to the sides of the cooker.
  3. Check at 2 hours, if the milk solids are not browned up, continue for another hour but keep checking on it.
  4. When the ghee is ready, place a strainer lined with cheesecloth, or a very fine meshed strainer, above another pot. Pour the ghee into the cheesecloth and allow the ghee to drain.
  5. Sterilize the jar or jars by just pouring in some boiling water then empty out and drain them them. You are not canning this, just making sure the jars are clean, as well as the lids.
  6. When the jars are dry, pour in the ghee, and allow to cool to room temp. Place the lids and rings on and place in the fridge.
  7. Use the ghee as needed in your cooking.
Recipe Notes

Variant: 1. Reuse mayo, pickle, or olive jars instead of mason jars.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Cheesy Chicken with Mushrooms
Cheesy Chicken with Mushrooms
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This sounds really good! Chicken and cheese, perfect! On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Cheesy Chicken with Mushrooms
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This sounds really good! Chicken and cheese, perfect! On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F), get out a 9x13 baking dish. Spread half of the sliced mushrooms in the bottom of the dish.
  2. Place the eggs and breadcrumbs in two separate bowls, you are making an assembly line for the chicken.
  3. Heat a large non stick and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Now place a chicken breast in the egg, then into the breadcrumbs patting them on as well, add the chicken to the hot pan and cook to golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes, not looking to cook the chicken through, just good and golden brown. Work in batches until all the chicken is browned, using additional butter as needed.
  4. As the chicken is browned, place on top of the mushrooms in the baking dish. Add the remaining mushrooms on top of the chicken, then top with the cheese.
  5. Pour the broth into the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown up and the chicken cooked through.
  6. Remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

One kilo of chicken breasts will cost about 60 Baht. The cheese will cost about 180 Baht for 250 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $1.90 per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Bread Crumbs.

This recipe is for Cheesy Chicken with Mushrooms is provided by Brown Eyed Baker.

Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Ingredients
For the Beef Meatballs
For the Chicken
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing we need to do is make the meatballs. Add all the Beef Meatball ingredients to a mixing and mix with your hands to combine. Shape into 1/2 to 3/4 inch meatballs, Place meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  2. For the chicken, place in a large pot and cover with water to an inch over the chicken. If you want to make the chicken broth, use skin on chicken breasts, add a sliced carrot, onion, celery, and some peppercorn, these are additional ingredients needed and NOT listed in the ingredients list. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a low boil and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp, this will provide you juicy chicken and a nice broth.
  3. When the chicken is cooled to room temp, remove from the pot and shred, then set the chicken aside. I using just water, discard that, if using the added ingredients, pour the broth through a strainer and set aside, discarding the contents of the strainer.
  4. Now onto the soup preparation. Melt the butter in a large pot, add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes until the veggies are softened.
  5. Add the broth you just made and additional water to make it 12 cups total, or just add 12 cups of broth you made from powder. Bring to a boil and taste, reduce heat to low, taste, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as desired. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Carefully add the meatballs and continue simmering for about 7-8 minutes, then add the pasta and cook for another 5 minutes, then add the spinach, then add the spinach.
  7. Simmer for another 30 minutes to heat the chicken through. If you simmer longer the flavors will blend more. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I make the beef meatballs. I will say fair cost for now.

Variant: 1. Add a handful or two of mushrooms, halved Straw mushrooms comes to mind, or sliced or chopped mushrooms of your choice.

This recipe is for Italian Wedding Soup is provided by Brown Eyed Baker.

Creamy French Onion Mac & Cheese
Creamy French Onion Mac & Cheese
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This sounds really good and no canned soup needed, which is always a bonus. On my to cook list. If you cannot find Gruyere cheese, just go with a mild Gouda or additional Swiss cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
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This sounds really good and no canned soup needed, which is always a bonus. On my to cook list. If you cannot find Gruyere cheese, just go with a mild Gouda or additional Swiss cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F). Lightly butter a 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a large non stick pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter on medium low heat. When melted and hot, add the onion and a pinch of salt as desired. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally until golden brown and reduced in volume, about 30 to 40 minutes. When cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. While the onion is cooking, heat a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, drain then set aside.
  4. Same pot used for the pasta, add the 4 tablespoons of butter and heat over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and smooth, then slowly pour in the milk, also whisking constantly until smooth, about 5 minutes. Now slowly pour in the evaporated milk, and you guessed it, whisking constantly until thickened.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheeses to the pot, reserve 2 tablespoons of Parmesan for later use, whisk until the cheese is melted into the sauce. Whisk in the nutmeg, mustard, and season to taste with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. To the pot, stir in the pasta and the onion and mix to coat well. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle the reserved Parmesan on the top.
  7. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  8. Cool for 3 to 5 minutes, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some Swiss and Gouda cheese, Gruyere would be a long shot where I live. I will say Low cost for now.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Beurre Blanc Sauce
Beurre Blanc Sauce
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This is a French sauce that is mostly white wine, cream, and butter, sounds good and will be on my to make list when I get some white wine again.
Servings Prep Time
1 cup of sauce 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup of sauce 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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This is a French sauce that is mostly white wine, cream, and butter, sounds good and will be on my to make list when I get some white wine again.
Servings Prep Time
1 cup of sauce 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup of sauce 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cup of sauce
Instructions
  1. For the butter, this is 2 sticks for the US people following this. Cut the butter in 1 tablespoon pieces and return to the fridge to keep cold.
  2. In a heavy 2 quart sauce pan, and the wine, vinegar, and shallot and bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to 2 to 3 tablespoons, about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the cream, salt, and white pepper and bring to a boil and hold that for 1 minute.
  4. Reduce heat to low, and add 2-3 tablespoons of butter and whisk constantly, until the butter is almost melted, then add a few more pieces of butter.
  5. Repeat until all the butter is incorporated into the sauce. Remove the pot from the heat often to let the mixture cool a bit and prevent the cream from breaking.
  6. When all the butter is mixed in, remove from heat and taste, adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  7. Now pour the sauce through strainer to remove the shallot.
  8. Serve over fish or chicken.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Garlic Butter Rice (Rice Cooker)
Garlic Butter Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is a wonderful side dish, and a rice cooker is used so you can concentrate on preparing the main dish, even better. I made this on 20 June 2018, perfect.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Garlic Butter Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is a wonderful side dish, and a rice cooker is used so you can concentrate on preparing the main dish, even better. I made this on 20 June 2018, perfect.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the first 5 ingredients in your rice cooker and mix evenly. Add the water. Set the cooker to the Cook setting. (After this photo, then the rice was added and mix together.)
  2. When the cooker switches to warm, fluff the rice with a spoon and taste, season with just a pinch of salt if needed. Serve as a side with any main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Whitefish & Capers
Whitefish & Capers
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This, is really good! I have never eaten capers or cooked with them, nor has the family, I have a new found favorite now! I recently bought jar of Spanish capers that I opened and used a tablespoon of capers and juice, perfect. I made this on 15 Nov 2017, well liked and enjoyed by the family, five people.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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This, is really good! I have never eaten capers or cooked with them, nor has the family, I have a new found favorite now! I recently bought jar of Spanish capers that I opened and used a tablespoon of capers and juice, perfect. I made this on 15 Nov 2017, well liked and enjoyed by the family, five people.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan with the oil over medium heat. Season the fillets with black pepper on both sides, cook the fillet pieces until just starting to brown on each side. Remove from pan. This photo is just after I turned them over.
  2. Same pan, add the wine and reduce a lot, then add the garlic, butter, and capers. Season with black pepper as desired. Simmer for a minute or two blend the flavors.
  3. Add the fillets back to the pan and spoon the sauce over them. Simmer until the fish is warmed through, and it should already flake easily with a fork.
  4. Serve with the sauce poured over the fish, sides could be pasta with garlic or anchovies, steamed rice, or even boiled or mashed potatoes with butter.
Recipe Notes

Two to three fillets of Pangasius (which would be my fish of choice in Thailand) would cost maybe 90 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 68 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Fish Chowder II
Fish Chowder II
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Another good sounding fish chowder recipe. On my to cook list for sure. Fish can be Pangasius, Sea Perch, Bass, Grouper, Tilapia, etc. Clam juice may be a bit of a stretch for me to find where I live, so if no clam juice, use fish stock, or 1/2 cup chicken stock + 1/2 cup water + 2 teaspoons fish sauce for each cup of clam juice needed.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
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Another good sounding fish chowder recipe. On my to cook list for sure. Fish can be Pangasius, Sea Perch, Bass, Grouper, Tilapia, etc. Clam juice may be a bit of a stretch for me to find where I live, so if no clam juice, use fish stock, or 1/2 cup chicken stock + 1/2 cup water + 2 teaspoons fish sauce for each cup of clam juice needed.
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. Heat oil and butter in a large pot on medium heat, when hot, add onions and saute until softened, not browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Then add the wine and increase heat and reduce the liquid by half.
  2. Add the clam juice, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning, bay leaf, thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If the potatoes are not quite covered with liquid, add just enough water so they are covered. Bring to just a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. In another small pot, heat the cream until steamy but do not boil it. Stir in the fish then the cream into the large pot, and cook uncovered until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, maybe 10 minutes or so, stir occasionally.
  4. When the fish is cooked through, remove from heat and stir in the parsley.
  5. Can serve at this point but if you let this sit for 30 minutes or so, covered, then heat to just steaming over low heat, the flavors will blend much more for a more flavorful chowder.
  6. Serve with bread or oyster crackers (which I am going to make as well soon).
Recipe Notes

For the fish, if you went with Pangasius, this is about 128 Baht/1 kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 63 cents per serving.

Variants: This recipe screams of variants. 1. Add shrimp, oyster meat, scallops. Remember to adjust cooking times to account for add ins. 2. Add mushrooms. 3. In place of Old Bay Seasoning, add a pinch of paprika and cayenne pepper.

This recipe for Fish Chowder is from Simply Recipes.

Pork Ragu
Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
For the Ragu
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Ragu
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. While the pot is heating, in a large bowl, season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork on all sides, about a minute per side, remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pot and then add the sausage, break up the sausage with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. To the pot, add the onion and carrot and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and cheese rind if you have that. Mix together then add the meat back to the pot and stir in. Season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, the meat should be fall apart tender and the sauce slightly thickened. Use two forks and shred the pork and stir into the sauce.
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the butter, when melted, stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Turn off the heat and add your cooked pasta and toss to evenly coat the pasta.'
  2. Serve the ragu over the pasta and garnish with Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Figure 85 Baht for the pork shoulder and 50 Baht for the sausage, if you make the sausage yourself from pork shoulder, the cost would be much less. For 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. This screams of using a slow cooker to simmer the ragu.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Graham Crackers
Graham Crackers
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This sounds interesting. In the province where I live, these crackers are not available here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Graham Crackers
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This sounds interesting. In the province where I live, these crackers are not available here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Ingredients
Topping, Optional
Servings: 2 inch squares
Instructions
  1. Add the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl, and mix together. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or large sturdy fork, until the mixture is the consistency of coarse meal.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla extract, then add to the flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together into a sticky and very soft ball.
  3. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and dust with flour, turn out the dough onto the plastic wrap and pat into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap in the plastic then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight is fine.
  4. When you are ready to roll out the crackers, make the Topping by just mixing those two ingredients in a small bowl, set aside.
  5. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper. If you have two racks in your oven, position one to lower and one to higher and use two sheets. If only one rack, then just use the center rack.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, cut in half and and return one half to the fridge. Lightly flour your work surface and unwrap and place the dough on the floured surface.
  7. Lightly flour the top, roll out to 1/8 inch thick, by rolling out to a larger rectangle or square. Cut into 2 inch squares with a pastry cutter wheel.
  8. Place the squares on a baking sheet, sprinkle with topping if desired, refrigerate for about 30 to 45 minutes to firm up the crackers. Repeat the rolling and chilling with the other half of dough.
  9. Make some holes in the crackers for decoration just prior to baking, about 9 even spaced holes using the flat end of a wood skewer.
  10. If using two racks and two sheets, place both sheets in the oven and bake for 15-25 minutes, swapping the top and bottom sheets half way through cooking if using two sheets, until browned and slightly firm to the touch.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, now you have graham crackers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.