DIY Chowder

DIY Chowder
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This is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Chowder. This is what I have come up with for you to make a different chowder each time you prepare this. The basics are you need a fat, vegetables, stock, evaporated milk or cream and milk, and seafood.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
DIY Chowder
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This is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Chowder. This is what I have come up with for you to make a different chowder each time you prepare this. The basics are you need a fat, vegetables, stock, evaporated milk or cream and milk, and seafood.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
For Fat - pick 1 item to use
For Vegetables - pick 1 or more items to use, some are required
For Stock - pick 1 item to use
For Cream - pick 1 item to use
For Seafood - pick 1 or more items to use
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Some good combinations:

    If using whitefish, mushroom or vegetable stock works well, plus onion, carrot, daikon, spring onion, and mushrooms. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.

    If using clams or oyster meat, with the juice they come in, chicken or vegetable stock work well, plus onion, carrot, and potatoes. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.

    For a seafood type chowder, go with a mushroom or vegetable stock, and a little of each seafood listed, plus onion, carrot, potato or daikon. and mushrooms. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.
  2. Let's get started. In a medium size pot, heat the bacon fat or butter, when hot, add the onion and saute until softened and starting to brown up.
  3. Add the stock of your choice, the carrot, and 1-3 vegetables of your choice and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. As that is simmering add the fish or seafood of your choice, then add the evaporated milk or cream and milk, season with salt and pepper as desired. If using mushrooms add those as well.
  4. Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes to cook the seafood through and the carrot, and potatoes or daikon are tender.
  5. Ladle into bowls and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

This can be low cost up to high cost depending on what seafood you use.

My own creation, Lee Thayer.
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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
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
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.

Potato, Mushroom, and Chicken Hash

Potato, Mushroom, and Chicken Hash
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This sounds delicious, and is easily change to suit your tastes, can make this different each time you prepare it or customize it to make your own creation.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Potato, Mushroom, and Chicken Hash
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This sounds delicious, and is easily change to suit your tastes, can make this different each time you prepare it or customize it to make your own creation.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the potatoes, you can peel if you want, certainly not required, dice the potatoes to about 3/4 inch cubes. Place potatoes in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes until just nearly fork tender. Drain potatoes and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms are just starting to brown. Then add the chicken and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, pepper, and the thyme. Saute for 3-4 minutes until the chicken is nearly cooked through. Remove everything from the pan and set aside.
  3. Same pan, quickly wipe that out with a paper towel then add the remaining oil and heat over medium high heat. When hot, add the potatoes and let cook without stirring for 5-6 minutes, then add 1/2 teaspoon salt, stir the potatoes and cook, stirring often until well browned, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the chicken and mushrooms mixtures, cream, and parsley. Cook until the chicken is heated through.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost about 35 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 26 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Top each serving with a fried sunny side up egg or two. 2. Change the types of mushrooms you use each time, like button, Shiitake, Shimeji, King Oyster. 3. Add a diced bell pepper.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

White Wine Garlic Shrimp

White Wine Garlic Shrimp
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Sounds really good and pretty straight forward recipe as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Sounds really good and pretty straight forward recipe as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pan on medium heat, melt the butter and add the garlic and saute for a minute or so, then add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for about 2 minutes per side until pink and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set them aside.
  2. Same pan, add the wine and tomatoes and cook for several minutes, then stir in the milk and cream and cook for a few more minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and stir until wilted, Taste and season as needed with salt and pepper, then stir in the Parmesan. Simmer until the cheese is melted and the sauce thickened.
  4. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir them in to fully coat the shrimp, cook for another minute or two to warm the shrimp through.
  5. Serve over pasta or rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht/500 grams of large white shrimp from Tesco, you may find them cheaper from local fishermen or farms. For 2 servings, this is about $2.20 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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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.

Creamy Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Shrimp Pasta
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This comes from a good friend, and her recipes have never failed me. I love pasta and shrimp, this sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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This comes from a good friend, and her recipes have never failed me. I love pasta and shrimp, this sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water until just tender, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the shrimp and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of paprika or according to your taste. Toss the shrimp to make sure they are all seasoned.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and add the oil, when hot, add the shrimp and stir often to cook until pink on all sides, takes just a few minutes then quickly remove them from the pan to a plate.
  4. Same pan, add the butter and onion and cook, stirring often until golden brown, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Now stir in the white wine and cook this to reduce to 25% of the liquid remaining in the pan.
  5. When the wine is reduced, stir in the cream and bring to a low boil then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes. Now sprinkle on the Parmesan and stir only until smooth and creamy, simmer for a minute or two then turn off the heat, do not let it get to a boil. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper, and paprika as desired.
  6. Stir in the shrimp then the pasta and toss to coat the pasta.
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan and parsley.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht/500 grams of large shrimp. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

This recipe for Creamy Shrimp Pasta is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. The recipe calls for canned clams, chopped, with juice, not baby clams. If you have the chopped clams available in your location, very good. What I am going to do is use the small oyster meat available at Tesco here first. This is the oyster meat available at Tesco. These containers will be on ice with the fresh fish. Pour the oysters and liquid (no need to chop them as they will shrink when cooked) in a measuring cup, the amount of liquid is between 3/4 and 1 cup, I poured the liquid out to make is just 3/4 cup, and I used 3 containers for 2 1/4 cups of oysters and liquid.
  2. Heat a large pot on medium heat and add the bacon, cook until crispy, remove the bacon to a plate with paper towels to drain, set aside. Pour out the fat but leave 3 tablespoons in the the pot.
  3. Same pot, add the carrot, onion, and celery and cook on medium heat until the vegetables are starting to brown and soften, stir often. Mix in the flour and stir continuously for 1 minute, then add the broth, clams and their juice, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, thyme, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil.
  4. Prep the potatoes now, diced, skin on or off is up to you. Add the potatoes to the soup and stir in the milk and cream, once boiling, reduce to a light simmer and cover, simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes or so.
  5. Once the potatoes are tender, taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking, serve with bacon and cilantro sprinkled on top of each bowl.
Recipe Notes

I used 3 containers of oyster meat with liquid, 45 Baht per container, so 135 Baht for oysters. For 8 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Use oyster meat in place of chopped clams for the chowder base. 2. Add peeled and deveined shrimp, crab, imitation crab, whitefish, or mushrooms.

This recipe for Clam Chowder is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Sipo Egg II

Sipo Egg II
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is a creamy version of this side dish, and certainly sounds good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is a creamy version of this side dish, and certainly sounds good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, add the oil and butter, when hot, the shrimp, cook the shrimp about a minute on each side, remove the shrimp and set aside.
  2. Same pan, add a splash of oil if the pan is dry and cook the onion and garlic until the onion is soft, then add the carrots and peas and stir often and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, hold that for 1 minute then reduce to medium heat. Add the shrimp and quail eggs and stir in.
  4. Add the soup and cream, stir to mix well, add the cashews, season with salt and pepper. Simmer for a minute or two to heat everything through and thicken a bit.
  5. Serve as a side with any dish.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 20 Baht for the quail eggs, and about 75 Baht for the shrimp, both locally obtained in local markets. For 6 servings, this is about 44 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Provided by Panlasang Pinoy and the link to this recipe is here.
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Creamy Skillet Chicken

Creamy Skillet Chicken
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe comes together fast so you will want all your ingredients ready.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Creamy Skillet Chicken
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe comes together fast so you will want all your ingredients ready.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the egg noodles in a pot of salted water until tender, drain, keep warm. Toss occasionally to prevent them from sticking.
  2. Add the flour to a shallow dish, season with salt and pepper as desired. Coat each piece of chicken with the flour on both sides, shake off the excess and set aside.
  3. In a large heavy bottomed non stick pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil, when hot, add the chicken and cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Just let them cook, no need to fiddle with them. Turn them over and cook the other side until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan and add the mushrooms and cook stirring once in a while until they just start to brown and release their liquid, about 5 minutes then add the garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Now add the Cream cheese and stir until melted, then stir in the cream and milk and season with salt and pepper as desired. Add the chicken back to the pan, cover and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over and simmer for another 7 to 10 minutes or until juices run clear. Place the warm egg noodles, heat them again if needed, on a serving tray or in a baking dish. Place the chicken on top of the noodles.
  6. Add the spinach to the same pan, cover until wilted, about 5-6 minutes, stir and mix into the sauce and season with salt and pepper as desired. Pour the sauce over the chicken and noodles, serve with a vegetable on the side.
Recipe Notes

Figure 70 Baht for 4 chicken breasts, and about 75 Baht for the Cream cheese. For 4 servings, this is about $1.07 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Swiss & Bacon Potato Casserole

Swiss & Bacon Potato Casserole
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Sounds great, lot of options here as well. I made this on 5 Oct 2017, and certainly a Go-To potato dish now! The family and I loved this.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-75 minutes
Swiss & Bacon Potato Casserole
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Sounds great, lot of options here as well. I made this on 5 Oct 2017, and certainly a Go-To potato dish now! The family and I loved this.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-75 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grease a 8x8 baking dish with butter.
  2. Thee potatoes sliced with a mandolin.
  3. Onion diced, cheese shredded (I use blocks and shred myself), bacon cooked and chopped, and the flour.
  4. Mix together the onion, cheese, bacon, flour, then season as desired with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread 1/3 of the potatoes on the bottom of the baking dish, then spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the potatoes. Repeat the layers two more times, cheese mixture will be last.
  6. Mix together the cream and milk and pour over the top of the casserole.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  8. Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 180 Baht for the cheese, and the bacon, can get that for around 100 Baht. For 6 side dish servings, this is about $1.37 per serving, not a cheap side dish but sounds really good with the Swiss cheese, good for a once in a while side dish for sure.

Variants: 1. Change the bacon to cubed ham or cooked and diced chicken. 2. Add diced green bell pepper, change the onion to chopped spring onion.

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