Jalapeño Popper Chicken Fries
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Fries
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This sounds good for a family get together, watching a sports game with friends, or even as a main dish served over rice or pasta with a salad on the side.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
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This sounds good for a family get together, watching a sports game with friends, or even as a main dish served over rice or pasta with a salad on the side.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, heat the oil then add the chicken, cook for about 4-5 minutes each side, remove from pan.
  2. Add the bacon and cook until just crisp, then add the garlic and jalapenos and fry until just fragrant. While the bacon is cooking, dice the chicken.
  3. Stir in the cream, salt, and pepper and let it simmer on low heat.
  4. Then stir in the cheese, then the chicken. Simmer for a few minutes to melt the cheese into the sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce over a large tray of hot french fries, hand everyone a fork, and dig in.
Recipe Notes

For the number of servings, this is low cost, only thing costly would be the cheese at about 180 Baht, but 10 servings, low cost overall.

Variant: 1. Make this a main dish served over rice or pasta and a salad on the side.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Cream of Carrot Soup
Cream of Carrot Soup
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This original recipe comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Cream of Carrot Soup
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This original recipe comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the stock to large pot and add the carrots, bring to a simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. When the carrots are good and tender, use an immersion blender to blend up the carrots, or as I will do, use a potato masher for a good work out 😉
  3. Then stir in the cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the cheese and simmer to melt in the cheese.
  4. When the cheese is melted in fully, serve and garnish with fresh grated or shredded Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Original recipe, and photo, provided courtesy of good friend, Mary Weinberger. Original recipe is here.
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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.

Easy Taco Pie
Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Optional Toppings
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease glass pie dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan and brown the beef until no longer any pink is visible. Break up the beef as it cooks with the spatula.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water and reduce heat, cook for a few minutes to reduce the liquid and makes a thick sauce.
  4. Add the beef to the prepared pie dish and spread to make an even layer.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, cream, garlic, salt, and pepper, mix together then pour over the beef.
  6. Top with the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg is set and the cheese starting to brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Serve with toppings of sour cream, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, or toppings of your choice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 125 Baht for the beef and about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, this is about $1.05 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use ground pork in place of beef.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patty J. Fike, and the original recipe is here.
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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
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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.
Thailand.

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.

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
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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
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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
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
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.
United States.