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Singapore Chicken Rice

I’ve always, always loved this dish….from the time I first set foot in Singapore on a Christmas Eve years ago.My friends and I promptly went to a hawker center on Scotts Road the next day for my first taste of this Singaporean staple in the Lion City. The origins of Singapore Chicken Rice goes all […]

Easy, Everyday Salad

    Here’s an interesting alternative to your everyday garden salad with bottled ranch dressing.  It’s easy to prepare, but not quite as simple as opening that bottled dressing. Like most things in the kitchen, a little bit of effort will be well worth it…which you’ll only realize in the eating. With the kalamata olives […]

Cauliflower and Cheese

Cauliflower – another vegetable I’m not exactly crazy about. Call it the lily-livered cousin of a broccoli….judging solely on its color that is.  In fact, this vegetable is from the same family, Brassicaceae, as the broccoli. Despite its lack of coloration, it is a vegetable packed with vitamins and minerals that are all good for […]

Double Almond Cookies

I like making Oatmeal Raisin cookies when Spouse and I go on a road trip.  I’ve been doing this for years now.  He makes the Bacon and Egg Sandwiches we usually have for brunch on the road.  Then I  have a thermos of hot coffee and another for iced water.  I also pack some trail […]

Corned Beef with Mashed Potatoes with Leeks

  I found another interesting way of making mashed potatoes in another Filipino blog, Rice and Noodles.  This is flavored with leeks and much lighter than what I’m used to, a pleasant change from the heavy butter and cream mashed potatoes I usually make As I mentioned in a past entry on corned beef, the […]

Shrimp Gambas

I made this easy Shrimp Gambas to go with my shrimp-less paella from yesterday. For starters, I took some 200 grams of peeled shrimp and just heated some olive oil in a pan and stir-fried them with some crushed garlic, salt and white pepper.  Soon as I spied some browning in the shrimps, I turned […]

Cooking the Perfect Steak at Home

    Forgive this photo of my half-eaten dinner, I originally had no intention of making this dinner a blog entry.  I was just happily chomping away when it hit me – this steak was perfectly cooked!  Why is it perfect?  Look closely, there’s only a little run-off from the meat itself.  The juices stayed in the meat because it had […]

Steak & Guinness Pie

An Irish stew flavored with the essential Guinness Stout underneath a flaky, scrumptious pie crust…it was rich and substantial and not so hard to prepare. Thank goodness our Colorado weather cooperated and gave us another cool day so I could try this pie.  Some weeks back, I read about it in another Filipino food blog, […]

Cupcake Experiment: Pandan Cupcake

    This  experiment was a success, if I might say so myself.  The cupcakes had that very delicate pandan flavor…not at all overpowering as I thought it would be.  I meant for the green and pink tints to be much lighter but that can be corrected next time.  The recipe is based on a Vanilla Cupcake recipe from that […]

Pepper Steak

Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook: Kitchen Library Containing Good and Easy Cookbook and New Cookbook (Everything You Need to Know to Cook)  This is another dish I’ve never cooked before.  It’s from Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook again.  There are still so many recipes there waiting to see the light of my kitchen. I have no idea […]

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Trustworthy Reviews

Cast Iron Skillet

  I just love my cast iron skillet! I got it for under $25 at the ever-reliable Walmart a few months back and have used it several times since. This is a 12-inch skillet by Lodge Logic of Tennessee.  This company has been in business since 1896, so you can be assured they know what […]

Silicone Bundt Pan

I just tried this  Hamilton Beach Professional Rose Bunt (sic) Pan that I got at the outlet store, Kitchen Collection.  Original price was $9.99 and a comparable price on the tag says $12.99. The store gave us a very reasonable price of $4.47 (not including sales tax) mainly because we braved the crowds at the […]

Pots and Pans Crazy

It’s hard to imagine a frying pan getting controversial but it did in one popular food blog. I’ve never met anyone who was so sensitive that the mere mention of a certain type of pan could send them ballistic and rabid. I don’t think I want to meet anyone like that. The incident really caught […]

Fish Fry Pan

  I’m so happy to report  I finally got a fish pan for my kitchen!  It’s a 12-inch oval fry pan by Wolfgang Puck that also comes with a lid.   I got it for a very good bargain on Ebay, new but not flawless.  It had some scratches on the handle…something I wouldn’t have noticed if I wasn’t so anal about handwashing […]

Salads They Will Love

Filipino Macaroni Salad

    Every Filipino has probably disparaged our very unique Macaroni Salad, as I have.   It’s not the usual macaroni, mayo and dill pickle concoction you’ll find everywhere else in the world.  I guess you could call it a bit “confusilcated” as Spouse likes to say.  A little bit of this, a little of that…and so much more.  It’s […]

Hail Caesar!

My very first job was for a five-star restaurant group with its head office located in Bistro Burgos in Makati.  Bistro Burgos was the first bistro in the Philippines by the way.  Everyday, the restaurant manager, Mang Johnny, would supervise the making of the day’s Caesar Salad Dressing just before the restaurant opened for lunch.  It […]

A Mix of Fruits

      I don’t think this quailifies as a salad although I put it in that category. It’s really just a mix of fruits I intended would be a salad with lemon juice and honey….when I started out anyway.  Once I tasted how naturally sweet the melons were, I thought it would be a […]

Mama’s Ensalada

This is a salad my mom came up with way back when I was in my teens. It’s a very Filipino salad using the commonly used vegetables, bataw or hyacinth bean and sigadillas, also called winged bean in English. This is just another was you can use these readily available vegetables, aside from adding it […]

Philippine-Style Potato Salad

    The Potato Salads I’ve had in the US are just plain potatoes with mayo, mustard, onions and dill pickles….pretty boring I thought. Filipinos do potato salad a bit differently. I only realized this when I brought a huge bowl to an outdoor, going-away barbecue for my husband’s former officemate. Everyone looked at my […]

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