Featured Recipes

Pasta Fazool

Two years ago, Stepson gave us “A Goomba’s Guide to Life” by Steven R. Schiripa.  Schiripa is better known as Bobby Bacala of HBO’s The Sopranos.  Spouse and I  really enjoyed that book and the show. Since Spouse grew up in New Jersey and his grandparent’s and parent’s last home was just a few blocks […]

Arroz con Pollo 2: Cuban-Style

    Here’s another Cuban-style Arroz con Pollo recipe, second in a series I said in a previous post I would undertake for this blog. Between this recipe and the first one, I prefer this one for flavor. Although, I think I’ll marry the two recipes and come up with a better one that will […]

Mushrooms Stuffed with Feta, Pepperoni and Spinach

    I saw these gorgeous and big mushrooms in the supermarket the other day and immediately thought of stuffed mushrooms.  As an experiment, I made a few changes to a surprisingly good recipe I came up with earlier.  My idea was I’d use up a couple of ingredients that have been sitting in my refrigerator […]

Low Fat Spinach Quiche

I’ve made this low-fat Spinach Quiche one of my regular stand-by lunch recipes for some time now.  Spinach is one of those Super Foods packed with vitamins and minerals, best when boiled and not raw.  I read this trivia in our local paper and was pretty relieved cause raw spinach is not my favorite thing in […]

Beef Bourguignon

    This recipe is from the late Juliia Child.  It’s one of the classic French dishes she featured on her first cooking show on PBS, The French Chef.  If I’m not mistaken, this was the first she actually featured on that show produced by Russell Morash, the same producer who today, gives PBS audiences “This Old […]

Bibingkang Galapong

It’s Christmas everywhere and in the Philippines no other treat says Christmas more than this rice cake.  It’s available year round in most places.  During the Christmas season, churches everywhere will have vendors setting up shop in the wee hours of the morning.  These vendors will be selling  bibingka or puto bumbong and cooking them […]

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

    The combination of raspberries with chocolate is a recipe for the most luscious desserts or cakes. I previously featured a cake recipe with these two main ingredients. It failed in the aesthetics department but certainly was perfect in every other aspect.  There’s the sweetness of the cake, the bitterness of the chocolate and […]

Peek Into A Rhubarb Pie…

    The pie vents on the top crust were a little lopsided so I decided to use a close shot of this Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie I made for July 4th. Take a peek into the pie, please… I was reading about this vegetable in our local paper, The Gazette , and remembered a story […]

Mr. Bean Car Cake

The recipe I used for this cake was actually not a good choice.  It’s called a Kentucky Butter Cake and I found it in the website www.allrecipes.com I have to admit I was impressed with all the positive feedback the recipe generated.  It’s just too sweet for our taste and if I ever do this […]

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 […]

More Recipes

Trustworthy Reviews

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Salads They Will Love

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 […]

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 […]

Green Bean Salad

Can you tell the weather is getting better here?  It shows in my cooking and in this blog….finally moving away from the heavy stews and soups. This is another recipe from The Sopranos Family Cookbook.  It was simple and easy to make. I love that it’s also light and healthy.  Served with a crusty roll, or […]

Eat Your Vegetables!

Do you like eating raw vegetables that’s not lettuce or tomatoes?  Just the thought of it used to send shivers up my spine. But then, I was put to shame by my pseudo-grandkids a few years ago.  Their mom likes serving crudites with dips on occasion and it would’ve been embarrassing if I didn’t at […]

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 […]

More Salad Recipes