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Baubles, Bangles and Spaghetti Bolognese

    How do you make your Bolognese Sauce?  This is probably the oldest spaghetti sauce Filipinos are familiar with.  You might be wondering why I have that title on this post.  Its a tribute to a beloved aunt who is, undoubtedly,  the most colorful and vibrant among the sisters.  She had tons of bangles, […]


Mock Beef Caldereta

    Here’s a sorry attempt at plating a dish of beef caldereta.  Do you think I overdid it?  I really wasn’t going to post about this but decided I would at the last minute because of the attractively-colored vegetables.  This caldereta is missing a few key ingredients (which I’ll include in the recipe anyway) which […]


Tarte Tatin

Dare I publish a photo of my first Tarte Tatin?  Oh heck…why not? When I started this blog, I did say I was going to be honest. So here it is….my first Tarte Tatin…


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 […]



    I found a bottle of Italian Jardiniera at the grocery store the other week and thought it looked exactly what I needed to make the base of a Central Grocery Muffuletta.  It was perfect!  My Muffuletta creation turned out soo good, we’ve had it several times since we made the discovery.


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 […]


Deep Dish Apple Pie

There’s nothing I will cook that can bring as big a smile to Spouse’s and Stepson’s faces more than Deep Dish Apple Pie. It’s actually funny how I’m the one with memories of mother and homemade apple pie.  Anyone would guess I’d have memories of my mother and rice cakes, me being the Asian in […]


Indonesian Oxtail Soup

Sop Buntut is one of those favorite Indonesian dishes of mine, which I have never tried to cook before.  Now that I have this blog,  I thought it would be a good idea to to try cooking Indonesian dishes.  I lived for a very short time in Jakarta years ago and experienced real culture shock […]


Guinataang Sitaw and Kalabasa

    Longbeans and Squash cooked in coconut milk. This is plain “guinataan” unlike the spiced-up Squash Curry I previously made. Like the squash, I made this without any meats or shrimps.  Normally, I’d put in some “alugbati” leaves but they’re unavailable where I am.  I haven’t had alugbati in years…..ohhhh…what I’d give for another taste […]


Spiced Strawberry & Orange Crepes

  I got tired of eating our weekly supply of strawberries with oatmeal and cereal. Yes, it’s healthy but it does get boring.  I was dreaming up something with cream and alcohol…Yup, alcohol…hic! And yes… in the morning! Now don’t be an old fuddy-duddy…it’s nothing that’s going to turn  me into a drunk. What’s the […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Salad Nicoise

If you’re a carnivore like I’ve always been, you’ll understand why I say, a salad for lunch is like undeserved punishment.  It’s only after I got married a few years ago, that I started thinking of a more balanced diet and included salads in my regular fare.  But this particular one is so substantial and […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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