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Portugese Sopa de Grao

    I’ve always been a soup person, and it’s a real surprise for me to find that not everyone is. Soups can be a whole, heavy meal in itself or a light lunch or in-between snack.  This soup of Portugese origins is a meal all by itself, light enough but substantial depending on how […]

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Fish in Garlic, Olive and Lemon Butter Sauce

  Spouse and I have been eating too much pork lately so I thought this would be a nice change from the usual.  I fried this rockfish in olive oil and was not so sure what to do with it.  Then I looked for some capers and found  I was out…so I ended up substituting […]

The Perfect Boiled Egg

There was a time when I didn’t even know what a perfect boiled egg was. I love boiled eggs, unlike majority of the world population I’m sure.  If you handed me a hard-boiled egg, I wouldn’t look at it with a discerning eye.  I’d just pop it into my mouth. When I needed hard-boiled eggs, […]

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Banana Walnut Cranberry Bread

All good things in one loaf.  Doesn’t that look like it’s ready to burst in luscious goodness guaranteed to make a great morning? I made this last Sunday for breakfast.  The recipe started out as plain old banana bread from my old stand-by Betty Crocker Cookbook.  I did go a little over the top when […]

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Masakan Indonesia: Nasi Goreng

We’ve all heard of this popular Indonesian dish at one time or another.  Before living in Jakarta for a short duration, my idea of Nasi Goreng was what’s called “Java Rice” – a bright orange-colored rice dish usually served with barbecued chicken at a popular Philippine chain of restaurants called Aristocrat. Of course, when you […]

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Mrs. Johnson’s Beef BBQ ala Bessie

Okay, this dish really doesn’t have a name…Bessie, my mom, just called it “Mrs. Johnson” and the name stuck.  Mrs. Johnson is actually the former American first lady, Lady Bird Johnson.  My mom found this recipe in some American magazine in the 60’s and turned it into her own.  It has very few ingredients, is […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Pumpkin Pie Experiment

I like pumkin pie. I know several Filipinos who don’t since we consider pumpkin or squash to be a vegetable and not at all something you would serve for dessert. But I like it.

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Chicken Marsala

Chicken…always on everyone’s grocery list and a staple in most households. In fact, chicken is the one thing religions do not single out as unclean and therefore excluded frpm their followers’ diet. Then came the Bird Flu when chicken and all fowls got a bad rap. While the flu hasn’t reached US shores and the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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Shrimp Salad

    This Shrimp Salad definitely qualifies as an easy summer lunch.  It requires a minimum of cooking, plus, it’s very light and cooling on a hot summer day.  I love that it looks so appetizing too. There have been heatwaves in both US coasts the last few weeks.  Thankfully, the summer has been pretty mild […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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