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German-Style Dinner

Dinner tonight was a German-style meal any Greta or Liezl can be proud to call their own.  Unfortunately, veal was not available at the commissary this week so I had to subsitute my wiener schnitzel with breaded pork chops.  But red cabbages are always available in any supermarket and that was enough to build on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup

  Lovely weather we’re having in Colorado…light snow and single-digit cold since yesterday and into the middle of next week!  Perfect night for a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup. My recipe is based on Jeff Smith’s Chicken and Noodles from “The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American” cookbook.  It’s a lovely, comforting soup with thyme and sage. […]

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 […]

Giniling na Baka, Turo-Turo Style

    Remember this dish? If you’re Filipino and grew up in the Philippines, you would.  If not, check out a cheap carinderia or turo-turo in any street corner in Metro Manila and chances are you’ll find it.  It’s cheap, it can feed a crowd depending on three variables:  how much rice you servewith it; […]

Salmon Tetrazzini

    When you mention tetrazzini, you get visions of pounds and pounds of turkey sitting in your refriegrator days after Thanksgiving.  You normally would not associate tetrazzini and canned salmon…but it’s a great way of serving fish to your family. We all know how good Omega-3 fatty acids are for our health.  It’s not […]

Eggs in Salsa

 NOTE:  This is just another of my pending posts that never got posted for one reason or another. This is pretty much like Eggs Diablo without the heat. This is one of the dishes I made to use up odds and ends in my refriegrator in preparation for the Big Move. It was actually pretty […]

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 […]

A Roast in the Pot!

  This used to be a weekly staple when Spouse and I were newly married almost 5 years ago.  I got the recipe from Jeff Smith aka the Frugal Gourmet. As usual, I made some changes likecooking it stovetop and adding brussels sprouts   The sprouts just seem to go perfectly with the roast.  Lately, I’ve […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Salads They Will Love

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tuna Salad with Farfalle

    I was trying to follow a recipe for this pasta salad but ended up making it my own way.  A cold pasta salad is always a perfect summer dish. This one is particularly healthy and light with the tuna and vegetables.

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