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Lasang Pinoy 12, Distinctly Pinoy with a Twang: Italian Adobo

  Lasang Pinoy, the Filipino food blogger’s event,  has a very interesting theme this month:  Distinctly Pinoy with a Twang. Pinoy Fusion. Philippine cuisine, as we know it, is even now a fusion of various influences:  Malay, European, American, Chinese and Arab influences….a veritable melting pot of the various cultures that left an impact on […]

Blueberry Pie

I’m experimenting on a new pie crust recipe…just because.  Do you think it looks good?  It was really good… This one has unsalted butter and a little Crisco.  This is not my usual, plain Crisco pie crust which is a no-fail recipe I remember  my mother making with a recipe from her old American Cook […]

Thin Crust Pizza

Spouse and I have been going over the Sopranos DVDs again…for about the 5th time if I’m not mistaken.  When this happens, my craving for Italian food is stronger and it reflects on our meals and now in this blog.  You could probably call me an ideal subject for hypnosis. I’ve tried several pizza crust recipes and […]

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 […]

Osso Buco

I’ve been cooking a lot of heavy dishes the past few days.  ‘Tis the season for all those rich recipes to come out and Osso Buco served over plain-boiled polenta sounds perfect for another cold, snowy day in Colorado…. Yesterday morning, Spouse and I went up to Denver and drove through the beautiful and cold […]

Shrimp Fried Rice

    Think about this…Fried Rice is probably the most unique dish that comes out of your kitchen.  What’s in your fried rice all depends on what’s in your refrigerator and that will differ from household to household and even from time to time…because we never have all the same leftovers.

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Breakfast anyone? ? I got a pack of frozen blueberries after reading they are just as good for baking as fresh blueberries.? Blueberries are expensive this time of the year but I wanted to start the year right by getting more of the Super Foods in our diet. Okay, part of the reason I chose […]

Pear and Rhum Pound Cake

You’ve seen the pan, now here’s the cake…ta-dah! Did you notice the cake is lopsided?  You wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t say a word, right?  Not so bad.  The cake was great whichever pan you used.  Can’t really go wrong with a combination of pear and rhum. This recipe is based on a  Pear […]

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 […]

Corned Beef Sandwiches

  We’re a bit busy today so I just made some Corned Beef Sandwiches for lunch.  They’re good ones though.  I used Sara Lee Corned Beef Slices from the supermarket for my sandwich meat.   The bread is Orowheat’s Oatnut bread with lots of whole grains.  I also use a mix of horseraddish and mayo for […]

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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

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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