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High Altitude Cream Scones

  These scones are the second batch I made for the clotted cream I featured in an earlier post. It’s an easy recipe from www.joyofbaking.com which I adapted to suit baking at higher altitudes. We’re about 6,500 feet above sea level.  The altitude can wreak havoc on the texture and over-all success of your  baked […]

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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 […]

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Chicken and Pork Adobo

Adobo is the acknowledged Philippine national dish. When Eldest Sister went on a diet years ago, you could ask her kids what her favorite dish was and they’d all say, “Adobo Kangkong.” Yup, you can cook vegetables, meats, seafood (mussels adobo is fantastic) and fish using this method.  You’ll probably find this dish anywhere you […]

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Garlic, Spinach & Cheese Mushrooms

  This was sooo good, even I was surprised!  The recipe is my own concoction based on several recipes I’ve been looking at in various websites.  This has spinach, garlic, mozarella and feta cheeses.  The combination was just as I had imagined it – perfect! I just hope I can do it as well the […]

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Double Almond Cookies

I like making Oatmeal Raisin cookies when Spouse and I go on a road trip.  I’ve been doing this for years now.  He makes the Bacon and Egg Sandwiches we usually have for brunch on the road.  Then I  have a thermos of hot coffee and another for iced water.  I also pack some trail […]

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Pre-Valentine’s Day Lamb Stew

A stew is always considered comfort food.   It’s best eaten when you’re curled up in your barcalounger on a cold, snowy winter’s night…with a wood fire slowly ablaze in the fireplace.   Darn, weathermen predicted today would only be  cloudy in Colorado! But it’s still going to be cold tonight…mmm.  But, (“but” can sometimes be good) […]

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Cupcake Experiment: Pandan Cupcake

    This  experiment was a success, if I might say so myself.  The cupcakes had that very delicate pandan flavor…not at all overpowering as I thought it would be.  I meant for the green and pink tints to be much lighter but that can be corrected next time.  The recipe is based on a Vanilla Cupcake recipe from that […]

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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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Chicken and Bottle Gourd Soup

    I looked around for the English translation of this commonly used vegetable in the Philippines which we call “upo” and  almost identified it as winter melon.  Apparently, the winter melon is  “kundol” back home.  This vegetable pictured above is a bottle gourd.  It’s a light and delicately flavored vegetable we often use sauted […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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

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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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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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