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Pan Seared Rib Eye

I made this Pan Seared Rib Eye steak for dinner last night using my trusty cast iron pan.  It’s a good recipe that would’ve been better if my steaks were an inch and a half thick.  I was so disappointed to find the steaks were onky about  half an inch thick each – there were […]

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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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Oven-baked Barbecue Pork Ribs

It was nice and cool the other day so I went ahead and cooked this barbecue ribs in the oven instead of taking out the grill.  I used half a bottle of Cattlemen’s Authentic Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce for about 2 pounds of pork ribs.  It’s the best I’ve tried so far. I like the hickory […]

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Arroz con Pollo 1 (Chicken with Rice)

  I have so many recipes for Arroz con Pollo which I still have to try.  This is a dish which most every Hispanic country calls their own.  Quite surprising to see how many different versions there are out there. There must be a different version for every country Spain colonized through the centuries. I’m […]

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Fish with Blackbeans

    After cooking a dish a couple of times, and introducing some of your own innovations, it becomes yours.  Like this Fish with Blackbeans and Tofu which has become one of mine and Spouse’s favorites. This recipe is based on a couple of recipes I used in the past. It’s evolved to be a […]

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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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Lemon Couscous with Spinach, Tomato and Mushrooms

Couscous is one of those things I was happy to discover when I got married and moved to the US.  It’s easy to make and there are a variety of healthy ways you can serve it. I buy the regular grocery store couscous in a box and prefer the flavored ones from Near East.  This […]

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Steak & Guinness Pie

An Irish stew flavored with the essential Guinness Stout underneath a flaky, scrumptious pie crust…it was rich and substantial and not so hard to prepare. Thank goodness our Colorado weather cooperated and gave us another cool day so I could try this pie.  Some weeks back, I read about it in another Filipino food blog, […]

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The Original French Toast with Homemade Orange Raspberry Sauce

    I was looking for a good recipe for French Toast this morning and stumbled on this interesting piece from Daniel Rogov.  Mr. Rogov clarifies that the French Toast did not originate in France as I always thought.  It’s origins are in Albany, New York where a tavern keeper of the 16th century by the […]

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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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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 […]

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Lemon Couscous with Spinach, Tomato and Mushrooms

Couscous is one of those things I was happy to discover when I got married and moved to the US.  It’s easy to make and there are a variety of healthy ways you can serve it. I buy the regular grocery store couscous in a box and prefer the flavored ones from Near East.  This […]

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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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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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Coleslaw

    I don’t know why I never featured Coleslaw here before.  Its one of our staples.   This one in the photo was drier than my usual since it had about half the mayo I usually put.  I’ve consciously been lessening meal portions and trimming some fats from a lot of recipes in the hopes that it will make […]

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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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