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Zucchini Bread for the Diabetic

    I made some adjustments to my usual recipe for Zucchini Bread and turned it into a healthier and lighter one even my diabetic mother can enjoy with a clear conscience. Actually, this bread I’m making is my “pasalubong” or souvenir for my mom when I see her next week.  I used part whole […]

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Fish And Chips

I’m back and it’s all because my 93-year old uncle found my blog when he entered his name on google and found a post I wrote a couple of years back about our family and soybeans. Go check it out to understand the strange connection. Now, I’m in touch through email with my cousin like […]

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Cauliflower and Cheese

Cauliflower – another vegetable I’m not exactly crazy about. Call it the lily-livered cousin of a broccoli….judging solely on its color that is.  In fact, this vegetable is from the same family, Brassicaceae, as the broccoli. Despite its lack of coloration, it is a vegetable packed with vitamins and minerals that are all good for […]

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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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Pork Steak

    Filipinos usually call this dish “Pork Steak” which I always thought was a misnomer.  It’s  based on the Filipino favorite “Bistek” which uses beef. The basics of this manner of cooking is marinating your meat or fish in a soy sauce, calamansi, black pepper marinade for at least an hour.  The meat or […]

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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 […]

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Packed Lunch Omelette

    This ground pork omelette was a regular packed lunch item when my siblings and I were in elementary school. I can still remember that scent when you first opened your plastic lunch box at the school canteen.  It was a mixture of the pork, the bell peppers and the plastic. This always came […]

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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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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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Baubles, Bangles and Spaghetti Bolognese

    How do you make your Bolognese Sauce?  This is probably the oldest spaghetti sauce Filipinos are familiar with.  You might be wondering why I have that title on this post.  Its a tribute to a beloved aunt who is, undoubtedly,  the most colorful and vibrant among the sisters.  She had tons of bangles, […]

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Trustworthy Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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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Eat Your Vegetables!

Do you like eating raw vegetables that’s not lettuce or tomatoes?  Just the thought of it used to send shivers up my spine. But then, I was put to shame by my pseudo-grandkids a few years ago.  Their mom likes serving crudites with dips on occasion and it would’ve been embarrassing if I didn’t at […]

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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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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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