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Fish in Garlic, Olive and Lemon Butter Sauce

  Spouse and I have been eating too much pork lately so I thought this would be a nice change from the usual.  I fried this rockfish in olive oil and was not so sure what to do with it.  Then I looked for some capers and found  I was out…so I ended up substituting […]

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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 […]

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Corned Beef

St. Patrick’s Day will be here in a few days.  But I couldn’t wait wait to have Corned Beef with Cabbage before it came, so here it is. This dish reminded me of Nilagang Baka and I always cooked it the Filipino-way, boiling it with onion and black peppercorn till it was falling apart.  Then […]

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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 […]

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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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Asparagus and Scallop Spaghetti

    My inspiration for this dish was the Shrimp and Scallops Pasta Spouse had at Cucina Colore last month.  It looked so good but I couldn’t taste it because it had shrimps.  Of course, there’s always a way to re-create a dish to suit you and so I did…and I even made it better […]

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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 […]

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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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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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A Healthy Fruit Dessert

Here’s a healthy alternative for dessert: Vanilla Yoghurt with Strawberries and Blueberries.

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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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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 […]

Salads They Will Love

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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