Ginisang Ampalaya Leaves with Tinapa

Ginisang Ampalaya Leaves with Tinapa

Although indigenous ingredients from the Philippines have become more accessible for us Filipino-American consumers in recent years, there are still food stuffs that are hard to come by. The sturdy okra, eggplant, long beans and kalabasa are readily available year round but fragile ampalaya leaves, saluyot or kalabasa flowers are not as easy to find….

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Shrimp-charon

Shrimp-charon

My daughter and I share a deep love for food. One of our favorite activities together is trying out new restaurants and re-visiting favorite ones. She’s down from Northern California for my birthday week and we’ve spent the last few days eating to our heart’s content. Sigh, bye waist. Yesterday’s lunch out was at a…

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Coconut Lime Chicken

Coconut Lime Chicken

I’ve seen enough in my 44 years of life that I can almost  say, nothing amazes me anymore. I say almost because, over the 4th of July weekend, I walked in on G in the kitchen and he totally floored me. The guy loves to cook as much as I do so no suprise there….

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How to Toast Coconut

How to Make Toasted Coconut

Oh what a day what a day this day is turning out to be! I woke up early this morning to find close to 50 comments waiting for moderation on the blog and about a dozen emails in my inbox, all happy wishes from readers for my birthday. Awww, you guys! Thank you, thank you!…

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Happy-45th-Birthday-to-Me Giveaway

Happy 45th Birthday to Me Giveaway

Oh mah sweet, forty-five. As in 4-5! In a week! I’ll be 45 years old in a week. Please allow me a few minutes to freak out. Are you afraid? I mean, do you get scared about getting old? I am, I do, sometimes. Not about the deeper creases on my face. Or the less-perky…

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Chizza

Chizza

Soooo, what do we have here? Chizza, my friends! It’s chicken + pizza rolled into one fun bite (or bites, if we want to be technical). I’ve been seeing commercials and promotions for this ingenious mash up all over the internet these past few weeks and naturally, I was very much intrigued. KFC Philippines rolled out their…

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Pinakupsan

Pinakupsan

Although I boldly claim to make the meanest, baddest lechon kawali  and the moistest, crunchiest lechon sa hurno on this side of Southern California, there are times when I don’t want to be encumbered with their laborious cooking process. Cooking is an activity I enjoy and find therapeutic but sometimes, it’s all about quick and easy gratification. You know,…

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Kilayin

Kilayin

Ok, folks, I promised you plenty of delicious meal ideas from my last month’s trip to the Philippines and kilayin is next up (have you tried the ginataang seafood yet?) in our line up of fresh recipes. Quite similar to the Ilocano’s igado, kilayin is a classic Kapampangan delicacy wherein diced pork, liver and heart…

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Melon Chiller

Melon Chiller

I bought two large cantaloupes yesterday intending to enjoy them a la agua fresca over the weekend. I was, however, browsing through Raymund’s Ang Sarap site today and saw a version of melon juice with added milk.  Sweet cantaloupe shreds in a rich, creamy liquid sounded so refreshingly delicious, I hastily read his recipe and proceeded to…

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Kung Pao Shrimp

Kung Pao Shrimp

Do you know I have another cooking blog? Of course you do. I’ve mentioned that here a gazillion times. Still, let me tell you more about it. My other site is called Onion Rings and Things and it is all about everyday comfort foods. I haven’t been posting recipes there as often I should and…

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