Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pork Center Cut Loin Fillet

Have you tried the Pork Center Cut Loin Fillet that can be bought in stores? My husband bought a Lemon Garlic flavored fillet and a peppercorn-flavored beef fillet. Both tasted good. You just bake it nice and easy, after a few minutes, it is good to go on your dinner table. You should try it. It might be a bit expensive but it's worth it. You can also prepare your own meat to taste like this. A good marinate will make it taste great!


Nikon Black Friday Ultimate Hunter's Package Deal

This is good news to those Nikon lovers and hunters out there. There is a Nikon Ultimate Hunter's Package Promo. It is an awesome and mind-blowing Black Friday Promotion from Nikon Sport Optics, NikonProGear and this year with a special presentation from Lee & Tiffany Lakosky! The Ultimate Hunter's Package contains:
-ProStaff 3-9x40 Riflescope with BDC Reticle
-ProStaff Laser Rangefinder
-Silent Technology Rangefinder Case
-Mastering a Long-range shot with BDC DVD
-$50 NikonProGear Gift Card

You can have all these in a great package, saving $144.90 on high quality hunting equipment. Also, Nikon Sport Optics is offering an extra $20 off on Nikon Action Extreme ATB 10x50 Binoculars. . These are high-quality, rugged binocularso offered for a limited time only.
But that’s not all – just for the Black Friday Promotion, Nikon and are expanding the Gift Card Promotion ($25 and $50 value) to include all of the following products – Nikon Monarch Binoculars, Trailblazer Binoculars, Nikon Action 10x50 Binoculars and ANY Nikon ATB Binoculars. Plus you can get special holiday prices on ProStaff Riflescopes, Nikon Monarch Rifle Scopes, Buckmasters and Omega Riflescopes! This is a deal that you would not want to miss so hurry and visit the website now to learn more about the promo.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am sure everyone is busy preparing for their thanksgiving dinner. My hubby and I will just go to a family's friend and spend thanksgiving lunch. We will also go to a friend's house for a thanksgiving dinner. I prepared frog-eyed salad already for tomorrow and hubby will bake a Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey tomorrow morning. Below is the recipe from our Taste of Home Recipe book. By the way, we also have pecan pies.

TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 4 hours + standing

2 large onions, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
3/4 cup butter, divided
2 loaves (1 pound each) day-old egg bread, cubed
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 turkey (16 to 18 pounds) with giblets and neck
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4-1/2 cups water, divided
1 medium carrot, halved
1 celery rib, halved
1 small onion, quartered
1 bay leaf
6 whole peppercorns
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large skillet, saute onions, celery and carrots in 1/2 cup butter until tender. In a bowl, combine bread cubes, onion mixture, broth, parsley and egg substitute.
Remove giblets and neck from turkey; cover and refrigerate. Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey with stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 2-qt. baking dish; refrigerate. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks with kitchen string. Place breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Melt remaining butter; brush over turkey. Sprinkle with garlic salt and paprika.
Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180° for turkey and 165° for stuffing, basting every 30 minutes after the first hour. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
For gravy, in a large saucepan, combine 4 cups water, carrot, celery, onion, giblets, neck, bay leaf and peppercorns. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 hour or until giblets are tender; strain broth and set aside.
Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 25-30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer. Remove turkey; cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving. Pour turkey drippings and loosened browned bits into a measuring cup; skim fat. In the saucepan used for the gravy, combine flour, salt and remaining water until smooth. Stir in the drippings and reserved broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with turkey and stuffing. Yield: 16-18 servings (3 cups gravy, 16 cups stuffing).

Chicken Noodle Soup

This is my other variation of the Chicken Noodle Soup or the Bean Thread (Sotanghon) Soup. It has yellow squash. The recipe is similar of course of the other chicken soup recipe I posted before. You can check the instructions there on how to cook this. The only difference is that I had mushrooms added with it instead of yellow or summer squash. Other than that, both have the same ingredients. Both taste good and my husband loves it!

Sears Pre-Thanksgiving Sale

I guess, this is the time that I have been waiting for. This is the time for me to buy a new blender during the Sears Pre-Thanksgiving Sale. I have checked Sears online and found out that all Kenmore cookware, bakeware & kitchen appliances and grills are on sale. I am interested more with this Kenmore red blender. I can save $10 if I will buy it. I know there are cheaper ones but Kenmore is a good brand. Maybe you knew already why I like to have a blender. If you have read my previous post, I was talking about our old blender which was broken. Currently, I am using a small portable blender which takes time to make smoothies. That is why I needed so badly to have this type of blender. Aside from the blender, I like also the Kenmore cookware. I think I need a new set of these too. I wish my husband will buy these for me this holiday season. It would be a nice gift and very useful for my kitchen. You too can choose the items you like at Sears' website. Don't miss their Pre-Thanksgiving Sale.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Beef and Cheese Dip

This is an easy and quick recipe for Beef and Cheese Dip. It is a little bit spicy and you may add more hot chili if you want. Kids would surely like this and even the grown-ups. I would definitely make this because I like it so much for my chips. Cheese is always my favorite with chips especially if it is more spicy and hot.

1 pound lean ground beef
1 can (4 ounces) chopped mild green chiles
1 pound processed cheese spread (Kraft Velveeta), cubed
1 bottle taco sauce
corn chips

Brown beef and drain well. In a skillet, add cheese, chili and taco sauce. Cook on medium high-heat until cheese is melted. Stir occasionally. Serve with corn chips.

Motorcycle Parts & Accessories

If you are looking for motorcycle parts and accessories, Cruiser Customizing can help you. They offer different parts and accessories of your favorite brand of motorcycle like kuryakyn, honda, yanaha and harley. Currently, they have items on sale so you can get what you want for your motorcycle in an affordable price. Visit the website and check more of their motorcycle parts and accessories on sale online..

Edamame for Salad

Edamame is actually a preparation of the baby soybeans in the pod. These pods are boiled in water together with salt, and served whole. Edamame is high in fiber and is good to serve with your regular diet. It can be served as an appetizer or added to any dish. By the way, the Japanese name literally means "twig bean."

Simply open pods and discard outer shells and enjoy it as a snack or you may add shelled, heated Edamame to your favorite stir-fry or salad. I like it without the shells to my salad. You should try it too. I bought this Edamame pack at Trader's Joe. It is fully cooked and salted so it is ready to eat.

Gorgeous Female Caddies at Royal Links Golf Club

To all bachelors out there, how about having a beautiful and sexy female caddy on your next golf game at the golf courses? I bet this will give you encouragement to play and would let you feel alright even if you will lose the game. Kidding aside, the Royal Links Golf Course is now offering a Female Caddy Service. These girl caddies are extremely attractive and outgoing young ladies that will keep the golfers company during their round and help with course arrangements like orientation, introduction to course personnel, call in food and beverage orders, maintaining scorecards, shopping assistance in the golf shop and other services designed to replicate the five-star assistance provided by major hotel concierges staff. They can also make repairs and do things for the golfers. I am talking about repairing divots, fixing ball marks, cleaning balls, cleaning clubs and helping with yardage, ball flight and obstacles. Additionally, they will serve as your personal hostesses during the round to eliminate any hassles or drudgeries and make the experience more pleasant, enjoyable and fun. I bet you want to play now. Visit the website to learn more about the services. You won't forget your next visit at the Las Vegas Golf Courses.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Frog-Eyed Salad

Frog-Eyed Salad recipe from I first tried it at my husband's grandkid's birthday. His daughter, Aimee, made this salad and I have liked it. I would definitely make Frog-eyed salad on my friend's thanksgiving dinner. I will try to make another bowl for the thanksgiving lunch at Sharon's parents' place. It is similar to the macaroni salad but this uses "frog-eyed" pasta. I guess its name derived from the pasta's size that looks like frog's eyes.

1 cup white sugar
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups pineapple juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 (16 ounce) package acini di pepe pasta
2 (20 ounce) cans pineapple chunks
2 (11 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained
3/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

In large saucepan over low heat, combine sugar, egg yolks, flour, pineapple juice and lemon juice. Stir and cook until thickened. Remove from heat.
While sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.
In large bowl, combine cooked mixture with pasta and toss to coat thoroughly. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Toss pasta with pineapple, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, marshmallows and whipped topping. Refrigerate until serving.

Hilton Holiday Savings in Branson!


Hilton Hotel is my husband's favorite 5-star hotel. We have tried staying at a Hilton Beach Resort and Spa in Cebu and we had enjoyed it. I bet Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing is a beautiful place to stay too. I have never been to Branson, Missouri but I am sure there are many attractions there to enjoy with since Branson is considered as the Midwest’s entertainment capital. I would love to visit this place and stay at Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel with my husband. He always like Hilton Hotels and I have liked it too. I wish we could go on a Holiday and spend a winter vacation at the hotel just the two of us. We can customize our stay with exclusive holiday packages that they are now offering. You too can select any of their four themed packages like : The Thanksgiving Package, It’s a Wonderful Life Package, Santa’s Coming to Town Package and the New Years’ Eve Package. The latter has spa treatments, family style dinners, and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves. These are just the beginning of what these two hotels have to offer. There are a lot of things going on here that will surely make your stay memorable. By day, partake in the spirit of the holidays with light displays, shows, parades, and the old time charm of Branson. By night, retire in the luxury and elegance of either the Hilton Promenade or the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. Whether it’s the nostalgia of boundless scenic views in the Missouri Ozarks or the excitement of world-class dining and entertainment, this is the perfect setting for your holiday celebrations. The Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel are managed by Hilton – the first name in hospitality.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cacciatore-Style Chicken Stir-Fry

Stir-frying turns this traditionally long-cooking meal into one that cooks in 10 minutes or less. This Cacciatore-Style Chicken Stir-Fry recipe is very easy as 1-2-3 and I am sure you would love the pasta. It tastes like an Italian Spaghetti but this is not made of ground beef of course. I like it and would love to cook again. I tried searching the recipe online but couldn't find one so I am sharing this recipe from the Wok Cuisine book. Since I love spicy food, I used 14-ounce can spicy diced tomatoes instead of the an 8-ounce can stewed tomatoes and a 6-ounce can (3/4 cup) tomato juice. Still tasted good!
4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (12 ounces total), or 8 chicken thighs, skinned and boned
1 8-ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 6-ounce can (3/4 cup) tomato juice
2 tbsp dry red wine, (optional)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp instant chicken bouillon granules
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 small zucchini, sliced (2 cups)
1 2 1/2-ounce jar sliced mushrooms, drained
3 cups hot cooked noodles (I used Spaghetti Pasta)
2 tbsps snipped parsley
2 tbsps grated Parmesan cheese

*Rinse chicken; pat dry. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Set aside. For sauce, in a medium bowl stir together the stewed tomatoes, tomato juice, red wine (if desired, cornstarch, chicken bouillon granules, sugar, basil and oregano. Set aside.

*Pour cooking oil into a wok or large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Add zucchini; stir-fry for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes or till crisp-tender. Remove zucchini from the wok.

*Add the chicken to the hot wok. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or till no pink remains. Push the chicken from the center of the wok. Stir sauce. Add the sauce to the center of the wok. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly.

*Return zucchini to the wok. Add mushrooms. Stir all ingredients together to coat with sauce. Cook and stir about 1 minute more or till heated through. Toss the noodles with the parsley. Serve chicken mixture over noodles. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 357 calories, 29 g protein, 40 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat (2 g saturated), 93 mg cholesterol, 690 mg sodium, 621 mg potassium.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Crab and Shrimp Salad

This is a quick and easy Crab and Shrimp Salad recipe. I modified the original recipe and added carrots and green pepper. You may use vinegar instead of lemon juice. Sugar can also be added. It is used to adjust the sourness of any food. With Miracle Whip alone, the salad tastes good already so if you want to add a tangy flavor, you may use the lemon juice.
1 lb. imitation crab, shredded
1/2 lb. sm. salad shrimp
1 sm. onion, diced
1 tbsp. lemon juice
black Pepper
Miracle Whip
1/4 c. carrots, grated (optional)
1/4 c. chopped celery, finely sliced (optional)
1/4 c. green pepper, finely diced (optional)

Mix all ingredients except Miracle Whip together. Add enough Miracle Whip to moisten salad. Make early in the day then refrigerate to enhance the flavor. Serve with crackers or as a side-dish.

Takemi Select Health and Wellness Products

Since I started my teaching aid job, my body and legs have been feeling sore. It has been two years now already since I stopped teaching and now that I am back to school work, I need to get used to it again. Back in Philippines, I can stand all day wearing heels and I didn't feel much the pain on my legs because I was used to. But now, I can't stand longer and always want to take a seat. Maybe because of my weight gain too. That is why I love to be massaged during night time. It is relaxing and makes you feel good. I wish I have a massage chair or a massage bed like what Takemi Select sells. Takemi Select is one of the nation’s newest leading importers and distributors of massage chairs, massage beds, foot spas, air purifiers and other health and wellness products. That would be great if I can use one of their products.

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

Deviled Egg Potato Salad is my husband's another favorite. I like this one too especially with fried chicken. This is good once in a while. I would like to make one this thanksgiving. By the way, the recipe is similar to my quick and easy potato salad only that this has eggs. So if you have noticed that your bag of potatoes has been kept for a long time already, it is time to cook them. Sometimes, I forget to cook the remaining potatoes in a bag. Making potato salad gets rid of them instead of letting it go bad and be wasted. This recipe from CDKitchen for Deviled Egg Potato Salad serves/makes 10.

9 hard boiled eggs, peeled
1 teaspoon pickles, minced
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 dash salt

1/2 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup shredded pimentos
1/4 cup shredded green pepper
1/2 cup mustard
1 tablespoon salt
6 cups boiled potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup shredded dill pickles
1/4 cup shredded celery
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon paprika


Cut 6 boiled eggs in half; remove yolk. Place yolks in bowl and mix with pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, and salt; stuff eggs with the yolk mixture. Set eggs aside. Mix potatoes with remaining ingredients. Add eggs (flaked with fork) last. Top with paprika and arrange deviled eggs around top of salad for decorative look.

Collision Repair Experts For Auto Body Shops

For your Auto Body Repair needs, Collision Repair Experts can help you. You can look for an Auto body shop and make an appointment online. Their website has a map that will let you locate auto body shops. Like for example in Yorba Linda. Due to the fire incident that happened recently, I am sure there would be quite a few people that will look for auto body repairs. If you are from that place, you can simply look for a shop by using the map. The map shows the local auto body shops yorba linda. There is also a drop-down menu that will show the auto body shops in a particular area. Visit the website and learn more about Collision Repair Experts.

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie is my husband's favorite pie. Whenever he sees one he would never let go and buy it right away. I can stop him from buying ice cream but not this one. It is an all-time favorite dessert. I like it then. Since we had a bag of pecans, I was looking for a simple Pecan Pie recipe. I went over my recipe books and found this Old Timey Recipe booklet with pie recipes. Actually, hubby found that book first.

unbaked pie shell
1/2 cup butter (or oleo)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple flavored syrup
3/4 cup white corn syrup
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 to 2 cups pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, add sugar, syrups,eggs and vanilla. Mix. Pour into pie shell. Arrange pecans on top (or chop nuts and mix before pouring into shell). Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

Kmart Layaway for the Holidays

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I already posted a whila ago about Kmart Layaway for the Holidays and would like to remind you again about it. I am posting this again to let you know more about the program and you can also visit the site to learn more. All Layaway containing Holiday and Christmas seasonal merchandise (for example, Christmas trees, decorations, ornaments, gift box sets, lights, etc.) must be paid in full and picked up on or before December 5, 2008. After this date they will be returned to stock and subject to all applicable fees. Also, no "New" Layaways will be accepted between December 12, 2008 and January 2, 2009 so you better hurry up while it is still early. Here's how layaway works:
1- Select your items. Choose the items that you like and also the merchandise that your family members like to have this holiday. Bring your love ones' Wish List so you won't forget what to buy for them.
2- Bring them to the Layaway counter and make a down payment. You will pay 10% of the total price of the items you selected as down payment. There is a Service Fee on all new Layaway contracts in the amount of $5 and the Cancellation Fee is $10. The Service Fee plus Cancellation Fee is collected when merchandise is put into Layaway.
3- Make your payments every two weeks at your Kmart store. A Layaway contract is good for eight (8) weeks. The bi-weekly payment schedule for all new Layaway contracts is 25% of the original balance due. Pay on time so the merchandise will be held for you because the Layaway merchandise will be returned to stock seven (7) days after a missed payment . If Layaway merchandise is returned to stock, you are eligible for a refund minus Service and Cancellation Fees for a one year period.
4- Take home your items once your payments have been completed. Start shopping now and avail the Layaway Program by Kmart.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sushi/California Rolls

Lately, I have been craving for sushi that I asked my husband to go with me to buy a pack of it one night (before 11PM). The one we bought was the spicy one with imitation crab, mayonnaise and spicy sauce for $6 with 9 rolls. Man! I liked it that I almost ate all! FYI, I hate sushi before but when I tried it again in Manila, it was not that bad. I tried it again with a friend here in Bakersfield. We bought a pack at COSTCO and it was cheaper there ($6 for 12 pieces, 2 kinds). I really want to make my own sushi. I would try if I will find time to gather the ingredients. Below is a video on How to Make California Roll Sushi (

Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
4 sheets nori
1/2 batch sushi rice, recipe follows
1/3 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into matchstick-size pieces
4 crabsticks, torn into pieces
Pickled ginger, for serving
Wasabi, for serving
Soy sauce, for serving
Squeeze the lemon juice over the avocado to prevent browning.

Cover a bamboo rolling mat with plastic wrap. Cut nori sheets in half crosswise. Lay 1 sheet of nori, shiny side down, on the plastic covered mat. Wet your fingers with water and spread about 1/2 cup of the rice evenly onto the nori. Sprinkle the rice with sesame seeds. Turn the sheet of nori over so that the rice side is down. Place 1/8 of the cucumber, avocado and crab sticks in the center of the sheet. Grab the edge of the mat closest to you, keeping the fillings in place with your fingers, and roll it into a tight cylinder, using the mat to shape the cylinder. Pull away the mat and set aside. Cover with a damp cloth. Repeat until all of the rice has been used. Cut each roll into 6 pieces. Serve with pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.
Sushi Rice:
2 cups sushi or short grain rice
2 cups water, plus extra for rinsing rice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt

Place the rice into a mixing bowl and cover with cool water. Swirl the rice in the water, pour off and repeat 2 to 3 times or until the water is clear.

Place the rice and 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.

Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl and heat in the microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer the rice into a large wooden or glass mixing bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Fold thoroughly to combine and coat each grain of rice with the mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature before using to make sushi or sashimi.

Yield: 4 cups
Courtesy Alton Brown, 2005; FoodNetwork
Making Sushi Photo Tutorial

Online Deals At KMART

You better check out Kmart's online deals for the upcoming holiday season. As seen on the CBS Early Show, Kmart is offering good deals to fit your holiday budget. In today's economy, we need to stretch our budget in order to survive and go one with life. Kmart deals will help us save as well enjoy the holiday that even we are experiencing hard times, we can feel the spirit of Christmas and be joyous on this holiday season. For those who haven't seen the Early Show, you can visit the website and check the following best deals: Attention Women's Kimono Wrap Sweater-Extra 10% off online only (search ID# 70198911) and Abbey Hill bedding Medallion Dream bedding collection – Extra 30% online only (search ID# 96096112). These are only a few of the items that you can get with discounts online. The final sale price is shown on the cart page so the sale price on the product page may not be the price that you will pay. So hurry now and start shopping online. will also be offering an additional 10% (online only) on the following key categories through December 26:Click Here
- women's plus sleepwear
- women's attention brand
- girls tops
- ALL juniors
- boys tops
- men's shirts and bottoms
- big men's shirts and bottoms
- infant and toddler bedding
There are Hidden ornaments throughout every week through to Christmas that provides a customer extra savings on already great prices with a secret coupon code. That means, another extra savings! Hurry! The online discount is only through November 26th.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Oriental-Style Mixed Vegetables

The delicate seasoning and a delightful crisp-tender texture make these stir-fried vegetables a wonderful addition to any meal. Try this Oriental-Style Mixed Vegetables recipe from Wok Cuisine Cook Book. If you like water chestnuts, then you must prepare dish on your dinner table as a side-dish.

1 ounce bean thread
1 1/2 cups fresh green beans, bias sliced into 1-inch pieces, or one 9-ounce package frozen beans, thawed
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges (3/4 cup)
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1 medium sweet red or green pepper, cut into thin strips (1 cup)
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 of an 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained (1/2 cup)

*In a mixing bowl soak the bean threads for 15 minutes in enough warm water to cover. Drain well. Cut into 2-3-inch lengths. If using fresh green beans, cook, covered, in a small amount of boiling water for 3 1/2 minutes; drain. For sauce, in a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Set aside.

*Pour cooking oil into a wok or 12-inch skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Stir-fry garlic in hot oil for 15 seconds. Add the onion and celery; stir-fry for 1 1/2 minutes. Add the red or green pepper and mushrooms; stir-fry about 1 1/2 minutes more or till vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove the vegetables from the wok. Add fresh green beans, if using, to the wok; stir-fry about 3 minutes or till beans are crisp-tender. Or add thawed green beans, if using; stir-fry for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or till crisp-tender.

*Return all the cooked vegetables to the wok. Add the water chestnuts, bean threads, and sauce. Stir all ingredients together to coat with sauce. Cook and stir about 1 minute more or till heated through. Serve immediately. Makes 4 side-dish servings.

Looking for Best Cell Phone Deals?

My husband and I am currently planning to have new cell phones. We just renewed our cell phone plan and we can change phones if we desire. I want my husband to try the Sprint Instinct phone since he is using Sprint service. I like its features as advertised on TVs. It would be nice if my husband will buy that so I can also try it. I just hope that no more drop calls for his cell phone. We thought that it was because of his cell phone which is already old that causes the drop calls. That is why I want him to change to a new one. Anyway, I am interested with ATT Blackberry Bold. I heard my friends are using this one and I want to try it. My service is T-Mobile but I can switch plans. Right now, my husband has a good deal with Sprint that is why he won't change its service. I am also curious with Verizonwireless Storm. I like its ad that is shown on TVs about the dead zone. I think Verizon Wireless works well here in our city too. Right now I am confused, what cell phone I should get. There are a lot of best cell phone deals on the market that make us difficult to decide. If only I can afford to have more than one. Maybe, If I see some best cell phone deals for T-Mobile, I will stick with its service. I have a good cell phone plan too with T-Mobile network. So if you are also looking for cell phones, you better grab these best cell phone deals online. Visit the site to avail it.

Sinigang na Isda/Fish with Shrimp in Tamarind Soup

This is Ate Rose's Sinigang na Isda/Fish with Shrimp in Tamarind Soup recipe. It is her specialty and we love it always. The fish was so fresh since our new friend's husband (Isahdora and Chuck) caught it when he was fishing. Ate Rose then cooked it have us all eat it. It was really good that I have eaten a big plate of rice. The shrimp added sweetness to the fresh fish. We then played Bingo after. Below is the recipe. You can adjust the amount of ingredients according to your desired taste. This is similar to Sinigang na Baboy (Pork in Tamarind Soup) recipe.

fresh fish fillet (2 lbs), cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 lb shrimp
5 pieces whole yellow pepper or jalapenos
1 lb okra
1 bundle pechay/bokchoy or greens
1 bundle string beans, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 pack tamarind soup mix
lemon juice (optional)
1 onion, cut into thin wedges
2 pieces tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
1 piece eggplant, cut into halves (lengthwise) and 1-inch thick pieces

*Boil 5 cups of water in a pot. Add the fish and let it boil again. Then add lemon juice, sliced onions, tomatoes, whole jalapenos or pepper, string beans, eggplant and the tamarind mix. Stir.
*When the string bean is cooked, add the pechay/bokchoy or greens and okra (whole). It will only take a few seconds to cook the greens, don't overcook it. Add the shrimp. Shrimp is cooked in less than a minute.
*Remove from the stove and serve with hot rice.