Sunday, March 29, 2009

Country-Style Mashed Potatoes

One night, I was thinking of a way on how to get rid of our last pack of potatoes. So I thought I would make mashed potatoes before the potatoes will go bad. But I wanted to try another style of mashed potatoes so I took out my recipe indeces from "Grandmas' Kitchen" and found out about the Country-Style Mashed Potatoes. It tasted a bit different but it was good!
4 pounds baking potatoes, unpeeled
6 large cloves garlic
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1/3 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme or 1/3 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley or 1/3 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
Cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces and place in medium saucepan. Peel garlic cloves and place in the saucepan with potatoes; cover with water.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain well and set aside.

While potatoes are cooking, place milk and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until milk is warmed and butter is almost melted. Add dried rosemary, dried thyme and dried parsley if using. Mix well.

Place potatoes amd garlic in a large bowl. Beat with electric mixer set at low speed justuntil mashed. Beat in warm milk-butter mixture and the sour cream until almost smooth. Blend fresh rosemary, thyme, and parsley, if using, into potato mixture. Serve potatoes immediately.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Beef and Bean Thread

Ok, so I tried it. It tasted different than the regular dish I prepared with bean thread. The noodle tastes better with chicken and pork. So if you plan to make a bean thread dish, use chicken or pork plus the bouillon cubes. It wasn't bad though but I really like the other meat better compared to beef. So check my bean thread recipes.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Artisano Fettucini Alfredo with Grilled Shrimp

This is a quick Fettucini Alfredo/pasta meal and a it is cheap too. I bought the pasta for 99cents at the 99 cents store and the alfredo sauce for 99 cents too. The pack of shrimp was on sale when my husband got it. It was yummy and tasted like the one we ordered at Frugatti's, an Italaian place. All you need is the pasta, the sauce ( I like Ragu), seasoned salt and shrimp.Cook pasta according to package direction. Prepare the shrimp for grilling. Sprinkle it with seasoned salt. Grill the shrimp and at the same time, heat the sauce on a separate saucepan. You may add black pepper to it. When done, add the sauce to pasta and garnish with grilled shrimp.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Mama Sita's Adobo Mix

I checked my site's live feed and I noticed that someone was searching for a review about the Mama Sita's Adobo Mix. He was looking for a feedback and that I would love to share. The adobo mix tastes good with the meat but with the way I cook my Adobo, I like it when I can taste the vinegar. So I added vinegar and a bit of soy sauce below.
meat, I used pork chops
Mama Sita's Adobo Mix
vinegar and soy sauce (optional)

Marinate the meat with mixture of adobo mix and water for at least 15 minutes

Fry meat until golden brown. Add mixture and simmer. Add vinegar and soysauce if desired. Serve hot when cooked.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Laing Recipe/Ginataang Gabi/Gabi Leaves with Coconut Milk

After a few years, I tasted again the gabi leaves with coconut milk. I missed the taste so much. My grandma used to cook this dish for us since we had plenty of gabi plants in our back yard. As for this time, we have to buy it from any Filipino stores or Asian stores who sell gabi leaves. Gabi roots are good too. Usually these are cooked with beef in soups. Also, gabi roots are purple in color and sometimes in yellow. It is similar to potatoes but a bit different in tastes. The leaves tastes like spinach. Gabi can also be called taro or callaloo. Below is the recipe for ginataang gabi which is called Laing by Bicolanos. It is traditionally cooked with pork and shrimps but this one is cooked with fish.

2 large bunches of gabi leaves
2 cans coconut milk
1 head of garlic
1 large onion
3 tomatoes
3 tbsps. of cooking oil
fish (cooked, grilled or fried and shredded)
chicken bouillon
chili pepper or chilies(optional)
salt and pepper (optional)

Prepare the gabi leaves by discarding the stalks. Make sure it is dry(do not wash with water to avoid itchiness in your throat).

Heat the cooking oil in a wok. Saute the garlic for 15 seconds then add the onion. Cook for about half a minute til tender. Add the tomatoes,chilies and cook till tender over medium-high heat. Add coconut milk and bring to a boil. Add gabi leaves, fish and chicken bouillon cube, cover and simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes or until the gabi leaves are very tender and the mixture is almost dry. You may add salt and pepper if desired but have a taste first before adding. Stir occasionally.

Serve hot with rice.

SeaWorld Dolphin Bubbles

This is really cool! Indeed, it is so amazing and it is fun to watch. I have never seen a dolphin up close but seeing them bubbles would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I could have seen it last year in San Diego with my husband. Only his daughter and son''s family went because hubby and I was too busy at work. So I missed the SeaWorld experience. I would want to see this marine creature entertaining the people and see the wonders that they can do. These creatures are really lovable. I wish I can see them this year and I could get a chance to watch these dolphins at SeaWorld Orlando’s Dolphin Cove. Their fascinating behavior has amazed everyone and that includes me. The Dolphin Bubbles artfully and play with underwater bubble rings. It is such a nice sight when they make small bubbles out from the bigger ones. They also swirl it around and gracefully toss it. I want to see these creatures in person so I get the chance to see them up close.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam)

Halayang Ube or Purple Yam Jam is one of Filipinos favorite desserts or snacks. I used to buy a slice of it wrapped in plastic bag when I was in college. A "suki" was selling Halayang Ube outside the campus at that time and when I went home before lunch time, I already had a dessert in my hand. I told myself that someday, I will make a tray for myself and my family. By the way, Ube tastes like sweet potatoes but this one is purple in color. If you miss eating this dessert, you better try making some. Below is the recipe taken from FilipinoFood

1 kilo ube yam root
1 can (14 ounces) evaporated milk
2 cans (12 ounces) condensed milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)

On a pot, boil the unpeeled ube yam in water and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and let cool.
Peel and finely grate the ube yam.
Heat a big wok in medium heat.
Melt butter or margarine, add the condensed milk and vanilla flavoring. Mix well.
Add the 1 kilo grated ube yam,
Adjust the heat to low
Keep on mixing the ingredients for about 30 minutes or until sticky and a bit dry (but still moist).
Add the evaporated milk and continue to mix for another 15 minutes.
Let cool and place on a large platter.
Refrigerate before serving the halayang ube

Cooking Tips:

You may spread additional butter or margarine on top of the jam before serving.

For the sweet toothed, sprinkle a little sugar on top of the jam after placing on the large platter. You may also add ground nuts.

Instead of manually grating the ube, you may cut it in cubes and use a blender to powderize the ube.

Women And Their Designer Brand Shoes

When I was young, my parents bought me a new branded pair of shoes when I received an award. Though pair was not designer shoes but the brands were popular and they were durable. That was one of the best rewards that I got when I was still studying. I was working hard in order to obtain honors and that made my parents so proud. Having gifts like new shoes really motivated me to study hard. I appreciated my parents' efforts to raise me and to provide something good for me and my siblings. Even if they didn't have much money to give us everything, they tried their best to make us happy and live life in an easier way though we we were struggling along the way. I thanked my parents for that and told them that when I became successful, I will buy Designer Brand Shoes someday. When I got a job, I did buy some pairs of nice shoes to wear. They say that a nice pair of shoes will take you to nice places. That is why women love shoes so much especially the designer brand shoes. I had a few now but want to have more. I want to buy more pairs of casual shoes or boots. I have been searching the Internet to look for good shoes and I saw a ugg Australia Women's - Classic Cardy Purple I like the color which is my favorite. The website has a variety shoe selections that women would love. You can shop by designer. I haven't tried purchasing shoes online though but I could try. Now that I can afford to buy, I can give a reward for myself and for my parents whom I owe so much in my life. I would treasure my shoes as I treasured the ones that I received from my parents years ago.

Alfredo Fetucchini at Frugatti's Italian Eatery

Hubby and I went to Frugatti's one night and had a wonderful dinner. Frugatti's is one of the restaurants here in Bakersfield that serve delicious Italian food. They give the best Italian dining experience and also offer Italian catering services for important occasion. I am not sure if they are voted as the best Italian restaurant last year but for this year, I wish they will. Try their Alfredo Fetucchini which really tastes so good. Creamy and tasty. We will surely go back there and enjoy their food.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Great American Pie Contest in Branson

For all pie lovers out there, this is your chance to experience and enjoy a one-of-a-lifetime event. Book your stay in Branson, Missouri at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel to experience the First Annual “Great American Pie Contest/Show.” I heard that Branson and Taste of Home magazine are sponsoring this new national pie recipe contest which features Al Roker from the Today Show! I would love to join if given the chance. Who knows, my favorite pie recipe could win one of the several prizes, including a first prize of $2,500 cash, plus a trip for two for a 4-day/3-night fun-filled vacation in Branson. Wow! That is what my husband and I need the most. A relaxing and enjoyable trip for both of us. So if you are interested, you should plan your vacation now in Branson.

The event takes place April 24-25 in the Branson Convention Center, conveniently located adjacent to the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel and across the street from the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel has reserved a block of rooms for April 20 – 29 and is offering a special room rate that will be available until March 22nd or until the group block is sold-out! So don't delay!

I haven't been there yet that is why I want to experience the luxurious accommodation of the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel which is situated within the electrifying entertainment capital of the Midwest in Branson, Missouri. The hotels offer guests access to shops, boutiques, restaurants, a river walk and other attractions. If I have the chance to get there, I would never waste my opportunity to explore the place, enjoy the things that they offer and most especially, watch the pie show and the tournaments. Aside from the pie contest, they have exciting events like the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament and the Walmart FLW Bass Tournament . This exhilarating 32-team, single-elimination tournament featuring the champions of the Division II conferences and regional tournaments will be held on March 11-19, 2009. The Walmart FLW Bass Tournament will be held on March 12-15, 2009. And if you like other sports like golf, both hotels are within easy driving distance of Branson’s championship golf courses. The lakes, museums, theme parks and 49 live entertainment theaters are also located nearby.

Additional ongoing events include the exciting international folk music and cuisines of World-Fest at Silver Dollar City, the first ever Branson Air Show at the new Branson Airport, the Great American Pie Show, live entertainment and theaters. So be part of the action at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel now. Don't forget your pie recipes.