Saturday, December 24, 2011

Caramel Apple Dessert

This is a very easy recipe for a yummy dessert! It's my first time to make a dessert using an instant pudding and wafers. It has been a tradition for us to have a pie as a dessert and it is always made with pudding and whipped cream or bought in store like the apple or pecan pie, our favorite. This time around, we get to eat a new, different and delicious dessert. Everyone loved it! It was easy to make and it was really tasty. You will love it because it has a lot of flavors. I followed the recipe below by Kraft but changed the ingredients mostly to non-fat, fatfree and sugar free ones.
60 NILLA Wafers, finely crushed (about 2 cups)
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3-1/4 cupsmilk, divided
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 each red and green apple, chopped
1/4 cup PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts, chopped

MIX wafer crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Beat cream cheese, sugar and 1/4 cup milk with mixer until well blended. Stir in 1 cup COOL WHIP; spread over crust.

BEAT pudding mixes and remaining milk with whisk 2 min. Stir in 1/4 cup caramel topping. Spoon over cream cheese layer; top with remaining COOL WHIP.

REFRIGERATE 5 hours or until firm. Top with apples, nuts and remaining caramel topping just before serving.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Festive Yule Log Cake

It is my first Festive Yule Log Cake! A cake that I made from scratch, no cake mix or ready to use frosting. Preparing it took me longer than expected and I had fun making it. I enjoyed decorating and tasting it as well while making it. I had a few burns from heating and using right away the melted chocolate but it was not bad at all. After all, my cake came out pretty good and tasty! This is perfect for the holidays. You should make your cake next year. It's a different cake that everyone will surely love to try. It's easy to make too.

I really tried my best to use non-fat, fat-free, sugar free and low fat ingredients. Below is the original recipe I got from a recipe booklet at Albertson's. I believe it came from

4 squares Baker's semi-sweet chocolate, melted, cooled slightly and divided (I used a different brand semi-sweet morsels)
5 Nilla wafers
1 pkg. (8 oz) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 pkg. (3.4 oz) Jell-O Instant Pudding (I used a pkg of 1 0z sugar free vanilla instant pudding)
1 cup cold milk ( I used low fat milk)
1-1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping ( I used fat-free Albertson's brand whipped topping)
14 Honey Maid Honey Grahams, broken in half (28 squares) I used cinnamon flavor
1 square Baker's White Chocolate (I didn't use this)
1/4 cup fresh raspberries (I just opened a can of fruit cocktail with cherries)

Pipe small amount of semi-sweet chocolate into spiral design on wafers; refrigerate until ready to use. Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add remaining melted chocolate; mix well. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min. Stir in COOL WHIP. Spread 1 rounded Tbsp. pudding mixture onto 1 graham square; cover with second graham square. Spread top with rounded Tbsp. pudding mixture. Repeat with remaining graham squares and pudding mixture to form 12-inch loaf. Stand on edge on platter; frost with cream cheese mixture to resemble log.

Run tines of fork over dessert to resemble tree bark. Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Meanwhile, make curls from white chocolate; refrigerate until ready to use.

Remove dessert from freezer 30 min. before serving; refrigerate until slightly softened. Decorate with wafers, chocolate curls and raspberries.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Baked Steak

It's my first time to try baking a steak and it turned out good! For today's meal, I made a potato salad with boiled eggs, baked the steak and heated some veges from a can. It was quicker for me to serve dinner that way. I don't have the ample time to prepare dinner always. So instead of grilling the steak, I just baked it for about 15-20 minutes in the oven (350 deg). Only spiced salt and pepper are added to the meat for the seasoning. It was good. I made the potato salad ahead of time, when I get the chance, and just refrigerate it so it is ready to serve anytime. It tasted so good with the steak and we had a nice dinner then.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Butter I Love

I have been searching for the kind of butter that is served in restaurants and I could not find it in stores. Instead, I found one that tastes really good. It is similar to the restaurant butter but it is sweeter. I don't like cinnamon but because of this butter, I have learned to like it and I love it! This is my second tub of LandOlakes Cinnamon Sugar butter spread. I always have it on my whole wheat slice of toasted bread every morning. I eat it with fruits or eggs and a cup of low fat milk. Healthy meal isn't it? Yummy too!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Left-Overs

Look at my plate! I swear, this will be my first and last plate of left-overs from the thanksgiving dinner. I have been in a diet to lose weight and the dinner was my excuse. Dieting is not easy for me who loves to cook and eat but it did work through discipline and determination. I lost 6 lbs so far and would want to lose more. I just had a baby girl a couple of months ago and I still have the baby weight and I am so determined to lose that. So I am eating 1,200-1,500 calories a day plus 300-500 cal since I am breastfeeding. So far, so good. I have loved the food I eat daily which are whole grains, eggs and low fat milk. For this day, since it feels like Thanksgiving still, I will enjoy this yummy plate of mashed potatoes, stuffing, ham and turkey with cranberry sauce and veges. Yum!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Here's a chicken soup recipe that I just made up. It has plenty of vegetables so it is endeed a healthy soup. My husband tried it and he liked it. He ate a bowl of this soup with crackers. I just ate it with a aslice of whole wheat bread. This is easy to cook and perfect for the cool weather.

4-6 pcs chicken breasts,in serving sizes
4 pcs chayote, peeled, seeded and cubed
2 pcs zuccini, cubed
red and green bell pepper, cubed
1 pcs chicken bouillon cube
4-6 cups water
cloves of garlic, minced
onion wedges

In a heated pot, stir-fry chicken until golden brown. Add garlic and onion. Cook the vegetable till tender-crisp. Add chayote and water and bring to a boil. Simmer for a few minutes until the vegetable is half-tender. Add zuccini and bell pepper and chicken bouillon cube; Stir. Simmer for a few minutes till vegetables are tender. Serve hot.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Roasted Tomato Rotelle

This is another Rotelle dish that I have tried and added something. My husband and my son love this. I used healthy ingredients but added smoked beef sausage to make it tastier. It came out good and yummy. I am sure that you will like this too. A simple rotelle recipe and a quick dish to prepare for the family's dinner. I got this recipe from the Anthony's brand of rotelle's package. Also, I doubled the amount of ingredients and used 1 and a half cubes of chicken bouillon. I had no fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. It would be good if I had it. Below is the recipe:

1/2 (12-ounce) package Rotelle
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chicken-flavor instant bouillon and seasoning
2 cloves garlic; finely chopped
8 roma (plum) tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Grated Parmesan cheese

Cook rotelle as package directs; drain. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In small saucepan, combine water, oil, bouillon and garlic; heat until bouillon dissolves. In shallow baking pan, combine tomatoes, onion and bouillon mixture; stir gently. Bake 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Toss vegetables with hot rotelle, cooked sausage (optional) and basil. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Afritada by Mama Sita

This is a recipe that I have followed from the package of the Mama Sita's Menudo/Afritada mix. I just added a small can of pineapple chunks and a half cube of chicken bouillon. It tasted better than using the mix alone. I also added a cup of water. I ran out of bell pepper and green peas but still the dish was good. Here's the recipe:

1.1 lb chicken cut into serving pieces
1/2 cup cubed potatoes
1/2 cup cubed carrots
2 pcs cubed bell pepper
1/2 cup green peas

1) In a bowl, dissolve Mama Sita's Menudo/Afritada mix in water.
2) Fry potatoes and carrots in hot oil and set aside. In the same pan, stir-fry meat until golden brown.
3) Pour in dissolved mix. Cover and simmer until meat is tender. Add hot water, as needed.
4) Add fried potatoes and carrots, then the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for 2 minutes. Serve hot.

Our Coffee Maker

My husband just bought a coffee maker. Our old coffee maker for more than 5 years is not working anymore. My husband tried to fix it but he failed. It is hard to change something which you have loved already to use. It was his favorite coffee maker. It makes good coffee too!

I am not a coffee drinker but I do take sips. I am only addicted to frappes and frappuccinos or any cold coffee drinks but not really drinking it all the time. My husband is the one who drinks more than 5 cups of coffee daily. So when the coffee maker was broken, he was like something important was missing in his life. We tried searching for
krups coffee maker parts online, thinking that we could fix the part so he can still use his favorite coffee maker. But we haven't fixed it. We should have tried for coffee maker parts but we did not. They offer coffee maker parts there and if we searched the site, we could have gotten the parts and fixed the coffee maker. Unfortunately, we got rid of the old coffee maker and my husband just bought a new one. He let go of his favorite one. He had no choice because he really wanted to make coffee that he can't wait for the old one to be fixed. Hope we can still use it in the future if the new one breaks, we might save the old one.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Camote Cue/Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

My brother and I used to sell these around the neighborhood when we were kids. Our mother cooked it. These sweet potatoes slices were fried in oil with caramelized brown sugar. Then skewed in bamboo sticks. There would be around 3-4 slices in each sticks and will be then sold. We visited homes and even shouted "Hot Camote Cue for sale." Each stick was 1 peso and we always come home empty handed but with a pocket filled with pesos. Those were the days. So every time I cook these, I remember it. Wants me to shout again "Hot sweet potatoes everyone?"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Deep-Fried Ice Cream

The second time that I tried a deep-fried ice cream. This one was bought at Los Hermano's Mexican Restaurant, the other one was at El Torito's. I couldn't remember the taste of the latter but I am sure it tastes good too like this one. The ice cream isn't really fried as what the name is. The container which the scoops of ice cream are placed is. It looks like a layer of deep-fried tortillas and it's crunchy if you eat it. Tastes good with the ice cream. It reminds me of french fries and ice cream which I really love to it. I eat more french fries if there's an ice cream or milk shake. I like it too with McDo's Frappe. It's yummy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Breakfast SPAM

It's my first time to try SPAM for breakfast and it was good. It was bacon flavor so I made some slices and fried it. It was served as our bacon since we didn't have the strips at that time. We eat the same type of menu two to three times a week but I like it that I can eat it daily. Only that sometimes, instead of french toasts, I make pancakes and use different kind of syrup for a different taste. This morning, I made some french toasts too, fried some eggs and pork sausages. What a nice and delicious meal for breakfast!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Puto & Dinuguan

Like Samson and Delilah, Puto (rice cake) and Dinuguan (pork blood stew) is a perfect pair. These taste good when eaten together. Snack time is fun when you have these. It sounds and looks nasty but it is really tasty. We Filipinos got used with the taste and some grew up with these as food. I remember, we always had it every weekend because our neighbor used to make the stew every time they slaughter a pig to sell. Now I can only have it when there's a Filipino gathering here in US. Oh how I miss it!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blender Parts

It has been three years already since I received my blender as a Christmas gift from my husband. We actually had two old blenders but one was broken and the other one was misplaced somewhere in the kitchen that up to now, I could not find it. So when I accidentally broke the other one, I asked my husband to buy me a new blender. At that time, I wished I can buy the parts. I could have bought it at They have kitchenaid blender parts there. It's nice to know that you can get blender parts online. If you are looking something and you can't find it at your local store, try visiting the website. You might find it there. They have everything, all information you need. So if I need something or a blender part, I can just go visit the site. I should have when my other blender was broken.

The glass container still works with the sharp metal pieces in it. I was using ice cubes at that time and it stuck inside the glass container. The base part was burnt. I smelled it first then a smoke came out so I stopped using it. It was too late, I already broke it. I love blended drinks so much that I couldn't live without a blender. It has a lot of uses too aside from using it to make blended drinks. I make use of it when cooking too. So if I break my new one, I can just look for kitchenaid blender parts. Hopefully, I can find it here at our place when time comes. Thank God, my blender is still working even if it's over used already. I love my blender!

Friday, September 30, 2011

French Toasts

French Toasts again for breakfast! This is one of my son's favorite meals in the morning. He likes it with strawberry and maple syrup. Hubby and I like it too. It's very easy to make. All we have to do is dip the bread in a bowl of beaten eggs and fry it on both sides. I put a bit of vanilla and cinnamon powder. I don't like much the latter but a bit is okay. It makes the french toasts smell good and yummy! It's today's breakfast with bacon strips and fried eggs.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Recipes Online

It's more than a year now since I started blogging. Thanks to my father who shared with me his recipes and that made me create this site. He's the one who cooks in the family most of the time and he is good. Family friends and even his co-workers will ask him to cook for them if there's a special occasion. I regret that I didn't try learning or even observing him while cooking before. But it's not too late that's why I have this food blog.

Thanks to technology and other bloggers too. All recipes which are popular can be found now online and people like me who just learned to cook can have a lot of choices on which recipe to follow. There are a lot of variations online. Just like my site,, some of my recipes are modified by me. I tried other recipes then share it here with the ingredients and directions that I added or omitted. I like visiting other food blogs too and websites like It has information about food and recipes. You will find or search all your favorite recipes there and a lot more. I am sure that you will like this website too. So just keep checking online for recipes and enjoy cooking!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Quesadilla is my new favorite Mexican food aside from chili relleno. I just learned to like it recently when I tried to order at Los Hermano's Mexican Restaurant. Their food was good especially the quesadilla. I ordered the chicken quesadilla and my son even liked it too. So after I tried it, I always order quesadilla then at Taco Bell. I tried all the different kinds that they have and I like it all. I am not too picky with food and when I like something, I won't get tired easily of eating it over and over again. I should have tried the quesadilla long time ago. Then I could have other choices every time we dine in at a Mexican restaurant.

Monday, September 5, 2011

What's for Breakfast?

It's my son's favorite-French toasts, eggs and sausages! I used strawberry syrup for his French Toasts and he really loved it. Aside from pancakes, he loves these wheat bread dipped in beaten eggs with a bit of vanilla and cinnamon. Frying it is so easy. I like it not so toasted, just light browning it. It tastes really good with fried eggs with salt and pepper and little sausages. A perfect breakfast for a beautiful morning. Better start the day with a yummy meal!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Indian Food!

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Don’t knock it until you try it, that’s what I always said, so when I first had Indian food I was totally blown away. I know, I know, Indian food? Yeah, it’s that good! I ate my way through all the cookbooks I could find and then it hit me – why shouldn’t I start my own restaurant? I’ve always wanted to do something with food and the one thing my little town didn’t have was a really great Indian restaurant. So I got it all set up with a lender and I started construction on the space. I handled all the logistics in the background like going to HomeSECURITY101.COM/ and dealing with an accountant while the contractors built the place out and we’re set to open now in less than two weeks. I love the idea that pretty soon I’m going to be cooking all day and people are actually going to pay me for it – I can’t believe this is actually how my professional life is going to turn out!

Meal for Today

Yup, that's rice and ham! It's brown rice with seasoned vegetables and ham, the bony part with its fats. It was really good. I had it for lunch. I miss eating white rice. Since I got pregnant, I was hooked up with brown rice. I got used with the taste already. It's healthier than white rice so I gotta eat this. It is not really bad, if you are really used with white rice, you always prefer it than the brown one. Good thing I didn't get to eat white rice already before I got pregnant. Since we moved in to a different city, I couldn't visit my friends anymore. Thus, it prevented me from eating white rice most of the time. We filipinos eat plenty of it every gathering. So that's why I couldn't eat it always. I don't buy it too. I'm buying brown rice now. It was still good with the pork ham and vegetables. What a healthy meal!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011


Hubby and I went one time to Super Tom's to eat lunch. As usual we ordered our favorite Pastrami Sandwich and fried mushrooms. Then I noticed these small slices of bread-like snacks on the counter placed individually in cupcake papers. So I asked the the lady what was it and she said it's Baklava. It was the first time I heard of it and she said it is a Greek favorite. She said it's easy to make too! It was for sale so I bought a piece for a dollar. When I tried it, it tasted like some of the Filipino snacks (rice cake, espasol and so on). It was not bad, I just didn't like probably how it was made, it was so greasy and the dough tasted like it was old. I wanna try to make one so I searched for the recipe and found this at I need to look for the phyllo dough since I haven't heard of it before. They say it is found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. So let's try if this tastes better than the one I tried.

1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
1 pound chopped nuts
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C). Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9x13 inch pan.
Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep.
Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows the make diagonal cuts. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Serve in cupcake papers. This freezes well. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Craving for Mickidee's

I have been a fan of McDonald's recently. I just started eating their Jalapeno Cheddar McChicken and I got addicted to it! It's the next best thing for me aside from In-n-out Burger with grilled onions. So almost every day, I ask my husband to drive thru Mickidee's and buy the JCM and fries with a large Caramel Frappe, my all-time favorite coffee drink. I guess, I still love hot and spicy food. This Jalapeno chicken sandwich really got me! You should try it too if you love Jalapenos. It tastes good with any cold drink. I suggest, eat it with fries and a caramel frappe. Hey Mc, better give me free JCMs!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Baby Shower Cake

It was my second baby shower for my little girl. This time around, I didn't bake my own cake. A friend, Mary, hosted my shower and prepared this pretty cake for me. She bought it at Costco and added some baby stuff to it. Isn't it beautiful? A beautiful cake for the beautiful baby girl that will be arriving soon. This cake was delicious too. It has a filling which you can choose actually at the store which kind you want. I had chocolate cake before and decorated it with blue icing. Now it's pink since I am having a baby girl! Can't wait for her to come out. Anyway, thanks for the cake Mary!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lettuce Salad

Hmmm... This is a good appetizer! You will surely love this. If you haven't tried "bagoong" (shrimp paste) yet, don't add it. But if you love bagoong, add some to it. This is a mixture of greens (lettuce), sliced mango, onions, tomatoes, vinegar and shrimp paste. You may add a bit of salt and pepper to taste. But the shrimp paste alone will give the salty paste and it is really good. My friend made this and it was the first time I tried it and I love it. She then always make it every time there is a gathering among friends. Try it and enjoy a tasty appetizer!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ube Cake

Another cake created by Olga and her Nanay, UBE cake! This unique kakanin/sweets was really good. Olga and Nanay make pretty good Filipino desserts/delicacies. So every gathering that we have, especially birthdays, we just request them to make a unique cake. This time around, they made a cake out of Ube/Purple Yam. We call it Halayang Ube or Purple Yam Jam. Below is the recipe I got from

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.

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.

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

Monday, July 18, 2011

Meal for Today

Hubby got a good deal of chicken parts at Albertson's so we had plenty of it for about a couple of weeks. I made chicken adobo with it and I also baked some for hubby and son to eat. Hubby loves my baked chicken wings. We also like fried chicken wings but we seldom fry for healthy reasons. Baking is healthier and less work. So I baked some wings with my secret recipe: it's just seasoned salt and pepper, lots of it! I baked it at 400deg for 45-an hour minutes. It came out so crispy and juicy. I then prepared sides, boiled sweet corn in the cob and Spanish rice. The latter came in a pack and easy to cook. We had a great dinner then and a cheap one!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Shrimp Feast at Red Lobster

Have you heard or tried already Red Lobster's shrimp feast deal? It was a very good deal! I tried it when I was there with friends. It was a birthday dinner and the celebrant treated us. We had stuffed mushrooms for the appetizer and it was good too. It was only me who tried the new deal they had, a full-course meal for $15.00 only. I had Caesar salad, England Clam Chowder for the soup, the grilled shrimp and habanero coconut shrimp for the main entree! I was so full already that I got to take home the shrimp. It has coleslaw and rice pilaf. It was really good. I had a feast! I finished my meal with a serving of a brownie for dessert. One of their best!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Biko Cake

This is our new cake. Instead of the usual cake that we see every birthday, my friends and I have a very creative cake for the candles to be wished and blown. It's a Filipino kakanin or delicacy made of sticky rice and brown sugar. We call it biko or sweet rice. Our friend Olga and her mother always prepare this Filipino cake. She cut some sliced bread for the letters and added a bit of cake decorations. Isn't it pretty? For the biko recipe, you can search my site for it. What a very nice, unique and yummy cake to serve!

Friday, June 24, 2011


Fish Escabeche is also known as sweet and sour fish. We usually use fried fish and just add sweet and sour sauce. This is easy to cook. I used catfish fillet because it doesn't really smell so badly when fried. Hubby likes it fried and he just eat it with tartar sauce. I like it with rice though especially when it has this sauce. First, you have to fry the fish fillets and set aside. In a pan, saute in oil the following: thinly sliced ginger (saute till golden brown), minced garlic, chopped onion, julienned bell pepper and sliced tomatoes. Cook the vegetables till tender-crisp then add the sauce. It's a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and half cup soy sauce with 2-3 tbsps sugar. Stir in sauce slowly, stirring occasionally till thicken. You may add a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce. Then serve with fish in it, topped with sliced green onions as your garnish. Perfect for any kind of rice.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Meal for today

Mung Beans with ham slices, anyone? Filipinos call it monggo and in our dialect, it's monggos. We usually like to cook it with coconut milk and that makes it more creamy. I cooked that way and added some ham slices. Also, I cook it sometimes with chicken meat and our favorite, with dried fish or smoked fish (tinapa). We eat it with steamed rice then. But I like it topped with chili paste. I was inspired by the Korean dramas whose characters always put chili paste or sauce on their bowl of food. They mix it and it looks so good! Well, I really like it too with the chili. Yay!

Monday, June 13, 2011

See's Candies

I haven't heard of See's Candies before until my fiance, now husband, gave me a big velvet red heart filled with chocolate in various flavors on Valentine's Day when I was still in Philippines. I was so surprised and happy at the same time! My co-teachers, friends and family were happy to get a taste of the popular See's Candies from USA.

That was really a very nice valentine gift, and it is not only good for Valentine's, See's candies can be a gift for all occasions. It would be perfect for business gifts too. I remember a client sent us a box for having us as their real estate agency, who helped them in buying their new home. Last Christmas, my family received a box as a Christmas gift and so on. If you can't think of a nice gift, try See's Candies. I bet everybody loves it!

Shrimp Linguine Alfredo

My favorite pasta aside from spaghetti! Actually, I love fettuccine Alfredo but since I ran out of fettuccine, I used linguine which is similar to spaghetti but flattened not round. Then I used the same sauce, the Alfredo sauce. Alfredo is my favorite white sauce. I have used it already with different pasta and all tasted so good. With linguine, I cooked it as how the package directions told us to do and mixed it with the Alfredo sauce. I then topped the dish with cooked shrimp, Parmesan cheese and a bit of ground black pepper. Mm mm so good!

Gold Bullion

I have been watching Koreas drama recently and I noticed that the characters in the drama have been using pieces of gold bullion as their treasure. They even keep the bullion in a safe or in the bank.

If you are currently watching Romance Town or City Hunter, you will know what I meant. With City Hunter, the main character is so rich that he loves to buy gold bullion. The same goes with the characters of the other drama, they buy bullion too. If I have the money, I will do the same thing. Gold is very valuable nowadays and it's a great investment. I need to learn more about gold as well as gold IRA. Who knows, in the future, I might be able to buy gold bullions too.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Spinach Egg Omelet

Spinach Egg Omelet is one of my favorite egg omelets. It is a simple but healthy dish for breakfast. Quick and easy to make. This is also a good dish to feed your kids if you want them to have vegetables. The spinach can hardly be tasted and the texture is nice. I really love it. I eat it with rice or just this alone with salsa or chili paste. It's really good. It is made of scrambled eggs and spinach without salt or any spices. I could have cooked it with tomatoes, onions or green onions and bell peppers.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New Gadgets and Discount Coupon Codes

Looking for new gadgets? Well, offers news and information on the latest cool gadgets, quirky gizmos, and geeky stuff. Technology nowadays are really popular and becoming more hi-tech. So if you want to be updated with these cool stuff, you should visit the site. It's pretty cool because you get to read different new posts every day and these are entertaining too. Not only that, if you love discounts coupons like me, the site offers discount coupons codes like the Apple Store promo code. Apple has a lot of products now and I am sure, you guys love their IPod and IPads too. These coupon codes can help us save money. I don't have an Apple item yet but I do like to have an IPad. It's handy and easy to use too. My friends have this already and they love it. So I guess, it's very useful and it's nice to have one. I can use it at work too. An IPod also is nice to have. I would like to have that too so I can listen to my favorite music while at work. My baby will surely love it so she can listen to her favorite lullabies. So I just need to keep on browsing so I can get good deals. If I can find the the coupons I want, I can save then and be happy with my purchase and my new gadgets. So if you like to save and obtain pretty cool new gadgets, visit They also have this ThinkGeek coupon. Enjoy browsing and shopping!

Dried Fish and eggs

Weeee! It's Filipinos favorite especially for Filipinos who have lived far from home who can't eat dried fish always. Oh I miss it really! Thanks to a friend who gave me some dried fish from Philippines. I fried it and it was so crunchy and yummy. It's not the kind that is salty. These small dried fish were cut in half and dried it that way. So crunchy that you can also chew the heads. Ewww! But it's really good. We are used to eating it so it feels like heaven when you get the chance to eat it again! Perfect with rice, fried eggs and coffee for breakfast.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Show Tickets and More

As a mother, I have been so busy lately. Not only busy with my kitchen but also with work. I am working with my husband at home and looking after our child at the same time. It's nice to work at home though because you can take a break anytime plus you get to cook what you like for your meal. Hubby will not starve of hunger while at work. He is such a busy bee. That is why I told him to take a break at times. It would be nice for the family to go out and watch movies, shows or concerts.

Oh I miss concerts! Before we loved to go to concerts. It so happened that I saw some Taylor Swift Tickets online. I do love her songs and country music. I saw some Jersey Boys Tickets and
Harlem Globetrotters Tickets too. But I am not really interested with it. I like sports too, if only we could buy Yankee Stadium tickets. But we are too far to go and watch. Travelling will be a waste of time too for us for now but we do love to travel. Hope we can try the Fenway Park tickets someday too. Our boy is getting bigger! He would surely love sports.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Shrimp With Sweet Chili Sauce

I was inspired by Panda Express' new shrimp dish. So when hubby bought some packs of shrimp, I right away cooked it and added sweet chili sauce just like the one at Panda Express. Also, my friend, Ranilda cooks it that way and it is so good! Aside from the sweet chili sauce, I also added a bit of salt and ketchup. Just stir-fried it and shrimp is cooked quickly so I didn't cook it too long. Hubby and I love it! I ate it with rice while hubby made some burritos with it. Mmmm so good!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Save Money on Father's Day!

Yes, Father's day is just around the corner. And I am pretty sure that some of you guys are now thinking of gift ideas and things to prepare for Father's Day. Are you planning to throw a party for your Dad? Husband? or In-Laws? Or just thinking of a nice gift to give before or during a special dinner.

How I wish I could throw a party to my husband who will be again a daddy in two months time. But we are pretty tight financially as of now. A simple but special gift would be nice. I have a few things that I considered to buy him since he really needs these things so badly. My Dad also needs one thing from me which I really hope I could buy it for him. That's why I am broswing the net and looking for coupons so at least I can save. I saw some good deals at Hope I can find coupons for the things I need to buy for my loving husband and my dad. I really want to buy a GPS navigator for hubby and a hair clipper for my Dad. Well, I will just keep on searching at and hoping to find good deals before Father's Day and save.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mung Beans and Ham in Coconut Milk

This is the first time that I tried cooking mung beans/munggos with Coco Milk. It turned out good and addicting too! I soaked half of the mung beans pack in water over night and simmered it till tender the next day. We have plenty of left-over ham so I made cubes of it and added a lot to the mung beans. I added 1 can of coco milk (about 1 1/2 cups) then just let it boil before adding flavor. As for the seasoning, I only used half of the pork bouillon cube. Then when done, I added plenty of spinach, my favorite! Served it on top of steam rice.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


It's my first time to try this snacks. They say it's an Ilocano delicacy. It is similar to what we call Maruya or battered and crisp bananas. But my friend used Gluten rice flour. Her version doesn't have squash or karabasa/kalabasa and she added butter to it too. Below is the recipe that I've found online. You may use it as a reference.

Baduya Karabasa Hawaïï
20 oz. Mochiko ( Gluten rice flour )
3/4 c brown sugar
1 c cooked and mashed pumpkin (karabasa)
1 can coconut milk
oil for deep frying

Mix mochiko, sugar, pumpkin and coconut milk together until a soft dough is formed. Heat oil. Drop by tablespoonful into hot oil. Cook until golden brown. Balls should float to top of oil when done.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Yolly's Chicken Curry

This is my first time to try cooking chicken curry. Actually, I was just helping a friend preparing this and it came out really good. Yolly was not used to make curry using curry paste, so I was helping her with it. We just read the directions on the back label of the curry paste pack which is for Chicken Curry recipe. She was using only a pack of coconut milk but I read that it should be 2 packs which is equivalent to 4 cups of coconut milk mixed with the paste. So the ingredients are: chicken parts, potatoes, bell peppers, onions, coconut milk and the curry paste. The chicken meat was cooked first and the potatoes were cooked separately as well as the curry sauce. The vegetables were fried separately and mixed to the meat after everything was cooked. The sauce was made of the coco milk and curry paste, cooked separately till blended well. Then the curry sauce was added to the meat pot and was mixed, stirred thoroughly. It was then served and eaten with right. Yum!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fair Trade Mark in Cooking and Everyday Life

I wonder if you guys have heard of Premcrest Fair Trade. I came across with their website. it's actually an online fair trade wholesaler. They have a variety of Premcrest Fair trade wholesale brands. I know you guys cook and eat daily. Premcrest have 40 years experience in selling fair trade food and drink products so they can guarantee that they can serve you right. At Premcrest, we can save money if we buy wholesale brands. They do have clearance items too.

It would be nice to use fair trade products in cooking and every day life. I am browsing their product and would want to explore more. Hope you guys will visit the site too.

Mac Enchilada

If you are craving for enchilada, you might want to try this dish. Another way of making enchilada, it's called Mac Enchilada. I have tried it at a friend's birthday party and it was really good. I love Mexican/Latino food so I like trying any dish prepared. Hope you will like it too.


1/2 cups large elbow macaroni

1 pound ground beef

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sour cream

1 cup milk

1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 can enchilada sauce

1 small can sliced black olives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add water to a medium saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Add macaroni and bring back to boil, stirring occasionally. Cook for approximately 8 minutes.
While pasta is boiling, brown ground beef, breaking into small pieces, and drain if necessary. Set aside.
In the same pan, add butter and melt. Remove from heat and add flour. Add back to low heat and stir in sour cream and milk. Constantly stir for several minutes until mixture is thoroughly heated and starts to thicken.
Add in cheese by stirring in about 1/2 cup at a time until cheese is melted into the sauce and smooth.
After pasta is finished, drain and run under cold water.
Mix together macaroni, beef, cheese sauce, and olives and place in large casserole dish. Pour enchilada sauce over the top of the macaroni mixture. Top with additional cheese and olives. Bake for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spinach Casserole

Oh this is yummy! For those who are a fan of spinach, this is a dish that you should try, tasty and healthy. On top of that, it is easy to prepare. I got this recipe from Thanks to my friend Gena who made the dish and let me try it. I love it!

2 (15 ounce) cans spinach
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
8 ounces sour cream
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of celery soup
fresh parmesan cheese

1 Drain spinach.
2 Mix all ingredients together.
3 Pour mixture into casserole or baking dish.
4 Sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese.
5 Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blueberry Cheesecake

Mmmm, I had two slices of this blueberry cheese cake that was made by a friend's hubby. The crust was dipped and soaked with Jack Daniel's whiskey. It was really addicting. I love blueberries so I won't really say No to a dessert like this. Try it! Below is the widely known recipe from You really don't have to use whisky. It is an option.

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 eggs
2 cups frozen blueberries, dry pack
1/3 cup blueberry jelly

1.Combine crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter. Pat mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
2.Mash cream cheese until soft and creamy. Gradually beat in sour cream, 3/4 cup sugar, vanilla and flour. Beat in eggs one at a time.
3.Pour mixture into crumb-lined pan. Bake in a preheated 325 degree F (165 degrees C) oven for 1 hour or until firm to the touch.
4.Cool and then remove cake from pan by loosening edges with a knife. Place frozen blueberries on top of cake. Melt jelly and spoon over blueberries to glaze. Chill until ready to serve.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tinolang Ulang/Shrimp Soup with Vegetables

My friend, Jahanne, invited me one day to her place and had a great lunch. She was cooking Filipino dishes and everything looked good. One of my favorites was her Tinolang Ulang/hipon or Shrimp Soup with a variety of vegetables. It's an easy home-cooking and delicious. She was supposedly making a Shrimp Tamarind Soup but she can't find any tamarind soup mix so she came up with this. So instead of Nilaga which is a way of making sour soup, it was a Tinola, just a simple soup without any sour flavor like lemons or tamarind. She cooked it vegetables like eggplants, string beans, radish, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and green onions. Water was used
for the soup and shrimp was added when all vegetables were tender-crisp. Only salt and pepper were used to taste and a bit of MSG. Quick and yummy!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Beef and Vegetable Kebabs

Isn't it pretty? The pine apple has been dressed with beef and vegetable kebabs! It's so inviting that you can't resist pulling one from the pine apple and it is really good. I love BBQ but I seldom prepare it like this. Only when there's a party. It is really nice to serve kebabs like this to guests. So this is an idea for you to share. A perfect dish for a Hawaiian or Laua Party! The above picture was taken during my friend's birthday party, Gena. Below is the recipe from

Here are the ingredients-
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or cilantro, minced
- 1 clove of garlic , crushed
fresh ground pepper to taste
salt to taste

- 1 pound lean beef tenderloin
- 1 large red onion
- 8 ounces button mushrooms
- 8 cherry tomatoes or 1 large whole tomato
- 2 green bell peppers

Whisk together all marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Remove half of marinade to a smaller bowl so meat and vegetables can be marinated separately. Place meat in smaller bowl, letting it remain for 30 minutes at room temperature. Marinate vegetables in larger bowl for 30 minutes at room temperature.
Turn meat and vegetables several times while they are marinating to coat all sides.

Cut tenderloin into 1-inch square cubes. Quarter onion and separate curved sections so they can be placed on skewer and wrapped loosely around the next item on skewer. Chop bell peppers into 4 sections and cut each section, shaping pieces so they are approximately an inch or less square and can easily fit onto skewer. If a large whole tomato is used instead of cherry tomatoes, cut whole tomato into 8 wedges.
Begin to assemble kebab alternating meat, onion, pepper, mushroom, and tomato, leaving a small amount of space between each item. Leave the mushrooms whole, inserting skewer into the base of the mushroom and through the top. Select firm parts of tomato for inserting skewer so it stays positioned on skewer as the kebabs cook on the grill.
Preheat grill on medium heat. When ready to grill, place the skewers on the grill grate, keeping each skewer 1 to 2 inches away from the next skewer.
Allow the kebabs to cook for several minutes on each side, gently brushing remaining marinade on the kebabs and turning them 2 to 3 times to cook all surfaces.

Looking for Cheap Scrubs?

If you are looking to buy cheap scrubs, you might want to check out this online store I know. offers nursing uniforms and scrubs. They have a variety of uniforms to choose from and you may find the ones at your desired price.

I have checked this site before but I have never tried yet buying since I don't need nursing scrubs as for now. I did check for my friends who work in the medical field. I will still check the site in the future for I really like to work in the medical field. I might want to get a medical course someday. So if you are like me and looking, try visiting the site then. Hope you will find what you are looking for.

Sauteed Shrimp

This is the best sauteed shrimp that I have tried so far when I came here in the US. It reminds me of my father's recipe which I love and miss! My newly-found friend Ranilda cooked this dish during our simple get-together. I was watching while she was cooking it.

In a wok, she sauteed garlic, ginger and green onions in hot oil. She then added the shrimp and stirred it occasionally. When almost done (shrimp cooks quickly!), she added a bit of salt, some chili sauce (the kind that we use for lumpia/egg roll dip) and ketchup. Now I have the idea to utilize the bottle of chili sauce in my fridge which I have kept in a while. It was really good and so tasty! It made me ate plenty of rice. Why don't you try it too? The picture looks good and indeed, it is!

Kitchen Equipment

We just moved to our new residence and when I was unpacking, I was surprised of the number of kitchen equipment we have. Some are new and never been used. Kitchen equipment like coffee grinder, bread maker and more.

I was happy too to find out about these things. I can use them when I need to. Now I can sort out all these cooking equipment in my way which is easy for me to locate it when needed. Still, I do want to have another equipment in my kitchen. I do want to have a chest freezer. We have a regular sized fridge and when its freezer is full, I really wish there's another freezer. Maybe someday, we'll get that. As for now, i am enjoying these kitchen stuff we have.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fried Rice and Tocino

Tocino is like our Filipino bacon. It's made of pork and some sweet seasoning on it. I like it better than the bacon and eat it with rice. It's just that my tongue is already used to Filipino food. I grew up with it so it's really good to me. We Filipinos love it. It's surprising that my husband likes it too. He ate it with the fried rice I cooked one morning. It's a quick fried rice recipe with just eggs, soy sauce and fried rice seasoning on it (Sun-Bird Fried Rice Seasoning Mix which I bought at Von's). I didn't even put peas and meat on it since we had the tocino and some sausages I prepared that morning. It was really good and it did fill me up. What a good breakfast! Check out my fried rice recipe on my blog. Just search for it here or click Rice label. As for the tocino, I only use pork chops which I sliced by 1/4 inch and marinated it with Mama Sita's Tocino Mix which I got from the Filipino store .