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 .

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Youth Food Allergies are on the Rise

Content by Kyle Lowe (Guest Blogger)

Allergies are becoming more and more common in young children and have seemed to become more serious in the last decade. In my son’s preschool class alone, 14 children in the class have some type of food allergy, many of them serious, like my son’s. He is allergic to peanut butter and often finds it difficult to breathe when he comes in contact with it. Three other children in his class share the same affliction. Another common food allergy appears to be gluten intolerance, which is increasingly likely to occur in small children. Often a side effect of Chron’s disease, gluten allergys cause mild to severe stomach discomfort and can be avoided with a carefully monitored diet. Still prevalent are the classic allergies of milk and nuts, though these have become more detailed in description in the last few years. Now children have “lactose intolerance” or a “legume allergy.” If you need more information about childhood allergies, visit the website for the National Allergy Foundation. If you don’t have a reliable internet connection, perhaps try like I did to set up mobile broadband.

Original Hacienda Grill

It's our first time to celebrate our wedding anniversary and dine in at the new place in a new town. We haven't tried any restaurants yet here in Taft so we asked around and this was recommended.

I was craving for Mexican food so hubby took me to the Original Hacienda Grill, American and Mexican Food. The Chili Rellino was really good. I guess, it doesn't matter who cooks it, it's always good to my taste buds. It's always my favorite as well Fajitas. Hubby and I love the combination of steak, chicken and shrimp fajitas. At this place, their food is not bad. In fact it is as good as Si Senor, our other favorite Mexican restaurant. Though the salsa is a bit different but still good. We would love to go back there and dine in again.