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Sloppy Joes

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

Sloppy Joe is a sandwich made up of ground meat with ketchup or tomato sauce as it’s key ingredient or seasoning. I’ve been making easy and no fuss dinners lately and this clearly fits the bill. First, saute one medium size finely chopped onion and 2-3 minced garlic cloves in a little oil. Add 1.5 lb ground beef and cook until well browned. Drain off excess fat. Add 2 tbsp. tomato paste, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. ground black pepper and salt…read more

Asian Hot Dog

Posted by in Holidays and Entertaining

I’ve seen and heard of Japadog from a food blog sometime ago. They used to have a storefront in NYC but it apparently closed already. They still have store locations in Canada and California though. I have always wanted to re-create this and the perfect opportunity came yesterday, Memorial Day the time we open our grill for the Summer. This is not your typical hot dog since it has some ingredients that are seriously Asian such as Nori which are seaweed strips and katsuobushi which are dried bonito flakes. I…read more

Asian Lettuce Cups

Posted by in Dinner, Pork

With the weather getting warmer, I find myself constantly thinking of something light and easy to make for dinner. This recipe is just perfect for those times you don’t want to stay too long in a hot kitchen and be able to fix dinner in no time at all. To make, you will need a head of iceberg lettuce or boston lettuce. We prefer using iceberg lettuce because of it’s crunchy texture. Separate and wash each leaf and dry with paper towels. Keep in the fridge to chill while you…read more

Maiz con hielo

Posted by in Sweets and Treats

Maiz con hielo or Mais con yelo in Tagalog is a summer cooler in the Philippines. Literally translated it’s corn with ice. It is somewhat similar to Halo-Halo which I made last summer. This variation is less sweet though since it is sweetened with only a couple of teaspoons of sugar. I made this yesterday for my girls since our temperature soared to the 90sF. This is the first time they had it and they really liked it. To make, get a can of sweet whole kernel corn and drain…read more

Crab Inari Sushi

Posted by in Bento, Lunch

I have made Inari sushi in a previous post. My girls love the tofu pockets that you use to make this kind of sushi so I try to make variations of it. I still have some crab sticks from the Kani Salad I made so I decided to use those as filling. To make, prepare your tofu pockets by careful separating it to create the pouches. Then fill it each pocket with rice and set aside. Separate your crab sticks into thin strips then place some of it on top…read more

Tonkatsu

Posted by in Dinner, Pork

Tonkatsu is Japanese style deep fried pork cutlet. This is typically served with finely shredded cabbage and tonkatsu sauce. My family loves eating tonkatsu but we usually get to enjoy this only when we eat out or buy it “to go”. My excuse is that I dislike deep frying because of the clean up you need to do after. I bought some pork cutlets last week as it was on sale and wasn’t really sure what to do with it. But one weeknight I was inspired to finally make tonkatsu…read more

Kani Salad

Posted by in Vegetable

If you like California roll, this salad is definitely for you. It has the same basic ingredients which are: mango, cucumber and kani (crabmeat). First, peel 2 medium sized cucumber and cut into julienne strips. I got this cool gadget from pampered chef which made my task a lot easier. It’s called the julienne peeler. Just scrape the whole length of your cucumber with it and stop when you reach the seeds in the center. Place the julienned strips of cucumber in a bowl. Next get 5-6 pieces of kani…read more

Filipino Style Meatballs in Lettuce Cups

Posted by in Dinner, Pork

I think I get most creative in cooking when I have limited options inside my fridge and pantry. I had a lb of ground meat in the freezer, I know I wanted to make meatballs but I don’t want to make the sweet and sour kind nor the ones with gravy on it. The weather is getting warmer here in our neck of the woods and I wanted to make something light. My first thought was to make a wrap or tacos but I didn’t have tortillas and then I…read more

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Spinach

Posted by in Dinner, Pasta/Noodles

An alternative for tomato based pasta, this recipe is really quick and simple to make. First brown your italian sausage (mild) in large pot deep enough to hold several cups of broth. I used 4 italian sausage patties that I broke up while cooking. Then add a medium sized onion that has been diced and 2-3 cloves finely minced garlic. Cook until onions are soft and translucent. In the same pot, add 5 cups of water and 1 chicken bouillon and let it come to a boil (the original recipe…read more