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Meatballs with Misua Soup

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We call this Meatballs with misua, Almondigas in Tagalog. In our family, the meatballs are prepared by just mixing together your choice of ground meat with finely chopped onion, an egg and salt and pepper. These are then formed into balls and dropped into a broth that has come to a boil and misua added during the last minutes of cooking. A variation of this is when my mom would add chopped green onions to the meat mixture and place a (cooked) quail egg inside the meatball. To make this…read more

Salad Master Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

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I keep getting this video on slow cooker meatballs in my Facebook feed for several days now. I knew I wanted to make it as soon as I finished watching the tutorial. It looked so easy and I did have the basic ingredients on hand. I had to make some substitutions though. This is my version. Combine in a bowl: 1 lb ground beef, 1 pack Hot Italian sausage with casings removed (I used chicken since that is what I have), 1 tsp. salt., 1 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. garlic…read more

Kare-Kare

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Kare-Kare is a peanut based beef stew with a distinct orange hue. This color comes from annatto seeds which not only provides color but flavor as well. This is a dish that I rarely make because of the length of cooking time and preparation. The traditional way of cooking this, which is how my grandmother used to make it requires you to roast, grind and make a paste out of peanuts. You also also have to brown or toast uncooked rice, grind it into powder which would serve as a…read more

Hamburger Steak

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This is my take on the Japanese style hamburger steak known as “Hambagu”. It is referred to as “Yoshoku” or western influenced cooking which dates back to the Meiji period or restoration. This is the time when Japan opened it’s doors to the western world. Part of the reforms made by the emperor was the promotion or introduction of western cuisine where meat is the main ingredient. This dish was believed to have been first served in Yokohama during the Meiji period according to wikipedia. This dish is very similar…read more

Mom’s Mapo Tofu

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This is not an authentic recipe for mapo tofu. It’s adapted from a dish that my mom always makes when cooking tofu. First, add 1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a heated wok or pan. Then saute until fragrant 1 tbsp. finely chopped ginger, 2 cloves garlic finely minced and 1 small finely chopped onion. Add in 1 lb of ground beef and cook until brown. While your meat is cooking whisk in a small bowl 1/4 cup cooking sake, 2 tbsp. oyster sauce, 2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce and 1…read more

Sloppy Joes

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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

Corned Beef Sinigang (Corned Beef in Tamarind Broth)

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This dish was created by a chef from a famous Filipino restaurant in the Philippines. She wanted to give a modern twist to a very popular and traditional dish Sinigang. Sinigang is a soup flavored with a souring agent. The most commonly used is tamarind. For those unfamiliar with this dish it is comparable to the Thai dish Tom Yum soup. I have posted a recipe for fish sinigang earlier this year. I wanted to re-create this dish after reading much about it on the internet. You can get corned…read more

Meatloaf

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Meatloaf is one of those comfort food that reminds you of the taste of home. It is also one of our dinner staples as it requires very little preparation. Ground beef is usually used to make meatloaf but ground turkey is a very good alternative and is also a favorite in our household. You can likewise use a mix of ground beef and ground pork. My meatloaf recipe uses finely chopped onions, carrots and celery that is cooked together with seasonings before being added to the ground meat. This ensures…read more

Lumpiang Shanghai (mini meat filled spring rolls)

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Lumpia is known to many as the Filipino egg roll. It is ground meat wrapped in this thin crepe like wrapper and deep fried. The preferred meat of choice for most Filipinos is ground pork, but I always make mine with either ground beef or chicken. Minced vegetables such as carrots, onions, scallions, water chestnuts are usually mixed with it in addition to spices. This dish did not originate in Shanghai as the name suggest, it was brought by Chinese immigrants from the Fujian province to the Philippines. Filipino food…read more

Filipino Burger

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Filipino food is beginning to gain recognition and popularity in the U.S, particularly in New York City. There are several Filipino restaurants that have been featured in magazines and newspapers here in the Northeast citing that it is the “Next Great Asian Food Trend”. Recently Jeepney restaurant in NYC won the Time Out New York’s 2014 Battle of the Burger . This is my take on this Filipino style burger. This burger is a combination of ground beef and longganisa (Philippine sausage). For this recipe I made my own longganisa…read more