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Paella

Posted by in Dinner, Rice

I had my first taste of paella when my dad took us to Minggoy’s restaurant in Magallanes as a high school student in the 80s. That was the first Spanish restaurant I have ever been to. My family would also order paella to go from them whenever there is a family celebration at home. When I first started making paella, I must admit I took the easy route and used the packaged paella mix you can buy in the grocery store. It’s either the goya or vigo brand, my family…read more

Salmon Baked in Foil Packets

Posted by in Dinner, Seafood

This is one easy and fool proof way of cooking salmon fillets. Clean up is a breeze too since there are no pans to scour or scrub. Pre-heat your oven to 400F. Take a heavy duty foil and place some lemon slices in the middle, then place your salmon fillet on top. Season fish with salt and pepper and then add 2 tbsp of butter on it. Sprinkle generously with chopped dill, I added a lot since I love dill. Then pull the sides of the foil together and do…read more

Chicken Nilaga (Filipino Chicken Soup)

Posted by in Poultry

Chicken Nilaga I think was the very first dish I learned to cook. It is the easiest I think because it’s just practically boiling meat and adding vegetables. Making a flavorful and tasty Nilaga is another matter. I make nilaga during the Autumn and Winter season when the weather is a lot cooler. Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a cold night. Since our weather is starting to get chilly, I made some chicken nilaga for dinner. First, make sure to use bone in chicken to create a…read more

Birthday Dinner – Pan Seared Ribeye Steak and Roasted Purple Sweet Potato

Posted by in Beef

Today is a special day and we are celebrating by having steak. My husband loves ribeye and it was just my luck that Whole Foods has it on sale. The bone in ribeye was going for $9.99 a lb, I got a piece which came just a little over a pound and is more than enough for the two of us. You really need a cast iron pan to cook steak over a stove. I didn’t own one so I had to make do with my thick bottomed stainless steel…read more

Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl

Posted by in Seafood

Smoked Salmon is one my favorite food. I love it on toast or bagel and could eat it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Recently I broke tradition and decided to add it on my rice. This for me is what cooking is all about, letting your imagination run wild and not limiting yourself to the expected. I have to admit this could not entirely be called cooking but more of putting your ingredients together. Start by placing your cooked white rice on a bowl. You can use brown rice, quinoa or…read more

Pan Seared Swordfish with Herbed Butter Sauce

Posted by in General, Seafood

I am just loving the newly opened Whole Foods Market in our town. I have been there almost everyday since it’s grand opening. Last Sunday a display of a whole swordfish right outside their store immediately caught my attention. They were on sale for $9.99 a lb. and were even sampling it for their customers. Who can resist that bargain so I bought a piece that was just a little over a pound for our dinner that night. To prepare, I cut the swordfish steak in half since it was…read more

Quinoa Bowl with Oven Baked Meatballs

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

Quinoa is a great option if you are watching your carb intake or wanting a gluten free diet. Though it looks like a grain, it is actually a seed. It provides essential vitamins, minerals and fiber and is much healthier for you. We now use this as a substitute for rice in our diet. It is very versatile and you can do so much with it. It can be eaten on its own or added to soup, salads, your main dish and even desserts. To make, cook quinoa according to…read more

Paksiw na Bangus (Milkfish) Belly

Posted by in Seafood

This is another recipe in my seafood series. As I have mentioned before, we are trying to incorporate more fish in our diet and this is one of the many seafood recipes I have prepared so far. I have made paksiw in a previous post using milkfish or bangus. This time I am making it using my favorite choice cut bangus belly. This only takes a few minutes to prepare. In a medium sized pan, place your bangus belly and pour about 1/2-3/4 cup cane vinegar or what we call…read more

Korean Seafood Tofu Soup (Soondubu Jjigae )

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It’s almost the middle of October and we were still experiencing really mild to warm weather. Today the air has started to turn chilly at last. It seemed to be the perfect time to serve up some soup, so I decided to make spicy tofu soup for dinner. My family get this everytime we go to Tofu House restaurant in Edison. This is not difficult at all to prepare since you can buy a soup starter kit to make this. This is my own take on this dish and not…read more

Zucchini Blossoms Three Ways

Posted by in Vegetable

My search for zucchini or squash blossoms has finally come to an end at Union Square Market in NYC. Was really overjoyed at my find and had to literally stop myself from hoarding since I know it won’t keep well. I was in the middle of my vacation and still have to bring it back home to Jersey. I bought two packages, the male blossoms which is attached to a thin stem and has fuller petals and the female blossoms which has a miniature squash/fruit attached at it’s base. The…read more