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The Search for Zucchini Blossoms at Union Square

Posted by in Kitchen Cabinet and Pantry, Vegetable

I love going to Farm Markets, it’s exciting to see produce available for the season. Seeing all the fresh vegetables, fruits, bread and meat gives me such a high and enthusiasm to run back to my kitchen and just cook or create something. I always make it a point to visit the world famous Union Square Market everytime we visit the city. I was there for a weekend get away with the husband and being a Saturday I knew there would be more vendors and selections to choose from. That…read more

Loco Moco

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

Loco Moco reminds me of Jollibee’s burger steak sans the fried egg. The recipe is almost exactly the same with the exception of the mushrooms in the gravy and of course the egg. This dish has been around since the 1940’s. Story goes that it was made by Nancy Inouye, the wife of the owner of Lincoln Grill in Hilo, Hawaii; at the request of some teenagers who wanted something other than the usual sandwich. This is a true and awesome fusion of Asian and Western cuisine. The combination of…read more

Chicken Kare-Kare

Posted by in Chicken, Dinner

Leftover rotisserie chicken in our household often turns to chicken noodle soup or the Filipino style sopas. Sometimes, when the mood strikes I make some kind of pasta dish out of it. Those didn’t quite appeal to me this time. Kare-Kare was in my menu for the week but I was hesitant to make a new dish since we still have leftover roast chicken. This was where inspiration struck. Making Kare-Kare usually starts with boiling some kind of meat, what is great with this recipe is that your cooking time…read more

Dilis (Crispy Anchovies) Rice Bowl

Posted by in General, Seafood

Rice bowls are fast becoming staples in a lot restaurants here in the US. It gives a modern take in serving traditional dishes. Creating your rice bowl at home is easy and is also fun way in preparing meals for your family. You can make up your own combination of toppings. My rule is there should be protein as well as vegetable included in the dish. Last to make sure and use colorful ingredients for visual appeal. Get a bowl and place some cooked rice at the bottom, you can…read more

Tinolang Manok (Lemongrass and Ginger Chicken Soup)

Posted by in Chicken, Dinner

This is considered a classic Filipino dish, it’s simple yet flavorful. The original recipe does not include lemongrass, I just added it because I love it’s aroma and flavor and I know it will go well with ginger. To make, heat a medium sized pan with about 2 tbsp. vegetable oil. Add 1 stalk lemon grass that has been smashed and 1 thumb sized ginger cut into slivers, saute until fragrant. Then add 1 medium sized chopped onion and cook until transluscent. To this add 1.5 lbs skinless chicken thighs…read more

Bulgogi Beef Bowl over Squash Rice

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

This is another dish that I whipped up in a hurry last week. I had a pack of thinly sliced rib eye that I got at HMart (our local Asian food store) that I marinated with 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 2-3 tsp. sugar and garlic powder and ground black pepper. I let the meat sit in the fridge for at least one hour and then pan fried it in a little oil until golden brown. I also made kabocha or squash rice to go with it….read more

Oven Broiled Kalbi

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

Kalbi is a Korean style of barbecued short ribs. My family usually order this everytime we go to our favorite Korean BBQ place. It can be quite pricey though. Until I discovered Beef short ribs at Sam’s club sold at a very reasonable price compared to buying at HMart (Korean grocery). It comes in 3-4 lbs pack more than enough for our family of 4. I usually marinate the whole club pack and just divide it into portions. To make, rinse the meat well and pat dry with paper towels….read more

Pesto Pasta with Avocado and Arugula

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

This is was something I hastily put together one summer evening when I was really not in the mood to cook. It turned out delicious and my family loved it. It’s really more like just putting the ingredients together and not really a recipe. To make, cook the pasta according to package directions. When done drain and place in a deep bowl. Add a generous amount of pesto ( I used the prepared kirkland brand from Costco) or according to taste to the warm pasta, 1 avocado diced and a…read more

Ate Neng’s Dinindeng

Posted by in Vegetable

Sometimes the simplest of food is the tastiest and most nutritious. On my recent trip back home to Manila I got to sample this vegetable dish called”Dinindeng“. Ate Neng kindly showed me how to prepare it. This is the Visayan version of Dinindeng and a staple of her hometown in Rombang, Belison, Antique. To make you will need several kinds of vegetables – alugbati (malabar spinach), saluyot (jute), sitaw (yard beans), talong (eggplant), kalabasa (squash) and okra. First, boil about 4-5 cups water in a medium size pot. Once it…read more

Vigan Longaniza Pasta with Olives and Arugula

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

Vigan longganisa is just one amongst a wide variety of Filipino local sausage available. In the Philippines longganisa is customarily eaten with rice with a sunny side egg on the side. I have a pack of it sitting in my freezer and wasn’t really up to cooking it the traditional way which is fried. Creating a pasta dish is the first thing that came to my mind, since I usually add Italian sausage in my pasta sauce. But I knew from that start that this would not be a tomato…read more