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Goto (Congee with Beef Tripe)

Posted by in General, Rice

I would describe Goto as a downright hearty and unpretentious food. It’s rice porridge with some kind of ofal or beef tripe added as a key ingredient. For me what distinguishes it from Arroz Caldo is the kind of meat that is added, goto has beef or ofal and arroz caldo uses chicken. I haven’t had this in literally ages and I thought my girls would enjoy it since they are adventurous when it comes to food. I made this for dinner, though Filipinos usually have this for mid afternoon…read more

Avodogs (Hot Dogs with Avocado)

Posted by in General, Holidays and Entertaining

So the family has decided we are having hot dogs for Memorial Day dinner. I bought the necessary supplies buns, hotdogs, dill pickles, yellow mustard and chips. I was thinking of making just the classic dog. But the day before, I had an idea of adding avocado to the hot dogs to make it somewhat healthier. I love avocados and felt it would give it a new twist to the American classic. For the avocado topping, mash an avocado and squeeze half a lime. Season with salt. To make, take…read more

Homemade Strawberry Milk

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This recipe is adapted from Hanse a youtube vlogger I accidentally discovered. She has great recipes but it’s all in Korean so I really can’t recreate her dishes. For this recipe I just kind of eyeballed the amount needed since it can easily be adjusted to one’s taste. Just a note this will not yield a smooth milk but this would have bits and pieces of berries that would probably suit adults more than children. To make you need to have strawberry syrup. First, clean and hull about a cup…read more

Skinless Longanisa (Filipino Sausage)

Posted by in General, Pork

This skinless longanisa is so easy to make, you won’t ever buy the pre-made ones at the store. Making homemade lets you control the ingredients you put in your sausage thus making it a healthier option for your family. I do have a recipe for longanisa which I used for my Filipino Burger, you can definitely use that too to make skinless longanisa. For this recipe, I used 1 lb ground pork to which I added the following: 1 Tbsp. salt, 3 Tbsp. white vinegar or cane vinegar, 1 Tbsp….read more

Grilled Ham and Cheese with Avocado and Arugula

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Spring has come really late for us this year. We still had snow beginning of April and frankly I am tired of the cold weather. That is why I wanted to create a dish that would remind me of the season. Something light, bright and refreshing is what comes to mind. First, get two slices of sourdough bread or whatever kind you fancy. Then spread both slices with dijon mustard. Layer the following on one side: couple of slices of swiss cheese, ham and a handful of arugula. Top with…read more

Spam Onigiri

Posted by in Bento, General

A visit to Mitsuwa always turn into a food trip for our family. We love that there is a variety of food to choose from their concessionaires. One of these is Omusubi Gonbei, they offer a mouth watering array of rice balls with various fillings. I was inspired to make this Spam Omusubi after seeing their various omusubi on display. I have already featured several omusubi a.k.a onigiri recipes in this blog which shows how just how much we love it. It’s easy to make this specially if you have…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

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

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado

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Spring has inspired me to make dishes that are light as well as pleasing to the eye. I also wanted to make something that is easy or would take very little preparation. I recently made a tuna sandwich which I posted here, this time I wanted to add more vegetables to make it more colorful and interesting. For this recipe you will need: one can tuna, 1 small persian cucumber, 2 pieces of radish, 1 lemon and a bunch of cilantro. First, drain your tuna and place it in a…read more

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bok Choy

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Cauliflower rice is the rage now. There seems to be more people who are consciously trying to live a healthy lifestyle and are seeking alternatives to grain and carbs in their diet. This is also perfect substitute for those who are gluten intolerant. I was skeptical at first when I heard I about this, I wasn’t really sure if it would taste great as a substitute for rice since I know that cauliflower can give an off putting smell (most cruciferous vegetables do). This was until a friend of mine…read more