Rum and Dates Muffins

Rum and Dates Muffins

First it was cookie-baking in a quake . And now here I was baking Muffins, just before Hurricane Irene made landfall. I seem to be baking a lot these days simultaneously while Mother Nature is brewing up her own concoctions. But that is what survival mode is all about. When the going gets rough, and […]

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CHICKEN SALAD-STUFFED TOMATOES : Great Back To School Ideas

CHICKEN SALAD-STUFFED TOMATOES : Great Back To School Ideas

Whether your kids are in kindergarten or off to college, once school starts, your focus inevitably turns to meals or snacks to help them stay fueled and focused. A good cookbook to start the school year right is  “The I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook”by Andrea Lynn. It has 150 easy to make, delicious, affordable recipes […]

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Peanut Butter Muffins

Peanut Butter Muffins

I once had PEANUT BUTTER on a bagel for breakfast and a neighbor made fun of me. In public. I felt sorry for her. She didn’t know what she was missing.  Peanut butter is a staple in our home. It’s everywhere. On sandwiches with jelly. On Filipino Pan de Sal.  On fruit, like bananas. On […]

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CHOCOLATE ANGEL FOOD CAKE : A Cake for an Angel

CHOCOLATE ANGEL FOOD CAKE : A Cake for an Angel

Good friends are the “angels” sent our way. Appropriately so, I baked this Chocolate Angel Food Cake for a friend. She had been an “angel” to me in the past year or so…patiently listening to my trivial woes, believing in me and my blogs, and encouraging me to keep cooking and writing. My friend, Leanna […]

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Israeli COUSCOUS with LEMON SHRIMP

Israeli COUSCOUS with LEMON SHRIMP

I have a confession. I’m not in college.I was done with my degree years ago. I’m not a newbie in the kitchen. I’ve been cooking since I was 9. And I don’t have all the time in the world to lazily waltz through the day doing nothing. I have a busy life. I barely have […]

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Pineapple Fruit Cake

Pineapple Fruit Cake

  No matter how hot the summer day is,  I always have the time and desire to bake a cake. Usually it’s when I want to share a cake or give a gift to friends. That’s why when Abby Dodge, of www.abbydodge.com called out to bakers  to join the #baketogether event this August, I jumped […]

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Filipino TORTANG Carne : Ground Meat with Potatoes & Peas

Filipino TORTANG Carne : Ground Meat with Potatoes & Peas

  Everyone has had days like these. The day is filled with stress . Deadlines are endless and urgent. The kids’ schedules after school are nonstop.  House chores have yet to be done.  Appointments abound. And in the midst of it all,  you realize it is late afternoon and  you haven’t had time to make […]

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GRILLED PEACHES and Greek Yogurt : From our Family Food Files

GRILLED PEACHES and Greek Yogurt : From our Family Food Files

  FROM OUR FAMILY, MEET MY NIECE CARLIE…  In our family, FOOD is always at the heart of our lives. We raised our children with the belief that love is shared through food. In turn, the children in our families are now young adults and do their share of cooking when they come home to visit.  I am always delighted  to […]

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