Torta Di Mele, Apple Cake with Caramel and We’re Moving to a New Address!

Torta Di Mele, Apple Cake with Caramel and We’re Moving to a New Address!

We’re moving to a new address! All the Filipino and Asian recipes on this blogsite, Queen’s Notebook are moving soon to its sister blog, Asian In America. I wanted to give you more new features on the site to make it easier to browse through. Plus I’ve cooked up a lot more exciting recipes – […]

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Coconut Fudge Chocolate Cake with Rum

Coconut Fudge Chocolate Cake with Rum

The fudgy, decadent slice of chocolate cake was the last one left. It was moist. It was crumbly-good. It was sweet and special. It was chocolatey with hints of rum. It was pretty with thin coconut tendrils crowning the top. Best of all, it was homemade and it was a hit! Filipino food almost always […]

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Outdoor Grilling:Filipino Bibingka Rice Cakes with Coconut & Banana Leaves

Outdoor Grilling:Filipino Bibingka Rice Cakes with Coconut & Banana Leaves

Is it possible to long for Christmas memories in July? The aroma of the burnt banana leaves flew around our backyard. It was  the smell of a burning sweet leaf mixed with the aromas of butter and coconut that hit me.  The soft breeze escalated the food fragrances and brought back poignant memories of Christmas […]

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Rice Toppings of Garlic Lemon Rosemary Roast Chicken

Rice Toppings of Garlic Lemon Rosemary Roast Chicken

It’s Sunday. You have good leftovers from Saturday dinner. You also have to make Sunday supper quickly because the weekend was a busy whirl. But what if the good leftovers were Garlic Lemon Rosemary Roast Chicken from the “Mom 100 Cookbook”? Well then, get ready to relish some delightful Rice Toppings.     Rice toppings […]

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Blueberry- Purple Yam Tart : Filipino Flavors for Pie Day

Blueberry- Purple Yam Tart : Filipino Flavors for Pie Day

  The plump, tart blueberries cooked in syrup and laced with lemon juice, popped in my mouth. Unexpectedly a burst of fresh blueberry juice released its glory in my being. I closed my eyes dreamily as I licked the spoonful of sweet purple yam the berries were cradled in. And last but not the least, […]

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The Filipino Turon ng Saging, Banana Fritters with Mango Syrup

The Filipino Turon ng Saging, Banana Fritters with Mango Syrup

  The crisp fritters were hot off the skillet, freshly made, crunchy at the first bite, flakey wafer-like bits falling off the plate. Inside the fritter, I tasted a sweet, succulent banana plantain, which is also called “saging saba” (say “sa-guing sa-bah” ) by Filipinos.   I slowly dipped this crisp banana creation in a […]

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A Visit to Via Mare & Glenda Barretto : Why I Love Filipino Food !

A Visit to Via Mare & Glenda Barretto : Why I Love Filipino Food !

  The plane landed at midnight, in Manila at the NAIA Airport. It was hot and humid. I survived a 20+ hour plane trip from the USA to Korea, then finally Manila. Clutching my luggage , I shifted my shoulder bag, sent my sister  a text at the arrival area. “I’m here. Hungry! Hurry!”   […]

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Strawberries, Mangoes, Lychees on Star Anise Pastry Puffs

Strawberries, Mangoes, Lychees on Star Anise Pastry Puffs

  A sweet fruit medley laced with licorice-like star anise syrup awaits our family Easter table this season. Taking advantage of the fresh fruits available, I made this easy- to- put- together dessert in just a few minutes.     The star anise flavor took center stage in this recipe. Star anise is a favorite […]

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LINAMNAM at “Bale Dutung”: I Ate Where ANTHONY BOURDAIN ate !

LINAMNAM at “Bale Dutung”: I Ate Where ANTHONY BOURDAIN ate !

“I ate where Anthony Bourdain ate.” I now have bragging rights to that. When I went on a trip to the Philippines last month, there was nothing else I wanted to do, from the minute I landed in Manila. I had to  eat at “Bale Dutung” in Angeles, Pampanga.  I wanted to find out for […]

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Beef Morcon, Pampanga Style

Beef Morcon, Pampanga Style

    Beef morcon, Pampanga style is one of the most popular dishes from the region where I grew up. One of the best I tasted and I remember from childhood is the “morcon” served at Everybody’s Café, in San Fernando, the capital of the province. This type of morcon is made from ground meat. […]

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