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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Asian Pan-seared Salmon on Bean Sprouts and Japanese Eggplants

Asian Pan-seared Salmon on Bean Sprouts and Japanese Eggplants

Whenever school starts, I’m always asked by other moms how I made my sons like fish and vegetables when they were growing up. There was no secret to it. I just cooked fish and vegetables regularly on weeknights, weekends or any day possible. I just cooked, served and called everyone to dinner. Every single day, […]

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Filipino Stir Fry Beef Strips with Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Beans

Filipino Stir Fry Beef Strips with Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Beans

In the summer, the markets are abundant with so many fresh vegetables. It becomes incredibly easy to make meals! I come home with a bundle of veggies and can’t wait to cook it all. What makes this dish distinct? It’s just easy to do. A lot of Filipino meals start with a basic stir fry. […]

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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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Filipino Burong Mangga : Green Mango Pickles, Sweet Tart Goodbye to Summer

Filipino Burong Mangga : Green Mango Pickles, Sweet Tart Goodbye to Summer

Filipinos love to snack on green mangoes. Yes, those green unripe fruits, sliced open and served with a shrimp paste or plain sea salt sprinkled on top. Those were always the best. Can you believe this is street food in the Philippines?  I was never allowed by my parents , for reasons only known to […]

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Pineapple Chili Pork BBQ Skewers

Pineapple Chili Pork BBQ Skewers

Rub some spice, mix in the sweet pineapple, throw in the tart little tomatoes, brush on the chili, char-grill it and you’ll have a mind-boggling meal on a stick! Whether it’s the middle of the year or the middle of the week , this is one of the easiest meals . Make these for yourself, […]

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Mango Ice Cream, a Filipino ice cream treat

Mango Ice Cream, a Filipino ice cream treat

I remember riding with my late Dad, in his jeep, to survey the mango trees in our farm, in a small rural, agricultural town in the Philippines. As a child, every tree loomed far bigger than me. I always had to look up to trees for a good view. In the process, the blue skies, […]

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Mom’s Classic Potato Salad

Mom’s Classic Potato Salad

One of the first salads I learned from my mom was this classic and very delicious potato salad. It was rich, creamy, filling and comforting in every way.  We’ve always enjoyed it chilled, perhaps even better, a day later. And I was often tasked to peel the potatoes. It was one of the first things […]

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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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