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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Grilled Pork Menudo : Filipino Pork Stew with Potatoes and Peppers

Grilled Pork Menudo : Filipino Pork Stew with Potatoes and Peppers

Since summer started, we’ve been on an outdoor grilling mode. “Inihaw na baboy” or grilled pork shoulder was often on our menu. Blame it on the heat and the ease of preparing it. The aroma of grilled pork bbq was always so inviting each time. The scent of it all just caught on. So much […]

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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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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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Pad Thai : A Grub Kit Makes Dinner Easy

Pad Thai : A Grub Kit Makes Dinner Easy

  Flat rice noodles grazed on a medley of tangy tamarind with a hint of salty fish sauce, topped with onions, scallions, bean sprouts, tofu,crushed peanuts and finished off with a spritz of lime . Did you ever think this meal could come from a kit? Unbelievable ? I imagine what’s going on in your […]

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Chinese Noodle Soup with Asian Beef Ribs and Baby Bok Choy

Chinese Noodle Soup with Asian Beef Ribs and Baby Bok Choy

  This is a variation of the Filipino Beef Mami, a classic noodle soup. The beef short ribs in this recipe were braised and simmered in a sweet broth, with seasonings, and spices like star anise. Then once the tender beef nearly falls off the bone,  you catch the soft chunks and place them in […]

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Filipino Shrimp Paella : Perfect for Mother’s Day

Filipino Shrimp Paella : Perfect for Mother’s Day

  Make Mom happy with something homemade. Made by you on Mother’s Day makes it even more special. Just think, you won’t have to deal with the long wait at restaurants, the reservations made months in advance, or the crowds, bad service and traffic. No need to subject Mom to the unpleasant. Instead, let Mom […]

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Filipino Lechon Sa Hurno : Oven Roasted Crisp Roast Pork

Filipino Lechon Sa Hurno : Oven Roasted Crisp Roast Pork

    Every Filipino event is celebrated with “lechon”, roast pig, as the centerpiece of the party. The larger the “lechon”, signifies how important the guest of honor or occasion is. Filipino lechon, unlike the Hawaiian version of roast pig in luaus, is roasted above ground, with the kindled fire from an open pit. The […]

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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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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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