November 22, 2017

Pumpkin Cheese Layer Dessert

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For Thanksgiving this year, I didn't want to make pie nor bake pumpkin cheesecake. It's just too much trouble preparing crust, etc. No bake was the only way to go. I used the mashed sweet baby pumpkin I had in the freezer to shorten the prep. Canned pumpkin is also good for this recipe.

September 29, 2017

Pumpkin Bread

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It's Autumn and pumpkin season. I've used pumpkin puree in many different ways but not in a yeasted bread loaf. It has been a long while since I baked bread but the currently airing Korean Drama, My Golden Life, sort of enticed me to bake a loaf or two. One of the main characters is working in a bakeshop that bakes loaves with pumpkin both in the dough and filling.

September 7, 2017

Green Jackfruit In Coconut Milk Sauce

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A few weeks ago, I went to check out the new Filipino restaurant Bistro 1521* in Arlington, VA. The bistro is run by the same people at the permanently closed Filipino Bistro 7107. The menu has been expanded but one of my favorites at 7107, Green Jackfruit In Coconut Milk is missing.

July 5, 2017

Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

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I've seen homemade Baumkuchen (tree cake) on several Asian blogs many years ago but never had the energy to make although I have a rectangular tamagoyaki pan.

May 16, 2017

Fava Beans Salad

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Fava beans are supposed to be nutritiousand therefore good for you. I like them because of their buttery texture and good flavor. They are available fresh still in pods at Korean grocery stores but when aren't in season, I get the frozen ones usually from India or Portugal. I steam them for 3 minutes, peel them, then leave in the refrigerator until I'm ready to season them in butter, garlic, and sea salt.

April 25, 2017

French Tarragon And Chicken

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French tarragon herb is hard to find in the stores. Once in a while stores sell the bland Russian or Mexican tarragon and they aren't as good as the French variety which has more slender leaves than the 2 mentioned. One time I found a true French tarragon and it was a bit of a head-scratcher because it came from Morocco or maybe Turkey.

March 28, 2017

Malted Walnut Pie

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Nut pies don't appear often in my house. I made pecan pie once and was not wowed. I love nuts as snack but not in a pie. Until today.

I was clearing the cabinets of old stuff and discovered a jar of barley malt syrup leftover from making bagels many years ago. I've never used it as sugar substitute for baked sweets or desserts. The thing is super thick and very verrry sticky. Taking it out of the jar for measuring takes extra effort.

March 22, 2017

Pork Ribs With Fermented Soy Beans

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I grew up eating fermented salted black soy beans. In the Philippines it is called tausi and sold at wet markets. They are also sold in cans and plastic pouches. My mom used to add it to sauteed bitter melon or fish. This type of fermented soy bean sauce with whole beans is no longer available here in the US although years ago I bought the canned variety from China or maybe Taiwan but couldn't find the same thing recently. Or maybe I don't know the label.

March 15, 2017

Key Lime Pie

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sweet and tart Key lime pie

For π Day I made sweet and tart Key lime pie. I don't use the bottled juice because I don't find it authentic enough. It's a pain to juice the tiny fruits but it's worth it. Besides, the zest is also great to infuse into sugar for later use or caramel custard or fizzy kefir water.

February 16, 2017

Choc*Nut Ice Cream

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I have a small bag of peanut powder and didn't know what to do it with. The suggested banana peanut smoothie sounds yucky to me and cookies aren't appealing either. Last week, I used a little of the peanut powder to make chocolate and peanut candy similar to King™ Choc*Nut, a Filipino peanut and chocolate candy that isn't too chocolaty nor overly sweet and has been a favorite of every Filipino I know. This idea of milk chocolate and peanut combination produced a delicious ice cream flavor.

February 15, 2017

Puchero Filipino

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One of our favorite soup/stew dishes is Puchero or Pochero which is the Filipino version of another favorite, Spanish Cocido. The difference is the added vegetables: Filipino cooking bananas called saba, sweet potatoes, and bokchoy. The Filipino puchero is served with tomato sauce and/or sauce made with mashed boiled or roasted Asian eggplant seasoned with vinegar, garlic, and salt.

January 24, 2017

Homemade Chili Powder

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Lately, I have been making my own powdered spices. It started with cumin. I can't eat any store-bought cumin powder in jars because it tastes raw as if I'm eating dirt or something. Cumin seeds IMHO should be toasted first before grinding to release their aroma and flavor. The store-bought spices, including the expensive ones, are also almost always stale and lacks flavor.

January 15, 2017

Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin And Chicken Thighs

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As usual, I'm late for the party. Sous vide cooking has been around cooking blogs for many many years already and although I have cooked homemade sausages sous vide style in very low temperatures, I didn't want to buy yet again a cooker that will occupy a large area of my kitchen counter. Also, they used to be pricey.

January 6, 2017

Spanish Polvoron

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with cinnamon

with powdered milk

I love Filipino Polvoron, homemade or store-bought. I haven't tasted its Spanish parent which is made with powdered almond. Spanish polvoron, unlike the Filipino cookie which is simply molded after mixing, is baked in a low heat oven for 30 to 45 minutes. They are not as crumbly and therefore easier and neater to eat.

January 3, 2017

Salted Caramel Apple Butter

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I made [reduced carbs] salted caramel sauce yesterday and added a little of it to pan-browned apples. The result, in my honest opinion, is an improvement on the usual spiced apple butter recipe which I made once before. It pairs very well with toasted challah. If you like apple caramel candy, then this is the apple butter recipe for you.

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