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My weekend with Sam

Yes, the title is a play on the movie about the beautiful American actress. And, yes, it's just Sam who's home for the weekend. Alex hasn't been home for many weekends; she's … [Read more...]

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Miso, chayote and spinach soup

One thing I like about ground meat is how it is such a budget stretcher. A little goes a long, long way. Even if a lot of vegetables are added, and even if the proportion of … [Read more...]

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Sam’s picadillo

In 2003, I posted a recipe for picadillo that was such a far cry from the traditional. Instead of ground beef, I hand cut stewing beef into small cubes. And, instead of adding … [Read more...]

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Stir fried beef and chayote

Inspired by a dish that chef Luke Nguyen cooked in his TV show, this stir fried beef and chayote combo is another example of the yin-yang concept that is found across various … [Read more...]

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Friday night soup

I often cook up a feast for dinner on Fridays when both girls are home from school and the family is complete. Last Friday, we had the Asian-style chicken lollipops and this … [Read more...]

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Halang-halang

When I first posted a recipe for halang-halang, the only thing I knew about the dish was that it was similar to tinola except for the addition of coconut milk. It turns out -- … [Read more...]

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Chicken soup a la picadillo

Don't confuse Filipino-style picadillo with the Mexican and Cuban picadillo which is a ground beef stew. The Philippine version of the Cuban picadillo is arroz a la … [Read more...]

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Bulalo picadillo

Bulalo is a cross cut of the beef shank with the bone marrow. Picadillo is a soup dish with minced beef and usually with cubed chayote. I have a more interesting way of … [Read more...]