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Crispy pork chunks with honey-balsamic sauce

And so we enter the second half of 2014. We're a little closer to December and the weather that I adore and wish we had all year 'round. That's what I try to focus on when I get freaked out by the fickle weather we have these days -- raining one moment and the sun shining … [Read more...]

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Chili chicken. Late breakfast.

I'm not really a breakfast person but working all night last night was terrifically stressful and, by the time the sun rose, I could literally hear my stomach grumbling. We were out of bread, I'd bake but it takes several hours for bread dough to rise and, by the time the … [Read more...]

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Crisp tofu fingers with honey-kalamansi sauce

Sam's idea. She requested a tofu dish done lemon chicken-style and I cooked this for her. Instead of the more traditional way of making lemon sauce, with sugar syrup and lemon juice, I made a no-cook version by stirring together honey and kalamansi juice. Our kalamanasi tree … [Read more...]

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Mixed vegetables with honey-yogurt-mustard sauce

It's really the sauce that makes this dish distinctive. The combination of vegetables is very much changeable. You can even use only one variety of vegetable; cauliflower or broccoli are great choices. I just went with a combination because Sam prefers her food like that … [Read more...]

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Dates, coconut and honey bread

Dates. According to a neighbor, a nurse who worked in the Middle East for several years, many Middle Eastern people believe that dates have medicinal properties. Specifically, that it could ease pain. Mothers-to-be in the throes of labor would ask for dates, the nurses would … [Read more...]

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Skewered and baked: honey balsamic chicken

Got balsamic vinegar? Never mind if it's just commercial grade stuff (read related post). Put it to use. There are so many ways to enjoy balsamic vinegar aside from mixing a vinaigrette. Add it to stews or make it the base for a marinade which is what I did for this … [Read more...]