margarita

In search of the real margarita

I'm a mojito girl. After my UP Law class held a reunion / testimonial dinner a year and a half ago, in some of the photos that came out on Facebook, I was referred to as "that mojito chick." But long before I was introduced to mojito, I was in love with the margarita. … [Read more...]

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Laura’s baked oysters a la Rockefeller

It is said that Antoine Alciatore, the creator of the original Oysters Rockefeller recipe and founder of Antoine's in New Orleans, took his secret to his grave. The chefs at Antoine's say there is no spinach in the recipe but many copycat versions, including this one, … [Read more...]

mac-cheese

Fully loaded mac and cheese

Mac and cheese isn't exactly the most exciting pasta dish in the world. But it's simple to prepare and serving it isn't fussy at all. Serve in a single platter or in individual ramekins with buttered toast on the side and that's it. No carving, no chopping, no discarded … [Read more...]

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Scrapple (Pennsylvania Dutch pon haus)

Long time readers know my penchant for making broth from scrap bones which are sold very cheaply in the supermarket. When I get lucky, these scrap bones contain a substantial amount of meat. I pick the meat from the bones and make a new dish with it. Sometimes, it's soup; … [Read more...]

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Cheesesteak sandwich

On a visit to a cousin's house where Speedy and I were wined (with great Brie cheese) and dined (risotto, grilled fish and grilled lamb chops) to our hearts' delight, there was a discussion about cheesesteak. Cheesesteak, of course, is steak and cheese between slices of … [Read more...]

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Jambalaya-inspired chicken and sausage rice

There is Creole jambalaya (with tomatoes) and there is Cajun jambalaya (without tomatoes). This chicken and sausage rice dish was inspired by Cajun jambalaya. Spicy sausage meat is browned and, in the rendered fat, sausage slices and chicken are browned then partially … [Read more...]

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A la Japadog

In the Vancouver episode of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain visited the Japadog food stand which has become some kind of institution in Vancouver. Japadog? An amazing East-meets-West concoction which, according to Bourdain, is delicious. It's a hotdog sandwich with … [Read more...]

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Whole wheat bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon

My introduction to bagels was not a good one. Nineteen years ago, I was pregnant with Sam and bagels were just starting to make an appearance in the Philippines. One weekday, feeling stifled in the office, I walked to nearby Greenbelt for air. There was a bagel stand, I … [Read more...]

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Chocolate chip peanut butter brownies

At one c'clock in the morning, TLC shows the same show every weekday -- Take Home Chef with Curtis Stone. Although the show's format isn't exactly my kind of thing (too contrived), once in a while I do learn something. Like in one episode where Stone made cookies using a … [Read more...]

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Blondies with white chocolate and pecans

We were at the Power Plant Mall last night to watch The Green Hornet (lousy movie as it turned out) and we passed by Cooks Exchange for baking supplies -- some shelled pistachio (for an ice cream project), heart-shaped mini tart pans (for some Valentine's Day desserts that I … [Read more...]