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Holiday cocktails? Try white sangria

The first time I heard about white sangria, I thought of anemia. Sangria is derived from sangre, Spanish for blood, and sangria literally translates to bleeding. Anemia is when the body does not have enough red blood cells and one of the symptoms is having a pale pallor. So, … [Read more...]

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Beef short ribs stew with fruity red wine

Because of the Spanish influence in Filipino cuisine, a lot of the stews that we are familiar with are tomato-based. Afritada, sarciado, menudo, callos, kaldereta... But there is a whole world of stews out there beyond the ubiquitous tomato sauce.I particularly like … [Read more...]

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Chicken teriyaki

When you discover what's in a bottle of teriyaki sauce, you will wonder why you have been buying bottles and bottles of the stuff when it's so easy to prepare it at home. Mirin, sake, soy sauce and, optionally, honey. I like to add a bit of ginger but it's not really a must. … [Read more...]

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Chicken and mushrooms in cream and white wine sauce

For a rather intimate (or even romantic) lunch or dinner for two to four persons, a small whole chicken weighing about a kilogram is an ideal ingredient to create a dish with. Just split and butterfly the chicken, brown in butter the cook slowly in white wine and herbs. When … [Read more...]

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Cooking with wine and liquor

In the corporate world and in law offices, bottles of wine and liquor are not unusual Christmas gifts. Sometimes, one gets very good (and very expensive) stuff; sometimes, well, clients have budgets too.It is not uncommon either for the recipient to recycle the bottled … [Read more...]

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Beef bourguignon (beef Burgundy)

A peasant dish that has been elevated to fine dining stature, beef bourguignon, sometimes spelled bœuf bourguignon or bœuf à la bourguignonne, literally translates to beef Burgundy. What, essentially, is beef bourguignon? It's beef slow cooked in red wine. In the olden days, … [Read more...]

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A Prosecco cocktail with muddled mandarin oranges

My introduction to prosecco is an interesting story. There's this lady lawyer, a famous one, whom I met on Facebook. Although we are both alumnae of the U.P. College of Law, prior to our Facebook introduction, I hadn't met her in person because she graduated years ahead of … [Read more...]

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Braised duck with mashed potatoes and gravy

On with the duck recipes. Remember I said three dishes from one duck? Here's the second using the duck's legs, thighs and wings.After the very fruity duck breast fillet with pineapple, orange and ginger sauce, this second dish is French inspired as it uses the trifecta … [Read more...]