We harvested lettuce then I made a salad dressing

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When I wrote about harvesting lettuce two days ago, I didn't mean that we harvested all the lettuce in the garden. I took a third then, I took another third earlier today and, the final third, I will reserve for when vegetarian Sam comes home for the weekend. She really should experience the wonders of genuine garden-fresh salad greens.Meanwhile, for the portion that I … [Read more...]

Cafe dulce de leche macchiato

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It rained after lunch and I thought that the rest of the afternoon would be cool and cloudy -- the kind of weather that makes me want to curl up on the couch with my iPad and read one of the oh, so many! books on my Kindle for iPad. Coffee and reading are great partners so I figured I'd make coffee first before plopping down on the couch. I've always wanted to create those … [Read more...]

Crispy pork chunks with honey-balsamic sauce

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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 like it's still summer the next. I've stopped checking weather forecasts long ago -- who needs … [Read more...]

The chunkiest boiled beef and vegetables soup

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The beef was simmered on Friday, cooled in its broth then chilled in the fridge. On Saturday, I made macaroni salad -- one batch with chicken and another batch without for my vegetarian daughter.Sunday at noon, I took the meat out of the fridge, cut the meat into cubes and discarded the bones. The broth was reheated to simmering, vegetables were added and, when they … [Read more...]

A la Cajun dirty rice

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"Never judge a dish by its name" is a motto that every wise diner knows. Cajun dirty rice may sound like a terrible name for a dish but one mouthful and you'll know that "terrible" is not a word to use to describe the experience of eating dirty rice. It is delicious in an indescribably deep and rich way, the dark hues provided by the combination of sausage fat, Cajun … [Read more...]

Make your own Cajun spice mix

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One time, I was in the spice section of The Landmark Supermarket choosing herbs and spices to go with the herbed salt that I promised Alex. I started picking up jars of basil, oregano, sage...Then, I changed my mind. Since I was going to make only a small batch of herbed salt that Alex could bring to the condo, I figured that I'd have a lot of leftover dried herbs and … [Read more...]

Linguine with chorizo and pesto (birthday noodles for Speedy)

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It's Speedy's birthday today. I'd have prepared a more special meal but, last Sunday, I caught a flu-like bug and I still feel a bit woozy. Still, I wanted to cook birthday noodles for him. It's an Asian thing. Long noodles equals long life and a noodle dish on a birthday is like a wish that the celebrant enjoys a long life. All the diners must partake of the noodle dish; … [Read more...]

Green tea with ginger, lemon and mint

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Unlike other tea concoctions where everything begins by infusing the tea leaves, this green tea with ginger, lemon and mint starts with a ginger brew. The tea leaves are added after the ginger slices have simmered for 20 minutes so the resulting drink has a bolder flavor and more heat. Lemon, honey and mint are added to create a delicate balance to the heat of the ginger. … [Read more...]

Pot roast with strawberry sauce

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The sauce traces its origin on an accident that took place in Baguio a few months ago. Speedy and I were browsing the flea market stalls behind Wright Park and there was this sales girl practically pushing jars of strawberry jam at us. The price was good and we took a chance. Huge mistake, it turned out. The jam was so thick it wasn't spreadable. Too much pectin, I … [Read more...]