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Polynesian meatballs and pineapple

Glazed meatballs with pineapple is a dish often labeled as Hawaiian. The label is rather constrictive because the dish is common in many Polynesian islands where pineapples grow; Hawaii is only a part of Polynesia.But what is Polynesia? It isn't a nation, right? Right. … [Read more...]

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When meatloaf met embutido, and they marry

It's curious how some Filipinos declare that they don't really like meatloaf, but they do like embutido. I don't get it. Embutido is a meatloaf. And I wonder if the preference is cultural. Is it the familiarity of the name that brings back memories of Christmas and fiestas … [Read more...]

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Spaghetti a la stroganoff

The best ground meat for this dish is sausage meat. Buy sausages, peel off the skins, crumble the meat and fry in butter. Or you can create your own sausage meat by seasoning ground meat and letting it marinade in the fridge for a couple of hours. Season with what? The usual … [Read more...]

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Meatballs a la Parmigiana

Basic things. Meatballs, tomato sauce and cheese. Put them together and you have this dish. But to make this dish really, really good, you have to have great meatballs (good quality meat is essential), a very tasty tomato sauce (I made my own) and a rich cheese that melts … [Read more...]

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Cheesy meatballs and potato casserole

It's always inspiring to take photos early in the morning. Not dawn early when the light that filters through the dining room windows are still too dull and grayish. But between eight o'clock and ten o'clock, the hues are just perfect. Soft and dreamy. It was fortunate that … [Read more...]

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Toast with sausage gravy

The easiest way to make sausage gravy is to buy sausage (no, not canned Vienna sausage), peel off the skin, crumble the meat and cook it. There are enough sausage varieties and flavors to create any gravy flavor -- sweet, garlicky, hot, spicy, salty...But if you want … [Read more...]

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Chili and garlic burgers with vegetables fried rice

In the white chocolate, lemon and poppy seed cake post, there was a question about whether poppy seeds were added to the cake for appearance or taste. I told her it's 90% flavor and 10% appearance. Come to think of it, the visual appeal of poppy seeds is just … [Read more...]

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Spaghetti with ground pork and black olives

I learned two valuable lessons today. First, when you run out of sausages to cook with your pasta, use plain ground pork and season it as though you were making sausage. Brown the meat well over medium heat so that the cooking is prolonged a little, giving the ground pork … [Read more...]

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Meatballs and pasta with tomato-cream sauce

I didn't die. I'm not sick. I didn't go on a vacation. And I'm not pregnant. There's another project I was busy with and it's shaping up well already. But that's for another post. Right now, I'm back and here is the recipe for a delicious pasta dish that Speedy and I had for … [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 vegetables to meat is terribly lop-sided, no one really feels too meat-deprived because everyone … [Read more...]