spinach-quesadillas

Spinach quesadillas

I can hear the noise from firecracker explosions as I write this, and it isn't even December 31 yet. On Facebook, author Geraldine Maayo posted about what she calls the impertinence of hospitals preparing for firecracker casualties when we should focus on banning … [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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10-minute soy-honey pork sandwich filling

If there's such a thing as girl scout recipes, this should qualify as one. Not in the tradition of girl scout cookies but more in the context of always being prepared. I have a few tricks like that for days when I don't want to cook -- as in really cook -- but still want a … [Read more...]

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Creamed bacon and spinach toast

So many ways to serve toast, so many ways to cook bacon, so many ways to enjoy veggies... Sometimes, we just need to think outside the cooking parameters that we grew up with.This creamed bacon and spinach toast is what would be called an open faced sandwich in some … [Read more...]

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Chicken parmigiana sandwich

When lunch consists of nothing but a sandwich, then, it had better be a hell of a sandwich -- filling, tasty and with everything in it. We had bagels so I used bagels. The chicken filling was cooked with Parmesan, topped with mozzarella and more Parmesan and, between the … [Read more...]

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Vegetarian all-day breakfast sandwich

Vegetarian girl, Sam, is home and a vegetarian breakfast is in order. Taking a cue from something she always says -- that a good vegetarian dish has multiple textures and flavors -- this sandwich that I prepared for her consists of four layers of filling, each with a … [Read more...]

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Cheesesteak burritos

There is a story that goes with this recipe that has to do with lying. You can click the link if you want to read it. Right now, this is about cheesesteak burritos and it is no lie when I say that the idea came into my head in a never-ending attempt to give new twists to old … [Read more...]

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Fully-loaded breakfast pita

I've baked bread many times, from pan de sal to filled rolls to fancy loaves, but I've never tried making flat breads. It's a frustration, really. We love Indian breads, naan and paratha in particular, but the kneading technique is different, and I'm still mustering the guts … [Read more...]

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Corn bread with ham and cheese

Not all breads are made with yeast. Some are made with baking soda or baking powder while some, like flatbreads, contain no leavening agents at all.These loaves of corn bread are made with the same recipe as the 3-cheese mini corn muffins except for the addition of chopped … [Read more...]

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Spicy grilled cheese sandwiches

Spicy, aromatic, creamy and gooey. The sandwich filling has two kinds of cheese, garlic, basil and chili, and a bit of salt and freshly milled black pepper. The bread slices are brushed with softened butter before the sandwiches are grilled.Why two cheeses? The cream … [Read more...]