Then into chairs, we sank to chat about this and that. Slowly, surely, we shared out loud telling stories that made us proud…

Feelin’ fancy with our dinner tonight…

Sinigáng (sour stew) na hito (catfish) sa misô (in Tagálog, the official language of the Philippines) is a seafood variation of the Filipino sinigang soup. 

Prep time- 2 hours.  Filling assembly- 1 hour.  Steaming- 30 minutes.  Frying- 30 minutes.  Satisfaction of homemade dumplings- Priceless.

Here is a recipe that I was just playing around with the other day.  I was in the mood for pulled pork but didn’t want to just make pulled pork sandwiches….again.  So this is what I came up with!

As I perused through the October 2014 Issue of Food and Wine magazine I was elated to spot a recipe consisting of grape leaves…one of my favorites!

Tocino simply means bacon in Spanish. Typically made from pork belly, this dish is usually served for breakfast or brunch. Filipinos usually accompany tocino with rice and egg called To-Si-Log–Tocino, Sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (egg).  The following recipe is my personal rendition…with an extra twist.

Oh those under-the-weather days…this by far is my favorite dish to have, especially when I was little.

Now who wouldn’t love a recipe using only one pan?! And topping it off dining alfresco…

I could never pass up fresh-caught seafood, and there is nothing like wild-caught cockles on hot summer days…

Although my family and I reside within distance of vast vineyards, wineries, apple orchards, and generally an agrarian’s dream community, there is one disadvantage or the-lack-of when it comes to buying certain products–the mere luxury of nearby (less than an hour away), culturally diverse markets in a quest for making international dishes I crave for…

Aloha!  Here is a dish I originally learned from a friend many years ago.  Since then I have tested out various other recipes with the hopes of capturing the true essence of Hawaiian cooking .  Mahalo…

Oh hey!  Well, here is an easy, rustic, comfort food, and I must say, just a simply delicious dish–originally adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘my father’s daughter Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness’, that was a huge hit for dinner with my family.

By the way, don’t mind my son digging right into the eyeball there…he is quite the foodie who wouldn’t have those any other way but first!

I wanted to make use of some ingredients I had lingering around in the fridge to see what I can come up with–cabbage, frozen, organic peas, left over Honey Baked Ham, button mushrooms, and some chicken stock…

Here’s a little something I put together this afternoon.  It coincides with an old world dough recipe I made a couple of days ago–basically taking my favorite pizza dough recipe and freezing it for a couple of days; then thawing it out for a few hours before use.