So I’ve never made this before, but its been on my list of to do’s. While I didn’t quite have all the right ingredients, I managed to pull it off going by memories from childhood. Sopas is a staple comfort food—macaroni chicken soup, in the Philippines. Made of the simplest ingredients in less than an hour time.

A typical day, doing typical things…one of which was bingeing on the Cooking Channel, particularly Beach Bites with host Katie Lee.  After a couple of hours and a handful of episodes later,  I was definitely  inspired.

Family means everything to me…I have two boys–one is starting middle school in a couple of weeks, whilst the other remain at our former neighborhood to complete his studies in journalism.

Back in high school, my eldest boy Brendan did all of the baking.  I’ve missed that since our move(s) without him.  He would often bake at night, and when he did, we were all guaranteed an enjoyable treat.

I’ve never had panettone until my family and I received one during the holiday.  It is quite good with a nice cup of tea or coffee; but all the while, I’ve received a few suggestions that it is also great for making bread pudding and french toasts.  Although I’m not a fan of both, I figured, why not give it a go since I still had a generous half portion left for the eating…

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.

It was National Baklava Day last Monday and ever since then I started craving for some.  Normally I’m not an avid fan of Baklava.  I’ve probably eaten it trice in my life–from a party, from a homemade version that my cousin made, and when my son made some a couple of years ago.  I guess I find it just too sweet and nutty.  I’ve thought about this particular recipe long and hard…how can I enjoy baklava without it being too sweet?

The other day I purchased sweet potatoes with the mind-set of making baked potato fries, BUT I really wanted to do something different; and quite honestly, something that will satisfy my sweet tooth, as well!  So I perused through the world-wide web and voilà! I stumbled upon a profoundly challenging recipe…to make my first flan, and hopefully the first of many!