Chunky Guacamole!

Good to be back home at my little corner in the kitchen.  Visited mom for a few days at our old neighborhood in Brentwood, California and ate like there was no tomorrow.  Although back in my cozy kitchen cove, I was not quite ready to dive into the chopping board yet, so I whipped up […]

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Wannabe!

Ever since I spotted a tiny little kitchen gadget–doughnut cutter from Williams-Sonoma, I have had the inkling to make doughnuts at home! On a similar note, last week we ventured to a shopping center and luckily enough, I spotted a Williams-Sonoma store. Once in, one of the first things that came to mind, of course, […]

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Kahlúa Rum & Coffee Liqueur Roulade

With my favorite recipe books lined up and food writing class as we speak, I  am off to a good start for the new year!  Speaking of which, as I hone in on my Filipino roots, although I don’t practice most, I still like to partake in learning about our traditions, customs and superstitions.  In […]

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Honey Basil Cookies

Looking for something fancy and fabulous to bake and gift for the holidays?   Well, with a little imagination and creativity take a few simple ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter and eggs and get ready to strut their stuff in the kitchen! Now, do you remember those wonderful glasses with a pattern-etched stamp or glass?  I […]

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha-Mayo Dip

I don’t care much for ‘sweet potatoes’ in general, so it’s really not something you will find at my home often, if at all…with the exception of an intent to make sweet potato fries! My first encounter with sweet potato fries was only a few months ago when I decided to venture at the frozen […]

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Pandesal variety

Ube Pandesal Pándesal (Spanish: pan de sal, “salt bread”) is a bread roll made of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, and salt. It has become a common food item in the Philippines.[1]  Its taste and texture closely resemble those of the Puerto Rican bread pan de agua and Mexican bolillos. These breads all use a lean […]

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An Artisan French Bread Fusion

I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore A Country Cook’s Kitchen cookbook!  The author has done a tremendous job putting together timeless, rustic recipes from making artisanal breads, farm-house-style cheeses, preserving vegetables, curing meats, churning your own butter and soft cheese, baking cakes, pastries and biscuits…not too mention the page-turning arrays of […]

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Sweet French Loaf!

Hmm, where do I begin?  Beautiful Breads & Fabulous Fillings (The Best Sandwiches in America) by Margaux Sky. I don’t quite remember when and where I found this book but I love it!  An older recipe book written in 2006 and I purchased it about two years ago when we first began our cooking and baking […]

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For the LOVE of Dogs…Doggie Biscuits

All week long I have promised our 13-years young yellow lab Daisy that I would make her, along with her two four-legged siblings, some doggie biscuits.  Tonight were all three doggies lucky night! This recipe was inspired/adapted from a young lady with a knack for baking.  Her website http://www.kissmeecupcake.com has many wonderful baking insights.  Simply […]

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Coconut Macaroons…Lollipop Style!

It’s rare that I bake two recipes in one day.  I made this one on the same afternoon I made the Simply Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I wanted to try my luck with coconuts–an ingredient I’ve grown to ‘like’ over the years, thanks to my older son Brendan who loves his German Chocolate Cakes.  I found […]

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Simply Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

I recently had a request from my younger son for some good ‘ole chocolate chip cookies. His favourite, he says. I can recall many months ago when I didn’t know a thing about baking, or didn’t really bother learning because my oldest son always did the baking. I called him the midnight baker because many […]

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Rum Banana Bread Pudding with Sauce

This recipe came as an inspiration from a fellow food blogger, Instagram follower and foremost an avid foodie, like myself!  Anna (aka Bambi) of Adobo Down Under posted a photo of her delicious “Really Moist Banana Bread/Cake” recipe on Instagram one day, and I thought to myself…I’ve got bananas sitting on our kitchen counter doing […]

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