For those of you who has never experienced the southern comfort of collard greens, you are definitely missing out on a staple dish!  I’ve cooked this in many different ways but never holding out on two factoring ingredients that make this so good–apple cider vinegar and hot sauce.  Oh, and need I mention the obligatory bacon/ and or ham-hock to boot?!

Happy Spring!  It’s been a couple of months since I’ve had an opportunity to jot down a favorite recipe or two.  This week I made a very simple lamb chop dish, alongside some collard greens.  This was one of those days when I felt like playing in my current kitchen for one last time.  I say this because we are moving!  So the thought of new beginnings, new ideas, and a new home for the long haul just made me appreciate how much I love doing what I do…

Here’s a healthy alternative to frying ravioli…and less of a mess, too!

Torte can mean a lot of things in baking…this particular Blueberry Torte–inspired from Food52 Kitchen Letters, is a blueberry pie translated onto a cheese-cake derivative but lighter and prettier.  In essence, it’s really a no-bake cheesecake made fancy by name…

Last week I made a Pear and Vanilla Aigre-Doux.  This is part II…a great way to complement the end of a fabulous meal, to enjoy as a savory dessert, or simply devour as is!

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!

Many thanks to our neighbors for these gorgeous peaches picked fresh from their orchard.  The first recipe that came to mind is a flaky, buttery galette, a cousin to the tart family, but rather easier and faster to make.

Peaches

I can’t say that these are the best brownies I’ve ever made…because honestly, I don’t even consider myself a baker. However, it’s one of those afternoons when I am twirling my thumbs for something to do in the kitchen.

I’m always looking for something different to make with chicken; and also felt like having a cozy, comfort meal with my fam.  On top of this I was craving for some Filipino food.

I know that chicken caldereta (kalderetang manok, in Tagalog) has been done before,  so nothing new here, but, alas, if you know me well, I’m always experimenting with ingredients from the fridge and seasonings from the pantry; thus wanted to share my version with you…

I don’t know about you but, as a stay-at-home food blogging, homemaking, dog sitting (…catch my drift?) mom, I can’t afford to just get up and out of the house to buy coffee drinks everyday!  So how’s about a homemade version instead…made with organic, wholesome good stuff?!

For lunch today I made two simple dishes…nachos for hubby, our little guy, and myself, as well as, a baked farm-raised trout for my mom.  I made both in less than an hour.  They are light to the tummy and easy on the budget with usage of items you probably already have in your fridge and/or pantry.

Just a quick share of a recipe I put together the other day.  I was in the mood for a hardy sort of salad that will go well with just about everything.  Moreover, something I can also eat by itself when I have the munchies…

I’ve been given an opportunity to test run a recipe that will be included in an app for iPad–they may even include my pictures (if selected) to be featured along with the recipe.  Meanwhile, when I read the recipe in its entirety, I was excited to see that part of the recipe called for spatchcock chicken.   The recipe stated that spatchcock chicken is a process that you can ask a butcher to do, but, I thought, what an opportunity to challenge myself, not only in test running the recipe, but achieving one of many techniques I have been wanting to try for quite some time now.

Friendship is based on so many aspects in life.  We meet friends through school, through work, through other friends, and naturally through family.  But what about through social networking?  I discovered Instagram from a childhood friend.  She takes great scenic pictures and post her pictorial journal on Instagram.  Not long after visiting her page daily, I became quite enthralled with this social ‘photo sharing’ phenomena.  Sharing ‘photos’ and making friends with complete strangers!  I thought to myself…hmm.  This could work for me.

I think my Filipino peers would agree that Tahô, a staple snack in the Philippines brings out the childhood in all of us. I remember this street food dessert as early as 8 years of age. Street vendors would walk around the neighborhood holding two aluminum buckets (The larger bucket carries the tofu base; the smaller bucket holds the arnibal and sago pearls.) that hang on each end of a yoke and carried securely on their shoulder and yelling out “TAHOOOO”–much like the ice cream truck vendors driving around with a looping, cheerful melody that somehow screams out, “ICE CREAM” is coming your way! Come and get some…