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"A pinch of this and a little dash of that...this kitchen is seasoned with all the love in the world".



Updated: 2017-11-19T23:05:21.850-08:00

 



Nutella at Target for .99 Cents after Coupon till 11/25/17

2017-11-19T23:05:21.889-08:00

I like to coupon and it is not a secret. I've been couponing since 2011 and counting. To coupon is like having a full time job but I consider them a hobby and talent because I enjoy them so much. When my deals go through as plan I feel satisfied and accomplished. I coupon also because I send Balikbayan Boxes to my family in the Philippines and it can be very expensive if you do it often.

Well, the picture that you'll see on my post today will be about Nutella deal I did at Target last Saturday and by the way, this deal runs through 11/25 so you folks still have plenty of time to print your coupons or order them. Checkout the breakdown or scenarios about this deal below. I hope you guys enjoy!

Nutella are on sale for $2.99 at Target until 11/25
Buy 1 @2.99
Used: (1) 2/1 off MQ
OOP: .99 cents ea
(I did this 20x)




Slowly-Roasted Glazed Pork: Credit to Tasty by Buzzfeed

2016-12-08T16:15:52.796-08:00

I've always been a fan of Tasty by Buzzfeed ever since I saw an article on Facebook. One of the many recipes that catches my attention is the Slowly-Roasted Glazed Pork below. I did make a few changes according to my taste but overall the result was phenomenal. By the way, the recipe below is the one I saw on Facebook. Feel free to grab it or modify it according to your taste buds.


INGREDIENTS
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, divided
¼ cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. chopped garlic
¼ cup chopped scallions
2–3 pounds boneless, skin-on pork shoulder
1 bunch asparagus, halved
6 Yukon potatoes, diced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup honey

PREPARATION
Preheat the oven to 275ºF.

In a large bowl, combine one cup of the soy sauce with the sugar, garlic, and scallions, stirring until mixed.

Score the skin of the pork by slicing a crosshatch pattern through the skin down to the meat. This will help excess fat render out and allow more of the marinade to soak in.

Place the pork in the marinade and toss to coat evenly. Marinate for one hour.

On a baking sheet, place the asparagus halves to the right and diced potatoes to the left. Toss the vegetables with the oil, salt, and pepper. Place the marinated pork in the middle of the baking sheet. Bake one to one and a half hours, depending on the weight of the pork.

Raise the heat of the oven to 500ºF.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, honey, and remaining soy sauce, stirring until smooth.

Spoon the honey glaze over the top of the pork, making sure to fill the cracks and crevices on top. Bake for 20 minutes until sugar is dark brown and caramelized, and the top of the pork is crispy.

Remove the vegetables and pork from the tray, making sure to save all the juices.

Slice the pork into ½-inch slices, and plate with the roasted vegetables. Spoon the reserved pan juices on top of the pork, and enjoy!



Chicken Menudo

2016-10-06T13:44:14.671-07:00


I got the chance to make one of my favorites Filipino dish this week called Chicken Menudo. I decided to cook this dish because I have all the ingredients I needed in my fridge. You will find the procedures on how to make this dish below. Comments are welcome. Enjoy!!!!

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless chicken breast, sliced into cubes
3 medium size potatoes, cut into bite size
2 medium size carrots, cut diagonally
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 small onion, sliced into small pieces
1 small can chicken broth
1 tbsp soy sauce (optional)
1 small can tomato sauce
cooking oil
2 medium size jalapeno, cut diagonally (optional)

Steps:

1. Heat cooking oil in the pan. Add onions and garlic and saute the sliced boneless chicken till brown.
2. When the meat turns brown  add the soy sauce plus add the potatoes and carrots and saute for at least 2-3 minutes before adding the chicken broth. Let it boil till meat is cook and add water if needed.
3. Add tomato sauce and let it boil again. Add salt and pepper if needed.
4. I added the jalapeno to give the dish a little kick. Served hot with rice and voila you got a delicious meal easily prepared for you and your family!

 





Pork Estofado

2016-02-11T15:31:09.306-08:00


 I have been cooking a lot lately and I loved it. Moving to another city in Texas has been great financially but we are terribly missing El Paso and would love to go back and settle there one day. When I am not working, I usually have plenty of time to make food or baked any goodies that my husband love. Anyway, last week I cooked several Filipino dish but there's one dish that really stood out from the rest. The dish is called Pork Estofado. I got the recipe from Panlasang Pinoy but I tweak the recipe to suit my taste and needs. For instance, I added some potatoes since my husband like potatoes a lot.

Ingredients:

 2 lbs pork belly or (any kind will do)
3-4 ripe plantain, peeled and sliced
2 medium carrots, slice
2 medium potatoes, slice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 c soy sauce
3 pieces dried bay leaves
1/4 cup cane vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup water
cooking oil
salt to taste

Steps:

1. Heat the oil in a cooking pan.
2. Saute the garlic until it turns a little brown.
3. Add the meat and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Add-in the soy sauce, water, bay leaves and ground black pepper. Let it boil and simmer for 30-40 minutes (till meat is tender).
5. Add vinegar and sugar. Cook for another 15 minutes (add water if needed).
6. Add the potatoes and carrots. Then add the banana. Cook for another 10 minutes.
7. Add salt to taste. Serve hot with rice!






Outdoor Party Ideas and Essentials

2015-04-12T22:34:48.900-07:00

There’s nothing that can compare with getting together with friends and family to enjoy the summer months sunshine. Having a few refreshing drinks while a mouthwatering steak sizzles on the barbecue - what’s not to love? Dependent upon where you live this could be a good idea, or something of a gamble. Some places can almost guarantee great weather to get a summer party in the great outdoors whereas others can let you down badly at the last minute and with the least amount of notice.So what can you do about it?No, cancelling the party will not be an option; neither is all piling into the kitchen and putting muddy footprints all over the best carpet.The secret is to be prepared. Just a few well thought out and planned items can help to make your party successful whatever the weather (well, almost).When you organize a party in your back yard you don’t only have to worry about your guests getting cold or wet, you also may need to worry about them getting sunstroke.You need to make sure that there is plenty of shade to be used as required, whether that means shelter from the summer showers or shelter from your sweltering sunshine. Make sure that there are several shady places for your guests to gather as and when they want to.This can include something as simple as installing a sail shade canopy to the patio, a number of well placed sun shade patio umbrellas or even a fully fledged gazebo. Incidentally, a gazebo with side netting can also provide great respite from another potential problem at outdoor parties - uninvited guests arriving in the form of bugs and insects.Depending upon the layout and vegetation in your garden or yard you just might take advantage of the shade which is already available. If needed, how about clearing out the opening and garage up the door to provide an unexpected emergency shelter? Think about installing a sail shade canopy between the trees from the back yard? Perhaps you are lucky enough to have lots of natural shade from trees, hedges or have a shed where you could take cover if necessary.No outdoor party will ever be complete without having a barbecue. Guys love to barbecue so it affords the women the chance of a well earned break. Well, just as long as they have already bought the meals, prepared the meal and are able to run in and out of the house carrying and fetching the foodstuff to the dude standing from the barbecue together with the apron, tongs in one hand and a tin of beer in the other then they will have a well earned break. (Sorry, couldn’t resist). You should also think on how to keep the drinks cold when the sun ishot and hot, hot.You may have to be a little more creative in your thinking if you aren’t lucky enough to offer an outdoor refrigerator. A few buckets of ice with beer and soda bottles placed in them will work well for a few hours. This can also make a superb drink cooler - fill it with cold water and a few ice cubes and add your drinks as required in case you have children with a paddling pool.For several of these items (and a whole lot more) visit yescomusa.com. They’ve got lots of great ideas and products which can really help your backyard party go with a swing. Check out the details at http://yescomusa.com and see on your own. You won’t be disappointed.[...]



Filipino Skinless Longganisa ( Pork Sausage)

2015-04-12T21:51:43.093-07:00

I finally made my first ever homemade longganisa (Filipino cured pork sausage) about a week ago. I could not be more happier because my first attempt  was a success. I was able to make 2 dozens of cured pork sausage which we consumed within two days. I had follow a simple recipe which I got from my mother who is a great mentor to me when it comes to cooking. Take a long at the simple ingredients below.

Ingredients:
1 pound ground pork
1/4 cup brown sugar
2-4 tbsp Worcester sauce.
3 tbsp soy sauce
salt and pepper
1 tbsp mince garlic
1 tbsp mince onion
carrots (optional)
wax paper (cut into 4.5 inches x 3 inches)

Procedure:
1. Mix all ingredients and marinate for at least 3 hours.
2. Roll a small amount of the mixture in a wax paper
3. Place the rolled Filipino sausage in the freezer for 3 hours or until ready to cook
4. When you are ready to cook, heat oil in a frying pan or wok
5. Unwrap the sausage and fry in batches in hot oil until meat turns golden brown
6. Place it on a paper towel to drain any excess oil
7. Serve with rice and vinegar-garlic dip sauce

Happy cooking folks!

Take note:
These sausage can be frozen until needed





Home Cooked Meals Are the Best!

2014-07-09T21:40:42.047-07:00

I've been trying to prepare homemade meals at least three to four times a week despite my busy schedule at work. My husband truly appreciates when I make time to cook for both of us. Plus, dining out is expensive if we do it every day. Anyway, these past few weeks, I had cooked dishes such as Orange Chicken, Chicken Bicol Express, Noodles with chicken and Pork Adobo and so forth. Check out some of those recipes I've prepared so far![...]



Corked the Party Games

2014-05-30T21:37:27.827-07:00

For a lot of people ages 20 to early 40’s having a fun get together with friends is really something great. There are times however when these events can be a little boring if there are not any activities planned for the guests. Fortunately there is a great new game called Corked, that is sure to make every get together really amazing. I think that the neatest thing about Corked Games is that it actually comes in a wine bag and is easy to transport and of course it can actually hold a bottle of wine as well. Some of the unique features are that every player is able to play on every turn. It is also easy enough to learn how play within minutes. Also it is made so that no one ever performs alone, and best of all the scoring system ensures that a different player will win every time. I think that this is a great idea, especially for adults who have parties and are unsure of what activities to plan. If you would like to see what all the fun is about, check out Corked Games dot com today, you and your guests will definitely enjoy all of the fun that is to be offered!




Pork Adobo and Lumpia

2014-05-27T00:17:18.783-07:00

It makes me happy when my husband appreciates all the things that I do for him. For instance, he requested me to cook some Filipino food namely Adobo and Lumpia (Egg rolls) two days ago. Since he requested since Saturday I told him to buy me the ingredients and I will do the rest.
 Anyway, I made the egg rolls as well the pork chop adobo. He was so happy when he came home and I took a couple of pictures below. Check out what I've made for my spouse. He sure is one happy husband!





Lechon Manok on the Menu

2014-03-16T21:30:56.216-07:00

I am planning to cook some homemade Lechon Manok (Roasted Chicken) this coming week for my husband. He has been asking me to make the lechon manok I had made for him before because he really love the taste of it. It is actually my version of my Uncle Joe's famous lechon manok back in my home country of Philippines. Check out these delicious lechon manok photo below courtesy of Sr. Jose's Lechon Manok.





Smoked Ribs

2014-02-16T02:27:00.887-08:00

(image) My husband and I had awesome dinner last night courtesy of our good friend Xavier who gave us his own version of smoked ribs. Actually, it was his first time to smoked some ribs because his girlfriend Crystal gifted him a brand new smoker for Valentine's Day. Of course, I was really happy because I don't have to cook anything for our supper because dinner is already provided. Take a look at the pic below and tell me what you think? By the way, I am actually excited to get my own smoker pretty soon. I know it would be really perfect for summer cookouts.




San Francisco Wedding Caterer

2014-01-03T00:19:29.622-08:00

The last time I had a big event, I decided to make all of the food myself, and I have to say that it was very exhaustive. By the time the food was prepared and the party was beginning, I just wanted to go home and rest. After this happened I told myself that one of these days I am going to have my food catered so that I don’t have to worry about working so long in the kitchen, I can just go to the event and enjoy the food with my guests. If you have had the same situation that I have had, why not look into having your next great event catered?One of the catering services that I found looked really amazing is called Taste Catering and Event Planning which is located in San Francisco, California. Taste is really amazing because they are the best when it comes to having a Wedding caterer, or for a variety of other events such as corporate meetings, private meetings, and much more. Not only does their food look tasty, it really looks amazing as well. One of the many dishes that appear to be the most appealing to me is the Wok Seared Beef which is marinated with star anise, just by reading the description; I can tell that this is one delicious dish. They also have desserts, of these; I found that the Tres Leches Cake with shaved Pineapple and tropical fruits sounds the most delicious to me since I have eaten Tres Leches Cake before. In any case, I feel that if you want to have good food that looks great as well, why not have your food catered? And if you are looking for San Francisco wedding caterersor other caterers in the San Francisco area, Taste Catering and Event Planning is definitely one of the best places you can go to, you will definitely be glad that you checked them out. [...]



Christmas Dish 2013

2013-12-27T21:52:56.989-08:00

I was working on Christmas Eve at my place of work until 3 o'clock in the afternoon and I was worried sick because I thought I won't be able to make food for our Christmas Eve dinner. Thankfully, I was able to do it after resting about an hour or so after I arrived from home and decided to make 3 types of Filipino dish that my husband had requested for me to make. The three dishes that I cooked were Pinoy Style Spaghetti, Bake Stuff Pompano Fish and Special Chicken Caldereta. Take a look at the photos below and I will be posting the recipe later on.

What have you cook for your Christmas dinner? I would love to hear it from you!





Pork Ginagmay/Baboy Ginagmay

2013-11-04T00:55:20.448-08:00

My mom and my grandmother has always been my greatest inspiration when it comes to cooking some delicious traditional food from the Philippines. I grew up watching them prepare food everyday in our kitchen as well as trying out new recipes for the entire family. So today, I decided to share with you guys this delicious recipe which can be prepared in various ways. Below, is my take on this recipe called Pork Ginagmay which are served pretty much in every little restaurants in the Philippines.

Ingredients: 

1 lb. pork (stew meat/slice into bite size)
2 large potatoes (slice into cubes)
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 cup water
1/2 cup of green peas
1 tbsp. asuete (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 small onion
cooking oil
1 large bell pepper (green,red,orange)

Steps:

1. Saute the garlic and onions. Add the meat, saute until the pinkish color is gone. Simmer the meat for a minute or two.

2. Add the asuete (food coloring) and stir, add soy sauce and simmer for another five minutes.

3. Add 1 cup of water and simmer until the meat becomes tender. When the meat is tender, you can finally add the carrots and potatoes and simmer for another 3 minutes or so.

4. Lastly, add the green peas and bell pepper. Simmer until it is done. Serve hot with steam rice. Enjoy folks!



Visit Treasure Force Today!

2013-10-01T10:21:47.661-07:00

Right now, one of the most entertaining things to do with your free time is to play games online. Of course with so many gaming websites to go to, it is nice to find out which websites are right for. Well fortunately, there is a website that will help you find out which sites are best. Many of these websites are known as カジノオンライン in Japanese or simply “online casinos” in English. Despite the fact that many of them are in Japanese, they have links to other great online casino websites such as Treasure Force dot comthat are your gateway to everything concerning online casinos and games. Treasure Force is very interesting because they use a great deal of Japanese Anime in their advertising, which I think kind of helps when navigating this website for people who might not be fluent in Japanese. In any case, Treasure Force is really a great website to go to in order to look for online casino games that you are sure to love, so why not check out this great website today, you will be glad you did.





Jollibee Oh How I Miss You!

2013-09-08T21:03:36.713-07:00

One of the many things I miss about being in the Philippines is not able to dine out at one of my favorite fast food place called Jollibee. I am craving for some Chicken Joy and Jollibee Spaghetti. I would rather have this delicious food in my table if I was ask to choose between McDonald and Jollibee. Also, going to the Jollibee reminded me of those great memories I have with my family as well as bringing my younger siblings every pay period. As a matter of fact, when my then boyfriend and now my husband visited me in the Philippines for the first time in 2004 we went to Jollibee for our first date. Overall, Jollibee became a huge part in our everyday life in the Philippines. [...]



Hotel Supplies!

2013-09-01T21:28:47.975-07:00

Operating a hotel or motel chain is a great business in this day in age because there is always a need for hotels or motels. This is especially true if you live in a large city or a city that draws in lots of tourists. Often times it can even be difficult to get a hotel when traveling to a large city, I know that from experience when my husband and I have had to struggle to find a decent place to stay while out of town. One of the things that tourists look for in a hotel or motel is a good price, but also comfort and safety are equally important and many people are willing to spend a little more for comfort and safety, I know I do. So finding supplies is very important so that your guests will feel comfortable, and fortunately you can actually find any Hotel Supply Online. The types of hotel supplies include hairdryers, furniture and even Hotel Bar Supplies. There is one place that has Atlanta Hotel Supply that sells great items in the wonderful city of Atlanta, this place is called Peach Suite, and even if you don’t live in Atlanta you can have them ship their supplies to you, wherever you live. So go check out their website today, you will definitely find a great deal!



Chicken with Pork n Bean Sauce

2013-07-21T22:09:23.898-07:00

I am very thankful for having a mother who is very talented. She is a good cook, smart and a great provider for the whole family. Being away from my family makes me a little sad sometimes. Well, last night I had the chance to try the recipe I got from my mother. She normally cooked this dish during the weekend when everyone is around. The dish that I made last night is called Pork with Pork and Bean Sauce. Ingredients: 1 lb pork/chicken 1 can of Pork n Beans 1 small onion 3 cloves of garlic, minced Salt Black pepper soy sauce (optional) cooking oil 1-2 cups of water vegetables (optional) Procedure: 1. Saute the garlic and onion in a pan. 2. Add the meat and saute until it turns a little brown. 3. Add water, simmer until meat is tender. 4. Add soy sauce, black pepper and simmer for another 5 minutes. 5. Lastly, add the can of pork n beans. Serve hot! [...]



How to Have the Best Hydroponics Set Up

2013-08-08T17:46:10.764-07:00


The best hydroponics all starts with the best equipment. Starting out in hydroponics, it is very important to make sure you have a quality carbon filters, as well as the right type of grow tents and lights for your specific need. If you are having trouble deciding where to look or even begin, give http://www.thelashop.coma try. They already have a great reputation. Although it is very important to find cheap supplies for hydroponics (so that you don’t break the bank), it is very possible to keep everything quality while still at a lower price. LA shop has been known for making products not only cheaper, but easier to purchase as well. Reviewers have mentioned products being fifty dollars cheaper than other rival sites, and customer service was always great. Hydroponics is a great hobby to start up, and can even be a business in a small town. Growing your plants indoors enables you to not have to worry about the weather constantly and will allow you to not deal with any natural disasters such as floods and thunderstorms that could ruin a whole season. All the products available have been through testing so that they are ensured to help you and be efficient for your garden. One of the things that LA shop Hydroponics is known for actually is their customer service. If any product arrives damaged or dysfunctional, they are more than happy to help with no hassle! Not many companies are like that nowadays so the customers are very appreciative. If you want to give hydroponics a try, start at your library and take out a few books so you can learn what really goes into it! It is a very rewarding experience and is an easy way to maintain your plants. Your grow tents will be very important to maintaining your indoor garden so make sure you choose quality tent material!



Food Adventure

2013-03-09T21:07:21.168-08:00

Dearest husband and I had been dining out a whole lot lately. As a matter of fact, we have been trying new cuisine at least once a week when we both have the same days off from our places of work. One of my favorite dishes that I tried was fried calamari. DH and I also went to try out our local Vietnamese restaurants here and wow I am so impressed; the food was perfectly cooked to my liking and so delicious. Lastly, we went to one of my favorite restaurant of all times and that is Texas Road House. I am forever grateful for having a husband who is as an adventurous as me.



My Sister's Gulaman Recipe

2013-01-13T20:29:55.739-08:00

I love having a big family because we can always rely on each other. For instance, one of my younger sister’s specialties is making delicious desserts. I was drooling after I saw this picture a month ago when she made some gulamanfor my other sister's birthday. It looks so delicious and according to her the ingredients were not expensive. Well, I did beg her to give me a recipe so I can try and make it here. Check out the picture I have posted here and tell me what you think?[...]



Cake Decorating

2012-12-29T01:15:40.582-08:00

My lady boss has been taking classes for cake decorating for the past two months now and the picture below is one of her many creations. As a matter of fact, she baked my cake for my six wedding anniversary several weeks ago and the outcome was beautiful. My husband really enjoyed what she did with the decorations because I requested her to customize the cake toppers by designing an Xbox 360, purses and lipstick for me.





Fried Chicken Adobo Wings

2012-11-25T23:56:58.093-08:00

Yesterday, I had the chance to cook some homemade food for my husband and me. One of my husband's favorite Filipino foods is adobo but I went ahead and made it fried chicken adobo. The procedure is the same as when you cook a regular adobo but you fried the cook chicken afterwards. My husband was so happy and we finished eating ten pieces of the chicken wings by ourselves. Take a look at the picture below and let me know what you think!





Check Out Blu Cigs Today!

2012-11-15T01:30:03.096-08:00

Are you one of the many people out there who like to smoke but are considering giving electronic cigarettes a try? Well, you are not alone, electronic cigarettes are now becoming much more popular than regular cigarettes because they are less expensive, come in a variety of flavors, don’t leave ashes all over the place, and they do not give off second hand smoke. Right now one of the best electronic cigarettes that you can get a hold of are blu Cigs because they are one of the best selling, most advanced electronic cigarettes out there. The really great thing is that you can order the blu Cig starter kit that contains one e-cigarettes pack, 2 blu batteries, 1 blue wall charger, 1 blu  USB charger and 1 five-pack cartridges in your choice of flavor. So why not quit smoking regular cigarettes and try out blu Cigs today, you will definitely be glad that you did!



Magic Sarap Seasoning Mix

2012-11-14T23:51:50.971-08:00

I am very thrilled to receive the seasoning mix I ordered online called "Magic Sarap" because this is actually my first time to use this seasoning mix since my arrival in Texas over 6 years ago. The Asian store here in my area only carries the other seasoning called Ginisa Mix which my husband loves so much.



I am looking forward to use Magic Sarap this coming Sunday for our dinner dish. Hopefully, my husband will love the taste of it. Have you or your love one tried this seasoning mix already?