Good Morning Treats: Banana Nut Muffins

Muffins… a deadly sugar and butter combo disguised as an acceptable “breakfast” item.  Whatever, we’re American, and — how does the phrase go?  Everything in moderation, right?  The high butter content and high sugar content mixed with real bananas make for a scrumptious marriage.  Next time you want to present a special someone with baked…

Food Revolution Day 2013

A thank you note from my favorite elementary school teacher, Mrs. Czerniecki, after my first ever visit to Europe and Paris in 1999.  I was in 4th grade. If any of you follow my 20-something blog, The Sum of 20-Something, you already know that the past month has been very hectic for me, as my…

Filipino Comfort Soup: Tinolang Manok

Tinola is a traditional Filipino ginger-garlic based broth.  It’s a true comfort food for Filipino households — our version of chicken noodle soup, I’d say.  I recently picked up this simple but dynamic recipe for tinolang manok (chicken tinola) from food.com.  (My adjustments marked with asterisks.) Ingredients: 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs* salt and pepper,…

Black-and-White Cocoa Cookies

Just like in my post about Quaker Oats’ Oatmeal Raisin cookies, there are just some recipes that you can’t tamper with.  For classic cookie recipes (and I mean, CLASSIC), Mrs. Fields is still undoubtedly my favorite.  I don’t know exactly when my mom, I’m assuming, bought this baking book, but I’d say it’s been in our family…

Giniling in the Park

Giniling, like many other Filipino dishes, is not the prettiest in presentation.  If done correctly, however, it has the perfect salty and slightly sweet flavor.   Giniling is one of the first dishes I ever learned how to cook.  My kuya (eldest brother) learned the recipe from our mom, and he passed it down to…