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…

24 Hours in Amherst, MA

When I told my tita (aunt) that my boyfriend and I were coming to visit her and her family at the their home in Amherst, Massachusetts, she hilariously asked, “You guys aren’t vegetarian, are you? 😦”  I assured her we most definitely weren’t, and in case we decided to cook for their family, I asked her if…

A Very Trader Joe’s Grilled Cheese

Everyone has their own way of making a good grilled cheese, but I must admit, my boyfriend is a MASTER at grilled cheese.  One of the best he’s ever made was his latest creation made entirely of Trader Joe (our hero)’s products: Stop by your local TJ’s to pick up the following ingredients to try…

Butterless Brownie Bites

Ingredients: 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs optional: walnut pieces, chocolate/peanut butter chips, etc. 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Set aside. 3.…

My love affair with brioche

I… have an obsession with brioche… But before I talk to you about that, I need to tell you first about this sandwich: This sandwich changed my life.  I ate it one cold afternoon in January of this year, but to this day, I can still taste every delicious bite.  Chicken, tomato, lettuce, and cheese…

Food for the Gods & Love from Above

Food for the gods… So dramatic sounding, but really, it’s a traditional Filipino pastry, served usually during the holidays.  It will always remind me of my childhood.  I have never questioned the origin of its name, nor have I ever questioned the ingredients that make it up… except until recently.  It may not be obvious…

Pancit Bihon: “Long Life”

In Filipino culture, it’s tradition to eat noodles on one’s birthday.  The long noodles represent long life.  A classic Filipino noodle dish is pancit bihon that uses Chinese rice noodles.  It’s got a soy-citrus taste with some kind of meat for more flavor.  In general, I usually only eat pancit during family parties, but I…