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…