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.…