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Filipinos love to follow Britain's Royal Family and I found many Americans are just as obsessed. We look forward to watching Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle this weekend. In solidarity, I baked my version of the British Victoria Sandwich, a popular sponge cake in the UK. A few years ago, while my son was studying...
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A hundred fully ripened mangoes can fit in a 12 ounce jar. I know this for sure. I did that for years growing up. When I did, the most sublime dessert on earth was the result of it all. These were my summers growing up. I woke up at 6 AM every day, when I was a child. After...
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Memories of my late mom, Lourdes "Lulu" Reyes Besa, her cooking and her love come back vividly to me on Mother's Day. I have gathered her favorite Filipino recipes in My Mother's Philippine Recipes Cookbook and so for Mother's Day, I'm giving away two free copies to readers in partnership with Liren Baker, the wonderful...
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Make Mom or the moms in your life happy with something homemade like this Shrimp Paella for Mother's Day. Just think, you won’t have to deal with the long wait at restaurants, the reservations made months in advance, or the crowds, bad service, traffic and parking. No need to subject Mom or any mother for...
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Today I felt nostalgic and I missed mom a lot. I missed the dishes she often cooked. This is what led me to make the classic Filipino Nilagang Baboy – a Pork Stew with Vegetables. Mother’s Day brings a rush of memories of my mom and dad, more than the usual. It also reminds me...
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To celebrate Mother's Day this month of May and this blog's 8th anniversary, I'm giving away free copies of  My Mother's Philippine Recipes Cookbook plus large-sized canvas shopping totes with my original hand-painted art illustration of the Filipino caldero (cauldron). I'm partnering with my good friend Namiko Chen of the blog Just One Cookbook to...
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Spring is the best season for asparagus here in America and the reason why I look forward to this vegetable a lot this time of year. I had a large bundle so I cooked this Asparagus Beef Stir Fry for dinner. Asparagus are available year round in our local groceries but there's something about those...
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In our home, at the dinner table when I serve chicken, my family scrambles for each of their favorite pieces. The chicken breast and white meat are the least favorite. So I found a way to make everyone love this Chicken Teriyaki made with chicken breasts. In past blog posts, I mentioned the word teriyaki means...
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Five years ago, I signed up with the group Peoplehood of the Traveling Swirly Pan. Two weeks ago, the swirly Bundt pan whirled into my home and I baked this luscious, thick, dense and rich Filipino-inspired Ube-Purple Yam Pound Cake with Ube Frosting. What is the Peoplehood of the Traveling Swirly Pan all about? Founder...
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Sometimes I open the freezer and stare blankly at the frozen meat wondering what to cook. But when I see chicken, I know just what to do. Like this Chicken and Potatoes with Mushrooms in Wine which is one of those dishes that is so creamy, so dreamy, it’s hard to believe it’s so easy....
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