If you ask me what my favorite salad green is, I’d tell you it’s arugula. If you ask me what my second favorite salad green is, I’d say lettuce. If you ask me what kind of lettuce, I’d tell you any kind except iceberg lettuce. If you ask me what other vegetables I want in [...]

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Japanese-style spicy soba noodles with edamame

Got shelled edamame? Here’s a fast and easy noodle dish that you can use the beans with. No real cooking involved — just boiling soba. All the flavors come from a sauce made with grated ginger, grated garlic, light soy sauce, lemon juice and honey. There are several varieties of soba available in the market [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-06 07:30:36
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Edamame (fresh soy beans in pods)

What do soy sauce, soy milk and tofu have in common? They are all made from soy beans. Soy sauce is produced by fermenting soy beans with salt and water. Soy milk is the result of grinding dried soy beans that had been soaked in water. Tofu is coagulated soy milk. Edamame is the Japanese [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-06 04:00:24
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How to cut down on meat and fat without sacrificing flavor and texture

So, my mother has gone back to her house in the city. Meanwhile, I have a few more recipes and kitchen tips for the dishes that I cooked during the days that she stayed with us. Low-fat, low-sodium, easily digestible food for a 74-year-old. Let’s start with eggplant omelet, one of the easiest dishes to [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-05 04:10:04
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Surprisingly great loot from our midnight shopping

Since my mother arrived on Thursday, she had been talking about the free McDonald’s meals she was entitled to from her credit card purchases. Apparently, there’s a promo that for every single purchase of so much, there’s a free McDonald’s meal somewhere. But since the freebies have to be personally claimed, no one wanted to [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-05 02:00:08
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Ginataang bangus (milkfish braised in coconut cream) in 15 minutes

Easy and fast, all you need is a pack of bangus fillets, a few pantry staples and coconut cream. While there is nothing like freshly extracted coconut cream, when you need to cut down on cooking time, canned or powdered coconut cream will do the job just as well. You can make this dish with [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-03 00:00:22
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Pearl potato salad with lemon, orange, garlic and tarragon dressing

When you need to reduce the amount of salt in a dish, what do you do to make sure that the flavors don’t fall flat? You add things that are rich and flavor and aroma so that you don’t miss the salt at all. In an earlier version of this pearl potato salad / side [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-02 07:00:10
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Celery Julep with Jack Daniels

You might have seen Matt and Ted Lee on Unique Eats. And you might have seen and heard them talk about celery julep, a drink associated with the American South. Speedy was so roused with the unlikely idea of making a cocktail drink with celery juice. I found it a bit odd but, heck, why [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-01 12:20:32
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About Chinese sausages

When pressed for time or too lazy to cook a full meal or when the fridge and pantry are almost empty, one of the easiest — and tastiest — dishes that I can whip up is a combo of thinly sliced Chinese sausages and scrambled eggs. I like to cook them as an omelet or [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-01 08:50:30
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Microwave carrot cupcakes

So, as I was saying… I?m experimenting on whether regular cake/cupcake recipes can be done in the microwave, period. Maybe just a matter of getting the setting and baking time right. And here’s the result of the first experiment. I mixed a carrot cake batter using a recipe not meant for a regular oven. I [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-29 13:10:28
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Chicken, tofu, shiitake and spinach stir fry

My mother is arriving tomorrow and staying for a couple of days. She’s 74 years old, a retired trial court judge who still has a pretty active social life and who likes to go shopping as a form of exercise. Yeah, you read that right. She goes shopping to exercise. She says all that walking [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-29 08:40:25

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