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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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Growing alfalfa sprouts at home

Alfalfa is a flowering plant that belongs to the pea family. In the West, it has long been grown for cattle feed. In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, alfalfa has been used for centuries to treat many health disorders. From Herbal Supplement Resource: Alfalfa has a long history of use in China as an appetite stimulant, [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-20 01:50:19
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Silken tofu with four sauces

Some say that the appreciation for tofu is an acquired taste. You either like it or you don’t. Of course, that being simplistic. What you like, or don’t, is not something that happened overnight. Rather, it is the result of years and years of eating habits which, in turn, are influenced by culture, economic status [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-18 06:50:31
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Why prunes and apples are my tummy?s best friends

When Sam and Alex were very young, apple juice and prune juice were practically staples in our house. Sam often had problems digesting anything too oily while Alex… Well, see by the time that Alex was a year old, Sam could already eat chocolates and potato chips and we didn’t know she would give Alex [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-18 05:40:29
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Parmesan-crusted chicken

I’d call it chicken Parmesan but, apparently, the term chicken Parmesan is often used interchangeably with chicken parmigiana (see the pork version). So, since this dish has neither tomato sauce nor melted cheese topping, to avoid confusion, I’m naming it Parmesan-crusted chicken. It’s chicken katsu with a twist. Chicken fillets are pounded to about a [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-17 05:40:30
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Sweet and tangy pork, water spinach (kangkong) and pineapple spring rolls

Ten years ago, if you had asked me what my favorite sauce is in the whole world, I’d probably have said, “Sweet and sour sauce.” If you had asked me the same question five years ago, I would have said, “Pesto.” These days, it’s the sweet and tangy Vietnamese nuoc cham. It’s basically a sweet [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-16 11:10:35
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Dulce de leche mini cheesecakes

Now that we are again able to successfully make dulce de leche at home, my mind’s running wild with all the desserts that I can make with it. Trifles, truffles, brownies and blondies… I’m hoping that these mini cheesecakes will only be the first among many dishes that I can create with homemade dulce de [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-16 05:20:40
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No one should ever feel too old to play

The night we went to see the Sherlock Holmes sequel, we were two hours too early for the last full show at the Eastwood Mall. We had had dinner already and we weren’t sure how we’d pass the time. We ambled around, spent some thirty minutes inside the bookstore then did some window shopping when [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-16 04:10:28
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Thai spiced iced tea

When Speedy saw Giada de Laurentiis making this spiced tea on her TV program, the first question he asked was whether we had star anise. Of course, I said, we always have star anise in stock. A couple of days later, he made the tea but didn’t bother taking photos. I felt that Speedy wasn’t [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-15 08:20:34
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Scrap pork tacos

Long-time readers know my penchant for making broth by simmering scrap bones with vegetables, herbs and spices. While the best are scrap ham bones (sold per kilo by ham makers Majestic and Adelina), they are not always available. Not only are the nearest outlets of both Majestic and Adelina quite far from our house, supply [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-15 03:40:28
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Dulce de leche: all you need is a pan and boiling water

Long before we came across the term dulce de leche, Speedy and I had been boiling sweetened condensed milk in its unopened can to transform the milk into a thick caramel. We’d spoon the caramel and just eat it like that. So indulgent. So delicious. This was around the time that Sam was a little [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-13 12:10:32

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