Does a salad always have to be served on a salad plate and eaten with a salad fork? If bread forms part of the salad, does the bread always have to be in the form of croutons? As far as I am concerned, the answers are no and no. I like variety. So, a couple [...]

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Warm-me-up coffee

It’s raining, cold and dark… Steaming hot coffee needs something more to really warm me up today. This drink has coffee liqueur, white creme de menthe and dark creme de cacao. And a bit of cocoa powder dusting for the perfect finish. Warm-me-up coffee   Prep time 2 mins Total time 2 mins   Serves: 1 […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-19 04:30:16
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Is olive oil essential to a good pasta dish?

Last Friday, hours before Alex was due home for the weekend, I texted her to ask what she wanted for dinner and she said, “Pasta.” Knowing how much she loves pesto, I prepared a simple pasta dish with bacon and pesto. She loved it. Having had her fill of pasta, I thought that she’s ask […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-16 11:00:22
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Boracay food trip, part 3: Dos Mestizos

There was bacalao, squid, Spanish tortilla (potato omelet) and, the star of the meal ? callos. I rarely use superlatives but I don?t mind describing the callos as ?to die for?. Heck, it was terrific.

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-14 16:20:16
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Stir fried noodles with brandied pork and vegetables

I discovered I was out of rice wine but I had promised Alex a stir fried noodle dish and I intended to deliver with panache. Brandy was what I had, so, brandy it was that I added to the meat. It worked beautifully.

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-13 04:50:29
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Brandy Alexander

A classic among classics, Brandy Alexander is a cocktail drink made with equal parts of brandy, dark creme de cacao and cream, and dusted with nutmeg before serving.

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-12 08:00:39
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Boracay food trip, part 2: Nami Resort Restaurant

There are three very good reasons to visit Nami Resort Restaurant in Boracay -- good food, fantastic view and good food. Yes, food has to count twice...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-11 04:10:26
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Pasta with sardines in brandied tomato sauce

I’m a deconstructionist. A what? A deconstructionist. Maybe there’s no real word like that but that’s the most illustrative I could come up with. It means I experience something, I take it apart mentally then I put it back together to create my version. Of course, I’m talking about food. I go and eat at […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-10 07:10:24
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Soft tofu and pechay soup

When I cooked the pechay guisado last week, I reserved the dark green leaves of the pechay for a vegetarian soup. In an attempt to tweak the depth of flavor, instead of using salt, I switched to a mixture of soy sauce and salt to season the broth. It was a new technique for me […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-10 00:20:26
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Boracay food trip, part 1: Aria Cucina Italiana

Until last weekend, I never really liked Boracay. My experience of the island had mostly been huge crowds, sweltering heat and bad shopping. It turned out that there is a right time to visit Boracay to really appreciate it. Never go in the summer; rather, go off-season when the weather is friendlier and the crowds […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-09 00:20:30
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Pechay guisado

Revisiting one of the earliest recipes I’ve posted. The original pechay guisado recipe (relocated to page two of this post) was published on May 1, 2003, the photo looks terrible but the dish is just as good today as it was eleven years ago. Of course, I’ve done some improvements to the recipe. And I […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-04 10:20:18

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