Shrimp and Chicken Stuffed Baby Bella Cremini Mushrooms

  I took out some portobella mushrooms sitting in our refrigerator from Trader Joe’s, then I remembered Ina Garten’s Stuffed Mushrooms but had no sausage. No problem! I had left-over shrimp and chicken so I got the idea of experimenting on appetizers again. I promised myself that I wouldn’t post it if it wasn’t tasty….

Black Pepper & Mustard Braised Short Ribs

Some big holidays are coming right after Halloween so I practiced on Williams-Sonoma’s Kitchen. This is so different from other Beef Stews. I don’t trust my newly bought slow cooker so I used 25 minutes of pressure cooking and the bones are falling off the meat. So scrumptious! I will probably prepare this again to…

Roast Beets with Veggie Balls on Flatbread

  Ikea, here you are again and again! And vegetarians! You haven’t been forgotten…what with the holidays coming after Halloween. I don’t have any naan, but I’ve got flatbreads from Trader Joe’s. Hang on and we will bake the bloody beets for 1 hour first. They’re scrumptious!!! Ingredients are few in number, but the process…

Garlic Roasted in Terracotta Bakeware

  Garlic has a lot of amazing health benefits. I got my garlic roaster off of Amazon, thanks to bsikles smart tip about Maple syrup. Anyway according to whfoods.com: “Garlic may improve your iron metabolism, and is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese. Garlic has the ability to help prevent our blood…

The Best Pumpkin Soup

    Hey everyone it’s starting to get chilly, and the ‘ber months make you go Brrrrrr! Anyway, through blogging I discovered this recipe for a tasty pumpkin soup from charismaticbaking and it tastes divine! She’s so crafty and I was wondering how her pumpkin bowls were so pretty. She carved the top of the…

Shrimp on Cucumber with Layers of Boursin cheese on Baguette

I was in the mood to innovate an appetizer since the holiday is coming. So, I created something with whatever I found in my fridge. I’m also really fascinated with these environmentally friendly bamboo skewers! Yipeee!! Borrowed the fresh dill from the IKEA recipe I am going to make but let’s not get sidetracked here….

Open Faced Corned Beef Omelette

You can say that this is one of those foods done in a hurry, an impromptu creation for a hungry tummy; I just woke up from 12 hours of duty and had leftover sautéed corned Beef the night before, so I whipped up this special kind of omelette. The steps are quick and preparation is…

Chicken Meatball Skewers with Cucumber, Dill, and Nordic spices

IKEA here we go again! Ever since my time in Saudi Arabia, I had this fascination with everything Swedish. That year, in 1985, the Swedish nurses were leaving Saudi Arabia because of the decreased pay for all contract workers. There wasn’t any outsourcing at the time yet so all their products were shipped all the…

Beef Caldereta

Halloween is fast approaching guys! So I made a Caldereta inside a pumpkin. Wikipedia says that Caldereta is a goat stew  from the Philippines (my birth country) though chicken, pork, or beef are common substitutes for goat (I used beef here in this case). The beef is stewed with vegetables and liver paste (now comes…

Raspberry Moroccan Rose Iced Tea

    Got the original recipe from pineandcravebymackenzie.com. I didn’t have dried hibiscus, but I used some Moroccan organic dried rose petals that were featured in the Washington Apple Cake post.   INGREDIENTS: 4 cups of Organic Frozen Berries (raspberry, strawberries, and blueberries) 3/4 cups raw honey or 3 tbsp. Organic Blue Agave Nectar plus…

Eggs and Baby Broccoli

Idea came from  Pure Wow , got no asparagus but have baby broccoli thus Eggs and Baby Broccoli for hurry up breakfast today, my friends. INGREDIENTS: a lb. or two of baby broccoli 6 pieces of miniature heirloom tomatoes, cut in half 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 tsp. chopped fresh dill 5 eggs 6 garlic…

Shelled Crab Cakes

Hey all, back at it again with my mother’s favorite, Shelled Crab Cakes. You can buy 12 crabs at the fish market, steam them after soaking them in water, then take out the shell and set aside the meat… or you can just buy crab meat. Clean the shells and soak in water with baking…