Refrigerator Mango Cheesecake

    My Auntie also shared her recipe for Refrigerator Mango Cheesecake. It is a breeze to do  and I will bring this to a retirement party for a good friend, Ms. Phu. Still attempting to make a last minute collage for her, need to search our old pictures that will really amuse her tomorrow…

Filipino Beef Morcon (Stuffed Rolled Beef With Gravy)

My stepmom visited us from Baltimore for a Thanksgiving holiday; she shared her superb cooking skills and helped me prepare this popular Beef Morcon. It’s a kind of rolled piece of meat stuffed with bacon, boiled eggs, sausage, pickles, carrots, red bell pepper and cheese, simmered with sauce and cooked with the right tenderness. INGREDIENTS:…

“Sopas na Pabo” or Leftover Turkey/Penne Soup

In our home country we call it “Sopas” but since we are adding turkey and not chicken we now call it “Sopas na Pabo.”   INGREDIENTS: Left-over turkey meat with bones 3 cloves garlic (minced) 1 medium red or yellow onion (sliced) 1 carrot (peeled and julienned) 1 cup celery (diced) 1/2 cup green cabbage…

Spinach Dip

 I served this Thanksgiving Day  and everybody just like it. I got this recipe from my co-worshiper in our 2000 Hail Mary Prayer Group. I noticed her bringing this combo every 1st Saturday of the month without fail and it will usually be gone before we conclude our prayer. INGREDIENTS: 2 small square package of…

Roast Turkey with Lemon, Onion, and Parsley Stuffing with Gravy

I watched a Gordon Ramsay Christmas special on YouTube and I’ve decided to retire my century old recipe and embrace Ramsay’s take on it. I got an organic 15 pound turkey from Costco (no antibiotics, no hormones) and had it thawed in the refrigerator since Saturday. Also, thanks to Wasabi Lips by Amber Hewitt who posted…

Hickory Smoked Spiral Ham

If you guys are suddenly faced with the dilemma of unexpected additional guests this Thanksgiving and you need additional food with less preparation, worry not: just grab one of these beauties from Costco or any supermarket. Here’s how it looks, front and back. You can’t go wrong because the preparation is at the back of…

Chocolate Cracker Bark

Got this recipe from Kristina Kordesh, a former Nurse Practitioner in our unit. I remembered tasting it during one of our parties after she gave me a piece. The preparation and method of cooking is a bit tedious because of the gooey melted chocolate, so let’s get messy…   INGREDIENTS: 34-40 saltine crackers 2 sticks…

Sweet & Spicy Cracker Bark

Got this recipe many years ago from a newspaper; the page was really torn and I couldn’t see who wrote it, but it’s sooo good! They go so fast. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice blend 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 1…

Asparagus Baby Bella Mushroom Sausage Casserole

Finally got my 2 nights off and as I looked inside my fridge, I saw asparagus, baby bella mushrooms starting to wilt and I needed to empty my fridge to accomodate my 15 pound turkey to thaw by Saturday .  As per USDA food safety guidelines, you should cook the turkey immediately after you do…

Cheese-Stuffed Dates and Chestnuts

For those who are thinking of an appetizer to prepare this Thanksgiving day, this one is a regular in our household. One holiday I couldn’t figure out an appetizer to make in a short amount of time, so I gathered the roasted chestnuts and placed them in the middle of the plate and added these…

Jamaican Rum Cake/Pudding

Hello rum cake lovers! Here’s the long awaited Jamaican Rum Cake/Pudding! It took me a couple of holidays to perfect this cake. According to the book “The Real Taste of Jamaica” by Enid Donaldson (lent to me by a friend), in Jamaica, housewives make a mixture and bake a portion for the cake and steam…

Black Mango Tea

  I found a special kind of tea like no other; brew 2 teaspoons of Black Mango Tea leaf in 8 oz. of pure spring water or filtered water at 185º F for 4 minutes then strain and sip. Ahhhh! Heavenly! This is pure bliss after slaving in the kitchen! Sweet taste with satiny smoothness….