Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Here’s a new hummus flavor I whipped up for the family.  It goes great with the Beef Shawarma wraps I make.  It’s very easy to make.  You can use a food processor, but I was too lazy to take out my processor so I made it in my Ninja blender, it worked just as well.
I use sun dried tomatoes I buy in the open markets of Venice.  I store them in the freezer and soak them in water for a few hours before using them.  You can use the sun dried tomatoes they sell in jars at the produce section of your local supermarket.  As for the roasted red pepper I just use the ones in a jar I get from the supermarket.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1 cup chick peas – Garbanzo Beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbls. sesame tahini
1 tbls. minced garlic
1 tsp. sea salt
Juice from 1 lemon
Extra Virgin olive oil (optional)
Directions:
Place tomatoes in blender or food processor – blend until finely chopped
Add red peppers – blend until finely chopped and mixed well
Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt – blend until it becomes a soft paste

Add lemon juice – blend  until it’s absorbed

Move to serving bowl or dish.  If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.

You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
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6 Servings 10 Minutes
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Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Place tomatoes in blender or food processor - blend until finely chopped
  2. Add red peppers - blend until finely chopped and mixed well
  3. Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt - blend until it becomes a soft paste
  4. Add lemon juice - blend until it's absorbed
  5. Move to serving bowl or dish. If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.
  6. You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.
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Spinach Puffs & Other Appetizer Recipes for Your New Year’s Eve Party

Spinach Puffs & Other Appetizer Recipes for Your New Year’s Eve Party

New Year’s Eve is just days away!  Whether you’re throwing a big bash or just ringing in the New Year with your significant other finger foods are a must have.  After all you shouldn’t start the New Year on an empty stomach!

This year I’m making these yummy Spinach Puffs as well as a few other tidbits to go with our bubbly!  Here are some of my favorite appetizer recipes, maybe you’ll find one or two that tickles your fancy!

Spinach PuffsThese Spinach Puffs are light and delish, your friends and family will love them.  Best of all Spinach Puffs are very easy to make, you can make them ahead of time or whip them up in about a half hour.

You’ll just need 4 main ingredients to whip up a batch of these Spinach Puffs.

You can make them ahead of time and freeze them in ziplock freezer bags until you’re ready to use them.  Just thaw them out to room temperature then pop them in a 400º oven to heat up.

By the way, you can use them for any occasion, you’re not limited to New Year’s Eve!

Spinach Puffs

Makes 24 Spinach Puffs

3 sheets frozen puff pastry – thawed to room temperature

5 oz. bag fresh baby spinach leaves

1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. finely minced garlic

1 tsp. olive oil

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

salt & pepper to taste

cooking spray

Procedure

Heat oil in a medium skillet

Add garlic and sauté about 1 minute or until golden brown

Add spinach leaves and cook until soft and dark green in color – use the spatula to cut spinach leaves into small pieces

Add salt, pepper & crushed red pepper

Cook one more minute

Turn off heat and let cool slightly

Add mozzarella cheese and stir well – cheese may melt

Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray

Unfold pastry sheets and cut out 3″ circles with a cookie cutter

Place a pastry circle in each muffin cup and gently press in

Divide spinach cheese mixture into each muffin cup

Pinch 2 opposite sides of circle together, then do it to the other 2 sides to form a pocket with the spinach mixture inside

Pre-heat oven to 400º

Bake for 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown

Remove from oven and serve warm or freeze for later.


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Servings: Puffs
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  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet
  2. Add garlic and sauté about 1 minute or until golden brown
  3. Add spinach leaves and cook until soft and dark green in color - use the spatula to cut spinach leaves into small pieces
  4. Add salt, pepper & crushed red pepper Cook one more minute
    spinach puffs
  5. Turn off heat and let cool slightly Add mozzarella cheese and stir well - cheese may melt
  6. Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray
  7. Unfold pastry sheets and cut out 3" circles with a cookie cutter
  8. Place a pastry circle in each muffin cup and gently press in
    spinach puffs
  9. Divide spinach cheese mixture into each muffin cup
    spinach puffs
  10. Pinch 2 opposite sides of circle together, then do it to the other 2 sides to form a pocket with the spinach mixture inside
    spinach puffs
  11. Pre-heat oven to 400º
  12. Bake for 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown
  13. Remove from oven and serve warm or freeze for later.
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14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes

14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes

Christmas is yearly Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth. In Philippines, the majority of the population is Roman Catholic Christians that why Christmas is so important and needs to celebrate at least once a year. This is the time where people of all ages sing a Christmas song in every house they drop-in, we call in “CAROLING” after the song, the resident in the house will give them treats or money, that’s our way of expressing Christmas cause Christmas here in Philippines is Giving, no matter what, you have to give cause we believe that Christmas is Giving.

We celebrate Christmas every December 25th of the year so we will have our we call it “Noche Buena” or A midnight Meal ready to go. We have lots and lots of Noche Buena Recipes to Enjoy but for now, I will going to give you our 14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes since Christmas is near to come.

 

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Unlike any other spaghetti recipe, Filipino Style Spaghetti is quite different and simple, no herbs and no other spices and a little bit sweet cause it is really cooked specially for kids. Best for Noche Buena.

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Tupig Filipino Recipe!!!

Oh, I love this Tupig! It’s super yummy mouth-watering made from glutinous rice.

Tupig Filipino Recipe!!!

Gulaman – Gelatin in Coconut Milk Recipe!!!

This is a perfect desert for Noche Buena. Superb!

Gulaman – Gelatin in Coconut Milk Recipe!!!

Paksiw na Pata (Pork Stew in Vinegar and Soy Sauce) Recipe!!!

This is a main dish during Noche Buena, it’s one of the Filipino Signature Dish that every Filipino loves.

Paksiw na Pata (Pork Stew in Vinegar and Soy Sauce) Recipe!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Macaroni Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

I want more and more of this dessert dish is perfect for Noche Buena desert and snack.

Macaroni Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Pork Embutido – Filipino Style Meatloaf

What I like about this dish is the balance of sweetness and saltiness, I really like the taste of it.

Pork Embutido – Filipino Style Meatloaf

Beef Morcon (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Morcon, a meat roll stuffed with sausage, veggies, and egg, is a popular Filipino dish usually served on special occasions like Christmas. I also love this wonderful dish!

Beef Morcon (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Suman Malagkit (Sticky Rice Roll in Banana Leaves) Recipe!!!

I also love this Sticky rice, with its balance sweetness and stickiness, you going to love this too.

Suman Malagkit (Sticky Rice Roll in Banana Leaves) Recipe!!!

Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding) Filipino Recipe

This Filipino dessert is made with cornstarch, coconut milk, and sugar.  It is also called Coconut Pudding.   This luscious dessert is easy to make using common ingredients. Perfect for Christmas occasion.

Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding ) Filipino Recipe

Merienda Series – Bibingka Galapong

You will love this Bibingka, The smell is terrific and the taste is fantastic! LOVED IT!

Merienda Series – Bibingka Galapong

Puto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)

A little bit of sweetness, soft and fluffy YUMMY!

Puto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe!!!

MY OH MY OH! THIS IS HEAVEN! I TELL YOU, HEAVEN!!!!

 

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe!!!

Hamonada or Hamon (Homemade Ham) Filipino Style Recipe!!!

And last but not the least; Noche Buena is not perfect without a Hamonada in the Table. Tender and Juicy, mouth-watering Main Dish for Christmas.

Hamonada or Hamon (Homemade Ham) Filipino Style Recipe!!!


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Torta – Cake, Pie, Pastry, Sandwich, Tapas, or Omelette?

What exactly is a “Torta”?  It is a cake, pie, pastry, sandwich, Tapas, or omelette?  I know it can get confusing.  The quick answer is all of the above!  What?  How can that be? Well it really depends on where you are and what language you’re speaking.

“Torta” is a word derived from latin and means different things is different languages.  In Mexico “Torta” refers to a sandwich; in Italy and Portugal it refers to a cake, pie, or pastry;  in Spain it can be a cake or pie, or even a Tapas; in the Philippines it’s an omelette.  Yup definitely confusing.

tortaFor today’s recipe I’ll be using the Filipino definition of Torta, we’ll be making an omelette.

In the Philippines torta refers to an omelette that can be filled with meat, potatoes, or eggplants.  It’s made to look sort of like a cake, not the folded omelettes you normally see on the breakfast menus at IHOP or Denny’s.

Filipinos eat torta for any meal, usually with steamed white rice.  Growing up we had it for dinner.  It’s a basic Filipino comfort food which I make for my family all the time.  It’s simple and fast.

Tortas can be made with ground beef or pork or eggplants, but we prefer it with just potatoes and onions.  I serve it on meatless Monday’s!  Another family favorite is Torta Talong (Eggplant Omelette).

Today I’m going to share my favorite Torta recipe.  I love it with rice and dip it in ketchup.  Try it, you might just like it!

A quick tip, use a small frying pan to make this torta so you can flip it over without breaking it.

Torta – Filipino Potato Omelette

Ingredients:

2 large potatoes – diced

1 small onion – minced

1/2 tsp. garlic – minced

5 Large Eggs – beaten

Salt & Pepper to taste

Oil for frying

Directions:

Heat about 2 Tbs. of oil

Add diced potatoes and saute until they start to turn golden brown and soften

Add onions, saute until onion are translucent

Add garlic, saute until the potatoes are cooked – stir constantly to keep the potatoes from burning and sticking to the pan, add another Tbs. of oil if needed – don’t let the pan run out of oil

Season with salt & pepper to taste

Add more oil if needed,  about another Tbs.

When potatoes are cooked pour beaten eggs into pan, make sure the beaten eggs spread out evenly in the pan and touch the pan edge.

Cook about 3-4 minutes or until the eggs start to dry up

Carefully flip your torta over and cook another 2-3 minutes or until done

TortaSlide onto serving dish and slice into wedges.

Serve hot with your choice of starch and condiments.

 

 

 

 

 

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Torta - Filipino Potato Omelette
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  1. Heat about 2 Tbs. of oil 
  2. Add diced potatoes and saute until they start to turn golden brown and soften
  3. Add onions, saute until onion are translucent
  4. Add garlic, saute until the potatoes are cooked - stir constantly to keep the potatoes from burning and sticking to the pan, add another Tbs. of oil if needed - don't let the pan run out of oil 
  5. Season with salt & pepper to taste Add more oil if needed,  about another Tbs. 
  6. When potatoes are cooked pour beaten eggs into pan, make sure the beaten eggs spread out evenly in the pan and touch the pan edge.
  7. Cook about 3-4 minutes or until the eggs start to dry up 
  8. Carefully flip your torta over and cook another 2-3 minutes or until done
  9. Slide onto serving dish and slice into wedges. Serve hot with your choice of starch and condiments.
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Round-Up Homemade Beef Dishes – Filipino, Italian, American World Class Fusion Cousins!!!

Round-Up Homemade Beef Dishes – Filipino, Italian, American World Class Fusion Cousins!!!

Beef is the culinary name for meat from cattle and is a source of high quality protein and essential nutrients. Beef is one of the best and delicious, well, for me it’s the best meat in the entire world! WE ALL LOVE BEEF! Unless you have a pet cattle?

We all know that Beef is one of the most expensive meats in the market but we still choose to buy it because eating beef dishes is HEAVEN. From the cheapest to the most expensive kind of beef is all classic.

Today I’m going to give you the best homemade round-up Beef Dishes!

Starting with:

 

Filipino Beef Empanada Recipe!!!

Empanada has different flavors; we have chicken, fish, vegetable and my favorite Beef Empanada. I love the sweetness of the dough and the beefy flavor of the stuffing, it’s really Good!

Filipino Beef Empanada Recipe!!!

 

Boneless Beef Short Rib Kalbi Kabobs

One of our family’s favorite food is Korean Kalbi, or barbecued beef short ribs, it’s a kind of barbecue with a twist.

http://www.savvynana.com/recipe/boneless-beef-short-rib-kalbi-kabobs/

 

Delicious Shredded Beef Flautas

Flautas, sometimes called taquitos, are very similar to chimichangas which are deep fried burritos.  They can be filled with ground or shredded meat, cheese, beans, or a combination of any of these. This is also one of our favorite homemade beef dishes.

Delicious Shredded Beef Flautas

 

 

The Best Crock Pot Beef Stew

Beef Stew is one of the best things to cook in a crock pot.  The slow cooking process makes the meat tender and tasty so you don’t have to use the more expensive cuts of meat.

The Best Crock Pot Beef Stew

 

Ground Beef Chimichanga

I was never much on Mexican food until I discovered the Chimichanga.  I still remember the first time I had this deep fried burrito.  It was at the Mexican restaurant chain called Chi-Chi’s.  The chain is long gone from the United States, but my love for the chimichanga remains.

Ground Beef Chimichanga

 

Beef Afritada Recipe!!!

Oh yes! I will die for this dish!

 

 

Beef Afritada Recipe!!!

Beef Kabobs in Vinaigrette Marinade

Oh! The tenderness and the flavorful smell of this dish  is Fantastic!

Beef Kabobs in Vinaigrette Marinade

 

Italian Beef Hoagie – Yum!

One word that I can describe for this dish! FANTASTIC!

Italian Beef Hoagie – Yum!

 

Beefy Stuffed Pasta Shells

If you’re looking for something easy to make for dinner this is the dish for you!

 

Beefy Stuffed Pasta Shells

 

Super Easy Beef Kebobs

This dish is very easy to prepare and to cook yet, it’s a taste of superb.

 

Super Easy Beef Kebobs

 

Easy Beef Shawarma Wrap Recipe

I love this dish so much to the point that I always made one like 4 times a week. Its heaven!

 

 

Easy Beef Shawarma Wrap Recipe

 

Beef Tapa Filipino Recipe

This is a very popular dish in Philippines and every Filipino love this dish. Dish is also a way to preserve beef to last longer but still it taste best.

 

Beef Tapa Filipino Recipe

 

Bulalo or Pochero Recipe (Filipino Beef Marrow Stew)

And last but definitely not the least, my all-time and I guess everyone’s all time favorite dish especially in Philippines. No diet, 5 cups of rice please!!!

Bulalo or Pochero Recipe (Filipino Beef Marrow Stew)


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Halloween Treats for ADULTS

Halloween Treats for ADULTS

 

Who says Halloween is just for kids?  After the kids have returned from Trick-or-Treating and they’ve wound down for the night put them to bed it’s time for some adult fun.

Whip up some adult treats ahead of time, hide them from the kids, and take them out for a bit of spooky fun with your friends, or snuggle up with your significant other for drinks and nibbles as you watch a scary movie.

Here are a few recipes for Halloween treats and drinks for adults.

Black CocktailThe Blackbeard cocktail from Honestly YUM is made with chocolate stout.  It looks lethally YUMMY!

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Pumpkin cheese ballWhip up this Nacho Pumpkin Cheese Ball from Cincy Shopper, it’s creamy, crunchy, with a bit of spicy!

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Spiderweb DipDip the nigh away with this zesty south-of-the-border dip from Mr. Food.com

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Mummy BrieAdd a bit of sophistication to your Halloween with this Mummy Baked Brie found on Babble.com.

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Smoking MartiniHere’s a lovey Smoking Martini created by Thomas Johnson from Cocktailatlas.com

Perfect for Halloween!
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CocktailThe Grave Digger Cocktail is a concoction of hard cider, whiskey, and ginger ale designed by Boulder Locavore.

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