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Italian Herb Pot Roast

If you've a yen for some comfort food nothing is more comforting than this Italian Herb Pot Roast.  It's delicious, filling, and oh so easy to make! I make this Italian Herb Pot Roast in the crockpot.  All you have to do is toss in all the ingredients, including the veggies, set the pot to slow cook, and when you come home your dinner's ready! What makes my Italian Herb Pot Roast different from all the other pot roast recipes out there?  I add lots of garlic and a bit of Balsamic ...

Beef Tapa Filipino Recipe

The word "Tapa" in the Philippines refers to dried or cured beef, venison, pork, mutton,  fish. Filipinos prepare thin slices of meat and cure it with salt and spices as a method of preserving it.  It is a popular breakfast meat. A popular Tapa breakfast combination is called Tapsilog.  It  is commonly served in eateries called gotohan and tapsihan. Tapsilog is an abbreviation for Tapa, Sinangag “garlic fried rice”, and Itlog “fried egg”. Tapa is best fried or grilled, often ...

Dion’s Steak Flautas – Very Delicious!

We just discovered that my 13 year old grandson loves to cook!  Not only does he loves to cook, he does it very well.  He recently tried out his culinary skills by making us these very delicious Steak Flautas! What are flautas?  They're also called taquitos, tacos dorados, or rolled tacos.  Basically they are a small tortilla rolled up with a filling.  Whatever you call them they are very tasty and are one of my favorite Mexican dishes. Flautas can be filled with shredded chicken, ...

Ground Beef Chimichanga

I love Chimichangas! It's my favorite Mexican food.  I order it every time we dine at a Mexican restaurant and I even make it at home.   I love it filled with ground beef, shredded beef, or shredded chicken. What you may ask is a chimichanga?  It's a deep friend burrito!  I'm not a burrito fan but fry it up and I can eat it everyday! 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 ...

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

Paksiw na pata is another variation of soy-based Filipino stews but in this dish  banana blossoms and pork shanks are used as well as brown sugar to sweeten the sauce. This dish can easily be a one-step process with all the ingredients thrown together in one wok or pot and forgotten until done. Paksiw na Pata is cooked in vinegar and soy sauce. Although the term (PAKSIW) generally means cooking in vinegar and garlic; “soy sauce” is added to bring additional flavor and color. This ...

Callos (Ox Tripe Stew) Filipino Recipe!!!

Callos Recipe or (Ox Tripe Stew) was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. It is a very traditional dish in Madrid, Spain. This savory stew of ox tripe and shank is cooked with spicy chorizo de bilbao and commonly served with olives.  Although this dish seems a little difficult to prepare because the ingredients are many, the cooking process consist only of sautéeing the garlic and onion then pouring every ingredients one by one then simmering it until it’s ...

Bean Sprout & Tofu Shrimp Fritters – Ukoy

Ukoy is a typical Filipino appetizer, snack, or even main course.  It's a mixture of bean sprouts, tofu, sweet potato, or other veggies usually topped with small unpeeled shrimp that's battered and fried.  In short it's the Filipino version of Shrimp Fritters. In the Philippines it's usually eaten as a crunchy snack and is made with the veggies and small unpeeled shrimp.  The shrimp is eaten peel and all making it very crunchy indeed.  In our family we serve Shrimp Fritters as a main ...

Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp

Do you racking your brain trying to decide what to make for dinner each night?  I know I do, almost every day!  It's funny because years ago my grandmother remarked that the hardest part about cooking is deciding what to cook.  I guess it's an age old problem many of us face.  Well I have one yummy suggestion for you.  Try out this delicious Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp dish.  It's probably one of the simplest shrimp dish you will ever make. You can make Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp in about ...

Homemade Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork) Filipino Style Recipe!!!

Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork) is made from pork and the preparation is similar to ham and bacon although chicken and beef sometimes can be used as an alternatives. Pork Tocino was said to be named after the Spanish word (Tocino) which is used to describe cured meats. It is often reddish in colour and has a savoury and sweet taste. It is usually served for breakfast together with fried garlic rice or steamed rice. Preparing it is nothing more than lightly frying it until it caramelizes on the ...

Cauliflower Fritters – Em Shaat My Way

Em Shaat is in my opinion a Middle Eastern comfort food.  It's really a cauliflower fritter made with boiled cauliflower that's been battered and fried. One of my Palestinian friends taught me how to make this yummy cauliflower fritter years ago.  She used all purpose flour to make her batter, it was good, but a bit heavy and not very crisp.  I suppose fritters weren't meant to be crispy. But I like things crispy so I added my own twist to this traditional Middle Eastern recipe.  The ...