Strawberry Arugula Salad

Strawberry Arugula Salad

Wow! What an insane weekend! On Saturday, our city was hit by a windstorm that left many residents without power for at least a day. Our area did not have power for 29 hours! So far, this is the longest time that I have experienced a power outage since our family immigrated here in 1992. It reminds ...

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Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew

We have been lucky to have plenty of dry and sunny days this summer. It ended yesterday with lots of rain in the forecast up until next week. This is good especially for the plants and grass that have been without water for so many days.  The rain continues today and it comes with strong…

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Spaghetti with Pancetta and Cherry Tomatoes

Spaghetti with Pancetta and Cherry Tomatoes

I made this pasta dish for my family and they love it! The spaghetti noodles are dressed with olive oil, crisp diced pancetta, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. This is so different from the usual tomato sauce based spaghetti noodles that I normally make. It is not only simple to make but is…

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Sauteed Chayote

Sauteed Chayote

This summer, I have been recreating some dishes my mom used to cook for us when my six siblings and I were growing up. I introduced the dishes to my husband and he absolutely loves them. Most of those recipes are vegetables sautéed in garlic, tomato and lean ground pork and flavored simply by fish sauce…

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Arugula and Tomato Salad

Arugula and Tomato Salad

I decided to make this salad to use the left-over arugula in my fridge. I have been using arugula a lot in my recipes lately. I like its peppery taste as well as its health and nutritional benefits. I paired it up with some cherry tomatoes from my garden, dressed it up with my favorite…

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Capicollo,Tomato and Basil Thin Crust Pizza

Capicollo, Tomato and Basil Thin Crust Pizza

My youngest son and I are into baking lately. We have tried many bread recipes and so far our favorite is the rosemary and thyme focaccia bread. It was so good especially dipped in olive oil-balsamic vinegar mixture. For our next baking time together, we decided to make pizza. He just recently purchased a pizza…

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Sauteed Green Beans

Sauteed Green Beans

This recipe is my favorite way of cooking and eating green beans. I learned this simple and easy way of sauteing vegetables from my mom. This was an effective and economical way of feeding a family with seven children. I so deeply miss her cooking so I try to recreate her dishes as much as I…

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Red Russian Kale with Garlic and Lemon

Red Russian Kale with Garlic and Lemon

My family and I have been enjoying the fruits and vegetables that my garden is producing this summer. The blueberries came early this year and I just harvested the last batch this morning. I am still waiting for the green peppers and white eggplants to reach their desired size while the strawberries, tomatoes and red…

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Easy Focaccia Bread

Easy Focaccia Bread

Recently, our family went to the charming theme town of Leavenworth for our annual summer family trip. We spent our stay walking and browsing through the shops and eating Bavarian food like German sausages, pork schnitzel and rotisserie-broiled pork hock. We also tasted some herbed tea as well as infused olive oil and balsamic vinegar….

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