Saturday, November 22, 2014

Apple-Pumpkin-Pecan Pie



So many desserts to make, too little time. Don't you often get the feeling that there are so many types of desserts or pies that you want to make for Thanksgiving but you simply don't have the time to make each and every one of them? Or perhaps, you are looking at the feast of pies in front of you during Thanksgiving and wish you can try each slice of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie - but feel like it's way too much to eat all three in one go!  I hear ya! I know the feeling!!! 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

National Geographic - Eat: The Story of Food


We've been featured! As part of EAT: The Story of Food premiering on Nov. 21-23 (9/8 Central), National Geographic Channel is showcasing a fantastic collection of Healthy Recipes from Hollywood and sports celebrities, renowned chefs, food bloggers, artists, etc. It's our honor to be included in such an esteemed list. We are recipe #68 (arranged alphabetically). The awesome part - this digital cookbook is free for you to download and enjoy!


The variety of recipes in this cookbook are amazing! Not only that, as the title connotes, it's full of delicious  and healthy dishes that are so good for you and your family. I can't wait to try some of them myself.

Don't miss out - get your free E-Cookbook here.
Check out the series here. Don't forget it's airing tomorrow night at National Geographic Channel.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Yummy Cranberry Cheesecake


Last year for the holiday season, I made a No Bake White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake as part of the 12 Cakes of December series. I joined 11 other food bloggers and we each took turn to make cakes that we felt best represented the season. I wanted a truly festive and lovely cake so I chose to make a cheesecake with cranberries - since cranberries have a deep red hue which of course is the color of Christmas. Besides, I truly love cheesecake!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Autumn in New York


Bow Bridge, Central Park

Last week we went to New York city to see some gorgeous fall colors. We were not disappointed. Central Park was at its loveliest with wonderful hues of red, brown, orange yellow and some stubborn green (hanging on to the very last day!) all over. The weather was glorious as well and the temperature was perfect. If you are thinking of visiting New York city one day, come during the fall season when the colors are at their peak. You will definitely have a wonderful time! Enjoy this photo journey in NYC - Central Park and beyond.
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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Best Banana Pecan Cake


I love baking with Bananas. The fact that I have many recipes here that use bananas is proof of how much I love this amazing fruit. It just adds so much flavor and moisture to any baked good. I love seeing the brown speckles in a banana bread. I often buy bananas just so I can make banana bread! Yes, I am truly bananas over bananas!
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Monday, November 03, 2014

Green Mango Smoothie



When it comes to tropical fruits - the Mango reigns supreme in the Philippines. I grew up with mango trees in our backyard. I have memories of my grandma smoking the mango tree. She would rake the dried leaves and twigs in our backyard into a pile under the mango tree and light a small fire - the purpose is to get the smoke up into the tree. Some say it's because the smoke drive the bugs away from the precious fruits that they love to nibble on. I don't know if this is scientifically true but that tree has always given us bag loads of mangoes. 
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Ricotta Meatballs in Creamy White Wine Sauce


Today I felt like a contestant in that popular show from the Food Network - Chopped. I had some left-over ingredients which needed to be used up but they seemed to be an odd assortment. Initially, I felt like it would be weird to merge them in one dish, much like in Chopped (though perhaps not as extreme) where contestants are supposed to come with a yummy dish using a medley of ingredients which you don't normally put together. That was my challenge for the day - how to use in one dish a few pieces of sun-dried tomatoes, a little wine, two types of cheeses and ground beef.
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