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Cinnamon Cream Cheese Cookies

Of course, where else will I get such recipes, hahaha in the baking group. They look appetizing so I tried them and here is the outcome. I was thinking maybe I can make different kind of cookies, put two kinds of each in a holiday box and gift them to DH families. Yeah, that depends if I feel like it making different cookies. But it is good idea πŸ‘πŸ‘.

Cassava Cake (Filipino Recipe)

I got this on the group I belong in. Shredded fresh cassava (my local grocery store called it yuca), coconut milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk. eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla. For toppings coconut milk, condensed milk, and two egg yolks.

If you like to try them just goggle the recipe. My recipe is a quarter of what most posted. I can't eat the whole recipe, that would take me a year or so to finish hahaha. And yes, I am the only one that eat them in this household. Looking at the pictures my co-members post in the group makes me want to try them. One slice is perfect for me. But since I cannot cook just one slice, I have to divide the recipe to the smallest amount I can.

Eggplant Rollatini

A better version of my copy cat Eggplant Rollatini, practiced makes perfect. A well worth menu for my household. Still have three people doesn't eat it. Like I said it is worth the time making it because two of my children eat the left over until all gone.

Caesar Salad with Baked Parmesan Chicken Strips

This a meal for me when I get tired of same old menu in my kitchen 😊. Crisp Romaine Lettuce chopped. Shredded Parmesan cheese and top with chop baked chicken Parmesan strips. Quick and easy to make.

Baked Parmesan Chicken Strips

My children loves chicken nuggets, tenders, and strips. I found this recipe on my FB wall and I just have to try them for the sake of picky children. My youngest said it tasted just like the chicken strips at Great Adventure sells. And the best part is, my household eat it. Yes, all of my children and even my husband. I am a happy camper!

Strawberry Scones with Lemon Glazed

I bowed to myself that I will try most sweets that I find appealing. So, here is another one..."Strawberry Scones" it goes well with my breakfast tea. I used the same recipe for my "Blueberry Scones." The best time to make is during summer when I have abundant of strawberries and cheaper in my local grocery store.

Chicken of the Woods * Laetiporus Speciosus

I have so much mushrooms growing in my property. A lot of inedible kind, so what a lady to do? Join a mushrooms identification groups. I do try to remember all the edible kind. I will worry about the poisonous kind later. So, Chicken of the woods is one of the edible kind I found nine feet high on a dead tree in my backyard. Of course I asked so much questions before harvesting them. When I felt confidence enough, I picked it, wash the way the pro-mushrooms hunters suggested, and how to prepare. I opt on sauteing them in olive oil, garlic, onion, and I mixed green pepper slices and shrimp. Boy that thing gave me so much gas, and the earthly smell is over powering everything. Next year, if my family is still here, I will try deep frying it like regular chicken and have to see if I like them better. I still have left over in the freezer. And my husband forbid me to try any wild mushrooms while he is at work hehehe.  

Broccoli & Cheese Bake Potato

This favorite of mine is very costly. Why you asked? Well, I ate it alone, and cooking one potato in a regular oven is a waste of electricity, in my opinion. I will be so happy if I can cook seven or even ten in one go. But no, not in this household πŸ˜„.

Yema Pastillas (Filipino Recipe)

Do you remember the Yema cake I made a few weeks back? Well, i can't think of anything to do with the extra Yema cake frosting so I made this. A sweet milk candy. Pastilla is another Spanish word we inherited from Spaniards. Pastilla is Spanish word meaning "PILL." It makes me wonder if they used this to make children in the very early years to take their pills. πŸ˜„πŸ˜‰ Wrapping them in a sweet milk candy before giving the pill.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Thanks to for this recipe. I've change the recipe a bit because there are way too much pasta than the chicken and broccoli. Four member of my family can eat this as part of our weekly menu.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

By the look of my creation, I did not pound the chicken thin enough. It's still too thick. I had to fry then finished cooking it in the oven. The pan frying did not reach the middle. The taste is still the same. I think I cut this too soon. I cannot see the cheese inside 😁, it might have oozed out.

My family rarely helped when planning on what to eat. And then I always end up a week supply of lunch or dinner because they do not like what I made. Two of my children will taste it. One will always eat anything, he's twenty-eight years old. And the other three will dig up anything they want from the freezer.

Caramel Apples

Yummy!!! My youngest son loves them, but complaint about his jaw hurting while chewing the caramel. We went apple picking over the weekend. I told everyone to pick the biggest ones they can find. Was I wrong with that. I should have told them to pick small ones. One apple is way too big for one person to eat when covered with caramel. 😁

Yema Cake (Filipino Dessert)

They said it is very popular cake nowadays in the Philippines. I wouldn't know I haven't lived there for for many decades πŸ˜ƒ. I only remember yema sweet candy. It's made with egg yolk, condense milk, and chopped roasted peanuts. "YEMA" is spanish for yolk. We inherited the word from our spanish conquistador. 

Shrimp & Asparagus in Creamy Pesto Sauce over Pasta

When I get tired of the same dish, I tweak it by adding anything I feel like eating that day. πŸ˜„ I know I am not the only one? Am I? I grew up eating vegetables and I do love them. When we go out in a restaurant, I always pick a dish with a lot of vegetables in it.

Pepper Steaks

What to do with a surplus of bell peppers? One recipe above. I just love the color of green, red. and yellow bell peppers. I cooked this with seeded and peeled tomatoes. I can't find the recipe right now, but I am sure you can find something similar if you google/bing it. I saute the cut-up meat in olive oil, onions, and garlic. Then add the tomato slices and wait for the meat to tender. Mixed in the peppers, cook until you reach the peppers consistency that you like. (I like mine with a little crunch left) Season with salt & pepper. I also add a few sprinkle of dried hot pepper flakes for some zing. It's delectable!

Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon

Instead of prosciutto, I mixed it with bacon. It's very easy to do. You cook four pieces of bacon, removed from the pan then add chopped onions and minced garlic. Then you add one bunch of asparagus, cut about one inch. Add the cut up bacon, and salt & pepper to taste. Viola!

These is not an experiment. Whenever I get tired of normal cooking, I make it differently. I like bacon and asparagus and that is what I got. Sometimes I even cook all the vegetables in my refrigerator. Just mix them all in the pan and seasoned.

So, what food do you cook without recipe? πŸ˜‹

Pineapple Jam

Another copy-cat canning of mine. πŸ˜ƒ When it comes to american food I don't have my own recipe. Since everyone was talking about pineapples on sale what else am I going to do. Make stuff with on sale pineapples and here is one of them.

If I have a lot friends this thing will be a seller. But since i don't, well, this will be in my pantry until i eat them. I enjoy making things in the kitchen, who knows maybe I will open a little bakery in my house since this property is still considered a business property. Something to think about to earn the payment for my very expensive property tax.

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glazed

Remember the group I told you about a few post back? Yup, I got the idea from them. The pictures of food and recipes they share looks really good. I need to make my own and try them. With this recipe, my youngest and only daughter like it. DH does not like anything with fruit, but he will eat it when someone else gives it to him. He will not eat anything I make. I am still mad at him about the pumpkin cake he got two years ago. Ha! I told him I can make it if he wants it. He said, "I can't say no." However, he can say NO to me with no problem. Thanks DH!

Beef & Lamb Gyro or Shawarma

I been in love with Gyro since the mid-90's and every time I am around Italian or Gyro restaurant I need to have one. I used to work for a fast food restaurant inside the food court of a big mall and right across from the place I worked at was a Gyro Place. Usually all of the manager (myself included) will buy food that we share with assistant/co-managers and one of them bought this. I said I wanted to taste, and sure enough, I was hooked.


DH and I was watching a certain movie (can't remember the title :D) online and they have this in the movie. I did my research (which I always do, when I find something interesting) and tried making it. It turns out this "malasadas" is identical to the ones my mother used to make when I was young in our off grid house (Philippines). We eat this as a snack. I have been looking for the recipe and I couldn't find the right one. Now, I got it! I am ecstatic.

"Malasadas are eaten especially on Mardi Gras - the day before Ash Wednesday. In Madeira , malasadas are eaten mainly on TerΓ§a-feira Gorda (“ Fat Tuesday ” in English; Mardi Gras in French) which is also the last day of the Carnival of Madeira . The reason for making malasadas was to use up all the lard and sugar in the house, in preparation for Lent (much in the same way the tradition of Pancake Day in the United Kingdom originated on Shrove Tuesday ), malasadas are sold alongside the Carnival of Madeira today.&…

Strawberry Sauce

I love Cheese Cake and I never eat it with any toppings. I only do toppings when my family goes to a gathering and have to bring a dish. So with this homemade strawberry sauce I can finally eat some with toppings. I'm not really sure if I will like it, but hey, it's worth a try. Plus I got these strawberries really cheap so, why not.

I used the low sugar pectin for this. I wish I can make my own pectin but my apple trees are barely alive because of caterpillars and deers. I finally got the caterpillars in control this year, but since it was getting bushy with leaves the deer can't help themselves but eat it. So, before they sprout again next year i will put a fine nettings on all of them. That will stop the caterpillars and deers from eating the leaves. And maybe, maybe it will be healthy enough to flowers and fruits.

Dandelion Jelly

I recently joined some group online. I'm not really active on any of them but I do learn a lot. And this is one of them during spring this year. Everyone was talking about picking dandelion blossoms and making it to anything they enjoy.

And since I haven't tried dandelion jelly before, I told myself, why not. I even gave one jar to one of my DH co-worker because he said he heard about it and wanted to try it. I am very eager to share especially to the young generation that knows a little about wild plants medicinal benefits.

I picked about a bucket full, removed all the greens (well sort of), seep in hot water over night and made the jelly the next day. I could have easily made two batches, but since I am the only one who tries anything around my household I only made one batch. You can find a lot of recipe online, I don't have to share one here. My recipe is only mine because I'm a little rebel when it comes to my own usage of can or preserves items.

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Raw Yogurt

I often search online anything that I questioned or simply for knowledge. And I thought of "RAW YOGURT." How do you make raw yogurt? Let's think about the word "raw" here for a second. Isn't raw means "uncooked."

Yes, the problem begin there. It isn't raw if you cook the milk to boiling. I thought that since the word raw that you can make yogurt without cooking. So, why call it raw if it's been cook? Is this how people do it now a days. Twist the meaning of any words to make it sound better and healthier. Really people?

Raw yogurt is not RAW.