Beef Mechado, Filipino Beef Stew

“Tè?!” she asked, not hiding the disapproval in her voice. My husband and I were on the island of Lipari, one of the Aeolian islands above Sicily. It was the height of summer, the warm Mediterranean water was just a few steps away. In the middle of the afternoon I ordered hot tea. Even the […]

Filipino Pancit Canton (and How to Velvet Chicken)

Recalling a lunch room conversation with an office mate nearly twenty five years ago I’m reminded of how desperately ignorant I was about cooking then. I was in my first real job out of college, still living at home enjoying my mother’s cooking. It would be another year or two before I leave the nest […]

Pancit Bihon (Stir-Fried Rice Noodles)

  If you ever attend a Filipino get-together one of the dishes you can count on being served is pancit.  This is the Filipino word for noodles and there are several ways they can be prepared.  Pancit bihon or pancit guisado (as it’s referred to in my family) is one of the easiest preparations.  As […]

Filipino Torta Meets Italian Frittata

  All my favorite people were under one roof yesterday; we ate, caught up, teased and laughed…a lot.  I haven’t been as diligent about my monthly visits with my family who live two hours away so yesterday was even more special than Thanksgivings past.  The young men and women (my nephews and nieces) who joined […]

Maja Blanca con Mais and My First Guest Post

  When my blog was a mere three months young (June 17, 2010), I published a post celebrating the (for me) momentous occasion.  True to form, my new-found friends–fellow bloggers and new readers–extended their well wishes, encouraging me to continue what I had started.  Greg at Sippity Sup was one of the generous individuals who gave […]

A Ski Break and Chicken Afritada

My leg muscles still ache as I type.  I don’t think I’ve been this sore for quite some time but it was all for a good reason.  I’ve just returned from a ski break in Sun Valley, happy to take advantage of the hospitality of our good friends who shared their home with us for […]

An Experiment: Pork Adobo

  I’ve been sitting here trying to start this post unsuccessfully and it’s all because of one question I’ve been asking myself: Why am I reluctant to share this dish? These are the answers I’ve come up with: Who needs another adobo recipe? There are other authorities on Filipino cooking. There’s no way I’ll make […]

Another Chicken Noodle Soup: Chicken Mami

  I know, I know.  You probably don’t need yet another version of chicken noodle soup.  We all already have our favorites, don’t we?  I have actually posted one of my go-to versions here, but I was feeling nostalgic for a soup I remembered eating as a child.  This version is not something my mother […]