ala Lunas Arroz Caldo ni Q

Recipes and pictures compliments of my brother in law Q Longno. He also likes to take pictures of the food he cooks so I asked my sister for the recipe so I could post it to share.

This one is Q's specialty. They live in New Jersey and it gets really cold there. This one is Q's comfort food specially during winter. Also this recipe is based on Luna's Arroz Caldo n Iloilo. Recipe ni Q;
1. Saute chicken with ginger, garlic and onion.
2. Add water then add rice upon boiling. When chicken is tender remove from pot.
3. Cook rice. Make sure rice is very tender also.
4. Add Rufina patis, turmeric powder.
5. When rice is done add cooked chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Sprinkle fried garlic and scalions. You could also add boiled egg.

Pretty easy recipe right? Thank's Q....looking forward for more of your recipe.

Pata ni Q

Another specialty ni Q. Looks so yummy! For sure I will be cooking this next week or better yet tomorrow.
Recipe ni Q...
1. Boil pata with water. Drain 1st boil then continue boiling.
2. Add garlic,onions, salt and black pepper. Add atchuete.
3. When the pata is half way tender add sinigang mix/tamarind mix. Batwan is best.
4. Add tanglad and hot pepper.
5. Boil meat till its very tender and add bokchoy leaves.
6. Season with salt, soysauce to taste.

According to Q you could buy pata from the mexican grocery store for cheaper price. They call it Pata De Res. You could substitute oxtail or cows feet. Your choice. Give it a try! Pakaldo na!


Product of the Philippines, 50 cents each Ligo is best when your hungry and can't decide what to eat. I always stack on this in case of those emergency. Best when you saute garlic and onion first before adding the Ligo. I had read few ways of preparing Ligo like Ligo in Spag, Ligo with vegies, Ligo with Pasta and etc. but never tried that yet.

Sinigang na Halibut

Take out from Kapit Bahay This is the kind of fish I like. The bones are big and not fishy! I think this kind of fish are from Alaska. Don't think we have this in P.I.

day after Thanksgiving

Did not got a chance to do anything at home today. Black Friday! Spent the whole day shopping for great gifts at the mall. It was so awfull!!!! I was driving around the whole mall parking for almost an hour still no parking space at all. Finally when I was ready to give up and drive back home I saw some signs for Valet Parking. My spirit was uplifted hehehe made a quick illegal left turn and headed to the valet parking. Cost me $10.- but worth all the stress of looking for a parking spot. $10.- for whole day parking and my car is safe from all the banging and dent. 6 hours at the mall paid of.
Home and already dark. So tired to do a run at the Pilipino restaurant for some pinoy food so I settled for some Thanksgiving left over. Not bad actually. Now I know why CJ told me last night "Good food".
Mashed potato casserole, greenbeans, cranberries and ham pandesal with sparkling apple cider.... YUMMY!

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

After a whole day of preparation, cleaning and cooking it took only an hour of eating and picture taking. Most important is my family had a good thanksgiving dinner.

Pineapple Ham

Bake ham with pineapple juice and whole clove for 350f. Brush the pineapple juice on the ham. After 30 minutes cover the ham with brown sugar and sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Baked ham for a couple of hours

Gobble Gobble

Wash and drain turkey. Marinade with minced lemon grass, black pepper & fish sauce.Heat oven 325f. Spray cooking oil on the turkey and bake. Bake turkey an hour for every 4 lbs.
Serve hot


fresh from the oven 10 minutes after removing from the oven.

3 lbs. fresh yams
a bag of large marshmallows
2 cups brown sugar
1. Boil yams with water and brown sugar till the yams are fully cooked and the juice turns to syrup.
2. Layer the cooked yams on your dish and cover it with the marshmallows.
3. Bake for 350f for 25 minutes or till the marshmallows turn brown and serve.

Garlic Mashed Potato Casserole

Try this easy to make Garlic Mashed Potato. Great for the upcoming holidays. If Betty Crocker brand is not available try to look for a substitute brand. 

You will need,
7 oz. Betty Crocker Garlic Mashed Potato

1 cup Half and Half Milk
1 cup Orange & Yellow Bellpepper
2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
10 pcs. Green Onions 
Water and Butter per mashed potato box instruction

1. Cut the orange and yellow bellpepper small cubes and the green onions thin slices.
2. Melt butter and saute the bellpeppers and green onions for 2 minutes. Set aside.
3. Boil water, butter and milk. Add the mashed potato and stir constantly till thick.
4. Scoop a cup and a half of the mashed potato on your dish. Layer 1/2 of the green onions, bellpepper and 1/2 cup of cheese on top of the mashed potato.

5. Repeat # 4
6. Garnish the remaining cheese on top of the mixture. Bake 325f for 20 minutes or till the cheese are all melted. Serve warm.

Greenbeans and Fried Onion

1. Remove one end of the green beans and steam. Rinse in cold water after and drain.
2. Brown garlic on butter. Remove from heat. Mix browned garlic with the green beans.
3. Place the friend onion around the dish and place the green beans.
That simple!

Day Before

One of my busiest day of the year is the day before "Thanksgiving". Checking my recipe, listing all the ingredients, serving dish and serving spoons are clean, table cloth are ready and doing my grocery shopping.
We are not expecting friends and family but then I just love to cook the ham, turkey and all the fixings. All homemade!

"Thanksgiving Dinner Menu"
Turkey, Ham, Mashed Potato Casserole, Greenbeans & Fried Onions, Sweet Potato & Mashmallows, Apples & Cranberries Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie and Sparkling Apple Juice.

Baked Ham

14 lbs. HamTo save time I pre-baked the ham the night before with whole cloves, pineapple juice, brown sugar and sprinkle of cinnamon for an hour.

Double Cranberries-Apples Sauce

This you have to prepare the day before. You want to serve this chilled.
Stir together the first 5 ingredients (see below) in a large saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heatm stirring often. Reduce heat, simmer, stirring often, 15 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in sweetened dried cranberries.Remove from heat and transfer in a bowl.
Cool, cover and chill until ready to serve.

Serving for six you will need;
3 granny smith apples (peeled and diced)
6 oz. fresh cranberries
1/2 lemon (sliced and seeded)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries


16 lbs. Butterball Turkey deprost the Turkey overnight
By tomorrow morning I will marinate my turkey with lemongrass and pepper. I will insert few cloves of garlic in between the turkey meat.


Finally I had tinapa, scramble eggs and garlic rice for breakfast...missing tomato but the lime worked.


"Made in the Philippines" $3.99 for 4 pcs.
We'll see how good this is tomorrow morning with garlic rice, tomato and scramble eggs.

Lubo-Lubo (Silver Fish)

Steamed lubo-lubo sa dahon nang sagingYou will need;
Vinegar, garlic, green onions, ginger, serrano chili, salt & pepper.
Mixed all ingredients on a bowl. Add the lubo-lubo and scoop on the steamed banana leaves.Fold and seal the banana leaves with toothpick. Steam with enough water. Steam till the banana leaves turn brownish.


Today is my hubby's big day...
It is a Thursday so no one feels like eating out so Mexican dinner was decided.

double double chocolate cake!
grilled chicken, flour tortilla, spanish rice and coleslaw for CJ

Kapit Bahay - Anaheim, CA

My neighbor, Filipino Fast Food
This is my favorite turo-turo restaurant. So conviniently located in my neighborhood. They always have good selection of fresh, yummy food ready to go, good selection of kakanin (dessert) and friendly staff too. Everytime I am feeling lazy to cook but want to eat pilipino food then this is the place to be. Located at 615 N. Euclid Avenue in Anaheim, CA 92801 (Corner of Euclid & Crescent near DISNEYLAND)
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