Turkey Arroz Caldo Recipe

Here is one great idea on what to with left over Turkey from Thanksgiving Dinner. A sumptuous meal for everyone to enjoy.

1 cup long grain rice
1 cup sticky rice
2 cups shredded turkey breast
3 pcs knorr chicken cubes
2 thumb size ginger, julienne
1 small size onion, minced
3 pcs garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt and ground black pepper to taste
6-7 cups water
1 tablespoon green onion, sliced thin for garnish
4 pcs hard peeled boiled egg (optional)

Cooking Direction:
Using a deep pot saute ginger, garlic and onions in cooking till caramelized. Add knorr cubes and rice. Saute till knorr cubes blends in the rice. Add the turmeric then the turkey. Saute for few more minutes then add the water. Boil for 5 minutes in medium high heat. Season with salt and ground pepper to taste and reduce the heat to medium low till rice is all cooked. Add hard boiled eggs if desired before serving.
Remove from heat and garnish with slices of green onion and serve.

2011 Thanksgiving Feast

What is Thanksgiving with out the Turkey and all the fixing?

Here is a quick peek of what we had for Thanksgiving Dinner. This time I did not slave myself the whole day in the kitchen. I also got to watch my favorite tv show in between baking and cooking.

My Turkey cooked 3 times
Seasoned with lots of ground pepper, garlic salt, all spice and butter in and out. Stuffed with slices of celery and onion. Baked in 325f for an hour breast up (make sure to brush extra butter all over the turkey and cover breast part with aluminum foil loosely), roast in the weber grill for an hour (charcoal around the turkey only and covered) for that smokey taste and baked again for an hour in same temperature. Remove from heat and serve at least after 5 minutes. (Bake turkey in 15 minutes per pound)

Baked Pineapple Ham
Set oven in 325f. Bake ham top covered in aluminum foil (15 minutes per pound) using a deep baking pan in 3 cups of pineapple juice (while baking try brushing pineapple juice in the ham every 15 minutes for more pineapple flavor) Half way through the baking remove ham from the oven. Discard remaining pineapple juice. Glaze ham with mixture of brown sugar (1 cup), cinnamon powder (2 tablespoon) and crushed canned pineapple(1 cup) in 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Return to the oven and finish baking to serve.

Green Beans and Cranberries Sauce
My own creation. Simple yet appetizing.
1. Steam a pound of green beans (remove one end) for few minutes on boiling water. Remove from heat and season with 2 tablespoon butter and salt to taste.
2. Empty a can of whole cranberry sauce in a bowl and spread. Mix in the steamed green beans and serve.

Simple Mashed Potatoes
Using a box of Idaho Mashed Potato and topped with slices of green onions and served with home made gravy prepared using the turkey drippings, cornstarch and salt and ground pepper taste and 2 cups of water.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie
Pecan Pie
Both pies ordered from Marie Calendar. This way you could never go wrong.

Beef in Cream of Mushroom Recipe

A Tasty Simple Beef Recipe
1 lb lean beef, sliced thin
1 small potato, sliced bite size
1 small red bell pepper, julienne
4 pcs garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, minced
1 can cream of mushroom
salt and ground pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
water for boiling
Cooking Direction:
Saute garlic and onion in olive till caramelized. Add the beef slices. Stir fry till beef turns golden brown. Now pour in 1 cup of water and bring to a boil in medium high heat till beef tenderize. Keep adding water making sure beef is tender enough. Once the water is almost gone and beef all tender season with salt and ground pepper. Add the slices of potatoes and bell peppers. Saute in medium low heat for few minutes. Pour in the cream of mushroom and stir. Simmer for few more minutes and serve.

Bihon Guisado Recipe

Also known as Stir Fry Rice Noodles

1 16 oz. Tropics Pancit Bihon
1/2 lb. pork butt, sliced into strips
1/2 lb. shrimp, remove from shell
1 cup cabbage, sliced into strips
1 onion, sliced thin
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 carrot, sliced into strips
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
3 celery stick, sliced into strips
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon achuete dissolved in 1 tablespoon oil
salt & pepper to taste
Pancit Bihon Cooking Instructions:Soak bihon noodles in warm water to soften for 10 minutes. Drain excess water. Set aside.
Sauté garlic and onions in cooking oil using a large wok till caramelized. Add the slices of pork.
Once the pork turns golden brown add a cup water and simmer for 5 minutes or till pork is fully cooked then add the shrimp.
Pour 2 cups of water and bring to boil for few minutes. Season the mixture with salt, soy sauce, achuete oil and ground pepper.
Once it starts boiling add the cabbage and noodles to the mixture, stir well.
Cover wok and simmer in low heat for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are fully cooked.
Remove the wok from heat and serve.

* Serve with slices of lemon or lime for extra taste.

Alugbati Recipe

A simple dish that reminds me of my home town, Iloilo City.
1 lb ground beef
5 cups cleaned alugbati leaves
1 lb squash, cut in cubes
2 pcs eggplant, bite size
4 pcs garlic cloves
1 small onion, sliced thin
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 cups water
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Cooking Direction:
Heat cooking oil in a wok in medium heat. Saute garlic and onion till caramelized. Add ground beef and saute till golden brown. Once ground beef turns golden brown add the squash and eggplant. Stir fry for few minutes. Pour water into the mixture and allow it to boil. Season with salt and ground pepper and continue boiling for few more minutes. Now add the alugbati leaves. Bring to boil. Once it starts boiling reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove cover and serve.

Lumpia Shanghai Recipe

A finger food that is well loved by everyone when serve on a party, a gathering or any or no occasion.
2 pck./30 pcs. Menlo Lumpia (eggroll) wrapper
3 lbs. ground pork
1/2 cup raisins
1 large potato, shredded
1 large carrot, shredded
3 pcs. celery stick, chopped
1 large onion, chopped fine
10 pcs. garlic cloves, chopped fine
3 pcs. eggs, beaten
2 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoon flour
salt and groundpepper to taste
How to prepare the Lumpia Shanghai:
Mix ground pork, carrots, potato, celery, raisins, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, eggs, flour and cornstarch on a deep bowl. Mix really well and chill for 30 minutes.
Scoop a spoon of the mixture on each lumpia wrapper, spread, roll and seal the ends of the lumpia wrapper with beaten egg white and cut into 3 pieces for bite size.
When frying heat the wok first before adding the cooking oil.

Reduce heat to medium low to avoid the lumpia from burning. You don't want the wrapper cooked but not the filling inside.

For the sauce, all you need if mix appropriate amount of (1/2 cup) Banana Ketchup and (1/2 cup) Sweet Chili Sauce. For more tangy flavor you can add 1/4 cup of pineapple juice. Try it, even the kids will love it.

Shrimp and Pork Siomai Recipe

This is my second time making Siomai and with some improvement, my family loved it.

2 lbs. ground pork
1/2 lb. shrimp (shelled and chopped)
1 sm. can water chestnut (chopped)
2 string of green onion (chopped)
1 carrotts (shredded)
1 large onion (chopped)
2 egg (beaten)
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon sesame oil
2 pack Siomai wrapper (50 pcs/pack)
Cooking Direction:
Mix all ingredients above and refrigerate for an hour. Place a teaspoon on each siomai wrapper and close the ends. On your steamer, place water on the bottom part and bring to boil. Once the water starts boiling lower the heat to medium. Spray pam cooking oil or and arrange the Siomai giving enough space so it won't stick to each other. Steam the siomai for 30 minutes. Siomai is done and best to serve when it's still warm.
For the dipping sauce you will need:
1/2 cup soy sauce
5 tablespoon sesame seed oil
1 large lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili paste (or 2 teaspoon if you want it more spicy)

Mix above ingredients and serve on the side.


A Baby's Birthday Party

Sharing our baby Kailani's first birthday party.

Isn't she so precious all dressed up as Mini Mouse with Mini Mouse the Clown and trying to blow her first birthday cake.
Kailani was a good girl that day. She did not even cry and always ready with her beautiful smile for all the paparazzi in the party.
Kailani's made to order cake from a family friend.
Kailani's Smash Cake
Homemade Sugar Coated Brownies
Mini Mouse Pop Cakes for giveaways
Mini Mouse Cookies for giveaways
Red Velvet and Mango Cupcakes from Red Ribbon
Homemade Fruit Salad
Party Treats for Girls and Boys
Hot dog and Marshmallows on a Stick
Homemade Lumpia Shanghai
Homemade Meatballs in BBQ Sauce
Homemade Grilled "Liempo" Pork
Palabok from Red Ribbon
For Fruit Salad and Lumpia Shanghai recipes search link above.

Salmon Stew Recipe

Also known as Sinabawan nga Isda nga Salmon in Ilonggo.
A simple yet healthy recipe rich in vitamins using fresh bought salmon and fresh vegetables.
2 lbs Pink Salmon (or milk fish)
a bunch of fresh sweet potato leaves (2 cups)
6 pieces cherry tomato (whole)
1 small onion (sliced thin)
3 pieces sweet long pepper (katumbal laba)
salt and black ground pepper to taste
3 cups water
Cooking Direction:
Using a deep pot bring water, tomatoes, sweet pepper and onion to boil for 5 minutes in medium heat. Season with salt and ground pepper to taste. Add slices of Salmon and continue simmering on medium low heat for 5 minutes. Now add the sweet potato leaves. Cover the pot and simmer for few minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
(Tip: Make sure to remove the cover of the pot if you are not serving the dish right away to avoid the greens from getting over cooked.)
Check out this fresh vegetables I purchased from our swap meat in Lincoln, Anaheim every Thursday of the week. Really great for soup when fresh. The taste is totally different. Sweeter compare to most of the vegetables we buy from the local market.

Fried Chicken Wings Adobo Recipe

A mouth watering chicken recipe cooked twice for extra flavor.
3 lbs chicken wings
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
2 tablespoon white sugar (optional)
a dash of ground black pepper to taste
4 pieces bay leaves
1/2 cup cooking oil for frying
1/4 teaspoon anatto powder, dissolved in 1 tablespoon cooking oil
Cooking Direction:
Mix the first 7 ingredients in a mixing bowl till sugar is totally dissolved. Marinate chicken wings and chill for at least 30 minutes. Remove chicken from the marinade. Set the marinade aside for later use. Heat cooking oil in a wok in medium heat and fry the marinated chicken wings till golden brown. Once all chicken wings are fried, remove excess oil from the wok and discard. Pour the remaining marinade over the fried chicken in the wok and simmer in medium low heat for 10-15 minutes. Once the sauce starts to thicken pour the anatto powder dissolved in cooking oil. Simmer for few more minutes. Remove from heat and serve.