The Happy Home Cook: Instant Pot Guinataang Sitaw at Kalabasa

The Happy Home Cook: Instant Pot Guinataang Sitaw at Kalabasa

As the holidays are fast approaching, you can avoid overloading the stove-top or oven when preparing several dishes at the same time for your family gatherings. Now you can prepare the classic Filipino Guinataang Sitaw at Kalabasa in the Instant Pot or any multi-cooker brand in minutes.

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The Happy Home Cook: Instant Pot Beef Caldereta

The Happy Home Cook: Instant Pot Beef Caldereta

If you’re looking for a faster way to cook and enjoy Filipino food, this Instant Pot Beef Caldereta might just be what you need.

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The Happy Home Cook: Pork Kilawin

The Happy Home Cook: Pork Kilawin

The original Ilocano Kilawen or Dinakdakan contains pork that is raw then boiled and sits in the mixture of vinegar, salt, seasonings and chilies till the meat “cooks” in the acidity, similar to the Spanish ceviche with seafood.

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The Happy Home Cook: Pork Quinoa Casserole

The Happy Home Cook: Pork Quinoa Casserole

Quinoa is a very late addition to my diet and home menu. Since being introduced to this gluten-free, protein-rich South American staple, it has become a favored item on the dining table — for myself and for occasional guests.

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The Happy Home Cook: Adobong Kangkong with Talong

The Happy Home Cook: Adobong Kangkong with Talong

Our parents and grandparents often told us stories about how food was cooked during the years of World War II in the Philippines from 1941 to 1945. Ingredients and food supplies were scarce. Dishes needed to be cooked quickly. Vegetables grown in backyards were used for quick meals. Kangkong or water spinach was often a main ingredient. This Adobong Kangkong with Talong is an improved version of what mothers used to cook back in those days.

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The Happy Home Cook: Pansit Molo (Meat and Shrimp Dumpling Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms)

The Happy Home Cook: Pansit Molo (Meat and Shrimp Dumpling Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms)

This isn’t the only way to prepare pansit molo, and this recipe intentionally does not dictate how much seasoning one should use, the exact method of preparation, or the precise results. Cooking is a deeply personal thing and we should treat it as such.

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The Happy Home Cook: Avocado Mousse with Raspberry Sauce and Lychee Granita

The Happy Home Cook: Avocado Mousse with Raspberry Sauce and Lychee Granita

One of the exciting new recipes from The New Filipino Kitchen, edited by Jacqueline Chio-Lauri

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The Happy Home Cook: Thai Beef Lettuce Wrap

The Happy Home Cook: Thai Beef Lettuce Wrap

This is a dish that I prepare for my husband, a treat that he can also share with his friends at work. He can just put the containers of minced beef and the chilled lettuce leaves on the table, all ready for everybody to wrap and roll!

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The Happy Home Cook: Tahong Especial

The Happy Home Cook: Tahong Especial

Here's a simple pulutan recipe using mussels from formerly incarcerated officers and soldiers.

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The Happy Home Cook: Beef, Tripe, and Ginger Soup with Bitter Beer (IPA Papaitan)

The Happy Home Cook: Beef, Tripe, and Ginger Soup with Bitter Beer (IPA Papaitan)

Hailing from the Ilocos region of the Northern Philippines, the bracingly bitter soup known as Papaitan is a source of local pride, and what many consider to be the ultimate Pulutan. In fact, it was a favorite of my late grandfather, Juan, who usually drank a can of Keystone alongside his Papaitan.

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