The Happy Home Cook: Pasta with Crab Paste - Taba ng Talangka

The Happy Home Cook: Pasta with Crab Paste - Taba ng Talangka

Traditionally, we enjoy taba ng talangka on steamed white rice and sprinkled with kalamansi, the Filipino lime. This time, I went a step further and added the savory crab paste to pasta, sprinkled the citrus and garnished it with tart slices of green mango. The results were amazing and it was an easy dish to put together.

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The Happy Home Cook: Kamatis-Tokwa with Shrimps Guisado

The Happy Home Cook: Kamatis-Tokwa with Shrimps Guisado

The abundance of tomatoes during summer inspired me to cook this Kamatis-Tokwa with Shrimps Guisado. This is one of the easiest sides to make and pair with any Filipino or Asian meal.

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The Happy Home Cook: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

The Happy Home Cook: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Nora Daza’s take on a classic cake.

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The Happy Home Cook: Leche Flan with a Vietnamese Touch

The Happy Home Cook: Leche Flan with a Vietnamese Touch

I'm cooking for some friends, and my menu includes Leche Flan. Here is my favorite Leche Flan Recipe, which has coconut milk.  The coconut milk seems to make the texture smoother. 

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The Happy Home Cook: Ginataang Langka (Young Jackfruit in Coconut Milk)

The Happy Home Cook: Ginataang Langka (Young Jackfruit in Coconut Milk)

“Young Jackfruit in Coconut Milk” involves very few ingredients and simple cooking methods. Yet, the result is extremely satisfying, rich, and comforting.

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The Happy Home Cook: Tablea Chocolate, Cashew and Coconut Cake

The Happy Home Cook: Tablea Chocolate, Cashew and Coconut Cake

This recipe for an incredibly rich and moist chocolate cake was inspired by and adapted from a recipe featured on Pati Jinich’s show on PBS, Pati’s Mexican Table.

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The Happy Home Cook: Linguini and Clams

The Happy Home Cook: Linguini and Clams

Author Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard shares her linguini and clams recipe.

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The Happy Home Cook: Risotto with Shiitake, Chinese Sausage and Chicken Livers

The Happy Home Cook: Risotto with Shiitake, Chinese Sausage and Chicken Livers

This is an update of one of the recipes I submitted to the Campbell Soup Recipe Contest in the late 80s. I had forgotten about those recipes until recently when I came across them in a faded folder!

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The Happy Home Cook: Mango Refrigerator Cake

The Happy Home Cook: Mango Refrigerator Cake

We can proudly say that the Philippines has perhaps the best mangoes in the world. The month of May reminds me of the sweet, ripe mangoes, summers and fiesta time in our home country. Here in America, I find an abundance of mangoes in the markets from April to late July. It’s a good excuse to whip up the mango recipes I learned from my mother.

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The Happy Home Cook: Beef Bourguignon

The Happy Home Cook: Beef Bourguignon

This is one of my favorite recipes. I like to fix this for a large crowd. I can prepare it ahead of time and warm it up before the guests arrive. I serve it with rice, salad, and perhaps a ham or salmon as well.  The recipe below serves 6 or so, and when I fix for a larger group, I have to triple the recipe.

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