The Happy Home Cook: No-Churn Ube Ice Cream

The Happy Home Cook: No-Churn Ube Ice Cream

A smuggled summer treat from Budapest's Barako Kávéház

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The Happy Home Cook: Binagoongang Adobo (Adobo in Shrimp Paste)

The Happy Home Cook: Binagoongang Adobo (Adobo in Shrimp Paste)

It has never occured to me that I can enjoy two popular Filipino dishes — binagoongan and adobo — fused into what I initially thought was an odd single recipe.

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The Happy Home Cook: Instant Pot Pork Pata Tim

The Happy Home Cook: Instant Pot Pork Pata Tim

These days, in my American kitchen, I have very little time to put together a home-cooked Pinoy dish. But with the current favorite appliance, the Instant Pot, these chunks of meat cooked in less than an hour. The pork pieces were fall-off-the-bone tender and the sweet-salty, fragrant sauce swirling around was as marvelous as mom’s cooking used to be.

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The Happy Home Cook: Ampalaya [Bittermelon] Braised with Beef

The Happy Home Cook: Ampalaya [Bittermelon] Braised with Beef

Enjoy this classic bittermelon dish.

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The Happy Home Cook: Garlic Cloves Adobo With Mushroom

The Happy Home Cook: Garlic Cloves Adobo With Mushroom

If you’re familiar with Filipino cuisine, you sure have heard about and tried the adobo in all its variations: chicken, pork, squid, mushroom, peanuts,  you name it. But an adobo whose main ingredient are garlic cloves? It’s not for the faint of heart but it’s definitely good for the heart.

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The Happy Home Cook: Cabalen Maki

The Happy Home Cook: Cabalen Maki

Enjoy this Filipino fusion dish from Iceland

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The Happy Home Cook: Swabeng Spareribs

The Happy Home Cook: Swabeng Spareribs

Another sizzler from the soldier’s kitchen

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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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