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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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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