The cuisine of the Philippines combines flavors and cooking methods from different parts of the world. This cheese-topped, slightly sweet steamed cake is delicious as a dessert or an afternoon snack when paired with fresh fruit, chocolate, or jam.

Grease small molds for cake puto or ramekins in a steamer.

Mix flour sugar and baking powder together in a bowl.

In a separate large bowl scramble eggs with evaporated milk and water.

Fold dry mixture into eggs until evenly blended.

Fill the prepared molds 2/3 of the way up with batter and top with shredded cheese.

Fill a wok or a saucepan that will hold a steamer basket with a few inches of water.

Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat.

Place the molds into a steamer basket and place over boiling water and cover.

November 20, 2023

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Buttermilk Crumpets

Buttermilk Crumpets

Buttermilk Crumpets
This is an American rendition of a classic British crumpet made with buttermilk. Serve with your choice of savory or sweet toppings.

In a microwave-safe bowl heat buttermilk and 1/2 cup milk to about 100 degrees F (37 degrees C).

Sprinkle yeast and sugar over milk mixture stirring once.

Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam about 10 minutes.

Combine flour and salt in a large bowl.

Add yeast mixture and stir to combine forming a soft dough.

Cover and place in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.

Combine remaining 1/2 cup milk and baking soda in a small bowl.

Stir mixture into dough until incorporated.

Cover and leave for 30 minutes in a warm place.

November 19, 2023

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Blue Cheese and Grilled Pear Crostini

Blue Cheese and Grilled Pear Crostini

Blue Cheese and Grilled Pear Crostini
Blue cheese, walnuts, honey, and grilled pear slices come together in this simple crostini appetizer that is sure to impress your guests.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

Slice pears into half-moons.

Cook pears on the preheated grill until nicely browned about 5 minutes per side.

Set aside.

Cut blue cheese slices into 8 equal pieces.

Spread cream cheese over bread slices.

Top with grilled pear slices and blue cheese.

Sprinkle with walnuts mint and pepper.

Drizzle with honey.

November 18, 2023

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Joanna’s Nut Roll

Joanna's Nut Roll

Joanna’s Nut Roll
A vintage recipe for yeast-raised nut rolls yields 6 of the golden brown, nutty treats. Honey keeps the sweet filling moist.

Heat 2 cups of milk in a saucepan over low heat until the milk just comes to a simmer; remove from heat and let cool.

Mash the cake yeast with the warm water in a bowl and set aside.

November 17, 2023

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Grilled Chicken with Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salsa
This quick and simple recipe serves two people and tops grilled chicken breasts with a tasty salsa made from heirloom tomatoes, red onion, and avocado.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

Combine onion powder garlic powder cumin salt pepper and chili powder in a small bowl.

Sprinkle chicken with spice mixture and rub until evenly coated.

Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Arrange chicken on the preheated grill and grill for 8 minutes.

Turn and grill until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear about 4 more minutes.

An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Remove chicken from the grill and drizzle with remaining olive oil.

Let stand for 10 minutes.

November 16, 2023

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Tortiera di Alici (Italian Baked Anchovies)

Tortiera di Alici (Italian Baked Anchovies)

Tortiera di Alici (Italian Baked Anchovies)
In this baked Italian dish called Tortiera de Alici, fresh anchovies alternate with a mixture of bread crumbs, capers, garlic, and parsley.

Each anchovy’s bottom should be cut open, and the bone should be removed.

Place each fillet in the bottom of a shallow dish after opening it like a book.

On top, drizzle white vinegar.

Refrigerate for two hours while marinating.

Vinegar should be drained and discarded.

Set oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees C).

Olive oil should be lightly brushed on a baking pan.

In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs, capers, parsley, and garlic.

November 15, 2023

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Grilled Fresh Green Beans

Grilled Fresh Green Beans

Grilled Fresh Green Beans
On summer grilling nights, fresh green beans are combined with onions, bacon, and mushrooms for a flavorful side dish.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

Combine green beans onion and bacon in a bowl.

Drizzle olive oil over green beans mixture and season with seasoning blend; stir to coat.

Transfer green beans mixture to a grilling basket or wok.

Place green beans mixture on the preheated grill and cook stirring every 10 minutes until tender about 30 minutes.

Add mushroom to green beans mixture and cook until tender about 10 minutes more.

November 14, 2023

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Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
These meaty, flavorful mushrooms are gussied up with olive oil, bits of red pepper, garlic, and onion powder, then grilled to perfection.

Preheat grill for medium heat.

In a large bowl mix the red bell pepper garlic oil onion powder salt and ground black pepper.

Spread mixture over gill side of the mushroom caps.

Lightly oil the grill grate.

Place mushrooms over indirect heat cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

November 13, 2023

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Ukha (Russian Fish Soup)

Ukha (Russian Fish Soup)

Ukha (Russian Fish Soup)
In this Russian fish soup, white fish fillet cubes are simmered with potatoes, onions, parsley, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Put water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.

Add the potatoes onion and parsley.

Heat for 10 to 15 minutes and add the fish.

Heat for 10 more minutes then squeeze in lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.

November 12, 2023

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Turkey Giblet Gravy

Turkey Giblet Gravy

Turkey Giblet Gravy
Turkey giblets and savory pan drippings from your roasted turkey make the most delicious turkey gravy to drizzle over all your Thanksgiving sides!

In a saucepan, combine the turkey giblets neck and 4 cups water.

Bring to a boil.

Simmer for about an hour on low heat, or until broth is reduced to 3 cups.

When straining the broth, save 1/2 cup of the giblets.

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water and stir until smooth.

Turkey drippings and strained broth are combined in a saucepan over medium heat.

Mixture of cornstarch should be whisked in before boiling.

Chop the giblets finely while the broth is coming to a boil.

Turn down the heat, add salt and black pepper to the gravy, and stir in the chopped giblets and hard-boiled egg.

Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the gravy thickens.

November 11, 2023

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