• Desserts

    Turon with Cream Cheese

    In celebration of the National Fritters Day on December 2, I made our Filipino banana fritter called “turon.” Turon is a favorite dessert or snack here in the Philippines and to make it a little more special, I added cream cheese to the recipe. It brings me back to my childhood where I would usually buy banana fritters from my friend’s mom and snack up on it as we play under the trees in our garden. I don’t exactly know why this is called turon in the Philippines. A turron (Spanish) or torrone (Italian) is a nougat confection made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted nuts. I’m guessing…

  • Appetizer

    Stuffed Prunes With Bacon

    This is the first recipe installment for my entry to Foodbuzz’s 24×24 this November. If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know that I just hosted a Thanksgiving dinner called “Beyond Turkey, A Modern Thanksgiving Dinner” where I served stuffed prunes with bacon as appetizer. Truth is, the dish wasn’t what I had in mind when I submitted my proposal. I really wanted to make Moules A La Mariniere. However, as soon as my proposal got accepted, we were placed on a Red Tide alert and eating shellfish such as clams and mussels became a big no-no. Goodbye Moules A La Mariniere then 😛 I didn’t realize that it may…

  • Appetizer,  Breads

    Cream Cheese Bruschetta with Blueberry Compote

    This is the appetizer I served for the mid-afternoon party of my office friends. I was really pressured but I’m so glad they liked what I served them! *whew* Due to time constraints, I was not able to take pictures and instead, requested friends to let me grab theirs.  I was in a rush the whole day, trying to get things done without skipping work. TAKE NOTE: I didn’t skip work and yet I served my dishes right on time baby! Anyhow, here goes…

  • Baked Goodies

    Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Tangy Cream Cheese Calamansi Sauce

    I baked again tonight for no apparent reason. I just happened to crave for Cookbook Kitchen‘s decadent chocolate cake with warm caramel sauce. With nothing to do but wait for hubby from work, I grabbed my apron and raided our pantry. Nice, I still have the ingredients for a chocolate cupcake recipe! My only problem was that I didn’t have anything for a caramel sauce. I thought I’d go a little adventurous then and pair chocolate with something citrus… Hmm, not a lemon… Not a lime either.. But Calamansi (also called Calamondin) 🙂

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