Monday, October 26, 2009

Shrimp Boil

Previously, I posted some pics and recipes on how we cooked Louisiana crab and shrimp boil. We were in LA at that time and a family member prepared it. One night, hubby and I tried a shrimp boil. And of course, we used the secret ingredient that is used in many seafood recipes which is Zatarain's Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil - In a Bag. It was easy and quick. We used one bag even if we had only a few shrimp. It tased good and we had a nice shrimp dinner.
The direction on how to use the bag is written on its package. So it is easy to follow. Just boil the bag and add the seafood you want to boil.


Walmart’s Parent’s Choice Infant Formula: 2 Cans for $10

For all mommies and mommies-to-be out there like me, this is a deal that we should never miss. Walmart is offering special cans of a store brand formula, Parent’s Choice Infant Formula, on sale. I told my husband about it and he seemed interested too. I can't wait to let my friends know too. Store-brand formulas, which are labeled with the names of retail-store brands, are as nutritionally equivalent to name-brand formulas. It will be my safe alternative if in case I ran out of breast milk. I am not sure yet if I have enough breast milk for my little one soon so it would be best to be prepared. Available exclusively at Walmart, special cans of the store brand For a limited time, Parent’s Choice Infant Formula is available as a special buy: parents can buy two cans for just $10!

· Parent’s Choice Milk Infant Formula is on sale in a 15.5 oz (440 gram) can for $5.00 each.
· Parent’s Choice Gentle Infant Formula for babies with fussiness or gas is on sale in a special 12.9 oz (366 gram) can for $5.00 each. For more information, you can visit their website.

All infant formulas marketed in the United States are subject to the same exacting standards of the FDA, pursuant to the Infant Formula Act of 1980 and the subsequent LSRO report commissioned by FDA in 1998. This legislation vested FDA with the authority to ensure that all infant formulas sold in the United States meet minimum and maximum nutrient specifications.

This information is now more important than ever for many mothers because of changes in the Women, Infants and Children program. A friend of mine informed me about the changes they made. As of October 1, 2009, a new WIC initiative aimed at increasing breastfeeding rates among families reallocates funding for all currently provided foods, including infant formula, baby foods, juices, and fresh fruits and vegetables. This program could mean a reduction of up to 20 percent in infant-formula subsidies; parents who previously had most of their formula paid for by WIC may now have to purchase formula on their own. This would be our chance to buy infant formulas in lesser price. So inform other mommies out there and don't miss this chance to be able to save for our little ones.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry


A simple yet tasty recipe that you will surely love. One of the delicious recipes that Taste of Home Recipe Book has published. Hubby likes it so I never get tired cooking it using a variety of ingredients. This time around, I used young corn cobs since I ran out of the other vegetables. It has the same great taste and I like the crunchiness of the corn cobs.
1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple tidbits
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium green pepper, julienned
1 medium tomato, cut into wedges
Hot cooked rice
Drain pineapple, reserving the juice; set pineapple aside. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and reserved juice until smooth. Stir in the vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce and ginger; set aside.
In a wok or large skillet, stir-fry the chicken in 2 tablespoons oil for 5-6 minutes or until juices run clear; sprinkle with garlic salt. Remove and keep warm. Stir-fry the carrots in remaining oil for 4 minutes. Add green pepper; cook and stir until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add the chicken and pineapple.
Stir pineapple juice mixture; pour into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Add the tomato wedges. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup stir-fry mixture (prepared with reduced-sodium soy sauce; calculated without rice) equals 283 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 492 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fruit, 1 fat.

Taste of Home August/September 2003, p19

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pilipit

It was a friend's birthday (Ate Olga) when I first tried the Pilipit. It is a Filipino kakanin or snacks similar to Syakoy but it is sticky to chew. It tasted good though and I had wanted more. Nanay, Olga's mother, showed us how to cook it. She used kalamay or brown sugar for the caramel, which the pilipit was dipped after it was fried.

2 cups flour
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
oil for deep frying
brown sugar or kalamay (optional)

Mix and sift dry ingredients. Beat egg and add to milk.

Add sifted dry ingredients and knead until smooth.

Make very long thick roll and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.

Roll each piece to 4 inches long and twist to bring ends together.

Deep fry in hot oil; when brown, remove and dip in thick syrup, if desired. Caramelize brown sugar as your syrup.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

A Great Deal On A Tissot Watch


Are you looking for a great deal on a Tissot watch? TheWatchery.com can help you. They have an incredible selection of Tissot watches for you to choose from. They have men and women's watches with variations. If you are looking for a perfect gift for a friend, a family member or a love one, you should consider these watches. They are currently slashing their prices so low because they have this their Halloween super sale. So it is a good time to buy a watch for your someone special on his birthday or a Christmas gift on Christmas day. These watches are 100% authentic with serial numbers and that means it is worth paying for. I would love to receive a watch on my birthday, it will be next year. I like collecting watches and wearing different brands occasionally. How I wish my husband will give me a Tissot watch. He gave me different brands before but I don't remember if I have one of these already. It is alright if I don't have it, I still have nice working watches. Someday, I will be able to buy one at The Watchery. By the way, they are not only selling Tissot watches but also selling other brands. Visit the website and check the other brands of watches.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Leche Flan

I tried the flan here in US but nothing beats the taste of the filipino leche flan. I still like it best! A friend of mine always prepare this dessert everytime we have a gathering and everybody loves it. Here's a recipe from CafeMunchkin which is quite similar to the one I love. When you make this, be sure to make more than one serving or tray. Just double or triple the amount of ingredients for you to have enough or more for your visitors to taste. I bet, they will take home some.


3 egg yolks
2 whole eggs
1 can condensed milk
half a condensed milk can of water
a few drops of vanilla (optional)
lemon rind (optional)
1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water for the caramel

PROCEDURE

1. Caramelize the sugar on a heavy-bottomed stainless pan. Let this video be your guide. Once you’ve got the sugar caramelized to a nice golden amber, coat the bottom of your pan and maybe a little of the sides as well, with the caramel.
2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
3. Whisk some more until the ingredients are well blended. Avoid bubbles!
4. Strain the mixture then transfer to your pan.
5. Cover the pan with aluminum oil and place it on the steamer.
6. Steam for 45-60 minutes, testing for doneness with a toothpick. Alternatively, you can cook your leche flan in the oven. Place the pan on a water bath and bake at 350F. Test for doneness at 45 minutes. This may take a wee bit longer.
7. When it’s done, let cool then chill in the refrigerator.

Breast Milk vs Infant Formula

I have known since I was a kid that breast milk is best for babies. Medical and scientific communities agree to that. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes breast milk as the gold standard in infant nutrition. That is why I am planning to breast feed my baby. I am hoping to have enough milk for him. Infant formula is an alternative for me but I do prioritize breast milk over it. Although companies tout their formula brands as offering the same benefits as breast milk, but none do. Infant formula is safe for babies, but more people need to know the truth behind this breast-milk substitute, especially when coping with guilt.

According to Dr. Barbara Levine of Weill Cornell Medical College, many women are unable to breastfeed for the duration of the first twelve months, especially if they are on medication, have multiple births, or must return to work during these difficult economic times. These moms often experience feelings of guilt if they choose not breastfeed, so they purchase expensive formula. But very few really know the truth about infant formula. I knew some moms who did choose the later. They said formulas were really expensive but they had no choice because they didn't produce enough breast milk for their babies. “Buying a heavily marketed, expensive, brand-name infant formula from a big pharmaceutical company does not get your baby any closer to human breast milk than a
store brand formula,” added Dr. Levine. “Mothers can choose to supplement their breast milk with any formula because all formulas are regulated by FDA and nutritionally equivalent.”

The store-brand message is set to become even more important for many mothers because of changes in the Women, Infants and Children program. My friend who applied for WIC told me too about the changes. As of October 1, 2009, a new WIC initiative aimed at increasing breastfeeding rates among families reallocates funding for all currently provided foods, including infant formula, baby foods, juices, and fresh fruits and vegetables. This program could mean a reduction of up to 20 percent in infant-formula subsidies; parents who previously had most of their formula paid for by WIC may now have to purchase formula on their own. As for me, I'll try my best to have enough breast milk for my little one but I'll still consider infant formula too. I am due next year.


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Friday, October 2, 2009

Crab and Shrimp Boil

Hubby and I went to his hometown in Louisiana last August of this year. We attended his father's funeral as well meet his family, my in-laws for the first time. It was my first time in LA and I had a great time. We had a crab and shrimp feast. Hubby and I learned to eat the shelled goodies and we enjoyed it even if we only ate a few compared to the expert ones. We had a great time.
New Orleans has its own way of cooking the shellfish. We filipinos have our own way too. We cook it with coconut milk or with water alone with salt and spices. With them, they use a crab, crawfish and shrimp crab boil seasoning. It was good but different taste from what I was used to.

The crab and shrimp were cooked separately. All the ingredients were added to the boiling water and cooked. We had the crab first added with sliced lemons, whole onions (cleaned) and pieces of whole garlic. You can add as many as you want, the more onions and garlic, the better it tastes. The crab along with the other ingredients were then strained and served to our table covered with newspaper.
The boil which was used by the crab was then heated again for the shrimp and the rest of the ingredients like the potatoes, corn in the cob, hot links or sausages, lemons, onions, garlic, whole cauliflower and mushrooms. You can add other vegetables that you like. Everything was cleaned and added whole aside from the sliced onions, lemons and sausages in halves. The shrimp and the rest of the ingredients were strained again and served hot.

Free Coupons Online

In this tough economy, who doesn't want free coupons? Hubby and I even buy a coupon book for $10 every year just for us to save. I would love to have free coupons instead of buying it. There are a lot of coupons online which we can get for free. It would be nice to save money when to buy expensive things needed for a certain time like this coming holloween. If you are looking for coupons for that, buy costumes have some online. They are giving away coupons too. Just visit the link and save using the coupons they have for us. I might want one so I can get a costume for the holloween for less.

Tomato Basil Penne Pasta

Frugatti's Italian Restaurant is one of my favorite places here in Bakersfield to eat out. They have delicious pasta and mouth-watering desserts which I love most. I like their penne pasta and their pasta alfredo. I was trying to cook it with allrecipes.com's recipe. Try it too and serve this delicious Tomato Basil Penne Pasta to your dinner table for your love ones to enjoy.


1 (8 ounce) package penne pasta
1 tablespoon basil oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil

DIRECTIONS
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Cook pasta in boiling water until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.
Heat basil and olive oils in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook garlic in oil until soft. Add tomatoes, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in pepperjack, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. When cheese begins to melt, mix in cooked penne pasta. Season with fresh basil.

Cook's note:
Use 2 tablespoons olive oil if basil oil is unavailable.

Website Hosting For My Kitchen Blog

Another year has come and it is time to renew again or choose another host for web hosting. I am not sure if I will stick to my current host but so far, it didn't give me any problems at all. I might be using the same if I can't find a cheaper one. I will try to visit webhostinggeeks.com again and search there for the best web hosts for me. The site has web hosting reviews and ratings which are beneficial for web users like me. Last time, GoDaddy, which is my host, was on the top ten of their rank. I think for this year, they still are on the list. I am glad for that so I don't have to spend more time looking for the best host for me. At least I have something to hang on with. If you are interested with web hosting services and planning to have your blogs or websites hosted, you should visit the site. They have a blog page too which posts are very informative. One of the posts talks about the cost of web hosting and how to reduce it. There are still more for me and for you to read on. So if you are looking right now for a web host, click the link now and start searching. Webhostinggeeks website is trying its best to extend help and share information relevant to bloggers like me.

Salsa Ranchero


I love salsa to my chips! One of my favorites is the salsa ranchera. Actually, there are a lot of mexican salsa. And I like it all almost. I am a salsa lady. I consume more salsa than the chips and it might be better right? Tomatoes are good but not the salt though. Anyway, preparing a salsa is easy. You may use a blender or just slice the ingredients up. Enjoy this delicious salsa ranchera Mexican recipe from mixgrocer.com!

2 tomatoes
1/2 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of oil
serrano chile as desired
oregano as desired
the juice of half a lime
salt

Submerge the tomatoes in boiling water for a few seconds. Peel them, dice them and put them in what will be your salsa bowl. Chop up the onion, chili, and garlic and mix with the tomato.Add the oil and the lime juice and sprinkle with oregano.

Jack's Quest: A Holloween Adventure

Halloween Adventure - Jacks Quest


I just registered and submitted my Holloween photo at Jack's Quest website. Jack is the spokes person for HalloweenAdventure.com, Masquerade LLC and their operations. He'd love to invite all the people from all over the United States to tell and show us their Adventures from the last Halloween Season. I did share a bit of mine and I will add more. America will vote on them and the best adventures will win! Hopefully, I'll be lucky. I admit that my Holloween costume last year was so simple. I even didn't have a make-up. At least I wore a costume though since it was my first time ever celebrating holloween here in US. So it was quite memorable. Hubby and I spent our holloween adventure at Kern County Museum where the Safe Holloween activity was held. I was with my friend's family, Wrapshell. We had a great time and I felt like a kid again. Hubby wore a costume too. Actually, I bought it online three days before the holloween. I was not sure before if we needed a costume but for my own sake, hubby wanted me to try one on. He did wear one for me. For this year, I will make my costume more colorful. That means, I'll add up color to my face, wear make-ups and would experiment something for my costume. I don't want to buy a costume for this year even if I get cheaper ones online because it would be difficult, I guess. I will be 6 months pregnant so I will just find something comfortable for me in my closet. The make-up will work for sure. As for you guys, you can Buy Halloween Costumes Online or in a Halloween Store Near You. You can find cheaper ones but nice, try to fit it on and rock on this year's Holloween. Don't forget to add your adventures at Jack's Quest website.

Igado

At first, I was wondering what Igado was. I was not familiar with it since it is an Ilokano dish. It is similar to adobo though which I am very familiar with. Igado is made up of pork meat, liver, heart and kidney. You may use all meat if you don't want the internal organs. It tastes good with liver though. I like it.

1/2 k. pork, slice thinly
1/4 k. liver, slice thinly, marinate in 1/4 c. vinegar
1/4 k. heart and kidney, slice thinly, if available
1 medium size onion, chopped
1/2 head garlic, chopped
1 small can chick peas
1/2 c. vinegar
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 tbsp. peppercorns
sugar
salt

In a casserole, sauté garlic and onions. Add pork, soy sauce stir cook until golden brown. Add vinegar, lower heat and cook uncovered for 3-5 minutes. Add 3 c. water, peppercorns and bay leaf simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pork is tender. Add in liver and cook for another 5-10 minutes or until sauce thickens and almost dry. Season with salt and sugar to taste. Add chick peas and cook for another 1 minute. Serve with a lot of rice.
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Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel’s Cooking School Weekend

I just learned about the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel’s Cooking School Weekend recently. This will be held on October 16th and 17th of this year. That would be a few weeks from now. How I wish I can go to Branson too and experience the accommodation of the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. I heard that the place is really amazing plus the exciting activities that the hotel is holding especially the Cooking School Weekend. Imagine, guests will be welcomed upon arrival to sumptuous Wine Tasting Reception followed by a cooking demonstration with the Hotel’s very own Chef Nathan. I would love to go and learn from him as he teaches participants how to prepare the appetizers served at the Wine Tasting. Also, Saturday evening participants will experience a lavish four-course dinner paired with appropriate wines. They will learn too how to prepare the featured meal the following morning. That would be great! If you are interested, you may check their one-of-a-kind package that includes deluxe accommodations at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel for two people which is a Friday and Saturday evening stay all for just $398.00 plus tax for both nights! I haven't been there in Hilton yet but I heard that it is situated within the electrifying entertainment capital of the Midwest in Branson, Missouri. The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel offers guests access to shops, boutiques, restaurants, a river walk and other attractions. Isn't it cool? If I have the chance to get there, I would never waste my opportunity to explore the place and enjoy the things that they offer. Not only will you experience the pampered luxury that only Hilton – the first name in hospitality – has to offer, but you’ll have easy access different attractions when you’re not enjoying the splendors of your wine tasting and four-course meals. The lakes, museums, theme parks and 49 live entertainment theaters are also located nearby. So be part of the action at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel now.Post?slot_id=