Pamela Casis

Tinolang Manok (Chicken in Ginger Broth)

I can’t wait for winter to be over! It has been unusually bitter cold this year and the snow keeps coming. My kids who normally get excited when a snowfall is in the forecast, have only played outside twice and at both times came back sooner than expected. The exact words of my little one …

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Sweet Potato Palitaw

Food waste is one of the top things that I avoid. It makes me upset every time I have to chuck food items in the bin because it’s no longer usable. Sometimes, my creative juices flow whenever I’m in the situation when I have food that’s just hanging on a thin thread before it’s no …

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Buko Pandan (Coconut-Pandan Jelly Salad)

It has been ages since the last time I had eaten fresh buko (young coconut). Oh how I miss the refreshing taste of tender coconut meat swimming in a bowl of sweet coconut water! That will surely be one of the top 10 on my “to eat” list on our next Philippine vacation.  It’s undeniable …

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Filipino Ham with Pineapple-Brown Sugar Glaze

As Christmas day nears, the homesickness becomes more intense. Missing our loved ones back home, the festivities and (of course) the food are the major thoughts that come to mind when I think of the holidays. It’s been a long time since we went to the Philippines around Christmastime and with this global pandemic, it’s …

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Loaded Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

We Pinoys (Filipinos) love to share food with our neighbors whenever there’s a special occasion. When planning a menu for Noche Buena (Christmas Eve dinner), we always factor in the “extra” servings. Spaghetti is a favorite item for sharing and a lot of times, we end up with different versions of the same dish because …

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Sopas (Filipino Chicken Macaroni Soup)

Winter is still dreadful to me though I’ve lived in North America for a long time now. My warm-weather-loving Filipino body shivers when staying outside during the colder months. Sadly, this is one thing that I don’t think I’ll ever get used to.  When the temperature starts to dip, cravings for soups and food in …

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Bistek na Bangus (Milkfish in Soy-Lemon Sauce)

We’re a family of five (hubby, myself and three kids). Now that the kids are all back to school, I’m facing a different scenario. If you’re thinking that I’m finally “free”, the answer is a resounding no. There’s a lot going on that I hardly finish the stuff I have lined up on a particular …

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Cassava Flan Cake

Before the kids were born, hubby and I were fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii. A good friend (elementary classmate) got married so it was the perfect excuse. It was also a great time to meet and reconnect with some friends who migrated to the aloha state.  Another close family friend invited us for dinner …

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How To Do Your Own Boodle Fight (It’s Easier Than You Think)

Filipinos love celebrations. Be it a simple birthday of a family member, to welcome a balikbayan who has been away for ages or the endless Christmas parties during the holidays, there’s always something worth celebrating. Close family ties are a big part of Filipino culture and food always plays an integral role. Boodle Fight was …

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Homemade Beef Tapa (Tapsilog)

This is one of my family’s favorite breakfast meals. I always serve it  with garlic-laden fried rice and a slightly crunchy bottom fried egg. A side of sliced tomatoes, spiced vinegar (for dipping) and atchara (pickled green papaya)  make this meal even better. Yummm! “Silog” meals have a very prominent spot in the Filipino breakfast …

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