Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Finally: a recipe that makes it easy to follow our Momma’s advice about vegetables.  These chargrilled French beans with chili & garlic take plain ol’ green beans to a whole notha’ level.

She is right, you know… about veggies.  The more the better!!  Veggies are low in calories, high in fiber, filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, etc, etc, etc… ALL VEGGIES ARE SUPERFOODS!!!  So why is it that they typically get the last thought at mealtime… and the smallest corner of our plates??…

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How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a big deal in our house.  Like, we buy it in giant 2-lb jars… or, I should qualify… we ask Mark to buy it in giant 2-lb jars whenever he goes to Guam (because our summer supply has long run out)… bubble wrap it… and use 8 lbs of his luggage allowance in exchange for about a 6-week supply of peanut butter.

You can see that the numbers don’t add up.  For all Mark’s trouble & risk, we still spend a good part of the year without a decent option for peanut butter.  Most commercial brands here are full of …

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Spicy Camote Fries with Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Spicy Camote Fries with Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Who’s ready for autumn??   (My hand is flying high…)

Here in Philippines it’s not like the seasons never change… but all of them involve some variation of warm, humid weather, with either a lot of rain, or no rain.  It is the tropics after all!  But what we don’t get is that crisp, cool, leaf-scrunching weather that makes you want to put on a sweater and curl up with a bowl of pumpkin soup, a cozy flannel blanket, and a dog-earred copy of Sense & Sensibility….

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Seasoned Oven Fries

Seasoned Oven Fries

Let me talk a little about my Ma.  I wanted to post one of her recipes in honour of her upcoming birthday on December 2, when she would have turned 67.  She’s been gone a little over 9 years and I miss her every day, but more so on her birthday. But then I didn’t have the jicama for her beetroot & carrot salad (ok, she did not normally even put jicama in it, but I do, and she would have appreciated that…)  So rather than just do the pictures without it, I decided to change gears and give you another recipe entirely.  Ma would have laughed, and definitely approved!  She would have also loved these seasoned fries….

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