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Easy Loco Moco

Here’s another breakfast treat. I know, since school let out for the summer it seems we’ve been cooking up a lot of breakfasts. This is a Hawaiian specialty and it’s a great way to use up leftover hamburgers from the night before. All it is hamburger patty, topped with brown gravy and served with steamed rice and eggs. Based on the Giblet Gravy previously posted, making gravy is really quite easy. To make this brown gravy, here is what I did: HOW TO MAKE GRAVY Get half a stick of butter (4 tablespoons) and melt it until it starts to brown and most of the solids are starting to turn brown. Add 4 tablespoons of flour (notice the amount of flour equals the amount of butter) and stir it in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: beef, breakfast, sauce

Fried Potatoes

This was last weekend’s breakfast that I think will be repeated this weekend. The girls loved the fried potatoes. In fact, last night when we had some grilled steaks, they were asking for these to go along with the steaks, but Jade had already made mashed potatoes, so I told them next time. My step-dad who was from Kentucky but raised the Southern way, introduced me and my sisters to this dish. But whenever I tried to cook it, I always ended up burning the onions before the potatoes could brown and crisp up. Finally, I came up with another way to still get the onion flavor without burning them. I usually like to use sweet onions for this recipe, but regular old brown or yellow onions work nicely too. … Read entire article »

Filed under: breakfast, Southern

Furikake for Breakfast

I went to Los Angeles last month to visit family and of course aside from the visits, lots of food was also involved. This furikake was one of them. My cousin from Japan also happened to be visiting my mom at the same time I was and she introduced me to Furikake. She brought us lots of goodies from Japan (among them a beautiful yukata), but I’ll blog more about those later. She told me that she uses this furikake in a pinch when the kids don’t like what she’s cooked for dinner. She just gives them a bowl of rice and sprinkle this on top and they’re good to go! Furikake is like a confetti of flavors. The main ingredient is usually shredded Nori, the black stuff that is used … Read entire article »

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The Best Way to Cook Bacon

Bacon is one of our favorite breakfast items and we’ve had a love/hate relationship with it over the years. Some people in my household likes them extra crispy and some like them ‘just cooked but still soft’. Over the years, we’ve had more like burnt, too hard, or not cooked enough instead. There were bacon that shriveled and there were some that got tough as hide. The round skillets were also not very bacon friendly especially when you like your bacon straight up rather than bendy. When we discovered baking bacon, we were one happy family! See, when you bake bacon it gets to be nice and crisp without being greasy and some of the center ones (where it’s not so hot) get cooked ‘just right’. What I do is line … Read entire article »

Filed under: breakfast, Cooking Tips, pork

Shrimps and Grits

Shrimp and Grits is an old Southern favorite with as many variations as there are cooks. This is my simple version. It is great as a light supper or a filling breakfast. This was a quick and easy supper for me and my husband while we were by ourself last month. … Read entire article »

Filed under: breakfast, seafood, shrimps, Southern

Homemade Pork Tocino

Homemade Pork Tocino

(Updated 1/3/2010) We love this homemade tocino recipe and so have many of our blogging friends who have tried it. There are many different versions of making Filipino tocino out there, but very few of them use cider vinegar like this one. Most of the ones I have seen online and even in most cook books only have salt and sugar as the main ingredient. I kind of like having the vinegar on mine. It’s not … Read entire article »

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Eggplant Fritata

The girls are off to summer at grandma’s house so it is just me and hubby at home again. Sometimes when we are feeling particularly lazy we cook an egg dish for a quick supper and since I am still trying to clean out the fridge of odds and ends, we decided to have this for a light supper. I only had one Japanese eggplant left in the crisper, and not much other vegetables to pair it up with so eggplant fritata it is.Since Japanese eggplants are relatively mild and thin skinned, I simply sliced them and quickly pan fried the slices in a bit of olive oil. Set them aside and scramble about 4 eggs and season with salt and pepper. Heat a couple more tablespoons of oil in … Read entire article »

Filed under: breakfast, omelets, side dishes, vegetables

What’s for brunch?

BRUNCH = is the meal that is not breakfast, not lunch, but something in between. Whether I knew it or not, I’ve always been a ‘bruncher’ because I’ve never been an early riser nor organized enough to have a decent breakfast at the appointed time. Brunch is more the time when I take my first meal; that period sometime after 9am but before noon. Peggy at What’s Cooking in Carolina asked, Breakfast or Brunch? Well, ever since I moved to North Carolina, I’ve totally embraced Southern cuisine. Well, I would probably embrace any cuisine, but hey. A girl’s gotta eat. So in our kitchen, breakfast usually means Southern or Filipino breakfast. So please indulge me as I re-post for this meme, a previous post I made last year about Southern vs. Filipino … Read entire article »

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