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Monday, June 13, 2016

Preparing Square Burgers Ahead of Time

We are moving in a couple of weeks which means that we will be super busy packing and unpacking  so I prepared some  square burgers.  It  will be easy   to throw them in the grill when I can't  prepare an elaborate meal.  Preparing  these  burgers are super easy  using my  burger press from Cavetools.  When it comes to grilling and BBQ tools, I like  Cavetools  because they have the best  tools there is  that you can find.  
I added some chopped onions, a dash of cumin, black pepper, Hawaiian sea salt, and chili powder.  I only used two pounds of ground beef , that's about an ideal weight for 6 square burger patties.  
The kids are very fond of the built-in burger dimpler if this hamburger press.  I love it too because  it makes your burger stay flat when you are grilling them.
You can  buy this with 15% Off using this code  LZEN8T4G via amazon .
The advantage of  having this burger press is  that it  keeps your patties  fresh as it seals tight and  stacks easily in the freezer.
When we bought  a quarter of beef  early this year, we  chose  a lot of ground beef cuts because that's what we use the most in cooking.  
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

How to Throw a Good Party

It can be a challenge to throw a good party. It is such a big challenge in fact that there are people who literally dedicate their entire lives to planning parties. One of the problems with throwing a party is that you can never be 100 percent sure how all of the guests are going to interact with each other.

A good party planner is going to take the time to think about the people they are going to invite, they will think about how they get along with each other, and they will work to have a good mix of people at the party. At every single party you need to have one or two people who are going to make the party move. These are people who have exuberant personalities. These are people who are going to start party games, tell jokes, and make everybody laugh. They are the life of the party.

You also need one or two people who are not going to be so exuberant. They are going to be a little bit more reserved and be there to help the host if any problems arise. These are caring individuals who are always on the lookout to see what they can do to make sure that the party functions well. They are not going to be the funniest people at the party, but they are going to be there to help with the structure of the party.

Something that a host has to remember is that their responsibility is to provide the venue, provide the food, and provide the music. However, it is up to the guests to add to the party. They are the ones who make the party work.

Many party planners have used prepared drinks or mixers such as those found at VlingMixers.com, for example, to make sure that the guests enjoy the beverages that are provided at the party. If the guests do not like the food and if they don’t like the drinks, the party is going to go nowhere.

When a party is properly planned, it seems like the planning of the party itself was effortless. The guests do not see the host stressed out. The guests cannot see the effort that was put into the party, but they enjoy it. A well planned out party is something that people will talk about for months to come. It’s a lot of work, but it is worth it. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Pan de Coco or Coconut Bread Recipe

My daughter tried to make a  coconut candy which reminds me of the  conserva I used to eat as a kid.  It did not turned out the way she  wanted it to so she  ditched the idea of consuming it.  I don't like throwing food so I thought why not  try to make pan de coco and use it as a filling.  Pan de Coco is a  popular bread  in the Philippines with coconut filling, it is basically a coconut bread.  I don't like to bake but  I kind of miss home  seeing the candy that my daughter made so I had the courage to try making this bread that I love eating when I was a kid.  The recipe is below.  If you find the filling instruction a little complicated, just use the simpler one you can find online.  My daughter wrote the  recipe for the filling.
Ingredients:
  • 3 1/2  Cups bread flour
  • ¾ Cup warm milk
  • 2 Teaspoon rapid rise yeast
  • ¼ Cup white sugar
  • 4 Egg yolks
  • ½ Tablespoon salt
  • ¾ Cup melted butter
  • Egg whites with 1 tsp of water for egg wash
Filling
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups coconut flakes

Cooking Instructions:
  • Pre heat the oven to 350°F
  • Mix together warm milk, yeast, and sugar.  Set aside,  it should be bubbly when it's ready.
  • Mix flour and salt, add melted butter and egg yolks.  Then add the yeast mixture.
  •  Using a spatula oe wooden sppon, m ix well to form a dough.  You can use mixer for this but I used my hand to mix it even though I have a mixer.
  • Turn dough into a well-floured surface and knead until soft and elastic then place the kneaded dough in a pre-greased bowl.
  • Cover with a damp waem cloth and allow to rise for 1 to  2 hours.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces,  each pieces of dough should have at least 4 rolls.
  • Form dough into a ball, flatten it  with a  rolling pin.
  • Place about 1 tablespoon of filling at the center.  Then pinch all the side together and twist to seal the edges.
  • Place pinched side down on parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Cover with cloth and let it rise  again for about 30 minutes to an  hour.
  • Bake  for about 5 minutes, brush the top with egg wash. then bake it  for another 15 minutes or until top becomes golden brown

Filling Instructions:
  • Place sugar and water into a saucepan and heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  • Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush and leave unstirred, until the syrup becomes golden (approx. 365 F).
  • Stir in milk, butter, and coconut milk, after steam goes away, mix until smooth.
  • Add a thermometer and heat until it reaches 230 F.
  • Take off of the heat and add in coconut flakes.
  • Pour into container and let cool.
Note:
-Cream can be substituted for the milk to make a richer, creamier filling.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

2-in-1 Food Chain

These photos were taken when we  had our short  road trip to the Amish  place in Ohio.  We  dropped by at this  Long John's Silver and Taco Bell joint food chain.  IN our  small city, there is no  joint place like this which I wish there is because it is neat how you Can go in one place and found two  different  chain serving different foods.  
It is always fun to document  first experience just like this one.  We often forget  it when we don't have something to look back to.
 It was beautiful inside.
 Of course, my daughter who love taco  will never pass an opportunity to have some lol.
 Opps, sorry I caught you there Anak hehehe.
 There is one establishment like this up in Robinson area in PA so we go there once in a while when we are by Robinson.  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Chocolate Chip Brownies with Coconut Shavings

 I baked a pan of brownies yesterday.  My husband has been craving for it for days but my gluten-free goodies have just arrived the other day.  So here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 1 pack Glutino gluten free pantry double chocolate brownie mix
  • 2 eggs  
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut shavings, divided into 3/4 for the  mixture and 1/4 cup for the toppings
 Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 8x8 inch pan with vegetable oil. I use this pan  so the brownie will be thin.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs for 3-2 minutes.  Gradually add dry mix.  Beat to moisten.
  • Add butter and stir until combined.
  • Fold the 3/4 cup coconut shavings and lightly mix.
  • Pour in prepared pan and sprinkle the  remaining 1/4 cup of coconut shaving on top of the mixture.
  • Then bake for 25 minutes.  
  • Put the  baked brownies in the freezer for 5-8 minutes  for easy cutting.
When my kids arrived from school, they immediately  smelled the goodness of the brownies upon entering the door and immediately went in the kitchen.  Our daughter grabbed one slice right away to satisfy her sweet  cravings.  I seldom bake  sweets so it is always a treat for them when I do once in a while.

This month's Glutino box includes lemon-flavored wafer bites, pretzel with sesame seeds, decadent chocolate cake mix, old fashioned yellow cake mix, corn bread mix. and two flavored frosted toaster pastry.   My daughter is  planning to bake  one of the cake mixes this weekend.  So far, the lemon wafers  is gone and the  sesame pretzel rings is  by far my favorite snack when blogging.    A friend of mine  told me that  gluten-free  products are somewhat yucky.  I told her that  it depends on the brand that she  would buy.  I recommended  Glutino  to her since her son is gluten intolerant.

DisclosureThe owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. I was provided with the product/s mentioned to help me facilitate this review but opinions are my own.

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