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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stuffed Bell Peppers

As I was doing my morning walk in the treadmill yesterday, I was thinking of what to cook for dinner. I remember   the left over crab meat from our dinner the previous night.  I still don't have solid idea what to cook it with though because it was only a little.  Then a crazy idea popped into my head "What if I incorporate the crab meat into a ground beef and stuff the  red bell peppers that we bought  recently?"  I wasn't sure if it would turn out okay because it was an odd combination but it's always fun to  experiment in the kitchen.  

Here's what I've used:
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. crab meat
  • a handful of chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp crushed hot peppers
  • 2 tbsp Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 quart home made tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (you will need this to top the stuffed pepper when it is cooked)
Procedure:
  • Cut the peppers in half and  remove the seeds.  I normally remove the stem of the peppers but this time, I left it on there.  The green color just adds color  and it makes it more beautiful.
  • Mixed all the ingredients well and  stuff each pepper halves.
  • Lay it on a baking dish, I always use my pie pan for everything (lol).
  • Add the  tomato sauce
  • Baked it in a 350 degrees heat for one hour
  • When it is done, put the cheese on top of each stuffed peppers and  return it in the oven  just enough to melt the cheese.

It would be easier to just use the ready-mixed Italian sausage but since I did not have it in my fridge and I wanted to do a little experiment, I went with my instinct to just go and  have fun with it.  I  was skeptical to add the crab because my husband doesn't like crabs.   It was a bold decision but guess what, it paid off because he loved it!  He said that there's something different about the dish but he loved it!  Shhhh, I didn't tell him I added crabs in it, lol!
He even ate the left over with  spaghetti noodles!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Baked Potato Hash

After one week of school, both of my Burritos have sore throats already (sigh). Sickness is what I am not fond of when the kids goes back to school.  No matter how  you prepped their immune system during the summer time, sickness still hits them as soon as the school starts... 

I made a hearty breakfast for them to boost their immune system and somehow kick the sickness away.  Right now, my daughter is fevered so we gave her some meds.
Baked potato hash,  scrambled eggs, and cantaloupe  is what we had this morning.  The scrambled egg has some  cheese, parsley salt and pepper.

I baked my hash this time.  Ingredients are  chopped sausages, green bell pepper, onion, salt, pepper, and steak seasoning.  You can add some  cheese at the last minutes of the baking.  I baked it for 50 minutes and it was delicious.  Even my daughter is sick, she ate the whole thing that I put in her plate.
Here's the men chugging their lemon water.

I hope that my princess will feel better soon.  

Technical Support for a Website

When it comes to technical  issue  about  a website, I am not the person to ask because I am not techie and my  know how is very limited.  A colleague asked some help about her   website issue but I couldn't help her because I really don't know what to do.  I keep my domains from Blogger platform/Google because it is easier, I don't want to  deal with the technical aspect of it.  With Google, all I have to do is pay for the due during the year and that's it, I don't have to worry about transferring  or  getting codes and stuff like that.  

Smoked Salmon with Salsa for Breakfast

Yesterday was another busy weekend at home, cleaning, doing laundry, cooking, and doing some repairs.  I bought a pack of smoked salmon  at Wholey's  a couple of weeks ago and  prepared it for breakfast yesterday.  I baked it for twenty minutes but it was still half frozen when I took it out so I  decided to pan fry it in big  chunks.
We ate it with steamed rice, and cucumber, scallion, and  tomato salsa with soy sauce.  Hubby, the kids, and I  all loved it.  Of all the smoked fish that we had, the salmon is  by far our favorite.  It's a little pricey but it's worth every penny.  We plan to buy   some again when we go to strip District in Pittsburgh.

Salsa

Do you know how to "do" salsa?  I can make salsa but can't do the salsa dance hehehe.  My poor feet are both left so I have no rhythm at all.   But anyway, I wish I could have some of the professional's salsa lessons santa monica.  It would be so nice to learn how to dance especially ballroom dancing.  How about you, do you think you can dance and do some salsa?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

General Tso's Chicken

I found and bought  some General Tso's chicken seasoning mix at Giant Eagle's Farmer's Market the last time we went there.  Yesterday, I tried  to make   the  menu  through following the recipe at the back of the seasoning mix with a little twist (yep, that is me, I always change recipe)
Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup flour (I used tempura flour)
  • 1 lb. chicken, cut into chunks (I only used two medium sized chicken breasts)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (I used  honey, instead)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 pck of General Tso's Chicken seasoning mix

Preparations:
  • Add flour to resealable  plastic food bag (I used  mixing bowl).  Add chicken  chunks and seal.  Shake bag to coat chicken evenly (I did this  step using my hands to coat the chicken). 
  • Combine seasoning, sugar (honey),  soy sauce, water.  Blend and set aside. 
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot.  Add flour coated chicken and cook until evenly brown.
  • Stir sauce mixture and add to skillet with chicken. 
  • Bring sauce to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until desired consistency
I garnished it with chopped scallions
The Verdict:  My husband loved it, he said it's like eating at a Chinese  restaurant.

The only problem he said is that "It made him  ate two plates and it ruined his diet portioning" lol.    Over all, I am satisfied with the authentic Asian taste that I found in cooking this meal through the help of the seasoning mix that I bought.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Baked Confetti Salmon Cake

So I was curled up in our couch  in agony  due to  cramps and thinking what to cook for dinner. Suddenly a sound "ding" came into my brain and had this  idea to make a salmon cake. I bought salmon the other day from the store thinking of grilling it but since I have a dysmenorrhea, I thought of making my job a little easier.

So here's what I came up with. Pardon if my recipe are not  that precise, I cook whatever I feel would make a good tasting dish and whatever  ingredients I have in the fridge and in my garden. So here it goes:

Ingredients: You can ad whatever ingredients you want, this is just what I use with mine.

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 frozen lemon grass (optional)
  • 1/2 cup  miracle whip (you can use mayo)
  • 1 medium size onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp chopped Italian parsley (fresh from the pot)
  • scallion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp, chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 small carrots, shredded
  • 1 tbsp, tartar sauce
  • 1/2 cup  Italian bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. shredded ginger


Procedure:
  • Boil one cup of water, put the lemon, and and salt.  Add the salmon when the water is boiling.  Or you can just  cook the salmon in water and salt. I just ad lemon grass because I love the earthiness aroma of it and it somehow eliminates the fishy smell of the salmon.
  • While the salmon is cooking,  mix all the ingredients up in a bowl.
  • When the salmon is cooked, remove the skin and shred it into desired  chunks/pieces.
  • Add it to the mixture.
You can fry  them or bake them. I pan-fried some for the kids and baked the rest in 350 degrees heat for 40 minutes.   Make sure to spray the foil or baking sheet with  oil spray so the salmon cake won't stick.

I would say, I love the  baked ones more, it got crispier and it does not have oil in it, a lot healthier. Hubby and I ate ours with my kohlrabi achara, rice, and some blanched beans while the kids ate theirs with vegetable and fruit salsa (cucumbers, tomatoes, and  strawberries with  soy sauce).
We had a pretty good diner tonight.  Another success menu in my kitchen. There are different kinds of recipe for confetti  salmon cake but this is my take based on the ingredients I have gathered in my  fridge.

Friday, August 15, 2014

i-Student-Life

My daughter is officially registered/enrolled to the music program in Doquesne University in Pittsburgh. She will be attending classes every Saturday. This year will be a busy year for her because of this and I hope that it won't affect her grades.  She is excited and at the same time nervous but we told her to just enjoy the moment and the learning  while she can.  We will be going to  the campus  sometime this month to pay her tuition and also to pick up the books she will have to use during the  Fall semester.

Since my husband will be driving her  to the University every Saturday, he  decided to  enroll in the University's Leadership Program Graduate course. One of the requirements that he had to  comply with is a  four hundred word essay explaining why he wanted to pursue the degree.   I know that it won't be hard for him to write an essay but knowing that he is a bit of a perfectionist, I know that it would take him  time to finish the said essay.  My husband can write  really god but most of the times, he over thinks stuff. He would write a very long  paragraph and when he proofreads it,  it would end up just a sentence or two.  It's just the way he is.  He wants everything to be perfect but by doing so, he struggles.

The good thing about students these days are the  resources that they can find online, in short, i-Student-life is a lot easier.   If you are struggling to  write an essay, just look it up on the Internet and you will find  a lot of  resources that can help you. I wish that I could have used some of these resources when I was  writing my thesis back in Graduate School. It could have been a lot easier.  I admit, it  was a huge struggle for me because my resources were very limited. I remember when the  panelist  were grilling me during my defense but glad that I successfully finished it, passed the defense stages and graduated.  What funny is, I can't even use  the degree I have since I chose to be a stay at home Mom. But, I guess I benefit from it since I do  online gigs from time to time and I  am using what I learned in school. I am not the best writer there is but I think I can  deliver my point across (I hope I do, lol).
  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Boonie Peppers

This kind of pepper is  very common in the Philippines.  It is called Siling Labuyo in there.  This is believed to be the most spicy among the peppers.  MY husband said that this grows wild in Guam and they cal it Boonie peppers.  A friend of mine gave this plant to me last year and I thought that it was going to die during the winter because of  lack of sunshine but it survived.  I put it by our window where the sunlight can  come in.  
It has so many blooms and they are starting to ripe. I remember what my father would always do when we have a lot of this.  He would put  them in a vinegar with salt and it last for a very long time.  This is my  father's favorite pepper.  For every bite of food he ate, there is one  of this peppers in it.  

I did the same technique that  Papa  had before.  Let us see if  this would last.  I love spicy food and hubby does too but now, hubby  is kind of allergic to spicy food.  He gets blister inside o his mouth when he eats very spicy which bums him out because he loves spicy food.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back-to-School Personalized Lunchboxes

As I have mentioned in  my daughter's blog, my son also got a personalized lunchbox from I See Me.  I am extra grateful when a company sends me two of their products  especially if their children's products because  I have two kids that are very competitive to each other.  Once the other has something, the other wants  one too and I guess that is normal for siblings.  Again, thanks to I See Me for  sending each of my kids their  back to school  personalized lunchboxes.
I will be registering them tomorrow and  as we ate breakfast today, they were already telling me what they would like to have for their cold lunches on the first week as the school don't serve  paid lunches on the first week of school.  I love that the lunch box is very spacious.  I already  washed their lunchboxes so it is clean and ready for next week.  
These lunchboxes are made in China so I cleaned them thoroughly.  As many negative notes being written on the news about  products made in China, it always  wise to be cautious.   I wish that many companies here in the US would  make their own products so they don't have  to import it from China. I do understand  that it is costly but I think that  products made here in the US is a lot better than the cheap ones  that you see made  from the leading  country when it comes to production. 

The company where my husband works used to import their parts from China but they did an investigation why  parts that are coming from there doesn't last very long.  They found out that the said parts  are being made in a very poorly working conditions  so the  quality of their production suffers.  
I am not saying that these products are not good, in fact they look very durable but you can't help but think sometimes.  As long as you  clean them  really good, it would be fine.  In fact I See Me,  have a written instruction of  washing it first before using it to make sure that it is safe. 


Anyhow, below is normally what I prepare  for my kids lunches when they want  to take their own  lunches.  See how perfect the bento  containers fit in the lunchbox?  
Aside from lunchboxes,  I See Me  also  has personalized puzzles , coloring books, placemats, stickers,   and growth charts!  You can find  special gifts for special occasion that  kids can't resist when you give it to them.  So are you ready to check out what  I See Me has in store for Back To School?
You can also join their Summer Reading Sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize of $250 Visa Gift Card and 5 Personalized Books!! 25 Runners Up will also get a personalized coloring book. This sweepstakes will end on  8/31. 
If you are like me who has  kids  that love personalized stuff like these,  like and follow I See Me on their  social network  such as Facebook, Twitter,  Pinterest, and  Instagram.  Thank you very much I See Me!!

Disclaimer: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is not in anyway influenced by other factors. The product/s mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

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