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Sunday, January 14, 2018

#RibEyeSteak #MashedPotatoes & #MeatTenderizer

Have you ever bought beef in large quantity?  We have a friend who owns a farm and they raised cows.  They always  offer us  to buy  beef whenever they will have to butcher  one.  I tell you, it is the cheapest way to buy and stock beef in the freezer for future use.  We use a lot of  ground beef for cooking so a lot of cut we order is  ground beef.  We only buy a quarter of the  whole cow and  it last us  a good amount of time to consume it all.  
 Anyway, the other day, I made some  rib eye steak and mashed potatoes.  The rib eye steak is a lot thicker than I would like so I used the  meat tenderizer that I got from Cave Tools.  This blade  tenderizer is a great little tool to have in your kitchen.  
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With this blade tenderizer, the meat cooks faster  and more evenly.  And because the blades break down connective tissue, the meat absorb marinade even deeper which makes the meat a lot tastier.  This is best to use when you are planning to make country fried steak, cordon bleu, or weiner schnitzel.  I love that it is dishwasher safe, so you can just toss it in  the dishwasher after you use it.  
 I couldn't be more happier having this because I like meat  that are tender  when cook.  Not all cut of meat  is tender when you cook it so a little help to achieve that is great. 
For $12.99, this  meat tenderizer is quite helpful.  You can  use this coupon code,  TENDER15 to enjoy a 15% your purchase via Amazon .  When you buy this, ypu can also download the  free  recipe book that comes  with it.  
 Some people or maybe most people like their steak  rare but I  am  the other way.  I can't eat meat when I see  pink inside it so I like mine well done.  Most  professional chef would consider my choice  as sacrilegious in their   culinary profession but we all  have  our own preferences, right?    How about you, how do you like your steak??
 Mashed potato is the best pair for this kind of  meat so here you go.  I would prefer some greens but hubby love  mashed potatoes so that is what I made.
Don't forget to use the coupon code if you decide to purchase one.  Trust me, it's a must have in  every kitchen especially if you love meat!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year Celebration at Home #Macaroni SaladRecipe

Happy New Year everyone!  Howe did you celebrate your new year.  Did  you go to  New York City and watch the countdown till the ball drop?  This year was bitter cold so we decided to stay at home and be cozy.  
I usually  clean the house on the  31st of December so that  it would be clean and organized  at the start of the new year.  Last year was no different, I started early in the day and did not get done until around 2 pm.  I even forgot to set the alarm clock for the  morning mass so we attended  in the afternoon.  Anyway, after I cleaned, I cooked some food that we could eat  while waiting for  the new year.   Again, these are some Filipino dishes favorites.  Macaroni salad, fruit salad, and arroz caldo.  
Macaroni Salad Recipe:
  • 2 cups macaroni
  • 2 chicken breasts, shredded
  • 2 stalks of celery, cut up into small pieces 
  • 1 medium carrot, cut up into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup of raisin
  • 1 cup of miracle whip
  • 1 cup of avocado mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Boil the macaroni according to direction on the package.  Drain and let it cool.
  • On a separate pot, boil some water and  drop in a chicken cube.  When the chicken cube is dissolved, add the  chicken breasts until it's cooked.  Shred it and set aside.
  • Blanch the carrots in hot water for about 30 second.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a big bow and chill  in the refrigerator for an hour.  

This fruit salad is so yummy.  It is a bit different from what I used  to make in the Philippines because I use fresh ingredients there and the major  ingredient there is young coconut.  Over here, I prefer to use the canned fruits because it is cheaper that way, it has everything you need.  You can also use fresh fruits for this  though.  Fruit salad is  one of  my daughter and husband's favorite dessert.  Check out the recipe here.
  One of the traditions we do have in Filipino Culture is to have a bowl of  fresh fruits in the  table at the start of the new year.  Each  fruit represents something but I can only remember some of them.  My mom used to tell us that the  cluster represents family togetherness, the pineapple's eyes represents our awareness to watch out our health, and the rest  is for  abundance of blessings. 
 You can check out the recipe of arroz caldo here.  You can always  modify the ingredients, sometimes I make it differently like this one.

 How about you guys?  Share some  thoughts or recipe through the comment.  Happy New Year!

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