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What’s Your Comfort Food?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Family and friends, Food | 0 comments

It’s that time of the year when the temperatures are beginning to drop and thoughts turn to the types of food that nourish us and keep us warm. I tend to love hearty stews and soups just about now while slowly foregoing salads for my main meals. To me, anything stew-like is comfort food and that’s what I crave in the colder months.

Coming from a Filipino background, one of my favorite comfort foods and one that I have passed on to my husband and kids is Chicken Adobo. It is a rather simple dish with vinegar and soy sauce as the main ingredients in the sauce, seasoned with bay leaves, salt and and black peppercorns. The key to making this recipe delicious is letting the sauce simmer for over an hour and getting the right balance in the ingredients.

Chicken Adobo is such an essential part of any Filipino household. Ask anyone from a Filipino background and they’ll tell you how much they love this dish and how their mother or grandmother makes the best one. As much as I love the traditional Adobo recipe, I have been using a variation lately in one of my fave cookbooks as of late, Keepers.   The recipe is sort of a modern-day interpretation of a classic dish.

What are you craving for in these winter months?

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Trouble with Summer Birthdays

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Family and friends | 0 comments

The thing with summer birthdays is that you don’t get to truly celebrate it with your school friends during the school year.  You don’t get to bring in treats in school on your birthday like most kids.  You’ll have to wait to bring them in at the end of the school year when teacher sets aside time several days in June for summer birthday kids to bring in their treats.

The same thing goes for birthday parties, which is more relevant when a child is younger than in later school years.  I suppose you can have a party over the summer.  However, since Ines’ birthday happens right before the beginning of the school year and near Labor Day, we usually end up having her birthday party with her school friends in October when things are less hectic…which is exactly what we did yesterday.

The theme for this year’s party is sports and fitness.  We had it at the local Y where the girls played various relay games as well as dodge ball.  My favorite part, as in most of my daughters’ birthday parties, were the cupcakes, which were delicious and so cleverly prepared by Karen from Dulce and Petit.

Did you have a nice weekend?

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Fall Purchase – Boyfriend Jeans

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

As much as I like a lot of the fall clothes that are in stores right now, I have not really been buying that much stuff. I just feel like many of the items that are out are either things that I already have in my closet or just some radical stuff that’s just way too young for me. I suppose the silver lining behind this scenario is that at least I’m not spending or splurging right now.

I did get a pair of white corduroy boyfriend pants recently from Zara that I think I’ll be wearing a lot this season. They are pretty comfortable and a nice change from hip huggers and skinny jeans. I have seen some girls wear their boyfriend jeans with flat oxfords but I think I need to wear mine with a bit of heel given that I’m not that tall.

What about you? Seen anything fun for fall lately?

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Apple Pie a la Mode

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Family and friends, Food | 4 comments

I felt my gears slowly shifting this weekend as I craved to bake something on Sunday.   This wanting to stay indoors on a Sunday is something that usually does not hit me until the colder winter months when hibernation feels about right.  But life has been so hectic and the girls are getting so much more school work than last year that I felt that a quiet Sunday afternoon will do us good.

So I pulled my old and tattered Joy of Cooking cookbook and opened to the Apple Pie page.  I love, love this recipe as it is wonderful and easy to follow.  I still had to allot two to three hours of cooling off after baking to make the apple pie sauce thicker and juicier.  Of course, I served the pie a la mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ah, what a little bit of sweet can do for the soul!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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Quilting a Legacy

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Art | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, I went to “From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts” exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum. I am not a big quilt lover despite its place in American history and crafting. I think part of my problem is that I’ve always looked at quilts as folk art, just not cutting edge enough for my taste.

But like often with my preconceived notions, my aversion toward quilts was proven wrong. As I looked at the quilts at the museum, I began to be captivated and intrigued by one particular artist, Yvonne Wells. Ms. Wells is quite brilliant in portraying important events and figures in history while adding a bit of whimsy and her own personal touch to her works. Too bad, I only had my iPhone and cannot do justice to her works.

If you are in the Montclair area today (October 9th), Ms. Wells will be conducting a talk at the museum where she’ll discuss her works and its relation to the Civil Rights movement. The actual exhibit will be displayed at the museum until January 4th.

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