Muffy's passion for food and life

"One cannot think well, love well, and sleep well, if one has not dined well.” - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

With this quote, allow me to present to you Muffy Therrien of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Muffy's appetite for food started when she was a little and helped shape her culinary skills later on. As a little kid she always asks her mom about the ingredients of a dish that smelled good to her. She was then the tiny chef helping the mother at home.

Muffy’s mother was a typical stay home mother whose passion is cooking a good meal for her seven children and her husband.

Her mother’s cooking actually influenced Muffy's love for cooking. “I love cooking because for me food is the main center of any get-together,” Muffy said. She said food is a good topic of conversation to which I fully agree.

Muffy loves cooking for family and friends in any occasion or even no occasion at all, saying that “satisfaction is my gratification.”

Food favorites
Muffy told me that she is the cook of the family and everyone seems to look forward to her next meal.

In her Facebook page, Miko's Mom's Homemade Dish, friends and visitors alike can see photos of delicious food. In fact I have to divide the food images from her Facebook page to mealtimes.

Of course pan de sal is every Pinoy's breakfast favorite together with coffee.
The coffee and pan de sal combination is also a Pinoy favorite at snacktime.

Tap-si-log (tapa or spiced pork, siningag or fried rice and itlog or egg) embutido (the Filipino version of meatloaf) and longganisa (spiced pork sausage) can be eaten at breakfast but also at anytime of the day.

Her food photos are so inviting that it made me crave for Filipino food. Even a photo of kutsinta (dark brown sticky rice custard cake) is also inviting. I thought I saw puto (rice cake) and dinuguan (pork blood stew).

Her Facebook page says her food business “caters to all Filipinos who want to experience the taste of home from our own kitchen.”

“It was my friends who keep on telling me to sell the food or to have my own restaurant.” But opening a restaurant is too much work for her. As a compromise, she took orders when needed and whenever she has the time to cook.

Freshest ingredients
Muffy takes orders from friends in Concorde,Forest Hill,Shelby and neighboring counties in North Carolina. “Their satisfaction was the best form of advertising” she added.

She shared also that she don't use salt when cooking. When eating she would say” Please don't pass the salt because I'm not gonna use it.” ”It makes perfect sense since she read somewhere that salt retains the fat.

Whether she knew that because she is a cook or not, the result is Muffy retaining her good looks.

She also doesn't add MSG (monosodium glutamate or what Filipinos call vetsin).

“My secret is just the freshest ingredients and spices.. Lots of them. If I need some salty taste, I use soy sauce ( i know it is packed with sodium too) thus I always claim 'no added salt in my cooking,” Muffy said.

She also loves to cook Italian and American food.

Muffy's family came from Malolos, Bulacan but she grew up in Manila.

To those who've seen her for the first time, Muffy may not look the part of a good cook.  But not only is Muffy a good cook, she's also a masters degree holder.

“I graduated AB Psychology from Philippine Christian University and had my MBA at Strayer University specializing in Health Services Administration Graduated with 4.0 GPA. I'm also a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society and Golden Key International Honor Society,” Muffy said.

While pursuing her MBA she worked as a Starbucks manager in uptown Charlotte.
She's also an administrator of various FB groups such as My Homemade Dish with 4,000 plus members and Totally 80s with 10,000 plus members among others

Muffy has a seven-year-old daughter Miko who shares her interest in cooking. Due to her passion, she has helped enliven the spirits of Fil-Americans in the Charlotte, North Carolina community. Hope I can write more about her and other kitchen stories next time.

 (Susan Palmes-Dennis is a veteran journalist from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao in the Philippines who works as a nanny in North Carolina. This page will serve as a venue for news and discussion on Filipino communities in the Carolinas. Visit and read her website at Read her blogs on susanpalmesstraightfrom the These and other articles also appear at


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