Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte and OXO Blogger Giveaway

I am sharing with you one of the best chocolate torte recipe I've found.  Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte --- it's the only chocolate cake that my son likes.  It's moist, buttery, creamy like cheescake, delivers a punch of chocolate---and you need only three ingredients!...more

Real Salt Giveaway and Super Tender Passover Brisket

Is Your Salt Real?   Do you use REAL sea salt - pure, unrefined, untreated with chemicals and no additives? I grew up using coarse sea salt with specks of black and grey. We used to think it was kind of dirty but my mom said that's the color of natural sea salt.  My mom used to get this from the local market. This salt was freshly made -- sea water collected in shallow pools, exposed to the sun to evaporate all the water, raked and repeatedly sun-dried until the speckled, coarse, uneven salt crystals were ready to be harvested....more

Never too late for Thanksgiving

I've been gone for a while --nearly a year since my last blog post....more

Hanami Bento and Giveaway

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Here is the link to cooking with Dog and me contemplating making Bento! I am still ...more

Candied Winter Melon and Orange Peel over Greek Yogurt

For more easy and delicious recipes visit: momgateway.blogspot.comBaida had given us our second winter melon, organically grown in his Denton, Texas garden.  The first one I gave to my sister to use in her cooking.  Winter melon is delightful in soups but a melon is just so big you have to find creative ways of using them so I wanted to make candied winter melon. While growing up we ate them as snacks or in baked buns. Have you ever tried them?  Candied winter melon is white as snow, hard outside but soft inside, very sweet and addictive....more

Smooth and Creamy Brocolli Cheese Soup

 Smooth Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup At Quizon's Hubby goes for the Prime Rib Mushroom Swiss Sub with Garlic Aoli on Rosemary Parmesan Bread each time while son loves to experiment with Mesquite/Baja/Honey Bourbon Chicken Subs or the Chipotle Prime Rib. As for me, I can't get enough of the Broccoli Cheese Soup! Sometimes though it's too thick and lumpy.  I often wish the soup were smoother and creamier.  I found this recipe in  the "New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch.  To make the soup velvety smooth my secret is to use Wondra flour instead of all purpose flour in making the roux. Try it next time you make any creamy soup. ...more

A Month of Side Dishes: Jazzed Up Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter

As a kid, I loved spicy, super-garlicy sausages.  So did all of my family.  Then, I married a man who did not really care for sausages. Sometimes I have a craving but all the beef sausages I find are stuffed in natural hog casing.  So from time to time, I'd make my own beef sausages, stuff them in sheep casing (!!!) or I just wrap them in plastic then freeze them to keep their shape when cooking. They never were quite as good as the ones I had as a child. My son never liked beef sausages specially my homemade version. ...more

A Month of Side Dishes: Red Quinoa Corn Salad

Have you heard of red quinoa? My friend Janet introduced me to this seed crop from the Andes where ancient Incas revered it and referred to quinoa as the "Mother of all Grains". It is a high protein, high fiber "grain" similar to oats in that it has all 20 essential amino acids nutritionally important for humans. Best of all, it's easily digestible and gluten-free so it's a boon to people with difficulties digesting gluten....more

What's in my sling backpack? Jackfruit Custard Bonbons!

What's in my sling backpack?...more