A Week-Long (Free) Vacation

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Where and how did you spend your APEC week vacation? I spent mine mostly at home; taking the days off as opportunity to catch up on cleaning and to do the things that were forever in my to-do lists. It was not purely R&R though; I have to check my office email at least once a day to see if there are urgent matters to attend to, update reports and review our ... READ MORE

Bread and Italian Sausage Muffins

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Happy 2015! How did your New Year celebration go?  AJ and I chose to spend it at home as usual (after dinner at my parents's house) and we celebrated the New Year with our homemade Chocolate Ganache Tart with Caramelized Apples on the side.  I posted a picture of this sweet ending to our fab 2014 over at my Instagram account (follow me @dbrightspot). We also made Roast ... READ MORE

Roast Chicken with Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing

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Our sumptuous lunch today:  Roast Chicken with Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing. The idea for this recipe came to me last Thanksgiving after seeing pictures and pictures of Stuffed Turkey in my Instagram feed.  So I looked it up online and saw this easy-to-do recipe for turkey stuffing at epicurious.com.  I waited for my Christmas leave at work to try the recipe (para ... READ MORE

Roast Pork Tenderloin

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Another cooking milestone for me:  baking my first roast pork using just 5 ingredients:  pork tenderloin, 2 kinds of seasonings, olive oil and salted butter!  My pegs were Patricia and Ree's roast beef recipes, but I used pork tenderloin instead of beef. Ree used Lawry's Seasoned Salt and McCormick's Lemon and Pepper seasoning salt as meat spice rub. I tried to look for ... READ MORE

Gourmet Chicken Adobo

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My birthday month is almost over and lest I forget, here's the Gourmet Chicken Adobo recipe that I promised to share when I wrote about our Asahi convection oven (thanks to all your wonderful comments, by the way!) I got this adobo recipe from the same cookbook where I found the recipe for Roasted Chicken Stuffed with Cream of Mushroom - the Assumption Cookbook (Pearl ... READ MORE

Product Review: Asahi Convection Oven

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If I will be asked to name a kitchen appliance that newly-wed couples should immediately invest in, it's the convection oven.  We belatedly bought ours in August last year and right now, we use it more than we use our microwave oven and gas stove.  There's just so much you can do with a convection oven and so much flexibility as compared to, say, microwave oven or oven ... READ MORE