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Monday, April 12, 2010

Homemade Meatloaf

One of my favorite recipes that I learned to cook in the US is meatloaf. It's easy to cook and I often cook it whenever I have my organic ground beef. My hubby loves homemade meatloaf. In fact he's the one who taught me how to cook it. I just modified it and added some ingredients and it tasted better.


1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp spicy brown mustard or Creole mustard
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 red or green bell pepper
1 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried leaf oregano


In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ketchup and bread crumbs. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Shape into a round loaf. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

If desired, spread about 1/2 cup of ketchup over the top of the meatloaf 15 minutes before it's done.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Ginisang Chayote

I love eating ginisang chayote so I often buy chayote in the market or whenever we go to my brother-in-law's house, we always get chayote from their backyard. It grow there pretty good. In fact, we just went there last weekend and I got some chayote including the tops. So the best recipe for it is of course ginisang chayote.


1 lb. ground beef
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, sliced thin
3 chayote, sliced
Patis (fish sauce), to taste
Ground pepper


Heat pan to medium heat and saute’ the ground beef in a tablespoon of oil until it turn brown. Add garlic and saute until it becomes fragrant, 1-2 minutes then add the onions. Cook for a few more minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the chayote, stir fry for a minute or two then add about 1/2 cup of water. Season with patis or salt and pepper, cover and simmer until the chayote is tender. Adjust seasonings and serve over steamed rice.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Baked Empanada

It's been a while that I haven't cooked empanada. My hubby likes it so I decided to make some yesterday. I just cooked 8 pieces the other day and I put the remaining dough and filling (I used chicken) in the refrigerator. Then this afternoon I cooked all of it, 11 pieces. After I cooked, hubby came in the kitchen and grabbed a piece. It was still hot, fresh from the oven. I prefer baked empanada than fried. My hubby loves it and he said he can eat it all. He said they are so good. Oh my, I told him to leave some for me because I was going to take a shower. I told him I will eat after I shower. He told me to hurry up before he can it them all. I know he was just teasing me. He just ate three pieces then when we ate our supper we also ate the remaining empanada. It was all gone in a matter of minutes.


2 cups flour
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
ice water (enough to make a ball)

1 chicken breast, boiled and himayin
2 medium potatoes, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
canola oil


Mix the ingredients for the dough. Knead it well using a rolling pin. If the dough is already okay and doesn't stick to your hands no more, cut it into pieces according to your desired size. For the filling, sautee the garlic, onion, chicken then add the rest of the ingredients. Put salt and pepper according to taste. If it's already cooked, let it cool first. Then form a ball of the dough that you cut into pieces and roll it with the rolling pin to flatten. Then put the filling about 1heaping tablespoon. Then wrap it. Use a fork to seal the edges. Beat 1 egg and just use the yolk. Apply it to the empanada using a brush before baking. Bake it for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.
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