Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How to make the best Spinach and Artichoke dip

I've been making this super fatty yet delicious Spinach and Artichoke dip for years. I started making it back in college during my obsession with Food Network where I used to watch re-runs of Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals lol.. I made it for friends and family and it was an instant hit. Now, its always requested in family gatherings and my friends always ask me to make it for them. It's really easy and super fast to me make. I've done this so many times that I know the recipe by heart and I don't even measure anymore. I just eye ball the ingredients and it always comes out delicious. Also, this recipe was an Alton Brown recipe from his Good Eats show on food Nework. I tried other famous Food Network celeb recipes but Alton's was the best one.

So what you will need are...

  • Mayonnaise light or regular
  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese (store bought is perfect)
  • chopped and cooked Spinach (buy them in a can or frozen in a bag then boil it in water for 7 minutes to cook, then drain water and squeeze out all the liquid with a cheese cloth or clean kitchen towel)
  • chopped Artichoke Hearts ( buy them in a can or bottle in a vinegar and oil marinade. Drain liquid and chop to small pieces.)
  • Garlic powder
  • salt 
  • pepper
  • nutmeg (because it goes well with Spinach. Cinammom can be substituted)

Then watch the video on how to make it ^_^

Remember, it's best when you let it sit over night in the fridge before you serve it to let all the flavor get happy with each other. Serve with tortilla chips, Doritos, pita chips or toaste bread or bagel ^_^ 

    Monday, November 29, 2010

    Thanksgiving 2010

     I love my turkey!!! And it's one of the my favorite things about Thanksgiving. Of course I love the fact that I get to spend time with my family but you know Becky GOTS to EATS ^_^. So this year we made sure we had a good Thanksgiving feast. My aunt was in charge of cooking the turkey and beef ribs, my cousin made Green Bean Casserole, which was actually our first time having it for Thanksgiving, thanks to an episode on the "History of Thanksgiving" on History channel lol. I was in charge of the chips and dip and as always, I made my super delicious and fatty Spinach and Artichoke dip, a recipe I got from Alton Brown's Good Eats show on Food Network years ago. It's still a hit!

    My aunt managed to make the turkey so moist and delicious by using  one of those turkey oven bags from Reynolds. Season the turkey really well, stuff it (we love to use lots of lemon slices and herbs), place it inside the oven bag, tie it, throw it in the oven and forget about it lol..well not really, of course you have to time it and check on it and all that good stiff. But I liked how the turkey was cooking in its own juice and the cooking time was faster.

    I probably ate more Beef Ribs with BBQ sauce than the turkey lol. It got a bit messy but it was worth it. My aunt used Gayle's Honey Sweet BBQ sauce and our favorite Bone Suckin' Sauce from Bristol Famrs. It was more expensive but man, it was worth it every penny. It was a sweet sauce which we really enjoyed.

    My cousin made the Green Bean Casserole. I guess from now on were gonna have this for Thanksgiving because it was really good. It was creamy and even my nieces who doesn't really eat vegetables liked it a lot. I noticed we didn't have Stuffing which made me sad lol. I missed those Oven Top Stuffing from Kraft that we always get from the grocery store. It's so easy to make.You just add water, mix it and you're done!

    And yes, this is my super delicious and fatty Spinach and Artichoke dip. I made it the night before so all the flavors can marry into each other very well. Trust me, it taste better the next day. Good thing I made a huge batch because my family ate it the next day with a toasted bagel and anchovies whhhaaa??? Yes and my aunt said it was delicious lol. I also brought some at work and my co-workers devoured it.

    This is my pretty plate. Of course I stuffed my face like it was my last meal lol. I felt the effects on my body the next day but it's all worth it! Everything was perfect and delicious.

    Oh and for dessert, we had a store bought Apple Pie by Sara Lee. We usually get the crumbled apple pie but they ran out at Vons. It was still good especially a la mode but I still prefer the crumbled one.

    So that's it for my family Thanksgiving feast. I can't wait for Christmas because were gonna have more delicious food! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!!

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Lola's 87th Bithday. Koran BBQ and Pancit

    Yes, I have a hardcore grandma. She just turned 87 this month of November and she's as strong as ever. People can never guess her real age because she looks younger and healthier than most old folks. She forgets a lot of things but physically she's still very strong and able. My family and I are truly blesses to still have her with us.

    Last year, we went to Port O' Call in San Pedro, Ca to celebrate her birthday. We had their San Pedro style shrimp and potatoes, crabs and lobsters! This year, we decided to do a simple dinner at home. My aunt cooked her special Korean BBQ spare ribs and Pancit which is a Filipino noodle dish. We always have Pancit or some type of noodle dish at birthdays because our culture believes the noodles symbolized long life...and we want lola to live longer ^_^

    We bought this super cute birthday cake at RALPHS. They seriously have the best cakes compare to other grocery store. Their icing is whipped so its very light and isn't too sweet. My family is not really cake people but we will eat cake if it's from Ralphs ^_^

    My aunt's Pancit with beef, liver and veggies and what not. I don't mind the other weird and unknown stuff in it. It was delicious and best eaten right off the wok. My aunt used this super old and beat up wok that we have had for yeeaars! Everything we cook in it always comes out awesome, I swear!

    My aunt also made this Korean BBQ spare ribs. She used a bottled Korean BBQ marinade and marinated the beef over night. Then she baked it in the oven in a low temperature so it can cook nice and slooow. It was so juicy, tender and kinda melted in your mouth..OMG! I really enjoyed it.

    You can't truly enjoy a Korean BBQ without Kimchi so we had Grape leaves kimchi and the traditional Cabbage kimchi.The grape leaves was more spicier than the cabbage and it was bit bitter. It was interesting but I prefer the cabbage better!

    It was a nice and simple dinner we all shared as a family. The food was really bomb and it pretty much ruined my diet or my so called "diet" that I can never stick to lol. It was funny because we had to remind my grandma that it was her birthday because she looked confused most of the time. She just nods her head and said "ok!" haha! Love her!

    Sunday, November 21, 2010

    Dinner: Bistek Tagalog and Fried Rice

    One of the benefits of living at home is you won't ever go hungry...ever! Well at least in my case I wont lol. The other night I came home to the smell of "Bistek Tagalog", or Filipino Beefsteak, a Filipino beef and onions dish. I could smell the soy sauce and kalamansi (Filipino lime) all the way from the elevator. I found my aunt cooking in the kitchen and I knew dinner was going to be awesome. I was a bit tired from work and a nice hot Bistek and rice is just what I needed.

    Bistek Tagalos is super easy to do. I like to make it from time to time but you know, food always taste better when someone else makes it for you. Traditionally, its a simple marinade of soy sauce, kalamansi juice, garlic and your favorite cut of steak. We didn't have kalamansi so my aunt used lemon juice instead. Cook the beef in a hot skillet until its done then add onion rings at the end until it softens and you're done. It's best served with steamed white rice.

    Beef marinating in soy sauce and lemon juice for 30 minutes

    Cook it in a hot skillet with a little bit of cooking oil or in our case in a hot wok (haha our wok is super old but it's awesome!)

    My aunt used left over white rice to make fried rice using the same wok to get all the bits of flavor and yummy goodness from the beef

    My pretty bowl of Bistek Tagalog!


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