Friday, August 26, 2011

Addicted to Double Tree Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Double Tree hotel must have put some kind of drug in their cookies because they are seriously addicting. I'm warning you. Think before you eat these because once you start, you just can't stop ( I sound like a Pringle commercial O_o). Kiko brings a couple or more sometimes when he comes home from work, and you have no idea how excited I get over these cookies. They're really, really good.


It has chocolate chips, walnuts and oats, and it's the most chewy and super moist cookies I've ever put in my mouth. It's even better when you heat it in the microwave. It's a very smart marketing strategy for Double Tree hotel to give away these cookies to their guest because I myself want to check in at their hotel just so I can eat these again and again ^_^.



Have you ever had them before?

9th Yr Anniversary Dinner at The Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant (Pic Heavy)

Can you believe it? We made the big 9. Crazy huh? To celebrate, we decided to have dinner at The Melting Pot fondue restaurant. Our first time here was on Valentine's Day. We liked it a lot, we promised ourselves we will come back for another special occasion. I mean, how can you go wrong with fondue? I wish we can do it everyday, but it's so expensive. A 4 course dinner cost about $90-98 per couple. You get cheese fondue, salad, meat fondue and chocolate fondue for dessert. Some say it's over priced for what you're getting. The meat and seafood portion are really tiny, 2 piece of everything. However, I think it's okay because if the portions are bigger, you won't have enough room for dessert.

So here's what we got...We did the "Big Night Out", which is a four course dinner.

First, we had the Spinach and Artichoke cheese fondue. We had this before, and it was a sure thing. It had spinach, articoke hearts, parmesan cheese, crushed garlic and etc (with a dash of tabasco for flavor).

They gave us tortilla chips, veggies and cubed apples for dippers. I've said it before that apple sounds odd to eat with cheese, but it's pretty delicious.


Second, we had our salads. Kiko was trying to be safe and had house salad with ranch dressing. Other salad in the menu sound too complicated, he said lol.

I had their Shrimp Ceviche salad. There were only 3 Shrimp in it. So sad. But it was really delicious with the avocado. It was sweet and tangy.

Third, we had the Meat and Seafood in a carribean spiced broth.

We had filet minon, marinated chicken, shrimp, duck, pork, ravioli and lobster...

...with potatoes, broccoli and mushrooms.

This time, Kiko and I did a much better job in cooking everything. We were more organized. We threw in all the veggies first because they take awhile to cook especially the potatoes, then we pretty much cooked all the meats before eating. This way, we saved a lot of time. Last time, we cooked, then eat, then cook and eat and it took forever to finish.

The meats cooked about 2-3 minutes, while seafood cooked 1 and 1/2 minutes.

They gave us so many choices of sauces which I love, love love! I've said it before that I'm a sucker for sauces and omg I was in sauce heaven. We put a little bit of everything on our plates...yum!

My favorite is the sauce on the far left called the "Green Goddess". It has all kinds of herbs mixed with sourcream, cream cheese and mayo..I think. I'm not too sure what else is in it.

More sauces...Honey mustard and teriyaki sauce.

What my plate looks like. So pretty isn't it?

Fourth, we chose Yin and Yang Chocolate fondue. It's half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate. So smooth, creamy and chocolately...Perfect!

It came with strawberries, bananas, brownie bites, marshmallows, rice crispies and cheese cake for dippers. I was actually already full, but I pushed myself to finish my part.


Another Yin and Yang in a drink form (Kiko's drink). The chocolate chip sanked, but it still looks cool.


I think we chose the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. It was fun, yet romantic and definitely worth it.


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dinner: Whatever is left in the fridge Macaroni

I wasn't planning to post this, but I guess I should so I can show you my cooking creativity...not! I call this my "whatever is left in the fridge macaroni" because I used whatever was left in the fridge and came up with something edible for dinner. I would say it turned out ok, but not the best. Kiko said he liked it, unless he was just being too nice ^_^.


I used left over cooked ground beef, a little bit of spaghetti sauce in the jar, left over baby carrots cut into small pieces, a dollop of sour cream because sour cream makes everything better, then mixed it with macaroni. There goes the edible dinner ^_^.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dinner: Savory Lemon Chicken Breast with Steamed Rice Recipe


I'm so proud of myself whenever I cook something good and looks beautiful. I took a photo of this plate, and I was just so infatuated. Kiko thinks I'm crazy. But look at it. Isn't it a beautiful plate?

I got the recipe from the back of the Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup and just tweeked it a little bit to whatever I have in the pantry. I didn't put lemon slices and parsley. But I used bottled lemon juice and baby carrots cut in half.

Here is the orginal recipe taken from the Campbell's website


Savory Lemon Chicken

From: Campbell's Kitchen 
Prep: 15 minutes • Cook: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

Vegetable cooking spray
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular, 98% Fat Free or Healthy Request®)
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup chopped green or red pepper
4 lemon slices

Directions


Spray a 10-inch skillet with the cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 minute.  Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until well browned on both sides.  Remove the chicken from the skillet.
Stir the soup, water, parsley, lemon juice, paprika and pepper in the skillet and heat to a boil.  Return the chicken to the skillet.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.  Top the chicken with the lemon slices.




I like how I molded the steamed white rice and I added green onions. Cool huh? Yeah, I'm a dork!

What Every Filipino Household Need!

Kiko and I went to Cerritos and did a little grocery shopping at Seafood City, a Filipino market. There's one in L.A. which my mom and I usually go to, but this one is way better. It's bigger and there's a Chow King, Red Ribbon and a Jollibee too (It's the Filipino McDonalds). I was so excited to get some Filipino food especially condiments for our lil kitchen!


I miss Pancit Canton, an instant chowmein noodles. I eat this a lot with bread at my mom's house. It was on sale for 3 for $1 so I got a lot ^_^.

The necessary condiments every Filipino household has to have are the following:  Mother's Best Sweet and Chili Sauce, Mang Tomas All Purpose Sauce, Jufran Banana Sauce and Pufina Patis (fish sauce). The fish sauce is used a lot in many Filipino cooking as a salty agent in replacement of regular salt.


Pork Longganisa, a Filipino sausage. I was so excited when I saw it. I've been craving these for the longest time. I like to eat it staright Filipino style with sunny side up eggs and garlic fried rice. Yum!

Kiko wanted some Filipino desserts so we stopped by Red Rebbon, a Filipino bake shop. He picked Banana Walnut Cake which isn't exactly a Filipino cake, but it was the only one that looked familiar to him lol.

I got some Mamon. Kiko laughed when he heard me say Mamon. He said it means a really bad word in Spanish. I don't want to say it here, so you're just gonna have to google it. Mamon is a Filipino sponge cake, which is the most delicious sponge cake ever! I'm bias, but it's true. It's super soft, moist and I like the super thin layer of cheese on top.

I also got a Grass Jelly drink. Kiko said it tasted like pure sugar, but I like it!


That's all folks ^_^

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I Can Bake. Thank You Betty Crocker!

I bought a box of Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge cake mix with her Whipped Butter Cream frosting for only 99cents each using my coupons. Not bad considering they're almost $3 at regular price. I just love boxed cake mix because it's the most easiest thing to make in the world. All you have to do is follow the instructions provided on the back of the box and even if you get the measurements a little off, you're still going to have a perfectly good cake...unless you over bake it then, that's your fault O_o.




I poked the cake with a fork too many times to check if it's done lol.

Mmmm...frosting...I don't really like these store bought frosting because they are waaaay too sweet. So I made sure I only used a thin layer over the cake.


Are you a cake mix girl like me?


Dinner: Chimichurri on Tilapia and Steak Sandwhich

Ever since I made Chimmichurri, Kiko has been asking for it. He calls it "the green sauce". If you don't know what it is, Chimmichurri is a traditional Argentinian sauce used for pretty much anything...marinades, dipping sauce and etc. It's made with parsley, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and pepper flakes.

I made a small batch of Chimmichurri and used it for two dinners.

Pan seared Tilapia with Chimmichurri with a side of chunky mashed potatoes with skins on, mushrooms and onions. Tilapia is such a bland fish and sauce really helped to give it some flavor.




I cooked Steak and tossed it in Chimmichurri sauce in the pan and made a Steak and French Fries Sandwich topped with more Chimmichurri sauce. Sooo good! I've got a good technique to make my steak super tender and perfectly cooked to a medium well.



Meat, starch and sauce...it's a thing of beauty!

Of course I had to put Tapatio...just because...


Have you had Chimmichurri before?

Late Night Snack: Choc Chip Muffin and Greek Yogurt

Kiko and I eat dinner as early as 4pm, so sometimes by the time 10pm hits, were hungry again. We usually just eat cereal but the other night we snacked on a chocolate chip muffin bought from the market and blueberry Greek yogurt. We've been eating Greek yogurt preferably the brand Chobani and we like it so much better than Yoplait or Dannon. It's very thick and more creamy than regular yogurt and there's lots of fruits.


All the blueberries are at the bottom..


Do you guys like to snack late?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dinner: Chicken Mechado

Mechado is a traditional Filipino dish usually made with beef chunks, tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots and ect. I didn't have beef and tomato sauce, so I opted for chicken breast and spaghetti sauce instead. Did it work? Oh yes, and it was delicious! You can eat it with bread or steamed white rice.


I cooked my rice and it's perfect all the time ^_^.





Not my best pancakes!

I bought Bisquick pancake mix which requires eggs and milk. Even though I followed the directions, the pancake somehow came out weird. It took forever to cook, and it just didn't taste right. Next time, I'll buy the just add water pancake mix . Those never disappoint.

I used the leftover turkey burgers and mixed it with scrambled eggs and onions.


Do you like to make pancakes from scratch or are you a ready mix girl like me?



Friday, August 12, 2011

Dinner: Turkey Melt and Filipino Torta

I made Turkey Melt last night and Filipino Torta the night before. Filipino Torta is like a meat pancake/omelette. Usually made of ground beef cooked in garlic, onions and tomatoes, then mixed with eggs and then cooked on a non stick pan like a pancake or omelette. It's really easy to make and super delicious. It's best eaten with rice and in my case, ketchup! It's so much better with ketchup ^_^.

Turkey Melt was pretty easy to make. Cook the turkey patty and make a sandwich and add cheese and grill it on a hot pan until brown.



It's Kiko's first time eating Filipino Torta and he really liked it.

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