Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Easy to Cook Bacon Mushroom Alfredo

I prefer to call this dish "Bacon Mushroom ala Avel" because my friend Avel  asked, "Who is Alfredo?" So I told him I shall call this dish Bacon Mushroom ala Avel because it reminds me of happy memories we've had together. Seriously though, pasta Alfredo was created by Alfredo de Lelio in Rome (source) that's why the dish is named after him. 

Here are the ingredients:


300 gms. spaghetti noodles



6 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup butter

canola oil

200 gms. bacon bits

1 pack fresh white mushrooms

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp basil

1/8 tsp rosemary

4 Tbsp flour

1 1/2 cup fresh milk

175 ml all purpose cream

1 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese 


1. Boil noodles in water with lots of salt. Drain. 

2. On a separate pan, saute garlic in canola oil and butter.

3. Add bacon, saute for 2 to 3 minutes. 

4. Add mushrooms and saute with the bacon. 

5. Add the herbs and then the flour. 

6. Lower the heat, add milk in 3 parts. 

7. Add cream and cheese. Turn low heat off once cheese has melted.

8. Add freshly ground pepper.

9. Mix in the noodles.

10. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle more cheese on top. 

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Mabuhay ang Bagong Kasal: Cathy and Mike

Our dear friends Cathy and Mike tied the knot today. May your married life be blessed, happy and filled with kids! 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Easy to Cook Pinakbet

Last Christmas my friend Buddy who owns OnlinePalengke.com surprised me with a box of veggies! In the last ten years Sweetie and I have been married I have cooked veggies sparingly. Sweetie loves eating vegetables, but I don't. I do eat vegetables, but I've been very picky. I know I should be eating more veggies since it's the best kind of food for my blood type so I saw Buddy's gift as a challenge and researched what would be good to cook.

To figure out what dish I could make with the available vegetables I typed in all the veggie names and did a Google Search. It gave me several options and I selected pinakbet since it looked easy to make. On Christmas morning I quickly put the dish together and served it to our parents when we had Christmas lunch. They absolutely loved it and Sweetie's Dad even requested to bring home some take-away. Woohoo!


3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
4 tomatoes, chop into wedges
1/2 cup sitaw, slice 2 inches
3/4 cup ampalaya, chopped
3 pieces sigarilyas
6 pieces baby okra, just cut the stems
3 small eggplants, chopped
1/3 a kalabasa, chop into cubes
chicharon (as much as you want!)
1 liter water with 1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp bagoong (I got it from Gerry's Grill)
bowl of cold water with ice


1. Boil the kalabasa for 5 minutes, blanch in cold water, drain and then set aside.
2. In the same boiling water, boil the rest of the veggies for 2 minutes, blanch in cold water, drain and set aside.
3. In a large pan, saute the garlic in oil until brown. Add the onions and when translucent add the tomatoes and bagoong. Mix well.
4. Turn off the heat and then add in the rest of the vegetables.
5. Before serving add chicharon or lechon kawali on top. Enjoy!