Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

I was clearing the freezer to make way for my freshly-bought meat when I found a lone ham bone tucked between trays of chicken leg quarters and stewing beef cubes. The bone was from the honey-glazed ham we had for Easter, which I bagged and meant to use for soups and stocks the next few days. Typical Lalaine fashion, I have forgotten about it as new purchases piled on top … [Read more...]

Chili Garlic Shrimp

Chili Garlic Shrimp

Looking for a meal that packs a punch? Spicy and garlicky, this chili garlic shrimp has all the robust flavors you'd want in your seafood dinner.  It makes a quick and easy appetizer for a party but is equally delicious as main entree served over rice or noodles. And to top amazing flavors, the dish pulls together from kitchen to table in less than twenty minutes. … [Read more...]

Spinach-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Spinach-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

This post brought to you by KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine. Last Thursday night when I went to our neighborhood Safeway store to buy the ingredients for cheesy morning pizza I wanted to make for the following day's breakfast, I was delighted to find KRAFT natural shredded cheeses on sale for almost a dollar less. Not one to pass up a … [Read more...]

Candy Crunch Dip

Candy Crunch Dip

I found this candy crunch dip recipe on one of my visits to The Kitchn and with cream cheese, brown sugar and toffee bits as ingredients, it sounded just my kind of treat. I am not much of a fruit person and if this dip can get me to eat an apple a day, I am all for trying it. Oh yeah, the dip didn't disappoint. It was indeed delicious with sliced apples, especially the … [Read more...]

Asparagus Mushroom Saute

Asparagus Mushroom Saute

G's parents are in the midst of a major remodeling of their house. Their whole kitchen has been torn down all the way to the floors that cooking is certainly out of the question. G's mom is a fantastic cook and the dad has been pampered with home cooked meals throughout their decades-long marriage that both are not too keen about eating out at restaurants. G has taken it … [Read more...]

Cheesy Morning Pizza

Cheesy Morning Pizza

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If there is one thing I consider a kitchen staple and never run out of, it would be cheese. At any given time, I have a few packages of cheese in various forms~sliced, shredded, bulk~handy in the refrigerator to enjoy as a nourishing … [Read more...]

Penne Alfredo with Broccoli

Pasta Alfredo with Broccoli

If you live near La Habra area, you might want to check Papi's Pizza on Lambert Road. It's a hole-in-a-wall pizza place G and I frequent for three reasons: great food, great price, great service. Their all-you-can-eat lunch buffet featuring fresh pizzas, spicy buffalo wings, delicious pastas, generous salad bar and bottomless drinks is a deal that's simply hard to beat at … [Read more...]

Peanut Coleslaw

Peanut Coleslaw

True to the season, G and I have been firing up the grill every weekend and have been enjoying our meals outdoors. Our backyard feast is usually whatever meat, fish or chicken we decide on the very day but it always includes this vibrant peanut coleslaw. We were introduced to this slaw by G's mom who discovered it on her first-time lunch at Wood Ranch restaurant months … [Read more...]

Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Honey Sauce Chicken Wings

Remember that e-book of chicken wing appetizers I mentioned in my citrus caramel chicken wings post? Well, it is coming along, albeit veerry slowly, but yes, it is progressing quite nicely. I am up to twenty recipes of gooey, sticky, lip-smacking, finger-licking chicken goodness. Give me another month (or two) and I'll have it all neat and ready for you to download. Yay, I … [Read more...]

Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh boy. Do I have cookies for you. Not just any cookies. THE cookies. Generously studded with chocolate chips and pecans, these cookies have all my favorite things in one bite. Just bits of goodness throughout. I haven't drank milk in years but these caramel pecan chocolate chips cookies with their crisp, buttery edges and soft, chewy caramel centers had me breaking … [Read more...]