Chewy Raisin Cookies

I I am baking some CHEWY RAISIN COOKIES once again. I finally get to use the Crisco shortening Tita Mely of pinoyamericanrecipes.blogspot.com sent me few months ago. Thanks for sending me tons of nuts. My kids enjoyed cracking the almonds and walnuts. We just get to crack peanuts here. I also baked CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES and my BEST RAISIN OATMEAL COOKIES. You may check them all to experience the difference but they all taste good! CHEWY RAISIN COOKIES 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup Butter Flavor Crisco Shortening 1 cup brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 cup raisins Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Mix shortening, brown sugar, vanilla at a medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until blended. Stir in raisins. spoon rounded tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets and press gently to lightly flaten dough. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. If you want them crisp, bake for 11 minutes. Serve your CHEWY RAISIN COOKIES with a cold...

Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas...

Valentine’s Day is just 4 days away. Here are some of my rich and elegantly baked and made sweet desserts to show your loved ones how much they mean to you. Let my top 10 sweet treats express the words I LOVE YOU! CHOCO OATMEAL BARS BEST OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES CHOCOLATE CRINKLES SUGAR COOKIES LECHE FLAN CARROT RAISIN BREAD OATMEAL COOKIES CHOCO BANANA MUFFINS LEMON...

Enseladang Mangga

Yipee it is MANGO season once again! Mango is generally sweet when ripe and deliciously sour when unripe. Unripe mangoes are usually pickled, cooked for sour broth, and eaten by itself as an appetizer or side dish with a fish paste (bagoong) or shrimp paste (alamang). Green mangoes can also be eaten with salt, chili or soy sauce, for those who are not used to bagoong and alamang. Mangoes are high in prebiotic fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A. It also has folate, B vitamins and many more. No wonder mangoes are loved so much by everyone. I am so much grateful to be ina tropical land where mangoes are beautifully abundant! My most favorite native green mango side dish recipe is ENSELADANG MANGGA or GREEN MANGO SALAD. It is just a combination of chopped onions, green mango, tomatoes and shrimp paste or alamang. For best ENSELADANG MANGGA, you have to use a shrimp paste or alamang from PANGASINAN, where best alamang is...

Homemade Pizza

PIZZA is one of the most loved American food by Pinoys. No wonder pizza stores are growing like mushrooms here in the Philippines. Here in our small and humble city, we have well-known pizza stores like Shakeys, Pizza Hut, Angels Pizza and Yellow Cab. I am always hesistant of doing my own pizza dough. I tried almost all prepared dough from the grocery stores but I do not get that satisfaction of eating Pizza. I believe that the secret to a perfect pizza is in the dough. But I know how difficult it is to make and knead the pizza dough to perfection. I have tons of attempts and I surrendered. But thanks to my younger sister Mylene who used to make some money from this HOMEMADE PIZZA using her own HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH. She previously sells dozens of pizzas to schools and offices and she sells them so fast. But when she got hired, she left me with this very easy do your own PIZZA recipe. Now it is my turn to make gold with this HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE. HOMEMADE PIZZA for HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH: 1 1/3 cups warm water 1/2 tsp. sugar 1 tbsp. dry yeast 1 tbsp. cooking oil 2 tsp. salt 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour Measure water into bowl. add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. sprinkle yeast over water and let stand for 20 minutes. Stir well. Add oil, salt and 3 1/2 cups flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Turn dough out on floured board and knead in more flour enough to make a stiff dough. Knead until smooth, about ten minutes. Gather dough into a round, put in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a...

Chicken Tacos

TACO is a traditional Mexican dish made up of corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. Taco has a variety of fillings like beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese. Taco is also a perfect snack garnished with salsa, avocado or guacamole, tomatoes, onions and lettuce. I had never loved Mexican dishes, maybe because I am not used to the chili flavors, until my husband Royce would bring me always at Taco Bell everytime we go to the Metro. And now that I am sued to the flavor, I am more loving it. We actually have this local Fil-Mex restaurant in our city, CILANTRO. At first I was hesitant that it might not click but I guessed wrong. Eating-out-loving people are now ready to experiment and dig in Mexican dishes like Buritos, Quesadillas and Enchiladas. And with the new generation, I think they are more into more pizza, pasta and burger feasts. As I have mentioned, we never miss getting a bite of beef taco at Taco Bell each time we are in Manila. So when I bought a box of hard-shell tacos, I thought of making some tacos at home since we have no schedule yet for this month to go to Manila. And just for a change, I used chicken for a CHICKEN TACO. It is good as beef. Buf of course, nothing beat a beef taco. I also get the same Taco Bell spirit by using the Taco Bell Seasoning Mix which I bought at Rustan’s. And it is a gem, making a great tasting taco by just using a pack of seasoning mix. CHICKEN TACOS 1/2 kilo chicken fillet, cut into bite sizes pieces 1 tbsp. cooking oil 1/3 cup water 1 pack Taco Bell Seasoning Mix salt...

Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies...

Truly the best OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES. I want to give credit to joyofbaking.com for this recipe. I just made a little adjusments, but honestly, I just ran out of white sugar. So what I did was, I used brown sugar instead. But it turned out great. I could not give the difference for I haven’t tried the original recipe yet, but I guess the following recipe works well with me and my kids. And they love it so much. I even want to call them, the Disappearing Oatmeal Cookie. These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies only lasted 8 hours in our cookie jar. Kids and Royce were munching and munching while watching and playing until the last cookie was gone. Anyway, this is my first oatmeal cookie where I used an old-fashion rolled oats that could only be bought at Robinson’s Supermarket. Almost all local grocery stores didn’t have this kind of oats. Old-fashioned rolled oats are bigger in size and are best for baking. Oats are best whole grains that has good carbs with most nutritional value. And with raisin in it, every cookie is a truly a delicious and healthy snack in every bite. OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIE 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup dark raisins Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper or grease them with butter. Beat better and eggs until creamy and smooth, about 2-3 minutes using your electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together...

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