Filipino Dessert: Biko

If you do not know already, I am half Filipino.  I was born in Cebu, Philippines, moved to the states when I was 3 years old, and have gone back to visit 3 times. Every time I go back I have to have biko. Biko is a Filipino dessert with a sticky, chewy and soft texture. It’s literally 3 ingredients minus the water and salt but we know they don’ count :).  If I can’t go back then I usually will ask my mom to make it for me.  But now as a grown adult, I’ve had to fend for myself. 😉 JK, love you mom! But since being on my own I have had these insatiable cravings for some delicious biko. So in an effort to be a self-sufficient adult, I called my mom for the recipe and made my own.  Her recipe is very similar to this one.

This recipe is great for potlucks and especially great for those crazy Filipino parties. If you have never been to a Filipino party and have the opportunity to go, never turn the invitation down. Its always a good time filled with great food and plenty of karaoke.

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Enjoy!

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish

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So I realized that I love cream cheese…with everything. Savory dishes, desserts, appetizers, breakfast…on a spoon? no? too gross?

Anyways, I love cream cheese danishes and their even better with strawberries.  It’s hard to find this delicious combo at bakeries so I set out on a mission to make my own strawberry cream cheese danishes.

Here’s how what I did and boy oh boy, it was so freakin good!

Ingredients:

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1 package of puff pastry dough (2 sheets)
1 – 8 oz package of cream cheese
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon of sugar
2 tbsp of greek yogurt
1 tsp of vanilla
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp of lemon zest
1 tbsp of flour
8 heap tbsp of strawberry preserves
Turbinado sugar for sprinkling
an egg and some milk beat together for an egg wash

1. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, greek yogurt, egg, lemon zest, flour and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer and set aside

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2. On a floured surface, unfold that pastry dough and roll out to make a 10 inch x 10 inch square

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3. Cut the square into 4 smaller squares

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4. Scoop 2 heaping tbsp of cream cheese mixture in the center of each square

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5. Scoop 1 heaping tbsp of strawberry preserve on top of cream cheese mixer

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6. Fold 2 opposing corners on top of each other over the strawberry cream cheese layers

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7. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, brush each with egg wash, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar

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8. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

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9. Enjoy!

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Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

One thing to know about me is that I am more of a baker than a cook.  For some reason (probably my insatiable sweet tooth), I would much rather spend my time in the kitchen measuring sugar, flour, butter, and chocolate chips than making dinner for my fiance.

However, in my effort to save our wallets from several nights of take-out, I wanted to start developing a little repertoire of easy go-to recipes and the first recipe that I attempted was this one that I found from one of my all-time favorite bloggers, The Pioneer Woman.  Ree Drummund lives the freakin dream.

The Pioneer Woman’s recipe is called Chicken Spaghetti.

I took this recipe and made it a little more simpler and girl-on-the-go friendly. Here is my version

10 oz of spaghetti
1 can of Creamy Chicken Soup
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup of light sour cream
1 can of Rotel tomato and green chile
1/2 cup of Parmesean Cheese

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The first thing I got going was the pasta. I cooked it according to the directions on the box.

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I then took out a 9×13 pan and mixed the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, can of chicken, and rotel together all in the pan.

chxmixPlease excuse the resemblance to baby food or baby whatever.  This is good stuff.

(I forgot to take a photo with the Rotel mixed in but essentially it looks the same but with tomatoes and green chile in the mix 🙂

Next I mixed in the cooked spaghetti in to the pan, then spread it out evenly.  I sprinkled the parmesan cheese all over and then stuck it in the over for 45 minutes.

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I took it out and served it with a side of veggies and a piece of cheese Texas toast.

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Oh and btdubs, the Fiance loved it!

I hope you like it too!

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brown sugar brownies

aka blondie bites

just another one of my crowd-pleasing miniature desserts : )

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i love brownies. i love blondies. i also love all things miniature, which is where this recipe comes in. i used this blondie bar recipe  a few times before i realized that although they are sensational, i hate cutting them into squares. lame, i know. i did some experimentation and adjusted the temperature to turn these bars into bites using a mini muffin pan. genius, i know i know.

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recipe //

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup crushed chocolate candy (my favorite is peanut butter cups)

preheat oven to 350 degrees. melt butter. mix brown sugar and melted butter – mix well. cool slightly. add egg and vanilla. blend well. in separate mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. slowly mix with wet ingredients. mix in chocolate chips & crushed chocolate candy. scoop out into greased mini muffin tray. bake for 10-15  minutes. store in airtight container at room temperature.

**this recipe is also featured in the cookbook i created. check it out here

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Fun Fact: I like to Mix Cereal

I remember when I was a wee child, the first thing I learned to make in the kitchen was cereal.  It was easy enough cereal + milk = deliciousness.

Now as a full grown sophisticated adult (at least, I like to think), it’s still one of my favorite things to eat, especially when there is just no time for anything else.

Over the years, I have tried every cereal flavor out there. All of them. Seriously.  And for the most part I love them all.  So now when I go to eat cereal, I can’t just pick one.

So I mix them and its amazing.

My fiance would disagree because he’s one of those weirdos that hates when food is mixed or touching. No offense to those that have similar eating styles. To you all, I’m probably the weirdo.

SO with no further ado here are some of my favorite combos.

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Love how the sweetness from the Rice Krispies Treats compliments the Raisin Bran Crunch. While the treats gets soggy the raisin bran stays crunchy.

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The Cocoa Puffs allows for the Capn Crunch to get a little chocolatey. Great combo.

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This is an obvious combo. Delicious fruitiness.

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The Cinnamon Toast Crunch really gives the Raisin Bran an added flavor profile with the cinnamon and sugar. This is good stuff.

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Oh yes, this is a total no-brainer. This combo is a great variety of textures with that same honey sweetness. Oh btw, the milk at the end tastes AMAZING!

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Ah yes, this combo of Rice Krispies Treats and Cocoa Puffs is waaay better than any chocolate krispies cereal alone. I love the variety in texture and how everything doesn’t get soggy right away. Yummy!

Now it’s your turn! Let me know if your a little wierd like me and like to mix your cereal.  Would love to know what kind of combos you’ve come up with and I would love to try.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

So this idea came to me on the fly on super bowl Sunday couple weeks ago.  I was driving home to my Dad’s house for some pizza and intense football viewing (we are huge Bronco fans), and I called my dad to ask if we had something for dessert.  Typically my Dad will purchase 6-8 pizzas (remember I have 4 grown brothers who can throw down some pizza) but he always forgets the dessert.  So on this phone conversation, my Dad told me not to worry and that we could find something to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Once I got there, I walked in to find a tube of crescent roll dough on the kitchen counter.  My dad looked at me quizzically and said, “you think you can whip up something delicious with that?”  My dad also knows that I love to bake so he was giving me free reign to make something good.   I rummaged through my family’s fridge, found some strawberry jam and some cream cheese and BAM! The idea hit me.  Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Crescent rolls. YUM!

Ingredients

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1-8oz can of crescent dough
1 tbsp of sugar (use more if you would like it be sweeter)
4 tablespoons of cream cheese
8 tsp of strawberry jam

Steps

1. Mix Cream Cheese and sugar with a spoon
2.Unroll the crescent dough according to directions
2. Place 1/2 tablespoon of cream cheese in the middle of the triangle
3. Place 1 tsp of strawberry jam on top of the cream cheese
4. Wrap all three corners on top of each other
5. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees

Enjoy!

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easiest homemade Naan pizza

the other night i was scrounging to figure out what to make The Mr for dinner. we’d been having leftovers for the past few nights and it was beginning to be a bit much. as i was searching through the refrigerator to find something that we hadn’t already eaten this week i stumbled upon a package of Naan bread i had recently purchased on a whim. the Naan came in a 2-pack and resulted in perfectly proportioned homemade pizzas. just call me Martha Stewart.

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three simple ingredients :

– mozzarella cheese (sliced or shredded, whatever you have on hand)

– pasta or pizza sauce (i always use pasta sauce when making homemade pizzas. A) we never have pizza sauce in the house B) it’s more flavorful when making a plain cheese pizza)

– Naan bread (or pre-made pizza dough – whatever you’ve got. the beauty of this recipe was i just improvised and didn’t have to run to the store)

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