MELANIE JIMENEZ

Making Cheese Sticks

Learn how to cook cheese sticks and pair them with honey mustard or cilantro lemon mayonnaise.
The secret is in the double coating! Click on the slideshow to learn how to cook cheese sticks.   Photography by David Hanson │ Recipe and Demonstration by Gino Gonzalez of the Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS) │ Styling by Angelo Comsti ...

Catching Sugpo

Here in the Philippines, one of the more expensive variety of shrimps—and one of the most sought after—is the tiger prawn or what is locally referred to as sugpo. But as Divine Enya Mesina discovers, the prawn farming industry is a struggling one.
At 11 a.m., the Sto. Niño consignacion in Orani, Bataan, is teeming with hawkers, auctioneers, and wholesale buyers all eager to bid on the day’s fresh catch. Hauled in by fishermen and fishpond owners from Pampanga, Bataan, and other nearby provinces, auctioneers ...

How to Make Peanut Butter

Save money by preparing your own PB at home.
To see our list of peanut butter recipes, CLICK HEREMakes 1 jarCreamy or chunky? Prepare the peanut butter according to the texture you like. Less pulse and you'll get a chunky peanut butter, while pulsing it longer will make for a creamy ...

How to Finely Chop an Onion

Learn how to do it right!
Click on the slideshow to learn how to do it right!Looking for more knife skills? Click here:  Three Chopping Methods for VeggiesPhotography by  Kai Huang | Demonstration by Sharlene Tan  ...

How to Make Corn Dogs

This childhood favorite gets an upgrade with bacon-wrapped hotdogs.
This childhood favorite gets an upgrade! We used bacon-wrapped hotdogs and Parma ham-wrapped cheese sticks.                      Makes about 10 to 12 corn dogs1 box (500 grams) instant       pancake mix 1/2 cup corn meal1/2 cup cornstarch3 hotdogs3 cheese sticks3 Parma ham-wrapped cheese sticks3 ...

How to make candied walnuts

Spread these candied walnuts over salads and more!
There are different methods of making candied walnuts.  This one is the simplest that produces a savory taste.                                                                For a visual guide, see How to Make Candied Walnuts gallery below         ...

How to Make the Perfect French Fries

Follow this quick recipe and munch away in no time.
Think the best fries can only be had at restaurants? Follow this quick recipe and munch away in no time. Click on the slideshow for the step-by-step guide! Serves 5 to 61 kilo potatoes, skin on and cut into wedgessalt and pepperoil ...

Jatujak

With shelves of figurines and ceramic plates, ornate tiled walls, and simple gray chairs and tables, the interiors of Jatujak reminded me of a charming Thai home.
With shelves of figurines and ceramic plates, ornate tiled walls, and simple gray chairs and tables, the interiors of Jatujak reminded me of a charming Thai home. So did the waiters, sporting a simple logo T-shirt with knee-cut pants and sandals in ...

How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock

Love your chicken to the bones by turning leftovers into broth.
Chicken stock is made by boiling chicken or chicken bones in water. Click on the slideshow to see the step-by-step guide! If stock is not available, you may substitute with bouillon cubes dissolved in water. Follow package instructions for recommended proportions.Click to ...

ASK YUMMY: Should You Add Oil to Pasta?

Take notes for your next pasta dish!
When cooking pasta, should you add oil to the pot of water or not?The main reason why some recipes specify adding oil when cooking pasta is to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other. However, the result is a flavorless pasta ...

Vietnamese Pork Skewers Recipe

Mix, marinate, grill - and you're good to go.
Mix, marinate, grill—and you're good to go. This pork skewers recipe is inspired by a family enterprise found on a street corner in Ho Chi Minh, where the young sisters prepare the noodle salad while their mother tends the charcoal grill.  Serve with a Vietnamese ...

Vietnamese Noodle Salad Recipe

If traveling, prep everything ahead of time. Let it sit for a couple of hours to let the flavors meld.
If traveling, you can prepare everything ahead of time. Let the dressing sit for a couple of hours to let the flavors meld. Once you get to your destination, soak the rice noodles then toss in the dressing. Serve with a stick ...

Sweet Labuyo Chili Sauce Recipe

Once you make this sauce, you'll wonder why you ever buy the ones from the store.
Once you make this sauce, you'll wonder why you ever purchased the ones from the store. Packed with more heat than the bottled kind, you’ll only need a smidge on your spring rolls or fried chicken. It's easy to make and you can ...

Creamy Mushroom and Toast Fingers

Thyme goes well with the earthy richness of the mushrooms.
Thyme goes well with the earthy richness of the mushrooms; and the crisp toast provides a nice contrast to the warm, creamy combination. ...

Creamy Caramel Sauce

This sauce uses a process similar to making caramel for leche flan.
This process is similar to making caramel for leche flan. If this is your first time to make caramel, take extra care and place a large bowl of ice water nearby, just in case you accidentally get some of the hot sugar ...
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