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Monday, January 31, 2011

A Slice of the Past

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

I have learned that a long, long time ago, when the world was still ruled by emperors, it was believed that eating lots of fresh fruits such as apples, grapes, berries and pineapples, was the secret to strength, lasting beauty and long life. Modern science has since lent credence to the practice. No longer a myth or more act of luxury, fruits really do awesome wonders. Like preventing illnesses, building stronger resistance, and helping the proper functioning of the digestive system among others. Naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, fruits contribute to a healthy total well being.

And how about adding fruits to your recipes? I am sure you will get all the balance nutrition that you need to stay active all the time. You can try these healthy, fruity recipes that are so easy to prepare and yet so healthy to your body.


You will need:

1      can (439 g) Del Monte Fresh Cut Pineapple Tidbits, drained
1      can (170 g) Del Monte Regular Tuna Chunks in brine, drained
1      cup whole kernel corn
1      each red and green bell pepper, diced
1/2   cup mayonnaise

Here's how:

Combine all ingredients. Season with 3/4 tsp iodized salt and 1/8 tsp fine pepper. Toss lightly. Chill until ready to serve.


You will need:

1       cup bamboo shoots strips, blanched and liquid squeezed out
1/4    cup chopped green onions
4       cloves garlic, crushed (1 tsp.)
1/2    tsp. sesame oil
400   g beef round, cut into strips
1       onion, sliced
2       tsp. Del Monte vinegar
1       carrot, sliced thinly into half-moons
1       green bell pepper, cut into squares
2       tbsp. cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tbsp. water
1       can (234 g) Del Monte Fresh cut Pineapple Chunks, drained
         (reserve syrup)

Here's how:

1. Combine green onions, garlic, sesame oil, 1/3 tsp. iodized salt (or 1 tsp. rock salt), 1 tsp. sugar and beef. Let stand for 30 minutes.

2. Saute' onions and beef. Add 21/2 cups water and pineapple syrup. Season with 1/3 tsp. iodized salt (or 1 1/2 tsp. rock salt), 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 2 tsp. soy sauce and 1 tbsp. white sugar. Simmer for 40 minutes. Add all vegetables. Thicken sauce with cornstarch. Stir in Del Monte Fresh Cut Pineapple Chunks.


You will need:

3       tbsp. unflavored gelatin
1       can (439 g) Del Monte Fresh Cut Pineapple Tidbits, drained
1/2    kilo ground pork
1       beef bouillon cube
2       slices pan americano, diced
1/4    cup evaporated milk
1       stalk celery, diced
1       each red and green bell pepper, chopped
1       small onion, chopped

Here's how:

1. Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Combine with the other ingredients. Season with 1 tsp. iodized salt (or 1 tbsp. rock salt) and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Mix thoroughly. Pour in 9" x 5" pan. Cover with wax paper and steam for 1 hour.

2. Cool, then chill overnight. Slice and serve with Del Monte Banana or Sweet Blend Ketchup.


You will need:

8       cloves garlic, minced
1       medium onion, sliced
1       tbsp. ginger strips
6       medium (200 g) squid, ink sac removed and meat cut into 3
2       medium (250 g) potatoes, cut into chunks
8       medium (100 g) shrimps, heads removed
1/2    kilo tahong, boiled and half shell removed
3/4    cup thick coconut milk
1       tbsp. curry powder
1       can (234 g) Del Monte Fresh Cut Pineapple Chunks, drained
1       medium red bell pepper, cut into strips

Here's how:

1. Saute' garlic, onions and ginger in oil. Add squid and cook for 10 minutes. Add potatoes and continue cooking for 10 minutes, or until half tender.

2. Add shrimps and tahong: cook for 5 minutes more. Pour in coconut milk, then season with 1 tsp. iodized salt (or 1 tbsp. rock salt), 1/2 tsp. pepper and curry powder. Stir in Del Monte Fresh Cut Pineapple Chunks and bell pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes.


You will need:

2       medium green apples
1       medium sayote
1       can (439 g) Del Monte Fresh Cut Sliced Pineapple, drained
         (reserve syrup) and cut in half across and sliced thinkly
3       tbsp. white sugar, dissolved in 3 tbsp water


3/4     cup all purpose flour
1-1/2  cups uncooked rolled oats
1         cup firmly packed brown sugar
1-1/2   tsp. ground cinnamon
2/3      cup margarine, softened

Here's how:

1. Peel, core and slice apples and sayote into thin wedges. Soak apples in pineapple syrup for 10 minutes, then drain and set aside. Cook sayote in dissolved sugar for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Topping: Combine first 4 ingredients. Cut in margarine until well blended. Divide mixture into 3.

3. In an 8-1/2" x  8-1/2" baking dish, alternately layer sayote, apples, Del Monte Fresh Cut Sliced Pineapple and topping. Bake in a pre-heated over at 350F for 35 minutes or until cooked.


You will need:

8       lacatan bananas
1       can (439 g) Del Monte Fresh Cut Sliced Pineapple,
         drained (reserve syrup)
1-1/2 tsp calamansi juice
1/4     cup brown sugar


3       egg yolks
1/2    cup evaporated milk
3       tbsp. confectioner's sugar
1/8    tsp. grated calamansi rind

Here's how:

1. Peel bananas. Cut into 2 lengthwise. Soak in calamansi juice and half of sliced pineapple syrup. Set aside.

2. Combine Del Monte Fresh Cut Sliced Pineapple with remaining syrup and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Drain bananas. Add to the sliced pineapples. Arrange on a platter or individual containers. Pour topping.

3. Topping: Combine ingredients for topping. Mix until well blended. Cook over low heat with continuous stirring for 10-15 minutes.

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Coffee Pods are Convenient and Helpful

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Coffee is an important beverage for most people. Plenty of Americans need their morning cup of coffee to begin your day. Due to this, coffee has become a lucrative business over the past couple of years. Recently, the invention of coffee pods make the morning cup all the more convenient.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

How to Diet With Low Carbohydrate Recipes and Stick to It.

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By Seomul Evans

Visit a dietician and determine the best way to get you started on your low-carbohydrate recipe plan. Only make sure you get one to two ounces of fruit every day. They are one of the basic building blocks of an essential diet - carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fiber.

High Priced Champagne Glasses Guide

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It is often a treat in the event you drink champagne. you don't need to buy probably the most high-priced champagne glasses just to appreciate the drink. Really you will find some low cost champagne flutes with respectable design which it is possible to buy as opposed to buying these costly champagne glass.

Giving In to Our Chocolate Desires

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By Anya Shiela Richards

Who doesn't know what chocolates are? This may be the most well known confection that was discovered! They are found everywhere, from candies, drinks, cupcake recipes, cupcake frosting, cakes, ice-creams and now even on non edible products such as colognes. A little fact about our beloved treat is that the chocolate has been a part of our history probably more than we know. One of the most notable explanations about the origin of its name is that it came from the Nahuatl (Aztec language) word "xocolatl" which then became "chocolatl" to chocolate. Chocolate comes from the cacao bean which is being grown in Central and South America. It was used to serve ceremonial purposes before becoming an everyday treat for us.

Of course, the chocolate that we all know and love today is mostly sweet and has a very different taste from what the Aztecs or Mayans would have been familiar with. The first solid chocolate bars were produced in 1847 by Joseph Fry & Son, and since then the world has seen the introduction of a wide range of varieties, from white chocolate (not considered as chocolate at all by many) to pure, dark chocolate. Dark chocolate possesses certain health benefits, such as antioxidants, which inhibit the growth of free radicals, and it is thought to be good for the heart.

If you're craving for chocolate, might as well try these simple chocolate finds:

Chocolate Brownies
Brownies are so good and all you need to make one is cocoa powder, eggs, shortening, egg, sugar, pecans, vanilla essence, flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. Melt the shortening and then add the cocoa powder. Remove from the heat. Mix the sugar and eggs together and then slowly add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the pecans lastly. Bake for half an hour and leave to cool before cutting into squares. You can top it off with chocolate ganache, chocolate glaze or even ice-cream.

Chocolate cupcakes
Those cupcakes with luscious cupcake frostings in bakeshops are simply mouthwatering. You yourself can definitely make your own cupcakes, you can find a variety of chocolate cupcake recipes in the Internet and video tutorials on how to do it too, simple ingredients can be bought in the grocery as well as those cupcake papers and toppings. You can also customize your cupcake recipe by adding your own frostings.

Chocolate cupcakes
You can find a variety of chocolate cupcake recipes in the Internet and even find a ready made mix in the grocery. To make your own however, you'll just need cocoa powder, hot water, flour, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla essence. Cream the butter and sugar together and then add the eggs. Fold in the flour and then the cocoa until the mixture is smooth. Then spoon the batter into cupcake papers and bake.

Once done, it's time to add your favorite cupcake frosting. A cupcake recipe won't be complete without it. Find a recipe and choose from buttercream, royal icing, cooked or the classic glaze frosting.

Adding chocolate in a recipe not only adds flavor but also gives the recipe that sophisticated touch. One can really become addicted to this confection and who could be blamed? However, as heavenly as this chocolate is, too much is still bad. We should still eat things in moderation so we won't have to suffer consequences.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tea Discovered - Teameister

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By Penny Bronson

Tea, is a popular beverage in the world today and is produced from the leaves or buds of the tea bush. The will examine tea by discussing the History of Tea, Cultivation of tea as well as tea processing and varieties. Preparing and serving a cup of tea and the various kinds of tea and what makes each special is also covered.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Excellent Tips On How To Grow Organic Tomato Seeds

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By Chad Perry

Most people do not know what a fresh, homegrown vegetable or fruit tastes like. They are used to buying frozen food because of convenience issues. However, there is nothing that comes even close to an organically grown food source. They not only taste better, but also are bigger, more colorful and have gram for gram more nutrients contained in their flesh. If you are a novice gardener, you should start growing organic tomato seeds and see how easy it really is.

How to Lose Weight Loss with Low Calorie Foods Recipes

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By Seomul Evans

Calorie restriction is the appropriate word for weight loss and the best method to achieve it is the intake of low calorie foods recipes. The calorie restricted diet helps you to lose your weight and you can again fit back into your skinny jeans.

You can become healthier and live longer with reduction of your caloric intake. In this article we will tell you about the low calorie foods recipes playing a major role in diminution of your weight and its benefits.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Paleo Recipes Book : Helps to Make Your Food Much More Exciting

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By Liam Jay

Paleolithic diet plan or simply just Paleo diet regime which could be normally known as is actually becoming very popular in fact it is perceived as one of several most nutritious diet plan.

Don't Skip Your Breakfast if You Need to Stay Healthy

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By Jereme Baker

Skipping breakfast is a common strategy for losing weight, but not a smart one. Breakfast has always been said to be the most important meal of the day. Studies show that children who eat breakfast do better in school. It doesn't take much further thought to realize adults will feel better and perform better at work as well. Whether you work at home, on the farm, at the office, at school, or on the road, it is not a good idea to skip breakfast. Eating a good breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fun Picnic Parade

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Whether it's just an afternoon of fun in the backyard or after a long trip to cool somewhere, I've got the perfect set of recipes for the family's picnic lunch. You can simply bring these barbecue dishes, pre-marinated and start grilling as soon as you reach your picnic site. Complement the barbecues with delicious shrimp pasta recipe that you can easily prepare the night before. Everyone will love it!


You will need:

1       kilo chicken thigh and legs, cut up
2/3    cup Del Monte Instant Marinade Pinoy BBQ
1/4    kilo togue
100   g cabbage, sliced
1       pc medium red bell pepper, cut into strips

Here's how:

1. Make a shallow cut on chicken pieces. Marinate in Del Monte Instant Marinade Pinoy BBQ for at least 30 minutes. Drain and reserve syrup 2 tbsp marinade. Grill in pan with 3 tbsp oil or over live charcoal until cooked. Set aside.

2. Simmer reserve marinade for 1 minute. Add vegetables and cook for 2 minutes with continuous stirring. Serve with chicken.


You will need:

250      g Del Monte Spaghetti cooked per package directions
3          cloves garlic, crushed
1          medium onion, chopped
1          medium shrimps, shelled
100      g canned button mushrooms, quartered
1          can (390 g) Del Monte Sweet Style Spaghetti Sauce

Here's how:

1. Saute' garlic, onion, shrimps and mushrooms. Add Del Monte Spaghetti sauce and 1/4 tsp. iodized fine salt (or 1/4 tbsp. iodized rock salt).

2. Simmer for 5-8 minutes. Pour over or mix with cooked Del Monte Spaghetti. Top with grated cheese, if desired.


You will need:

1        kilo pork liempo, cut up


1        can (140 g) Del Monte Tomato Sauce
1/4     cup honey
1/3     cup prepared mustard
1        tbsp calamansi juice
1/4     tsp ground cloves (optional)
1        pc medium onion, chopped

Here's how:

1. Season pork with 1/2 tsp iodized fine salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Mix well. Set aside. Combine ingredients for marinade then marinate pork for 1 hour.

2. Drain pork. Simmer marinade for 2 minutes. Set aside.

3. Arrange pork slices in griller over live charcoal. Grill while brushing with marinade every 5 minutes until cooked.

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Why the Bunn Coffee Maker Machine is Popular

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By Paul Phillips

The Bunn Coffee Brewer is arguably the most popular coffee maker machine within the market right now. A lot of households and commercial establishments alike prefer Bunn as the brand of their selection when brewing coffee.

Kiddie Beach Party

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Take advantage of the long summer days and head to the beach with your kids! For a fuss-free outing, you have to try this easy and deletable menu so you can spend less time cooking and more time unwinding. Now dining at the beach is simple and a whole lot of fun. Just line-up the ingredients and let the kids assemble their own combos. They'll feel all grown-up and there's less mess to clean up! Isn't that perfect!


You will need:

200     g Del Monte Elbow Macaroni, cooked
1         pc medium onion, chopped
150     g Hungarian sausage, sliced
1         cup canned button mushrooms, sliced
1         pouch (250 g) Del Monte Italian Style Spaghetti Sauce
1         pc each small red and green bell peppers, cut into cubes
1/4      cup evaporated milk
1         cup grated quickmelt cheese
2         slices bread, cut into cubes, tossed in 2 tbsp softened butter
2         tbsp snipped parsley

Here's how:

1. Saute' onion, sausage, mushroom and bell pepper. Add Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce, milk, 1/2 tsp iodized fine salt (or 1/2 tbsp iodized rock salt). Simmer for 5 minutes. Combine with Del Monte Macaroni and half of cheese.

2. Transfer to square pan (8" x 8"). Top with cheese, toasted bread and parsley. Cover with foil then bake in preheated over at 350F for 8 minutes.


You will need:

1      kilo chicken wings (about 12 pieces)
1      pouch (250 g) Del Monte Sweet Style Spaghetti Sauce
1      tsp hot sauce


12    cloves garlic, crushed
2      tsp hot sauce
1/2   tsp iodized fine salt (or 1-1/2 tsp iodized rock salt)

Here's how:

1. Marinate chicken for 30 minutes. Fry in oil until golden brown. Set aside.

2. Combine Del Monte Sweet Style Spaghetti Sauce, 1/4 cup water, hot sauce and 1/4 tsp iodized fine salt (or 3/4 tsp iodized rock salt). Allow to simmer. Add chicken wings. Simmer over high heat with constant stirring for 5 minutes or until dry.


You will need:

6       pc hamburger buns, halved
4       cloves garlic, minced
1       pc large onion, sliced
1/4    kilo ground beef
1       pc medium carrot, coarsely grated
1       pc medium red bell pepper, diced
2       pouches (115 each) Del Monte Classic Italian Pizza Sauce

Here's how:

1. Saute' garlic, onion and ground beef. Cook for 5 minutes or until brown. Add carrot, bell pepper, Del Monte Pizza sauce, 1/2 tsp iodized fine salt (or 1/2 tbsp iodized rock salt) and 1/8 tsp pepper. Cook for 10 minutes.

2. On bottom half of bread, pour 2 tbsp sauteed mixture. Cover with another half of bread.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Best No Bake Cookie Recipes

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By Eileen B. Lisi

Whatever be the occasion, a birthday smack or an easy get together, delicious cookies are a fave. Cookies are worth experiencing but the sole problem is the process of baking them is kind of dreary. It's not a straightforward task and not all can pull it off perfectly. Anyway, how about serving cookies that you don't have to cook? It sounds exciting and the techniques are straightforward too. Have a look at some.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Next Get-Together Recipes

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

If I were to choose whom to be reunited again in immortality, I would really shower Heavenly Father with all my gratitude if He would permit me to be together again with my family. No other relationship I know that is worth all the struggles on earth than the bond that the family shares with each other. Just don't exactly know the name of that thin thread that binds the family together but when love, understanding, forgiveness, and acceptance is present, it is just like having known that name before.

I have prepared here two delectable something to enliven family togetherness at home. Its a must-try recipes that  helps keep a family to be sticking together through thick and thin.


You will need:

1      can Del Monte Sliced Pineapple (439 g), drained, reserve syrup

For the meatloaf

3/4    kg ground beef
100   g onion, chopped
1       pc small carrot, chopped
100   g sweet ham, chopped
100   g Hungarian or Vienna sausage, chopped
1       pc large red bell pepper, chopped
2       stalks celery, chopped
4       slices bread, chopped
2       pc eggs
2       packs Del Monte Sandosenang Sarap All-in-One Seasoning
         (18 g each)

For the sauce

1/4    cup Del Monte Banana Ketchup
2       tbsp orange marmalade
1       tsp cornstarch, dissolved in pineapple syrup

Here's how:

1. Combine ingredients for meatloaf; mix well. Arrange Del Monte Sliced pineapple on the bottom of 9" x 5" pan. Pour meat mixture. Bake at 375F for 1 hour. Invert pan then spoon cooked sauce on top. Bake for another 20 minutes.

2. To cook sauce: Combine ingredients. Simmer over medium heat, stirring continuously for 10 minutes or until thick.


You will need:

2       tbsp minced garlic
1/2    cup chopped onions
1       pc laurel leaf
1/4    tsp whole peppercons
1       pc star anise
1/8    tsp 5-spice powder ngohiong
1       kg pork pata (front), cut into serving portions
3       tbsp oyster sauce
1/4    cup soy sauce
1/4    cup rice wine or gin (optional)
1/3    cup brown sugar
2       pouches Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits (115 g each)

Here's how:

1. Saute' the first 6 ingredients in 2 tbsp oil. Add pata and saute until lightly browned.

2. Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and 3 cups water.
    Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until pata is fork-tender.

3. Add Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits with syrup.
    Simmer for 8 more minutes.

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A Look At The Top Five Coffee Makers

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By Allison Choise

Most mornings around the world start with coffee to usher in the new day. And fortunately, close to 100% of food establishments worldwide serve coffee as part of their menu. Coffee and coffee makers are a booming business these days, mainly because a great majority of the world needs that cup of coffee to stay awake and have energy to last a long day of work. The business that surrounds this part of the world is big and more and more people are trying to get in on it. This means that there is more than enough competition to make the best in coffee maker products that the world has seen. This is an important thing to a good many people as the coffee maker is the number one appliance in their home.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Making Homemade Wine: Kits vs From Scratch

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By Andrew Miller

There are two broad ways of making homemade wine; either from a kit or completely from scratch. Both these ways are perfectly fine routes to go for making your own homemade wine; the choice is dependent mostly on skill level and the room you have. It is likely that you will do both; start out with a kit to get comfortable and then work your way towards making homemade wine without one.

Pancakes From Scratch

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By Tatum Cook

When they're made from scratch pancakes always taste better. The best part about making pancakes from scratch is that it's easy! It really takes no extra time to make pancakes from scratch. This will also allow you to tinker with the recipe until it is just how you like your pancakes to taste. Just follow the directions laid out below and you are sure to make some great pancakes in no time!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

How to Make Easy and Fun Homemade Wine

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By Andrew Miller

All right, you want to make some great homemade wine, but you do not have the money for all of the equipment, ingredients, nor do you have months to wait! It's all right though; thanks to no little ingenuity (and sometimes some strong taste buds), you can make wine in your home using the most basic of household materials.

Self-Catering Tips For Party Planners

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By Chloe Schneider

As much as each of us would like like to be Martha Stewart and do all the party requisites by ourselves, sometimes we simply have to give ourselves a break. Everyone may benefit from an spare hand, even the most organized ones. So don't be ashamed to ask for assistance, especially in the cooking department, where the food, the life of the party, is made to perfection.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pineapple Stuffed Chicken

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Why do children always love to eat  chicken?

I know you will be probably asking that same question in mind. No matter how it is being cooked, they will always like it. I have observed with my nieces and nephews how they left the plates empty when their rice (staple food of the Filipinos) is matched with chicken. It may be chicken adobo, fried chicken, buttered chicken, chicken barbecue, roasted chicken, it will always be pleasing to their eating senses. How I love to look at them watching and waiting when will the cooking done and how they would grab a piece of it to eat. I can really tell their heavenly experience during meals with chicken dish on the table.

I've read that parents can keep their children at home for long hours if the children feel the love and care that is suppose to surround there. How will the children feel that love and care? Not just let them feel it but show it by cooking delectable and nutritious viands for them but it must be garnished with perfection, flavored with love and prepared with passion. You will not only keep them for hours but will even hang around with you for years.

Here's a must-try duo that can really make the home's lunch or supper worth spending with your family.


You will need:

1        pc whole dressed chicken (1-1/4 kg.), drained

For the stuffing

2        tbsp butter
2        pc bread slices, cut into cubes
2        cloves garlic, minced
2        stalks celery, diced
1        can Del Monte Pineapple Chunks (234 g), drained, reserved syrup
1        pc green apple, pared and diced
3        tbsp raisins

For the marinade

2       packs Del Monte Sandosenang Sarap All-In-One Seasoning
         (18 g each)
         Pineapple Syrup

for the sauce

1       can Del Monte Crushed Pineapple (234 g) juice of 1 orange
1       tsp grated ginger
1       tsp honey
2       tsp cornstarch

Here's how:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Marinate chicken, including inside cavity, for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

3. Saute' bread cubes in butter until toasted. Add garlic and celery. Cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from flame and combine with apple, Del Monte Pineapple Chunks, raisins. Stuff chicken with mixtures. Truss chicken to keep its shape.

4. Place on wire rack of roasting pan and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Brush with butter on the last 5 minutes of baking. Reserve drippings.

5. Combine drippings with sauce ingredients. Simmer until thickened. Serve with chicken.


You will need:

1        pc buko meat shredded, reserve 1 cup buko water
3        pc pandan leaves
6-7    drops green food color
3        tbsp sugar
1        can Del Monte Fiesta Fruit Cocktail (439 g), reserve syrup
2 1/4  tsp unflavored gelatin, dissolved in 2 tbsp fruit cocktail syrup
1/4     cup evaporated milk
3/4     cup all-purpose cream, chilled
1/3     cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2     cup sweetened kaong, drained

Here's how:

1. Combine buko water and pandan leaves in pan. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove pandan. Add food color and stir until desired green color is achieved.

2. Add sugar and gelatin then stir until dissolved. Pour into an 8" x 4" pan. Cool. Chill until firm. Cut into cubes. Set aside.

3. Mix buko meat and evaporated milk. Set aside. Mix cream and condensed milk. Combine with Del Monte Fiesta Fruit Cocktail, buko, gelatin and kaong. Chill until ready to serve.
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Use Mind Over Matter To Change Your Life

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By Jackie Traveller

Many people doubt the validity of claims that you can change your own circumstances easily. In fact, most people believe that your current lot in life is the one you are stuck with. Understanding what 'mind over matter' is all about will change your outlook on life.

Five Smoothie Maker Tips You Might Not Know

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By Alison Graham

A home smoothie maker does not have to cost you a lot of money. In fact, it will save you money on store bought, ready-prepared smoothies and you will have the benefit of knowing exactly what has gone into making what you drink. Smoothies made at home are fresher, are free from unwanted additives and have not been heat treated so you know they retain 100% of their goodness.

The Morning Banana Diet Critiqued

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By Carl Rearden

Is it possible for you to conceive of eating only bananas for breakfast every morning? As hard as it is to imagine, many Japanese adopted precisely that course while the Morning Banana Diet was popular in Japan. In fact, bananas became so popular during the Morning Banana Diet's zenith that Japan experienced a national shortage of the fibrous fruit.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fruity Bibingka

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Filipinos love to eat. That maybe the reason why we eat five times in a day. We have our breakfast, merienda,lunch, merienda, and dinner, not to mention our midnight snacks. Every corner here in the Philippines is full of vendors selling just anything to eat. They are selling junk foods, peanuts, beverages, hotdog, chicharon baboy, breads, cakes, fruits, barbecue, banana cue and others. And there are also those that are selling classic Filipino dishes like balut and bibingka. The latter is so popular here in the Philippines but only few are selling them because it takes a  lot of effort in preparing all the ingredients and the process of baking seems too tricky.

Here's a Bibingka recipe that's hassle-free and so easy to do. I want you to become a Filipino one day by trying this unique and special twist of classic bibingka - with fruits.!

You will need:

2       packs bibingka cake mix (150 g each)
1       can Del Monte Fiesta Fruit Cocktail (439 g)
         drained (reserve syrup)
2       pc eggs
2       tbsp melter butter and margarine
1/4    cup grated Cheddar cheese (optional)
1       pc salted egg, sliced (optional)
         banana leaves

Here's how:

1. Preheat oven toaster. Pass banana leaf over flame until wilted. Line a 5" x 8" pan with two layers of banana leaves, allowing excess to overhang pan edges (or use individual tin pans).

2. In a bowl, combine cake mix with all of the coconut milk powder (included in the pack). Blend well. Add eggs, fruit cocktail syrup and butter. Beat until smooth. Fold in Del Monte Fiesta Fruit Cocktail.

3. Pour into prepared pan. Top with cheese and salted egg, if desired. Cover with aluminium foil.

4. Bake for 40 minutes if using rectangular pan, 15 to 20 minutes if using individual tin pans. Remove foil and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes (or bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes).

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Potato Chicken Salad

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Whenever my family would have something to celebrate for, we usually gather in a place where we could really feast. We usually do it at home and the one thing that can really make the celebration more alive is the food and always the food. I really enjoy the time not only that we are all together but its the best opportunity for us ladies of the house to let everybody in the family taste something that we prepare. We always make it sure that we will try a new dish when we are together then the fun and togetherness would always end up for everybody to be joyful and tummy-full!

You try it with your family too where you are going to experiment a new recipe every time there is something to celebrate. Why won't you try this recipe and your family will be always looking for a chance to make everyday a reason for another celebration!


You will need:

1       kg baby potatoes, washed very well
2       cans Del Monte Crushed Pineapple (234 g each), drained reserve syrup
150   g bacon, sliced
300   g chicken breast fillet
100   g red bell pepper, partially roasted and cut into cubes
100   g yellow bell pepper, partially roasted and cut into cubes
3       stalks celery, stringed and sliced
1       tbsp chopped red onions
         Romaine lettuce

For the dressing

1      cup mayonnaise
2      tbsp Dijon mustard
2      tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4   cup extra virgin olive oil
5      tbsp ripe mango puree
2      tbsp honey
1/2   tsp iodized fine salt
1/8   tsp white pepper

Here's how:

1. Boil chicken in pineapple syrup with 1/2 tsp iodized fine salt until cooked. Drain then slice, reserve stock.

2. Using reserve stock, add 2 cups water, potatoes and 1 tsp iodized fine salt.
    Boil potatoes until tender. Drain; cut each piece into two. Set aside.

3. Saute' bacon until crispy; drain and crumble. Set aside.

4. Combine all ingredients for salad (except bacon and lettuce).
    Pour dressing: toss. Chill. Mix with bacon just before serving. Serve on bed of lettuce.

5. To make dressing: Combine all ingredients in a covered jar. Shake until well blended.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Magic Chef Win Coolers - The Ideal Wine Cooler For Every Home

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By Enitan Aje

Wine is not a very tolerant liquid; it gets messed up when exposed to certain conditions. According to scientific research, it has been found that the taste and value of wine can be affected by three major factors which are temperature, light and humidity. When wine is exposed to these three factors in excess, the value of the wine depreciates with time until it actually loses its taste completely. This is why wine coolers are necessary to keep wine under the right conditions, away from too much light, temperature and humidity.

Process Meat Quickly With Meat Grinders

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By Matt LeClair

Meat grinders are becoming more and more popular these days because of the value they can provide with regard to cost effectiveness. Not only that, but many consumers are becoming more conscientious of how they are spending their money. By using this handy kitchen appliance, consumers are able to save quite a bit of money.

Party Food Made Quick and Easy

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By Anya Shiela Richards

When we make parties, receptions, or gatherings, we like to serve some kind of light refreshment. Ideally, if we had a lot of time and money at our disposal, the menu would be very elaborate, with all manner of gateaux, desserts, fancy mousses, tortes, and other culinary works of art. But for most of us, this is way out of reach. Who has the time and energy to make all of these masterpieces, or the money to buy them?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fiesta Ice cream Sandwich

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Here's a dessert that kids will love it no end! Its chilly, fruity and delicious.

I have really observed that children love ice cream and wafer and how about combining the two in one fruity dessert, here's what they have to say:

Lalang: "The best! I will not save even a scoop of ice cream for tomorrow."

Jacyleah: "Never have I tasted something so heavenly like Ice cream Sandwich."

Jan Kelly: "Hope all sandwiches taste like this one, hehehe!"

Crista: "I can eat them even if I am missing my front teeth!"

Colyn: "I always want for more and more and more!"

You have to try this at home and enjoy what your children have to say! Exciting!


You will need:

2     packs vanilla or chocolate wafers (200 g each)
1     pint vanilla ice cream
1     can Del Monte Fiesta Fruit Cocktail (439 g)

Here's how: 

1. Line a 7" x 7" pan with foil. Cover bottom of pan with a single layer of wafers.

2. Spread half of the ice cream to cover the wafers. Top evenly with chopped Del Monte Fiesta Fruit Cocktail. Cover and freeze for about an hour. Freeze remaining ice cream.

3. After an hour, spread the remaining ice cream on top of fruit then cover with remaining wafers. Freeze again until firm. Cut into serving portions and wrap in foil. Freeze until ready to serve.
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Single Serve Coffee Machines That You'll Love

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By Thomas Patricks

Check out the following tips before deciding to buy a single cup coffee maker.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Why Drinking Coffee Is Good For You

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By Timothy Schwartz

Are you a coffee lover? Does drinking a cup of coffee jump-start your day or kick starts your brain? Maybe you are getting ready for an exam and you want that extra edge. Or maybe you want to give your metabolism a boost.

Coffee can and will help you get to that level but you need to drink with moderation. Most people think that coffee can relax and smooth your worried and achy mind. It can and the industry has grown exponentially. While relaxing you, you also get some health benefits as well.

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits: Medical Science Confirms Dark Chocolate Good For Heart

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By Walter Bell

Here is a definite answer to the question, "Is dark chocolate good for you?" Yes, the benefits of dark chocolate have been confirmed by medical science. According to an American Heart Association(AHA) scientific journal news release dated Aug. 17, 2010 there certainly are dark chocolate health benefits. According to the AHA report eating moderate amounts of chocolate is linked to lower risks of heart failure among other benefits.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Delectable Cuisine Cajun Food Dallas

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By Lee Jimenez

Cajun food is most well known in the south, Louisiana is the home of French immigrants who where forced to America by the British when they where deported. Soon after their unique style of creole cooking emerged. Traditional Cajun food Dallas is made in 3 dishes to make one meal. The staples of the meal are the following steamed rice, a main dish that is the meat, and whatever available vegetables are in season.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Holiday Chowmein

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Here's sensational noodle recipe to wow the crowd.

You will need:

350      grams chicken breast fillet, cut into strips
200      grams shrimps, shelled, tails kept intact
350      grams bihon or canton noodles
5          pieces dried shiitake mushroom, soaked and sliced
1/2       tsp sesame oil
1/4       cup sliced wansuy

For the Sauce

2         packs Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits (115 g each), drained, reserved syrup
1/3      cup oyster sauce
2-1/4  cups chicken stock
1         tsp grated ginger
12       pieces shallots sliced thinly
2         tsp brown sugar
6         stalks chives, sliced
2         tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in pineapple syrup

Here's how:

1. Saute' chicken, shrimps and mushrooms in sesame oil until cooked. Season with salt to taste. Set aside.

2. Combine ingredients of sauce. Simmer until thickened. Add chicken-shrimp mixture. Allow to simmer. Set aside.

3. Deep fry noodles in batches until crispy. Transfer to a platter.

4. Pour sauce and top with wansuy.

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Tips For People Who Are Determined To Lose Weight In 2011

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By Musa Aykac

With the New Year almost upon us, many people will be sorting out their resolutions. One of the most common things that people choose to do is to lose weight. Because if they start this diet in January then by the time the warm weather arrives, they could be looking nice and slim. The tips below should help you when it comes to losing weight because this is a great resolution.

Take Responsibility Of Your Health

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By Liana Badea

Health is defined as a state of well being. The medical dictionary (Medilexicon) has three definitions for health. To summarize in few words, health is a state of the body when it functions optimally without evidence of disease. This state is characterized by a dynamic balance between the emotional and physical levels in the body.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Mysterious Adventures of Little Mr. Salaka

Welcome to the World Little Guy
Xavier-Alexander Andrew Salaka born 13:46 on November 11, 2010 3.276kg/7lbs 3.55oz
Thank goodness the 2,000 lb beast known as Google didn't eat this blog. Unfortunately, the original posting of this article on the ( was taken down by Google. Despite hiring professional writers to post articles to that blog, Google, in all its wisdom, decided that the blog was somehow a spam blog - 1 year worth of posting (and several grand in writing fees) gone in an instant. After 2 months of trying to talk to them, and no reasoning given, I gave up on re-instating the original blog and reproduced the article here.
Update 2: Awesomeness - Google is just going to town on deleting my blogs. I am about this far from starting a boycott Google campaign. 

Eat Healthier And Take Vitamins to Ensure Your Body Will Function Its Best

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By Brenda Hughes

Nutritional vitamin supplements are widely taken by a myriad of individuals round the world nowadays. If you would like to maintain ideal health, natural supplements, a nutritious diet, and of course regular exercise will likely take you a long way towards accomplishing your objective. Supplements can help the wellbeing of practically everyone today, since the eating habits of most people in this modern era are pretty poor in general.

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