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i love food – be it eating it or cooking it.  i especially love cooking for my family and friends. and i want to share this love with you by posting recipes/techniques i’ve “discovered” throughout my life.

a.simple.way.to.cook.salmon(or any fish fillet).

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 ingredients: 1 kilo salmon (filleted, skin on), olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped parsley, paprika, rosemary, thyme, lemon juice/lemon slices

directions: the fish can either be grilled or cooked in a pan.  cut the fish into serving size. (i usually get my fish in whole slabs – the whole “side” of the fish without the head, tail, guts and bone – so i just cut about two-inch slices. but you can cut the fish to suit your taste.) place the fish (skin side down) on a piece of aluminum foil (large enough for you to tightly seal/enclose/wrap around the fish). drizzle generously with olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley, paprika, rosemary, thyme and lemon juice.   If you have lemon slices, then just place them on top of the fish instead of drizzling the juice all over.  Seal the top and edges of the foil.  Heat your grill or pan.  Coat grill or pan with oil. Place the foil (with the fish. lol!!!) on grill/pan and cook for about 10-15 minutes (depends on how large the fish is).  Serve.

i love this dish. it’s simple and easy to make. prep time only takes a couple of minutes and you can serve dinner on time. pwedeng pwede sa 30-minute meals ni rachel ray. lol!! 🙂  you can serve this dish with a simple pasta dish like…

lemon.spaghetti.

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 ingredients: 1 lb. spaghetti, 2/3 cup olive oil, 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, lemon zest, 1/3 cup chopped basil leaves

directions: cook pasta in salted water until tender but still firm (i prefer Spaghetti No. 2 which cooks for about 8 minutes). meanwhile, whisk the oil, cheese and lemon juice in a large bowl to blend. drain the pasta and set aside 1 cup of the cooking liquid.  toss the pasta in the lemon sauce, adding 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid at a time as needed to moisten.  season with salt and pepper.  garnish with lemon zest and basil.

’til the next recipe!!!   🙂

Got this from a good friend —–  

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.  A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
 
When you’re filling-up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high.  In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.
 
One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL.  The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.
 
Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up–most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. 
 

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It’s my first time to use any product from Webster’s Pages.  After the EB last Feb.16, we decided to pass by Vivian’s store (lasting impression).  I would have never known that heaven existed here on earth (specifically, in San Juan… lol!!!) if it were not for Bjay. 

ohmigod!!! talk about scrap-heaven!!!!  🙂  completely forgot about hubby as I immersed myself in mounds and mounds of scrap goodies — rows and rows and rows of paper and cardstock… shelves upon shelves of assorted embellishments, chipboard, stickers, stamps, inks, etc…a wall covered with tools… basta, everything a scrapper/addict would need…  so…to somehow repay the kindness and patience of Vivian (who kept on answering every mundane and silly question we would throw at her)… I decided to enter her challenge for this month…

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Here are the directions to her store: from Edsa, make a turn on Ortigas Ave. (going in the direction of Greenhills).  Make a LEFT on Wilson Street (I think it’s the 2nd stoplight from Edsa).  Go straight then make a RIGHT on J.Abad Santos Street (its right after the “welcome arch”).  Go straight and make a RIGHT on V. Ibañez Street.  It’s the BROWN gate to your left.  Ring the bell on Apartment D and someone will open the door for you.

Address: 216 V.Ibañez Street, San Juan…The only catch is that her store is open only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  But you can order stuff from her online store anytime.   🙂

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Pinays rock!!!   🙂

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sniff…sniff…I haven’t played with Isa for the past couple of days. I’m still down with the flu and she might catch it if I come near her… sigh… I miss her antics and giggles.  I miss having her drool all over me.  I miss how she rests her head on my shoulder as she listens to the birds outside her window. I miss feeding her bananas and carrots.  I miss my baby…

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