A Weekly Serving - 12/11/2010

This past week was probably the best week ever (well, next to the birth of my son!)  I'm still pinching myself that what events transpired this week really happened! But first...

Here's what I cooked up in the kitchen this past week...

Sweet maple syrup & rosemary transforms pork into something impressive!

Outside of Thanksgiving, it’s perfect with chili!

A great way to get a sweet taste of summer zucchini any time of year…

Lemon Chicken Rice Soup

A special ingredient gives this soup a nice velvety texture!

Bacon Pizza Bites

Great as an appetizer, a quick snack or when you have a hankering for pizza!

Here are the recipe collections I've posted this past week...

8 Biscotti Recipes for Gift Giving
Biscotti’s a great alternative to cookies for gift giving!

Turn up the heat in the kitchen with these recipes!

5 Quick Breads for Holiday Food Gifts
Bake up a mini loaf for loved ones this year!

Here are 10 Casseroles for a Crowd
that makes holiday potlucks easy and tasty…

12 Mac & Cheese Recipes... Please!
If you need some inspiration or want to try a different spin on this classic standby,
check out these 12 Mac & Cheese Recipes…

Some recipes that caught my eye and I bookmarked, which I hope to try out soon!...

Mexican Ravioli (Mags @ The Other Side of 50) - I love fusion dishes like this! What a great filling for ravioli...

Peanut Butter Chip Brittle (Cathy @ Cathy's Kitchen Journey) - Peanut butter and brittle? Combined? Sounds divine...

Almond Joy Truffles (Madalina @ Duhlicious) - I love making truffles and this is a fab combo...

Pizza Roll Sandwich (Keri @ Sandwich 365) - This is genius and definitely on my to-make list!

Baked Mini Frittatas (Kalyn @ Kalyn's Kitchen) - Finding new ways to use my muffin pans always make me giddy...

Chocolate Marshmallow Whoopie Pies (Amy @ Playing House) - I think whoopie pies need to make a strong comeback. This is one tasty looking reason why...

My weekly musings on Family, Food and Fun...

Family -
My parents flew back to the States from the Philippines earlier this week. I'm not sure how long they'll be staying this time around but I'm guessing at least through the beginning of the new year. Joel turned the big 7 months also this week and he's looking more like a big boy rather that the teeny tiny preemie baby I had months ago. *sniff* They grow up so fast!

Food - So last week I mentioned how I met with a restaurant owner for a really amazing opportunity available. That opportunity was to be a head chef for a new Filipino Tapas restaurant here in Chicago. Earlier this week I did a tasting event for the owner and some key folks so they had a chance to taste what I could do. It went really well and I got the job! After a few more discussions and negotiations, I've also been made a partner for the restaurant venture. We're planning on a soft opening in early January and once we work out the kinks, we'll do a grand opening shortly thereafter. I can't give out too many details yet, but I will soon. I know many people are anxious to get the details on where, when, etc but don't worry... I'll be sharing soon, in time for our soft opening! Another key thing to note is that Chicago will soon have their first Filipino Gastro-Truck once spring arrives. So stay tuned... I'd love to have you join me on my new culinary adventure! Aside from this new job and spending a few hours at the restaurant this past week, I spent my evenings dining out and attending some special dinners. The week started with a Don Julio tequila tasting... which kicked me in the bum the next morning. Wednesday, my husband and I went to a Korean dinner which was pretty good. Thursday was a Mexican dinner which was ah-mazing. I'll be sharing these experiences in upcoming posts soon just to share some food porn. But this weekend I'd like to relax and not have to deal with much food. I fear once I'm in the restaurant cooking away most nights, my love of cooking and baking at home is going to pretty much go away. I'm going to have to figure out how to maintain a balance soon!

Fun - This past week was ridiculously busy with being in the kitchen, going out to special dinners practically every night and just being surrounded by food and food related things. Don't get me wrong - it was really fun and so tasty! However the best fun I had all week was taking Joel to his first Gymboree class. We all went and had a blast, especially Joel. He got to meet other babies in his age group, learn a few new songs, play with bubbles, etc. We'll be taking him to a few other places in the next week to try out before deciding on a place for him to go for classes.

Have a wonderful and delicious weekend!


  1. your cutie has so much hair! he's adorable :-)

  2. Good luck in your restaurant venture.

  3. Congrats on the well-deserved new job!

  4. Oh gee, your little guy is so cute! Glad you like the looks of the mini-frittata, thanks for the mention.

  5. Congratulations on the exciting news...I know you will be an amazing success.

  6. thanks for the shoutout, but I think it's linking to the wrong page.
    I was looking at your pics of Joel yesterday and thought he grew up so fast! He's adorable!