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Appetizers:

Ahi Tuna Poke

Posted on Oct 15th, 2013

Poke is a Hawaiian dish traditionally served as an appetizer, but it can also be a main dish when served with rice or corn titiyas. Modern…

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

These chicken lettuce wraps are a good choice if you're looking for a quick dish to make for an appetizer or a light meal.  I created this recipe…

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Baked Brie

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2013

It's a TV marathon night tonight! The lineup includes Survivor, Criminal Minds and CSI, three of my favorite shows. To add to my TV-watching…

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Caramel Apple Dip

Posted on Mar 1st, 2014

I love caramel apples, don't you? What I don't love is having to bite into it, so I usually end up cutting the apple into slices so I don't make a…

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Cheeseburger Biscuits

Posted on Sep 17th, 2014

Cheese...seasoned ground beef...bacon...all baked in a fluffy biscuit (did I mention there was BACON?). 🙂 These little pillows of delight are…

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Posted on Oct 1st, 2013

One our favorite appetizers when we eat out are crab-stuffed mushrooms.  Tender mushrooms, sweet crab meat, and melted cheese are sure to make these…

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Daigo’ Kimchi with Rokkyo & Pickled Garlic

Posted on Oct 7th, 2014

This is a very simple salad or side dish made with pickled daikon radish, pearl onions, and garlic.  This is not a dish you want to eat before…

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Hannah’s Carne Asada Tacos

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter loves to cook as much as I do, and she loves to experiment with new dishes.  This is her take on Carne Asada Tacos, complete with her…

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Hannah’s Guacamole

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter previously shared her guacamole recipe with her Carne Asada Tacos recipe. This recipe goes great as an appetizer, snack, or to go…

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Lumpia

Posted on Jul 28th, 2013

Lumpia is a staple at most Chamorro gatherings.  There are fried and fresh versions, both of which are extremely popular. There are so many…

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Mango Salsa

Posted on Mar 19th, 2014

This is a delicious and nutritious snack that is perfect with chips or crackers.  I actually made this salsa to go with my delicious fish tacos…

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Mini Chocolate Eclairs (or Cream Puffs)

Posted on Jan 9th, 2015

Homemade eclairs are super easy to make.  They are a French dessert also known as profiteroles, cream puffs, or choux à la crème.  I just call…

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Salmon Cakes

Posted on Mar 19th, 2015

Salmon cakes are my take on one of my favorite seafood dishes -- crab cakes.  These savory patties are crisp on the outside, thanks to a quick…

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Sardine Kelaguen

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2014

Yes...kelaguen...with sardines.  Don't knock it 'till you try it. 🙂 This is one of my favorite foods.  If you know what kelaguen is and…

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Shrimp Patties

Posted on Aug 18th, 2013

Hi everyone!  This is Hannah, Annie's daughter. I made some delicious shrimp patties for lunch one day. My version is somewhat different from…

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Yaki Mandu

Posted on Aug 17th, 2013

Have I mentioned that I love Korean food?  No?  Okay then -- I LOVE Korean food. I have lots of favorites when it comes to Korean cuisine, but…

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Beverages:

Creamy Hot Cocoa

Posted on Aug 14th, 2013

There is nothing better than drinking a mug of steaming, creamy hot cocoa, especially when the weather outside is dreary. It hailed outside today,…

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Green Smoothie Recipes

Posted on Feb 5th, 2014

Green smoothies are not only nutritious but delicious as well.  Don't let the color fool you -- these can easily turn into purple, orange, pink, or…

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Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Posted on Sep 14th, 2014

Why buy gourmet flavored coffee creamer when you can make it right in your own kitchen for half the cost? It takes minutes to whisk up a batch of…

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Thai Milk Tea with Boba

Posted on Aug 9th, 2014

Thai tea is not to be confused with Indian Chai.  It's a quite fragrant tea made with black tea leaves and mixed with ground star anise, orange…

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Breads:

Apple Cranberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

Posted on Sep 18th, 2014

Apples and cranberries go so well together.  Pair them together in these muffins topped with sweet streusel topping and you've got a real treat on…

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Baked Yeast Donuts

Posted on Sep 11th, 2014

I love making fried yeast donuts for my family, but in an effort to make this indulgent dessert a bit healthier, I decided to bake them…

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Basic Yeast Bread Recipe

Posted on Jul 29th, 2013

I love to bake yeast breads, but that wasn’t always the case.  I distinctly remember my very first yeast rolls disaster.  Instead of tender,…

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Berry-licious Blueberry Muffins

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2014

I love blueberry muffins, but I absolutely hate the packaged blueberry muffin mix which turns the batter a bluish-purple after you add canned (and…

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Cheeseburger Biscuits

Posted on Sep 17th, 2014

Cheese...seasoned ground beef...bacon...all baked in a fluffy biscuit (did I mention there was BACON?). 🙂 These little pillows of delight are…

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Chicken Kelaguen & Flour Titiyas

Posted on Jul 29th, 2013

Kelaguen and Titiyas ~ both staples on a Chamorro fiesta table.  But you don't have to be invited to a fiesta in order to enjoy these tasty dishes…

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Posted on Jan 16th, 2014

I love scones.  My favorites are chocolate chip or blueberry scones.  They're perfect for breakfast, along with a steaming hot cup of…

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Homemade Pretzels

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2013

I love those pretzels you buy at the mall, you know the kind I'm talking about.  The ones that are either coated in cinnamon sugar, or the ones with…

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Honey Wheat Bread

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

One of my favorite restaurants serves this soft, sweet, and oh-so-delicious brown bread that has a crunchy oat coating on the outside.  You know…

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Incredibly Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Posted on Nov 25th, 2013

Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls with sweet, creamy Cream Cheese Frosting...need I say more? 😉 These cinnamon rolls are so easy to make that you'll…

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King Cake

Posted on Mar 1st, 2014

King Cakes are part of a popular tradition that celebrates the 12th day following the birth of Christ, during which the 3 Wise Men or Kings visited…

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Pan de Leche

Posted on Jul 26th, 2013

What is Pan de Leche, you ask?  Why, it's only one of the most delicious types of bread around, that's what!  🙂 Seriously, though, Pan de…

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Pillow Soft and Fluffy Biscuits with Homemade Gravy

Posted on Feb 8th, 2014

Biscuits and gravy is a classic breakfast dish. A serving (or two or three) of soft, fluffy biscuits topped with a savory, meaty gravy is a perfect…

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Chocolate Chips

Posted on Oct 12th, 2013

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin turnovers, pumpkin muffins, and now, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls--with chocolate chips too!  If I didn't already have you at…

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Siopao

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2014

Siopao is a favorite snack on Guam that is of Chinese (Cha Siu Bao, or Chinese BBQ Pork Buns) or Philippine origin (Siopao Asado).  The Philippine…

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Spanish Rolls

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2014

Spanish Rolls are one of my favorite things to eat! They are a soft, sweet bread dough rolled flat and filled with sweetened butter, then rolled…

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Sweet Dinner Rolls ~ My Original Go-To Version

Posted on Sep 11th, 2014

As the title for my recipe states, this is my go-to recipe when I want to whip up a tray of sweet dinner rolls. It's also the same recipe I…

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Ultra-Moist Banana Bread

Posted on Oct 18th, 2013

My ultra-moist Banana Bread is a must-try when you have extra bananas just laying around and you don't know what to do with them. My daughter made…

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Yeast Donuts

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2013

Yeast donuts are another favorite treat in my house.  Why wouldn't it be?  Who doesn't loved fried dough that's rolled in sugar?  Uhh…NO one!…

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Chamorro Dishes:

Ahi Tuna Poke

Posted on Oct 15th, 2013

Poke is a Hawaiian dish traditionally served as an appetizer, but it can also be a main dish when served with rice or corn titiyas. Modern…

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Åhu

Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Åhu is a sweet and warm soup of sorts, and is a very popular dessert drink on Guam.  It's one of the first things I make when I go home for…

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Beef Shank Kådu with Fresh Vegetables and Vermicelli Noodles

Posted on Jan 5th, 2014

It's currently 9 degrees outside, with a windchill of -11 degrees -- it's the perfect time for a pot of my delicious Beef Shank Kådu (which means…

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Beef Tinaktak

Posted on Feb 5th, 2014

Beef Tinaktak is a delicious Chamorro dish.  It's one of my favorite comfort foods--I love drowning my rice with the coconut milk kådu…

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Braised Oxtail Soup

Posted on Oct 7th, 2014

Don't let the name of this dish turn you off.  Oxtail, as the name describes, was commonly the meaty part of the tail of an ox.  Nowadays, they are…

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Buñelos Månglo’ (aka Typhoon Donuts)

Posted on Sep 21st, 2013

Buñelos Månglo' is another Chamorro dessert.  The name is loosely translated into "Air Donuts".  I'm not sure why they're called that.…

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Carolyn’s Kådun Pika (Spicy Chicken)

Posted on Dec 29th, 2013

Kådun pika is a spicy Chamorro chicken dish that's somewhat similar to chicken adobo. It's an easy dish to make -- it takes only a few ingredients…

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Chamorro Bistek (or Bisteak)

Posted on Sep 26th, 2013

Bistek (or Bisteak) is a favorite Chamorro dish.  The addition of achote (or annatto) gives a unique flavor, along with the tanginess of the added…

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Chamorro Potato Salad

Posted on Oct 13th, 2014

Chamorro Potato Salad is a must-have at any Chamorro gathering.  Your fiesta menu would not be complete without it. There are several variations…

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Chamorro Potu (Sweet Rice Cake)

Posted on May 20th, 2014

Chamorro rice cakes, or Potu, are rice cakes that are made by soaking grains of rice in tuba, or a sweet fermented coconut sap.  The soaked rice is…

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Champulådu

Posted on Aug 29th, 2013

There are several Chamorro comfort foods that not only make me feel good right down to my bones, but bring back so many fond memories of growing up…

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Chicken Chalakiles

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2014

Chicken Chalakiles is one of my favorite Chamorro comfort foods.  It's a soup made with chicken, onions and garlic, thickened with toasted…

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Chicken Kelaguen & Flour Titiyas

Posted on Jul 29th, 2013

Kelaguen and Titiyas ~ both staples on a Chamorro fiesta table.  But you don't have to be invited to a fiesta in order to enjoy these tasty dishes…

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Chicken Soup (Kådun Månuk)

Posted on Oct 20th, 2014

Kådu is the Chamorro term for soup or broth.  Think of it as Chamorro Comfort Food.  It could be 90 degrees outside on Guam, but serve some kådu…

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Coconut Candy

Posted on Oct 14th, 2013

Coconut candy is an island dessert that's so simple to make, and fun to get the kids involved in making it. Growing up, we'd make this a lot…

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Corn Soup

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2013

Chicken corn soup is a classic dish on Guam.  It's made many different ways, from cutting corn kernels off fresh ears of corn to using canned or…

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Corned Beef with Cabbage and Onions

Posted on May 11th, 2014

This is another classic Chamorro comfort dish.  Most Chamorros grew up eating corned beef, maybe because it used to be inexpensive.  Now, it's…

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Corned Beef with Corn and Tomato Sauce

Posted on Oct 6th, 2013

Chamorros love canned corned beef!  It's called Latan Kåtne (canned meat) in Chamorro. Corned beef can be prepared many different ways, depending…

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

My entire family loves, loves, loves cookies!  Soft, chewy, crispy, crumbly, chocolate, butter, coconut, sugar, stuffed, double-stuffed, you name…

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Daigo’ Kimchi with Rokkyo & Pickled Garlic

Posted on Oct 7th, 2014

This is a very simple salad or side dish made with pickled daikon radish, pearl onions, and garlic.  This is not a dish you want to eat before…

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Easy Shortcut Chamorro Cake

Posted on Aug 5th, 2013

This is an absolutely delicious cake, a favorite on Guam.  This is absolutely fantastic served without any frosting; however, it's also delicious…

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Escabeche

Posted on Mar 20th, 2014

Escabeche is a dish made with fried fish and vegetables with a ginger-vinegar sauce. It's usually prepared for special occasions, but since we're in…

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Fina’denne’ ~ Chamorro ‘Special Sauce’

Posted on Oct 28th, 2013

Chamorro Special Sauce -- that's what my non-Chamorro friends call fina'denne', the literal translation of which means made with pepper or donne',…

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Fresh Salmon Kelaguen

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2013

Kelaguen in Chamorro describes a dish that's prepared by mixing the main ingredient (usually chicken, beef, deer, or seafood) with lemon or lime…

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Fresh Shrimp Kelaguen

Posted on Aug 30th, 2013

I love shrimp kelaguen.  I love kelaguen, period, but shrimp kelaguen is at the top of the list, especially if it's FRESH SHRIMP kelaguen.  Oh, and…

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Grilled Eggplant with Coconut Milk

Posted on Aug 11th, 2013

I just love eggplants -- stir fried with beef or chicken, sautéed with onions and scrambled with eggs, eggplant parmesan, and a favorite -- grilled…

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Guyuria

Posted on Aug 18th, 2013

Guyuria (pronounced gu-ju-ree-ah) is another traditional Chamorro cookie (Rosketti is another).  Some of my friends call them jawbreakers because of…

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Judy’s Empanadas

Posted on Aug 21st, 2014

Chamorro empanadas are high up on the list of my favorite snacks, but they can easily be a meal in and of themselves.  In fact, when I was on Guam…

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Latiya

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

Pronounced 'la-tee-ja', this is a classic Chamorro dessert.  A light, creamy, custard-like pudding topped with a generous sprinkling of ground…

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Lumpia

Posted on Jul 28th, 2013

Lumpia is a staple at most Chamorro gatherings.  There are fried and fresh versions, both of which are extremely popular. There are so many…

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Månha Pie

Posted on May 31st, 2014

This has got to be my most favorite Chamorro dessert!  For non-Chamorro-speaking friends, månha means the sweet, tender meat of the young, green…

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Miso Donne’ Dinanche (Miso Pepper Sauce)

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2014

Donne' Dinanche, or a hot pepper paste, has many variations.  It can be made with just peppers and no other seasoning, or you can add other…

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Pancit Bihon

Posted on Oct 13th, 2014

Pancit Bihon is a Filipino dish that Chamorros adopted as their own, fusing ingredients from several cultures as well as using home-grown…

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Pot Roast, Chamorro Style

Posted on Sep 28th, 2013

Whenever I find myself feeling a bit homesick, I think of something to cook that soothes my longing for my island home. Chamorro Pot Roast is one of…

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Potu

Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Potu is a sweet steamed rice cake that's a Chamorro favorite.  It's traditionally made using sweet tuba, a Chamorro beverage made from fermenting…

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Pumpkin Turnovers (Pastit or Buchi Buchi)

Posted on Jul 31st, 2013

This is one of my most favorite desserts.  It's a turnover filled with a sweet, cinnamon-flavored pumpkin jam.  In Chamorro, Pastit is the term…

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Red Rice

Posted on Feb 8th, 2014

Red Rice is a must-have for any Chamorro Fiesta menu.  Without red rice, it just won't seem much like a fiesta. You don't need to go to a party or…

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Red Rice made with Brown Rice

Posted on Feb 17th, 2014

My family is making a concerted effort to develop healthier eating habits. We're making small changes in the foods we eat as well as how we prepare…

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Riyenu ~ Chamorro Stuffing

Posted on Oct 14th, 2013

Chamorro stuffing, or Riyenu, is a delicious side dish usually served during special holiday meals, alongside baked turkey, ham, or roast pig. My…

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Rosketti ~ a Chamorro cookie

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

I won't lie to you...you WILL need to have a tall glass of milk or water when you eat these starchy Chamorro cookies.  It calls for an entire…

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Sardine Kelaguen

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2014

Yes...kelaguen...with sardines.  Don't knock it 'till you try it. 🙂 This is one of my favorite foods.  If you know what kelaguen is and…

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Shrimp Kådu

Posted on Aug 6th, 2013

Kådu means soup or broth in Chamorro.  It refers to any type of broth or liquid in your cooked dish, be it soup, gravy, or a…

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Shrimp Patties

Posted on Aug 18th, 2013

Hi everyone!  This is Hannah, Annie's daughter. I made some delicious shrimp patties for lunch one day. My version is somewhat different from…

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Spam Kelaguen

Posted on May 29th, 2014

Spam is a staple on Guam.  In fact, Spam has been called the "poor man's steak" by many, although a can of Spam is not cheap!  I have a friend who…

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Spinach with Coconut Milk

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2014

This is a classic Chamorro dish that is a staple on most fiesta menus. The traditional dish is called…

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Tamåles Gisu

Posted on May 31st, 2014

Tamåles Gisu is a Chamorro tamales with one red side and a non-spicy white side. I make my tamåles by making the red side corn flour or…

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The Best Sashimi Ever

Posted on Jan 14th, 2014

I love sashimi! If you don't care to eat raw fish, then I'm sorry, but this recipe is not for you.  BUT, you can share it with someone who does!…

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Desserts:

Åhu

Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Åhu is a sweet and warm soup of sorts, and is a very popular dessert drink on Guam.  It's one of the first things I make when I go home for…

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Apigigi’ or Sweet Tamales

Posted on Aug 10th, 2013

Apigigi' is a Chamorro dessert that takes quite a bit of time to make, if prepared the traditional way. It calls for grated cassava or tapioca,…

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Apple Baklava

Posted on Sep 20th, 2014

If you've visited my "kitchen" before, you'll know there is probably no dessert I won't like. 😉  Baklava is no exception.  A bite of the sweet…

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Apple Cranberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

Posted on Sep 18th, 2014

Apples and cranberries go so well together.  Pair them together in these muffins topped with sweet streusel topping and you've got a real treat on…

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Bacon Maple Pancake Muffins

Posted on Sep 8th, 2013

My daughter and I came up with this recipe when we were looking for something to cook for breakfast that wasn't the traditional fried eggs with bacon…

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Baked Yeast Donuts

Posted on Sep 11th, 2014

I love making fried yeast donuts for my family, but in an effort to make this indulgent dessert a bit healthier, I decided to bake them…

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Baklava Truffles

Posted on May 18th, 2014

Baklava is one of my favorite desserts.  I've seen many variations of this rich, sweet dessert, from chocolate drizzled to baklava cheesecake, and…

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Berry-licious Blueberry Muffins

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2014

I love blueberry muffins, but I absolutely hate the packaged blueberry muffin mix which turns the batter a bluish-purple after you add canned (and…

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Blueberry Cheesecake

Posted on Feb 5th, 2014

Blueberry Cheesecake is among the many go-to desserts I make because it's quick and easy to prepare, not to mention DELICIOUS. 🙂 With only 4…

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Buñelos Dågu

Posted on Oct 26th, 2013

If you had to list your favorite Christmas food, what would they be?  I'd have too many to list since I have quite a few favorites, but up near…

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Buñelos Månglo’ (aka Typhoon Donuts)

Posted on Sep 21st, 2013

Buñelos Månglo' is another Chamorro dessert.  The name is loosely translated into "Air Donuts".  I'm not sure why they're called that.…

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Caramel Apple Cake

Posted on Oct 8th, 2014

Fall is probably my favorite season because of all of the yummy fall fruits that abound this time of year.  Apples are in full season right now, and…

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Caramel Apple Dip

Posted on Mar 1st, 2014

I love caramel apples, don't you? What I don't love is having to bite into it, so I usually end up cutting the apple into slices so I don't make a…

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Caramel Apples

Posted on Sep 17th, 2014

This recipe is one of the simplest, and if you get your kids to help, it's fun too! My recipe is makes just the basic caramel-covered apple, but…

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Chamorro Potu (Sweet Rice Cake)

Posted on May 20th, 2014

Chamorro rice cakes, or Potu, are rice cakes that are made by soaking grains of rice in tuba, or a sweet fermented coconut sap.  The soaked rice is…

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Champulådu

Posted on Aug 29th, 2013

There are several Chamorro comfort foods that not only make me feel good right down to my bones, but bring back so many fond memories of growing up…

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Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Sep 26th, 2014

Who doesn't love a good chocolate cookie?  Not only are these scrumptious cookies made with good quality cocoa powder, it's doubly delicious with…

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Chocolate Cake Donuts

Posted on Dec 5th, 2013

Moist chocolate cake...chocolate chips...chocolate ganache...enough said. 🙂 Seriously, though. If you are like me, you LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate!…

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Chocolate Caramel Coconut Cake

Posted on Nov 9th, 2014

friends, if there was ever a recipe of mine you ought to try, this one is it! This is my homage to my favorite Girl Scout Cookies, the Caramel…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Posted on Mar 1st, 2014

Do you love to eat raw chocolate chip cookie dough? I must admit that I won't eat the raw dough--soft, chewy, warm-from-the-oven BAKED cookies,…

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Posted on Jan 16th, 2014

I love scones.  My favorites are chocolate chip or blueberry scones.  They're perfect for breakfast, along with a steaming hot cup of…

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Chocolate Chip, Walnut, Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Nov 10th, 2013

These have got to be the best cookies...EVER. Soft, chewy, and full of chocolaty goodness, it's like Heaven in your mouth when you bite into this…

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Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2014

Some of my favorite desserts are chocolate cake, coffee ice cream, and toffee candy.  This dessert combines all three in one very decadent…

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Coconut Candy

Posted on Oct 14th, 2013

Coconut candy is an island dessert that's so simple to make, and fun to get the kids involved in making it. Growing up, we'd make this a lot…

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Crepes

Posted on Apr 26th, 2015

Life is short...have dessert for breakfast.  😀 Okay, this is not really a dessert, but it could be.  In fact, crepes are one of those…

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

My entire family loves, loves, loves cookies!  Soft, chewy, crispy, crumbly, chocolate, butter, coconut, sugar, stuffed, double-stuffed, you name…

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Easy Guava Cake

Posted on Feb 13th, 2014

Guava Cake is a delicious Hawaiian dessert that is quickly becoming popular nationwide.  It's traditionally made with chiffon cake, but my quick and…

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Easy Shortcut Chamorro Cake

Posted on Aug 5th, 2013

This is an absolutely delicious cake, a favorite on Guam.  This is absolutely fantastic served without any frosting; however, it's also delicious…

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Easy Ultra-Moist Red Velvet Cupcakes

Posted on Sep 18th, 2014

Ahhh...the delicious aroma of cake baking is rivaled only by that of gooey chocolate chip cookies baking and filling your home with happiness.…

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Fresh Peach Cobbler

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2014

Peach Cobbler is the ultimate summer dessert.  I like using fresh peaches when they are in season, but canned peaches (in juice, not syrup) will…

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Fried Boston Cream Pie Donuts

Posted on Sep 15th, 2013

One of my youngest daughter's favorite desserts is Boston Cream Pie.  She also loves, loves, loves donuts!  Once, when she was about 2 years old,…

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Fruit Pizza with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

One of my favorite desserts is a fruit pizza.  My recipe uses a soft sugar cookie crust with a creamy vanilla filling.  Top this delectable dessert…

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Fudge Brownie Pizza

Posted on Oct 4th, 2013

Brownies, Sweetened Pineapple Cream Cheese, Bananas, Strawberries, and Chocolate Sauce...need I say more? 😀 This is a delicious dessert pizza…

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Grilled Plantains with a Brown Sugar Butter Glaze

Posted on Aug 19th, 2013

I bought some plantains a little over a week ago and finally got around to making something with it today. Unless you grow plantains in your back…

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Guyuria

Posted on Aug 18th, 2013

Guyuria (pronounced gu-ju-ree-ah) is another traditional Chamorro cookie (Rosketti is another).  Some of my friends call them jawbreakers because of…

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Incredible Pumpkin Cake Donuts

Posted on Sep 29th, 2013

I love the fall season, mainly because it means pumpkins are in season and I can make some of my most favorite desserts, among them these delicious…

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Incredibly Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Posted on Nov 25th, 2013

Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls with sweet, creamy Cream Cheese Frosting...need I say more? 😉 These cinnamon rolls are so easy to make that you'll…

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King Cake

Posted on Mar 1st, 2014

King Cakes are part of a popular tradition that celebrates the 12th day following the birth of Christ, during which the 3 Wise Men or Kings visited…

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Latiya

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

Pronounced 'la-tee-ja', this is a classic Chamorro dessert.  A light, creamy, custard-like pudding topped with a generous sprinkling of ground…

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Loaded Carrot Cake with a Kick

Posted on Mar 19th, 2014

Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes. I like it plain with no frosting--this cake is that good--but it's really delicious with a rich cream cheese…

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Madoya (Battered and Fried Bananas)

Posted on Aug 20th, 2013

Here's another very simple dish I'd like to share with you.  It's called Madoya (pronounced ma-dô-ja), lightly battered then fried slices of…

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Mandarin Delight Pie

Posted on Feb 5th, 2014

I first tried this pie years and years ago, when one of my sisters made it for our family.  It's since been one of our favorite desserts.  It's…

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Månha Pie

Posted on May 31st, 2014

This has got to be my most favorite Chamorro dessert!  For non-Chamorro-speaking friends, månha means the sweet, tender meat of the young, green…

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Mini Chocolate Eclairs (or Cream Puffs)

Posted on Jan 9th, 2015

Homemade eclairs are super easy to make.  They are a French dessert also known as profiteroles, cream puffs, or choux à la crème.  I just call…

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Pedro “PoP” Aguon’s World Famous Bread Pudding

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2013

Pedro Aguon, affectionately known to his family and friends as "PoP", was a decorated Navy veteran and a Pearl Harbor…

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Pistachio Cake from Scratch

Posted on Mar 17th, 2015

I'm sure you've made a cake using boxed cake mix with pudding in the mix at one time or another.  The added pudding made the cake so moist and…

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Potu

Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Potu is a sweet steamed rice cake that's a Chamorro favorite.  It's traditionally made using sweet tuba, a Chamorro beverage made from fermenting…

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Chocolate Chips

Posted on Oct 12th, 2013

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin turnovers, pumpkin muffins, and now, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls--with chocolate chips too!  If I didn't already have you at…

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Pumpkin Turnovers (Pastit or Buchi Buchi)

Posted on Jul 31st, 2013

This is one of my most favorite desserts.  It's a turnover filled with a sweet, cinnamon-flavored pumpkin jam.  In Chamorro, Pastit is the term…

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Pumpkin-Carrot Crunch Cake

Posted on Sep 11th, 2013

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, not just because of the beautiful fall colors and cooling temperatures, but because I love the smell of the house…

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Rice Krispy Treat Easter Eggs

Posted on Mar 29th, 2015

This is a fun and yummy project you and your kids can make this Easter. To make these delicious and cute treats, you'll need: 6 cups…

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Rich and Creamy Custard Pie

Posted on Jun 6th, 2014

Rich, creamy, sweet and luscious Custard Pie...are you drooling yet? Egg custard pie is so easy to make. Chances are you already have most of the…

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Rosette Cookies

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2013

Rosette cookies are not native to Chamorro cuisine, but they are very popular on Guam.  I remember eating these cookies when I was a little girl --…

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Rosketti ~ a Chamorro cookie

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

I won't lie to you...you WILL need to have a tall glass of milk or water when you eat these starchy Chamorro cookies.  It calls for an entire…

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Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Posted on Nov 8th, 2014

cookies are so much fun to make -- and eat!  My daughter even says they "taste like Thanksgiving and Christmas." 😉 These aren't the kind of…

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Spanish Rolls

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2014

Spanish Rolls are one of my favorite things to eat! They are a soft, sweet bread dough rolled flat and filled with sweetened butter, then rolled…

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Posted on Jan 4th, 2015

If you've stumbled on this recipe by accident, search no more. Y O U    M U S T    M A K E    T H I S    D E S S E R T........T O D A…

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Strawberries & Cream Dream Cake

Posted on Aug 13th, 2013

I asked my kids what to name this dessert.   Strawberry shortcake seemed too simple a name for it.  They asked, "why NOT just plain old Strawberry…

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Ube Cheesecake

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2014

Who doesn't love cheesecake?  And for those of us who grew up in the islands, who doesn't love ube-anything?  If you haven't tried ube, or taro,…

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Yeast Donuts

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2013

Yeast donuts are another favorite treat in my house.  Why wouldn't it be?  Who doesn't loved fried dough that's rolled in sugar?  Uhh…NO one!…

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Ethnic Dishes:

“Crack” Chicken

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2013

When I was stationed in Korea a few years ago, my family and I used to frequent a fried chicken place that served the most delicious chicken…

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Ahi Tuna Poke

Posted on Oct 15th, 2013

Poke is a Hawaiian dish traditionally served as an appetizer, but it can also be a main dish when served with rice or corn titiyas. Modern…

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Ahi Tuna Poki Salad

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015

This is a new twist on Ahi Tuna Poki. Marinate good quality cubes of ahi tuna in my Japanese Vinaigrette dressing and serve with your favorite salad…

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Arroz Caldo

Posted on Nov 15th, 2013

Arroz Caldo is a classic Filipino dish that made its way into Chamorro kitchens. This is my version of this delicious comfort food. It's very quick…

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

These chicken lettuce wraps are a good choice if you're looking for a quick dish to make for an appetizer or a light meal.  I created this recipe…

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Authentic Korean Cabbage Kimchi

Posted on Jul 31st, 2014

My Korean sister-in-law, Min, is an excellent cook.  She's the one who taught me how to make all my favorite Korean dishes, like Jap Chae, Bulgogi,…

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Bean Sprout & Cucumber Kimchi

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

This is a very light and tasty side dish that can double as your salad.  I love it served alongside my Kimchi Soup as well as with Korean Ssambap…

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Chicken Macaroni Salad

Posted on Aug 15th, 2014

Macaroni salad one of my family's favorite side dishes.  There are many, many macaroni salad variations, but we're simple...we like two specific…

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Easy Guava Cake

Posted on Feb 13th, 2014

Guava Cake is a delicious Hawaiian dessert that is quickly becoming popular nationwide.  It's traditionally made with chiffon cake, but my quick and…

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Easy Phở

Posted on Aug 17th, 2014

Phở is a Vietnamese noodle soup made with an intensely flavorful broth poured over flat rice noodles and garnished with thinly sliced meat.  A…

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Green Chicken Curry

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2014

There are so many varieties of curries -- from chicken, to beef, to all vegetable -- I haven't found a curry I didn't like. 😉 It's such a…

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Hannah’s Carne Asada Tacos

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter loves to cook as much as I do, and she loves to experiment with new dishes.  This is her take on Carne Asada Tacos, complete with her…

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Hawaiian Pulled Pork

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014

This is a cross between two of my family's favorites -- Kahlua Pork and traditional pulled pork with BBQ sauce. The pork has that hint of…

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Japanese Salad Dressing

Posted on May 11th, 2014

There is a sushi restaurant I frequent that serves a creamy white salad dressing with their salads that I just love.  It's sweet, savory, and…

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Japanese Vinaigrette

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015

I love salads, but it's all about the dressing for me. I've been experimenting with various salad dressings but I always seem to migrate toward…

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Japchae (or Chapchae), Korean Stir-fried Noodles with Vegetables

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

I love Korean food.  Japchae is one of my favorites because it has noodles, beef, and a lot of my favorite vegetables like mushrooms, onions,…

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Kimchee Noodles

Posted on Sep 1st, 2014

Kimchee noodles is a quick and easy side dish that is a must-have for your gatherings, and it goes especially well with BBQ meat dishes. This is…

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Kimchi Soup

Posted on Aug 12th, 2013

My name is Annie and I love kimchi. There...I've admitted it, although it really wasn't such a secret.  🙂  I've eaten kimchi since I was a…

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Korean Lettuce Wraps (Ssambap)

Posted on Aug 17th, 2013

When my family and I lived in Seoul, we had a favorite restaurant that was nestled along the Han River.  Like many Korean BBQ restaurants, this…

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Lasagne al Forno

Posted on Sep 15th, 2013

I first made this lasagne years ago, when I lived in Germany (yes, Germany, not Italy).  There was this small family run Italian…

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Lumpia

Posted on Jul 28th, 2013

Lumpia is a staple at most Chamorro gatherings.  There are fried and fresh versions, both of which are extremely popular. There are so many…

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Musubi

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

I am so happy to be FINALLY writing this post!  Not just because I love musubi, but because it's my inaugural SPAM post!!!  (Applause, applause,…

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Pancit Bihon

Posted on Oct 13th, 2014

Pancit Bihon is a Filipino dish that Chamorros adopted as their own, fusing ingredients from several cultures as well as using home-grown…

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Panko Crusted Fried Fish & Shrimp

Posted on Aug 1st, 2014

Our family loves seafood.  One of our favorite ways to serve fish and shrimp is to coat them in panko breadcrumbs and fry them until golden brown…

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Pork & Shrimp Chop Suey with Noodles

Posted on Aug 7th, 2013

Chop suey most often refers to a stir fried noodle dish, but I like my version of chop suey with a bit of gravy.  I guess my brain refuses to…

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Siopao

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2014

Siopao is a favorite snack on Guam that is of Chinese (Cha Siu Bao, or Chinese BBQ Pork Buns) or Philippine origin (Siopao Asado).  The Philippine…

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Thai BBQ Pork

Posted on Oct 26th, 2014

Thai BBQ Pork is one recipe you'll definitely want to try.  The secret is really in the marinade and basting sauce.  Cilantro, soy sauce, lots of…

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Thai Beef Salad

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

This popular Thai beef salad can serve as an appetizer or a meal.  It's quick and easy to prepare so you can have it on your table in just a few…

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The Best Sashimi Ever

Posted on Jan 14th, 2014

I love sashimi! If you don't care to eat raw fish, then I'm sorry, but this recipe is not for you.  BUT, you can share it with someone who does!…

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Yaki Mandu

Posted on Aug 17th, 2013

Have I mentioned that I love Korean food?  No?  Okay then -- I LOVE Korean food. I have lots of favorites when it comes to Korean cuisine, but…

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Family Recipes:

Åhu

Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Åhu is a sweet and warm soup of sorts, and is a very popular dessert drink on Guam.  It's one of the first things I make when I go home for…

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Authentic Korean Cabbage Kimchi

Posted on Jul 31st, 2014

My Korean sister-in-law, Min, is an excellent cook.  She's the one who taught me how to make all my favorite Korean dishes, like Jap Chae, Bulgogi,…

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BLT with a Twist

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2014

This sandwich recipe is our adaptation of a BLT we've tried and loved. Enjoy! BLT with a Twist  Ingredients: 10 slices multi­grain bread,…

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Carolyn’s Kådun Pika (Spicy Chicken)

Posted on Dec 29th, 2013

Kådun pika is a spicy Chamorro chicken dish that's somewhat similar to chicken adobo. It's an easy dish to make -- it takes only a few ingredients…

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Fluffy Vanilla Pancakes

Posted on Oct 5th, 2013

Hi!  I'm Alyssa, Annie's youngest daughter. My mom let me be a guest blogger today. It's my turn to make breakfast for my family. I chose to make…

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French Toast

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2013

There is something about the sweet smell of cinnamon and vanilla toasting up that makes you want to devour whatever is cooking. French Toast...it's a…

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Fresh Salmon Kelaguen

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2013

Kelaguen in Chamorro describes a dish that's prepared by mixing the main ingredient (usually chicken, beef, deer, or seafood) with lemon or lime…

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Fresh Shrimp Kelaguen

Posted on Aug 30th, 2013

I love shrimp kelaguen.  I love kelaguen, period, but shrimp kelaguen is at the top of the list, especially if it's FRESH SHRIMP kelaguen.  Oh, and…

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Hannah’s Carne Asada Tacos

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter loves to cook as much as I do, and she loves to experiment with new dishes.  This is her take on Carne Asada Tacos, complete with her…

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Hannah’s Guacamole

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter previously shared her guacamole recipe with her Carne Asada Tacos recipe. This recipe goes great as an appetizer, snack, or to go…

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Hannah’s Teriyaki Burgers

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

My daughter is quite the budding chef.  She whipped these burgers up from some ingredients she found in the fridge and pantry.  She calls them…

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Kimchee Noodles

Posted on Sep 1st, 2014

Kimchee noodles is a quick and easy side dish that is a must-have for your gatherings, and it goes especially well with BBQ meat dishes. This is…

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Mussels with Garlic Tomato Sauce

Posted on Sep 26th, 2014

This is a very simple recipe that my daughter, Hannah, created for dinner one evening. (Have I mentioned that she's a natural in the kitchen? Proud…

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Panko Crusted Fried Fish & Shrimp

Posted on Aug 1st, 2014

Our family loves seafood.  One of our favorite ways to serve fish and shrimp is to coat them in panko breadcrumbs and fry them until golden brown…

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Penne with Sausage and Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Posted on Nov 9th, 2014

in pasta sauce?!  Why, YES! 🙂 My daughter, Hannah, loves pasta.  Actually, my entire family loves pasta.  She wanted to make something off the…

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Sesame Garlic Green Beans

Posted on Feb 14th, 2014

Are you looking for a quick, easy and TASTY vegetable side dish?  Try my daughter's recipe for Sesame Garlic Soy Green Beans. They are perfect…

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Shrimp Patties

Posted on Aug 18th, 2013

Hi everyone!  This is Hannah, Annie's daughter. I made some delicious shrimp patties for lunch one day. My version is somewhat different from…

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Spam Kelaguen

Posted on May 29th, 2014

Spam is a staple on Guam.  In fact, Spam has been called the "poor man's steak" by many, although a can of Spam is not cheap!  I have a friend who…

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Meals:

Breakfast:

@untie R’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Cheese Pancakes

Posted on Jun 1st, 2014

I'm happy to feature my friend, Arlene Sablan Aguon's healthy recipes. This particular recipe is a healthy alternative to regular pancakes. It's…

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Bacon and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Posted on Dec 14th, 2014

Cheese, Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, and Bread (well, garlic croutons in this case) all form the basis for this quick, easy, and delicious breakfast. You…

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Bacon Maple Pancake Muffins

Posted on Sep 8th, 2013

My daughter and I came up with this recipe when we were looking for something to cook for breakfast that wasn't the traditional fried eggs with bacon…

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Berry-licious Blueberry Muffins

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2014

I love blueberry muffins, but I absolutely hate the packaged blueberry muffin mix which turns the batter a bluish-purple after you add canned (and…

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Champulådu

Posted on Aug 29th, 2013

There are several Chamorro comfort foods that not only make me feel good right down to my bones, but bring back so many fond memories of growing up…

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Cheese-Stuffed Omelets

Posted on Nov 8th, 2013

These omelets are a tribute to my mom. She used to whip these up for breakfast when I was growing up. She'd go outside to the chicken coop and get…

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Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Burritos

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

Cheese, Sausage, Eggs and Hash Browned Potatoes all wrapped in a tortilla...need I say more? 🙂 These burritos are super simple to make.  There…

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Posted on Jan 16th, 2014

I love scones.  My favorites are chocolate chip or blueberry scones.  They're perfect for breakfast, along with a steaming hot cup of…

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Crepes

Posted on Apr 26th, 2015

Life is short...have dessert for breakfast.  😀 Okay, this is not really a dessert, but it could be.  In fact, crepes are one of those…

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Eggs with Ham and Greens

Posted on Dec 11th, 2014

This is not Green Eggs and Ham, mind you, but eggs cooked your favorite way on a bed of lean ham and tasty mixed greens. 😉 "Tasty greens? …

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Fluffy Vanilla Pancakes

Posted on Oct 5th, 2013

Hi!  I'm Alyssa, Annie's youngest daughter. My mom let me be a guest blogger today. It's my turn to make breakfast for my family. I chose to make…

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French Toast

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2013

There is something about the sweet smell of cinnamon and vanilla toasting up that makes you want to devour whatever is cooking. French Toast...it's a…

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Fried Rice with Spam, Bacon and Chorizos Españot

Posted on Nov 24th, 2013

My daughter calls this Meat Lover's Fried rice, maybe because there is a ton of meat in it. And yes, Spam is meat, so don't be a hater. 🙂 Despite…

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Incredibly Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Posted on Nov 25th, 2013

Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls with sweet, creamy Cream Cheese Frosting...need I say more? 😉 These cinnamon rolls are so easy to make that you'll…

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Madoya (Battered and Fried Bananas)

Posted on Aug 20th, 2013

Here's another very simple dish I'd like to share with you.  It's called Madoya (pronounced ma-dô-ja), lightly battered then fried slices of…

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Mini Breakfast Pizzas

Posted on Dec 11th, 2014

a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  These pizzas are gluten-free and absolutely yummy, and make a great start to…

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Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs

Posted on Nov 21st, 2013

How do you like your eggs? Depending on my mood, I like them in an omelet, fried over-easy, or one of my favorites -- soft-boiled. It's tough to…

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Pillow Soft and Fluffy Biscuits with Homemade Gravy

Posted on Feb 8th, 2014

Biscuits and gravy is a classic breakfast dish. A serving (or two or three) of soft, fluffy biscuits topped with a savory, meaty gravy is a perfect…

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Stuffed Biscuits

Posted on Feb 9th, 2014

Create a super easy breakfast or brunch with my recipe for Stuffed Biscuits. You can have it all prepped and served in about 30 minutes. Start out…

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The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

Posted on Apr 4th, 2014

Pancakes are a favorite breakfast in our house. Fluffy, buttery, and dripping with thick maple syrup -- it's a great way to start the day. My…

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Lunch:

Ahi Tuna Poke

Posted on Oct 15th, 2013

Poke is a Hawaiian dish traditionally served as an appetizer, but it can also be a main dish when served with rice or corn titiyas. Modern…

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

These chicken lettuce wraps are a good choice if you're looking for a quick dish to make for an appetizer or a light meal.  I created this recipe…

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Baked Sushi Casserole

Posted on Feb 27th, 2015

My family loves, LOVES, LOVES sushi.  We love both the sushi with cooked ingredients (especially those with tempura shrimp -- YUM!) as well as…

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Beef Stir Fry with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers and Onions

Posted on Sep 30th, 2013

I posted a recipe a while back for another version of Beef Stir Fry (with mushrooms, onions, broccoli, eggplant and bean sprouts).  Here is another…

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BLT with a Twist

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2014

This sandwich recipe is our adaptation of a BLT we've tried and loved. Enjoy! BLT with a Twist  Ingredients: 10 slices multi­grain bread,…

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Chicken Macaroni Salad

Posted on Aug 15th, 2014

Macaroni salad one of my family's favorite side dishes.  There are many, many macaroni salad variations, but we're simple...we like two specific…

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Chicken Soup (Kådun Månuk)

Posted on Oct 20th, 2014

Kådu is the Chamorro term for soup or broth.  Think of it as Chamorro Comfort Food.  It could be 90 degrees outside on Guam, but serve some kådu…

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Corned Beef with Cabbage and Onions

Posted on May 11th, 2014

This is another classic Chamorro comfort dish.  Most Chamorros grew up eating corned beef, maybe because it used to be inexpensive.  Now, it's…

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Corned Beef with Corn and Tomato Sauce

Posted on Oct 6th, 2013

Chamorros love canned corned beef!  It's called Latan Kåtne (canned meat) in Chamorro. Corned beef can be prepared many different ways, depending…

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Escabeche

Posted on Mar 20th, 2014

Escabeche is a dish made with fried fish and vegetables with a ginger-vinegar sauce. It's usually prepared for special occasions, but since we're in…

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Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Tangy Coleslaw

Posted on Mar 5th, 2014

This is not your typical fish taco.  It's even better if you ask me, but then I might be a bit biased. 😉 When I think of fish tacos, I picture…

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Hannah’s Carne Asada Tacos

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter loves to cook as much as I do, and she loves to experiment with new dishes.  This is her take on Carne Asada Tacos, complete with her…

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Hannah’s Teriyaki Burgers

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

My daughter is quite the budding chef.  She whipped these burgers up from some ingredients she found in the fridge and pantry.  She calls them…

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Hawaiian Pulled Pork

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014

This is a cross between two of my family's favorites -- Kahlua Pork and traditional pulled pork with BBQ sauce. The pork has that hint of…

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Homemade Beer Chili

Posted on Sep 7th, 2013

Homemade chili such a versatile dish that can be changed up depending on the ingredients you add. My family's favorite is chili made with ground…

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Japchae (or Chapchae), Korean Stir-fried Noodles with Vegetables

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

I love Korean food.  Japchae is one of my favorites because it has noodles, beef, and a lot of my favorite vegetables like mushrooms, onions,…

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Juicy Cheeseburgers with Baked Smothered Fries

Posted on Feb 25th, 2014

I may be dating myself, but one of my favorite burger places to eat was Cool Spot, a quaint drive-in burger joint in Barrigada owned and operated by…

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Lasagne al Forno

Posted on Sep 15th, 2013

I first made this lasagne years ago, when I lived in Germany (yes, Germany, not Italy).  There was this small family run Italian…

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Smoked Beef Brisket – A slightly sweet, smoky version

Posted on May 4th, 2014

I love a good BBQ.  It's rare that I use a dry rub when we BBQ at our house, especially since my daughter makes excellent marinades.  However, when…

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Tater Tot Casserole

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

If you're looking for a stick-to-your-ribs comfort dish, this one is it.  Tater tots, seasoned ground beef and cheese sauce are all baked into a…

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Tender and Juicy Burgers

Posted on Dec 13th, 2014

I love grilled ribs and steaks, but occasionally I crave a really good, juicy burger. I'm not talking about those flat, plain, frozen patties…

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Thai BBQ Pork

Posted on Oct 26th, 2014

Thai BBQ Pork is one recipe you'll definitely want to try.  The secret is really in the marinade and basting sauce.  Cilantro, soy sauce, lots of…

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Tomato-Braised Pork Ribs

Posted on Apr 4th, 2014

One of my family's favorite ways for me to cook pork ribs (other than Chamorro BBQ) is to braise it in a thick and sweet tomato sauce. My mom used…

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Dinner:

“Crack” Chicken

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2013

When I was stationed in Korea a few years ago, my family and I used to frequent a fried chicken place that served the most delicious chicken…

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Ahi Tuna Poke

Posted on Oct 15th, 2013

Poke is a Hawaiian dish traditionally served as an appetizer, but it can also be a main dish when served with rice or corn titiyas. Modern…

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Baked Salmon with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Posted on Nov 17th, 2013

Salmon is one of my favorite varieties of fish. I love it anyway you prepare it -- grill it with my teriyaki sauce, make fresh salmon kelaguen, or…

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Baked Sushi Casserole

Posted on Feb 27th, 2015

My family loves, LOVES, LOVES sushi.  We love both the sushi with cooked ingredients (especially those with tempura shrimp -- YUM!) as well as…

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Beef Stir Fry with Eggplant, Mushrooms and Bean Sprouts

Posted on Aug 9th, 2013

Beef...it's what's for dinner.  🙂  I love that commercialized tag line. Beef stir fry is another one of those versatile dishes that you…

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Beef Stir Fry with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers and Onions

Posted on Sep 30th, 2013

I posted a recipe a while back for another version of Beef Stir Fry (with mushrooms, onions, broccoli, eggplant and bean sprouts).  Here is another…

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Braised Oxtail Soup

Posted on Oct 7th, 2014

Don't let the name of this dish turn you off.  Oxtail, as the name describes, was commonly the meaty part of the tail of an ox.  Nowadays, they are…

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Carolyn’s Kådun Pika (Spicy Chicken)

Posted on Dec 29th, 2013

Kådun pika is a spicy Chamorro chicken dish that's somewhat similar to chicken adobo. It's an easy dish to make -- it takes only a few ingredients…

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Chamorro Bistek (or Bisteak)

Posted on Sep 26th, 2013

Bistek (or Bisteak) is a favorite Chamorro dish.  The addition of achote (or annatto) gives a unique flavor, along with the tanginess of the added…

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Chicken ala King

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2013

Chicken ala King is a classic comfort dish. Growing up, chicken ala king was usually served at rosaries, after the prayers were completed, of…

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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

Chicken pot pie is a favorite in my family.  There's something about the tender chicken, delicious vegetables and cream sauce that makes us…

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Chicken Soup (Kådun Månuk)

Posted on Oct 20th, 2014

Kådu is the Chamorro term for soup or broth.  Think of it as Chamorro Comfort Food.  It could be 90 degrees outside on Guam, but serve some kådu…

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Corned Beef with Cabbage and Onions

Posted on May 11th, 2014

This is another classic Chamorro comfort dish.  Most Chamorros grew up eating corned beef, maybe because it used to be inexpensive.  Now, it's…

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Corned Beef with Corn and Tomato Sauce

Posted on Oct 6th, 2013

Chamorros love canned corned beef!  It's called Latan Kåtne (canned meat) in Chamorro. Corned beef can be prepared many different ways, depending…

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Escabeche

Posted on Mar 20th, 2014

Escabeche is a dish made with fried fish and vegetables with a ginger-vinegar sauce. It's usually prepared for special occasions, but since we're in…

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Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Tangy Coleslaw

Posted on Mar 5th, 2014

This is not your typical fish taco.  It's even better if you ask me, but then I might be a bit biased. 😉 When I think of fish tacos, I picture…

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Green Chicken Curry

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2014

There are so many varieties of curries -- from chicken, to beef, to all vegetable -- I haven't found a curry I didn't like. 😉 It's such a…

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Ground Beef Stir Fry

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2014

Stir fried lean meat and vegetables are delicious and healthy meal choices. Use your favorite vegetables or whatever is in season. I like using…

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Gumbo-laya

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2014

My family loves both Gumbo and Jambalaya. Today, we couldn't decide which dish to make so I combined the two and made a combo that I call…

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Hannah’s Carne Asada Tacos

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter loves to cook as much as I do, and she loves to experiment with new dishes.  This is her take on Carne Asada Tacos, complete with her…

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Hannah’s Teriyaki Burgers

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

My daughter is quite the budding chef.  She whipped these burgers up from some ingredients she found in the fridge and pantry.  She calls them…

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Hawaiian Pulled Pork

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014

This is a cross between two of my family's favorites -- Kahlua Pork and traditional pulled pork with BBQ sauce. The pork has that hint of…

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Hearty Beef Stew

Posted on Sep 11th, 2014

Beef stew is a comfort dish that everyone should know how to make.  That and chicken soup -- both are recipes you should have in your cooking…

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Homemade Beer Chili

Posted on Sep 7th, 2013

Homemade chili such a versatile dish that can be changed up depending on the ingredients you add. My family's favorite is chili made with ground…

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Japchae (or Chapchae), Korean Stir-fried Noodles with Vegetables

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

I love Korean food.  Japchae is one of my favorites because it has noodles, beef, and a lot of my favorite vegetables like mushrooms, onions,…

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Juicy Cheeseburgers with Baked Smothered Fries

Posted on Feb 25th, 2014

I may be dating myself, but one of my favorite burger places to eat was Cool Spot, a quaint drive-in burger joint in Barrigada owned and operated by…

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Korean Lettuce Wraps (Ssambap)

Posted on Aug 17th, 2013

When my family and I lived in Seoul, we had a favorite restaurant that was nestled along the Han River.  Like many Korean BBQ restaurants, this…

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Lasagne al Forno

Posted on Sep 15th, 2013

I first made this lasagne years ago, when I lived in Germany (yes, Germany, not Italy).  There was this small family run Italian…

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Mussels with Garlic Tomato Sauce

Posted on Sep 26th, 2014

This is a very simple recipe that my daughter, Hannah, created for dinner one evening. (Have I mentioned that she's a natural in the kitchen? Proud…

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No Tomato Chili

Posted on Mar 10th, 2014

My family loves chili. Chili with rice, chili dogs, chili with Frito's corn chips, or Chili with Doritos chips -- you name it, we love…

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Panko Crusted Fried Fish & Shrimp

Posted on Aug 1st, 2014

Our family loves seafood.  One of our favorite ways to serve fish and shrimp is to coat them in panko breadcrumbs and fry them until golden brown…

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Penne with Sausage and Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Posted on Nov 9th, 2014

in pasta sauce?!  Why, YES! 🙂 My daughter, Hannah, loves pasta.  Actually, my entire family loves pasta.  She wanted to make something off the…

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Pork & Shrimp Chop Suey with Noodles

Posted on Aug 7th, 2013

Chop suey most often refers to a stir fried noodle dish, but I like my version of chop suey with a bit of gravy.  I guess my brain refuses to…

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Pot Roast, Chamorro Style

Posted on Sep 28th, 2013

Whenever I find myself feeling a bit homesick, I think of something to cook that soothes my longing for my island home. Chamorro Pot Roast is one of…

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Salmon Cakes

Posted on Mar 19th, 2015

Salmon cakes are my take on one of my favorite seafood dishes -- crab cakes.  These savory patties are crisp on the outside, thanks to a quick…

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Short Ribs Soup (Kådun Kåtne)

Posted on Sep 12th, 2013

It's cold and rainy right now in the Colorado Rockies...perfect weather for Short Ribs Soup.  We call this Kådun Kåtne in Chamorro.…

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Smoked Beef Brisket – A slightly sweet, smoky version

Posted on May 4th, 2014

I love a good BBQ.  It's rare that I use a dry rub when we BBQ at our house, especially since my daughter makes excellent marinades.  However, when…

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Tater Tot Casserole

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

If you're looking for a stick-to-your-ribs comfort dish, this one is it.  Tater tots, seasoned ground beef and cheese sauce are all baked into a…

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Tender and Juicy Burgers

Posted on Dec 13th, 2014

I love grilled ribs and steaks, but occasionally I crave a really good, juicy burger. I'm not talking about those flat, plain, frozen patties…

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Thai BBQ Pork

Posted on Oct 26th, 2014

Thai BBQ Pork is one recipe you'll definitely want to try.  The secret is really in the marinade and basting sauce.  Cilantro, soy sauce, lots of…

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Tomato-Braised Pork Ribs

Posted on Apr 4th, 2014

One of my family's favorite ways for me to cook pork ribs (other than Chamorro BBQ) is to braise it in a thick and sweet tomato sauce. My mom used…

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Meat:

“Crack” Chicken

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2013

When I was stationed in Korea a few years ago, my family and I used to frequent a fried chicken place that served the most delicious chicken…

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

These chicken lettuce wraps are a good choice if you're looking for a quick dish to make for an appetizer or a light meal.  I created this recipe…

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Baked “Fried” Chicken

Posted on Feb 17th, 2014

Healthy Fried Chicken -- is there even such a thing? 🙂 My recipe below is healthy, or at least it's a less unhealthy version, and it does not…

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Beef Shank Kådu with Fresh Vegetables and Vermicelli Noodles

Posted on Jan 5th, 2014

It's currently 9 degrees outside, with a windchill of -11 degrees -- it's the perfect time for a pot of my delicious Beef Shank Kådu (which means…

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Beef Stir Fry with Eggplant, Mushrooms and Bean Sprouts

Posted on Aug 9th, 2013

Beef...it's what's for dinner.  🙂  I love that commercialized tag line. Beef stir fry is another one of those versatile dishes that you…

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Beef Stir Fry with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers and Onions

Posted on Sep 30th, 2013

I posted a recipe a while back for another version of Beef Stir Fry (with mushrooms, onions, broccoli, eggplant and bean sprouts).  Here is another…

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Beef Tinaktak

Posted on Feb 5th, 2014

Beef Tinaktak is a delicious Chamorro dish.  It's one of my favorite comfort foods--I love drowning my rice with the coconut milk kådu…

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Braised Oxtail Soup

Posted on Oct 7th, 2014

Don't let the name of this dish turn you off.  Oxtail, as the name describes, was commonly the meaty part of the tail of an ox.  Nowadays, they are…

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Carolyn’s Kådun Pika (Spicy Chicken)

Posted on Dec 29th, 2013

Kådun pika is a spicy Chamorro chicken dish that's somewhat similar to chicken adobo. It's an easy dish to make -- it takes only a few ingredients…

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Chamorro Bistek (or Bisteak)

Posted on Sep 26th, 2013

Bistek (or Bisteak) is a favorite Chamorro dish.  The addition of achote (or annatto) gives a unique flavor, along with the tanginess of the added…

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Cheeseburger Biscuits

Posted on Sep 17th, 2014

Cheese...seasoned ground beef...bacon...all baked in a fluffy biscuit (did I mention there was BACON?). 🙂 These little pillows of delight are…

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Chicken & Spinach Alfredo Lasagne Roll-ups

Posted on Oct 27th, 2013

I love good pasta.  Two of my favorites are chicken alfredo and lasagne, so how about we combine the two? This is a rolled version.  I love how…

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Chicken ala King

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2013

Chicken ala King is a classic comfort dish. Growing up, chicken ala king was usually served at rosaries, after the prayers were completed, of…

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Chicken Chalakiles

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2014

Chicken Chalakiles is one of my favorite Chamorro comfort foods.  It's a soup made with chicken, onions and garlic, thickened with toasted…

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Chicken Kelaguen & Flour Titiyas

Posted on Jul 29th, 2013

Kelaguen and Titiyas ~ both staples on a Chamorro fiesta table.  But you don't have to be invited to a fiesta in order to enjoy these tasty dishes…

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Chicken Macaroni Salad

Posted on Aug 15th, 2014

Macaroni salad one of my family's favorite side dishes.  There are many, many macaroni salad variations, but we're simple...we like two specific…

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Posted on Feb 25th, 2014

Chicken noodle soup is comfort food at it's best.  This soup is quick and easy to make.  Cook up a batch when you're feeling under the weather, or…

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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

Chicken pot pie is a favorite in my family.  There's something about the tender chicken, delicious vegetables and cream sauce that makes us…

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Chicken Soup (Kådun Månuk)

Posted on Oct 20th, 2014

Kådu is the Chamorro term for soup or broth.  Think of it as Chamorro Comfort Food.  It could be 90 degrees outside on Guam, but serve some kådu…

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Chicken Stir Fry with Udon Noodles

Posted on Nov 9th, 2013

According to Chinese folklore, noodles represent long life and good health. So, here's my contribution to living a long, healthy life! 🙂 All…

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Corn Soup

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2013

Chicken corn soup is a classic dish on Guam.  It's made many different ways, from cutting corn kernels off fresh ears of corn to using canned or…

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Corned Beef with Cabbage and Onions

Posted on May 11th, 2014

This is another classic Chamorro comfort dish.  Most Chamorros grew up eating corned beef, maybe because it used to be inexpensive.  Now, it's…

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Corned Beef with Corn and Tomato Sauce

Posted on Oct 6th, 2013

Chamorros love canned corned beef!  It's called Latan Kåtne (canned meat) in Chamorro. Corned beef can be prepared many different ways, depending…

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Fried Rice with Spam, Bacon and Chorizos Españot

Posted on Nov 24th, 2013

My daughter calls this Meat Lover's Fried rice, maybe because there is a ton of meat in it. And yes, Spam is meat, so don't be a hater. 🙂 Despite…

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Green Chicken Curry

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2014

There are so many varieties of curries -- from chicken, to beef, to all vegetable -- I haven't found a curry I didn't like. 😉 It's such a…

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Ground Beef Stir Fry

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2014

Stir fried lean meat and vegetables are delicious and healthy meal choices. Use your favorite vegetables or whatever is in season. I like using…

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Hannah’s Carne Asada Tacos

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter loves to cook as much as I do, and she loves to experiment with new dishes.  This is her take on Carne Asada Tacos, complete with her…

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Hannah’s Teriyaki Burgers

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

My daughter is quite the budding chef.  She whipped these burgers up from some ingredients she found in the fridge and pantry.  She calls them…

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Hawaiian Pulled Pork

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014

This is a cross between two of my family's favorites -- Kahlua Pork and traditional pulled pork with BBQ sauce. The pork has that hint of…

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Hearty Beef Stew

Posted on Sep 11th, 2014

Beef stew is a comfort dish that everyone should know how to make.  That and chicken soup -- both are recipes you should have in your cooking…

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Homemade Beer Chili

Posted on Sep 7th, 2013

Homemade chili such a versatile dish that can be changed up depending on the ingredients you add. My family's favorite is chili made with ground…

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Judy’s Empanadas

Posted on Aug 21st, 2014

Chamorro empanadas are high up on the list of my favorite snacks, but they can easily be a meal in and of themselves.  In fact, when I was on Guam…

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Juicy Cheeseburgers with Baked Smothered Fries

Posted on Feb 25th, 2014

I may be dating myself, but one of my favorite burger places to eat was Cool Spot, a quaint drive-in burger joint in Barrigada owned and operated by…

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Korean Lettuce Wraps (Ssambap)

Posted on Aug 17th, 2013

When my family and I lived in Seoul, we had a favorite restaurant that was nestled along the Han River.  Like many Korean BBQ restaurants, this…

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Lasagne al Forno

Posted on Sep 15th, 2013

I first made this lasagne years ago, when I lived in Germany (yes, Germany, not Italy).  There was this small family run Italian…

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Musubi

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

I am so happy to be FINALLY writing this post!  Not just because I love musubi, but because it's my inaugural SPAM post!!!  (Applause, applause,…

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No Tomato Chili

Posted on Mar 10th, 2014

My family loves chili. Chili with rice, chili dogs, chili with Frito's corn chips, or Chili with Doritos chips -- you name it, we love…

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Pork & Shrimp Chop Suey with Noodles

Posted on Aug 7th, 2013

Chop suey most often refers to a stir fried noodle dish, but I like my version of chop suey with a bit of gravy.  I guess my brain refuses to…

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Pot Roast, Chamorro Style

Posted on Sep 28th, 2013

Whenever I find myself feeling a bit homesick, I think of something to cook that soothes my longing for my island home. Chamorro Pot Roast is one of…

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Short Ribs Soup (Kådun Kåtne)

Posted on Sep 12th, 2013

It's cold and rainy right now in the Colorado Rockies...perfect weather for Short Ribs Soup.  We call this Kådun Kåtne in Chamorro.…

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Siopao

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2014

Siopao is a favorite snack on Guam that is of Chinese (Cha Siu Bao, or Chinese BBQ Pork Buns) or Philippine origin (Siopao Asado).  The Philippine…

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Smoked & Grilled Turkey

Posted on Oct 13th, 2013

Turkey doesn't have to be served only during Thanksgiving or other holiday meal.  Chamorros love to BBQ, but occasionally, we like to smoke and…

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Smoked & Slow-Grilled Brisket

Posted on Feb 1st, 2014

There's nothing like a good BBQ, be it pork ribs, a good steak, or a brisket.  But to get a great tasting, tender brisket, you need to cook it long…

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Smoked Beef Brisket – A slightly sweet, smoky version

Posted on May 4th, 2014

I love a good BBQ.  It's rare that I use a dry rub when we BBQ at our house, especially since my daughter makes excellent marinades.  However, when…

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Spam Kelaguen

Posted on May 29th, 2014

Spam is a staple on Guam.  In fact, Spam has been called the "poor man's steak" by many, although a can of Spam is not cheap!  I have a friend who…

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Tater Tot Casserole

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

If you're looking for a stick-to-your-ribs comfort dish, this one is it.  Tater tots, seasoned ground beef and cheese sauce are all baked into a…

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Tender and Juicy Burgers

Posted on Dec 13th, 2014

I love grilled ribs and steaks, but occasionally I crave a really good, juicy burger. I'm not talking about those flat, plain, frozen patties…

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Thai BBQ Pork

Posted on Oct 26th, 2014

Thai BBQ Pork is one recipe you'll definitely want to try.  The secret is really in the marinade and basting sauce.  Cilantro, soy sauce, lots of…

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Thai Beef Salad

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

This popular Thai beef salad can serve as an appetizer or a meal.  It's quick and easy to prepare so you can have it on your table in just a few…

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Tomato-Braised Pork Ribs

Posted on Apr 4th, 2014

One of my family's favorite ways for me to cook pork ribs (other than Chamorro BBQ) is to braise it in a thick and sweet tomato sauce. My mom used…

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Noodles:

Chicken & Spinach Alfredo Lasagne Roll-ups

Posted on Oct 27th, 2013

I love good pasta.  Two of my favorites are chicken alfredo and lasagne, so how about we combine the two? This is a rolled version.  I love how…

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Chicken Macaroni Salad

Posted on Aug 15th, 2014

Macaroni salad one of my family's favorite side dishes.  There are many, many macaroni salad variations, but we're simple...we like two specific…

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Posted on Feb 25th, 2014

Chicken noodle soup is comfort food at it's best.  This soup is quick and easy to make.  Cook up a batch when you're feeling under the weather, or…

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Chicken Stir Fry with Udon Noodles

Posted on Nov 9th, 2013

According to Chinese folklore, noodles represent long life and good health. So, here's my contribution to living a long, healthy life! 🙂 All…

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Easy Phở

Posted on Aug 17th, 2014

Phở is a Vietnamese noodle soup made with an intensely flavorful broth poured over flat rice noodles and garnished with thinly sliced meat.  A…

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Japchae (or Chapchae), Korean Stir-fried Noodles with Vegetables

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

I love Korean food.  Japchae is one of my favorites because it has noodles, beef, and a lot of my favorite vegetables like mushrooms, onions,…

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Kimchee Noodles

Posted on Sep 1st, 2014

Kimchee noodles is a quick and easy side dish that is a must-have for your gatherings, and it goes especially well with BBQ meat dishes. This is…

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Lasagne al Forno

Posted on Sep 15th, 2013

I first made this lasagne years ago, when I lived in Germany (yes, Germany, not Italy).  There was this small family run Italian…

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Pancit Bihon

Posted on Oct 13th, 2014

Pancit Bihon is a Filipino dish that Chamorros adopted as their own, fusing ingredients from several cultures as well as using home-grown…

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Penne with Sausage and Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Posted on Nov 9th, 2014

in pasta sauce?!  Why, YES! 🙂 My daughter, Hannah, loves pasta.  Actually, my entire family loves pasta.  She wanted to make something off the…

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Pork & Shrimp Chop Suey with Noodles

Posted on Aug 7th, 2013

Chop suey most often refers to a stir fried noodle dish, but I like my version of chop suey with a bit of gravy.  I guess my brain refuses to…

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Ramen Noodle Salad

Posted on Sep 1st, 2014

Ramen noodle salad has been around for years. I love this dish because you can make endless varieties of it based on your favorite…

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Sauces & Seasonings:

In-N-Out Burger Sauce

Posted on Aug 12th, 2014

In-N-Out Is a burger chain in several western states.  It is known for their juicy burgers slathered in their special sauce with optional (though I…

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Ahi Tuna Poki Salad

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015

This is a new twist on Ahi Tuna Poki. Marinate good quality cubes of ahi tuna in my Japanese Vinaigrette dressing and serve with your favorite salad…

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BBQ Chicken Marinade

Posted on Sep 28th, 2014

The classic Chamorro marinade is quite simple.  Start off with a base of soy sauce and vinegar -- the ratio is up to you, but I like using a 1:1…

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Easy Lemon Garlic Aioli

Posted on Mar 19th, 2015

My super simple aioli is tangy from fresh lemon juice and packed full of flavor from chopped garlic and cajun seasoning. It takes a few short…

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Fina’denne’ ~ Chamorro ‘Special Sauce’

Posted on Oct 28th, 2013

Chamorro Special Sauce -- that's what my non-Chamorro friends call fina'denne', the literal translation of which means made with pepper or donne',…

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Garlic Ginger Vinaigrette

Posted on Feb 16th, 2015

Good salad dressings are quite simple to make.  One of the simplest to make is a vinaigrette, of which the basic components are vinegar…

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Hannah’s BBQ Marinade

Posted on Aug 10th, 2013

My teenaged daughter is the official Marinade maker in our house.  She has a recipe that is so simple yet has all of our friends salivating when…

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Hannah’s Carne Asada Tacos

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter loves to cook as much as I do, and she loves to experiment with new dishes.  This is her take on Carne Asada Tacos, complete with her…

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Herb Crusted Salmon with Wild Rice and Lemon Balsamic Salad

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

With the Lenten season upon us, I'm looking for opportunities to cook my favorite seafood different ways.  One of my favorite types of seafood is…

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Homemade Blackened Seasoning

Posted on Feb 7th, 2014

Homemade Blackened Seasoning -- it's better than store-bought! This recipe is great when making Blackened Fish or Chicken. Give my recipe a…

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Homemade Dry BBQ Rub

Posted on Feb 7th, 2014

Homemade Dry BBQ Rub -- it's better than store-bought! This recipe is delicious on pork (ribs or roasts), beef brisket, and chicken.  Whether…

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Homemade Seasoned Salt

Posted on Feb 7th, 2014

Homemade Seasoned Salt -- this is so much better than any store-bought variety. I've listed the very basic ingredients below, but you can create…

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Posted on Feb 7th, 2014

Homemade Taco Seasoning -- it's better than store-bought! This recipe makes the equivalent of one packet of commercial taco seasoning mix.  Use…

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Japanese Salad Dressing

Posted on May 11th, 2014

There is a sushi restaurant I frequent that serves a creamy white salad dressing with their salads that I just love.  It's sweet, savory, and…

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Japanese Vinaigrette

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015

I love salads, but it's all about the dressing for me. I've been experimenting with various salad dressings but I always seem to migrate toward…

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Lemon Balsamic Salad Dressing

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

This recipe was first published with my recipe for Herb Crusted Salmon (find my recipe here).  Drizzle it over your favorite greens and serve with…

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Lumpia Dipping Sauce

Posted on Oct 26th, 2014

Lumpia is delicious all on its own, but occasionally I like serving them Vietnamese style -- on a bed of rice noodles atop a lettuce leaf with a side…

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Miso Donne’ Dinanche (Miso Pepper Sauce)

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2014

Donne' Dinanche, or a hot pepper paste, has many variations.  It can be made with just peppers and no other seasoning, or you can add other…

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Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014

This sweet and tangy sauce is perfect with pulled pork. Try it on my Hawaiian Pulled Pork. I think you'll like it. 🙂 Pineapple BBQ…

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Smoked Beef Brisket – A slightly sweet, smoky version

Posted on May 4th, 2014

I love a good BBQ.  It's rare that I use a dry rub when we BBQ at our house, especially since my daughter makes excellent marinades.  However, when…

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Thai BBQ Pork

Posted on Oct 26th, 2014

Thai BBQ Pork is one recipe you'll definitely want to try.  The secret is really in the marinade and basting sauce.  Cilantro, soy sauce, lots of…

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Thai Beef Salad

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

This popular Thai beef salad can serve as an appetizer or a meal.  It's quick and easy to prepare so you can have it on your table in just a few…

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Seafood:

Ahi Tuna Poke

Posted on Oct 15th, 2013

Poke is a Hawaiian dish traditionally served as an appetizer, but it can also be a main dish when served with rice or corn titiyas. Modern…

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Ahi Tuna Poki Salad

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015

This is a new twist on Ahi Tuna Poki. Marinate good quality cubes of ahi tuna in my Japanese Vinaigrette dressing and serve with your favorite salad…

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Baked Salmon with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Posted on Nov 17th, 2013

Salmon is one of my favorite varieties of fish. I love it anyway you prepare it -- grill it with my teriyaki sauce, make fresh salmon kelaguen, or…

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Baked Sushi Casserole

Posted on Feb 27th, 2015

My family loves, LOVES, LOVES sushi.  We love both the sushi with cooked ingredients (especially those with tempura shrimp -- YUM!) as well as…

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Posted on Oct 1st, 2013

One our favorite appetizers when we eat out are crab-stuffed mushrooms.  Tender mushrooms, sweet crab meat, and melted cheese are sure to make these…

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Escabeche

Posted on Mar 20th, 2014

Escabeche is a dish made with fried fish and vegetables with a ginger-vinegar sauce. It's usually prepared for special occasions, but since we're in…

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Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Tangy Coleslaw

Posted on Mar 5th, 2014

This is not your typical fish taco.  It's even better if you ask me, but then I might be a bit biased. 😉 When I think of fish tacos, I picture…

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Fresh Salmon Kelaguen

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2013

Kelaguen in Chamorro describes a dish that's prepared by mixing the main ingredient (usually chicken, beef, deer, or seafood) with lemon or lime…

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Gumbo-laya

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2014

My family loves both Gumbo and Jambalaya. Today, we couldn't decide which dish to make so I combined the two and made a combo that I call…

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Herb Crusted Salmon with Wild Rice and Lemon Balsamic Salad

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

With the Lenten season upon us, I'm looking for opportunities to cook my favorite seafood different ways.  One of my favorite types of seafood is…

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Hoisin Honey Glazed Salmon

Posted on Feb 14th, 2014

One of my favorite ways to prepare salmon is to bake it with some sort of savory sauce.  The sauce keeps the salmon moist (adds tons of flavor too),…

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Mussels with Garlic Tomato Sauce

Posted on Sep 26th, 2014

This is a very simple recipe that my daughter, Hannah, created for dinner one evening. (Have I mentioned that she's a natural in the kitchen? Proud…

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Panko Crusted Fried Fish & Shrimp

Posted on Aug 1st, 2014

Our family loves seafood.  One of our favorite ways to serve fish and shrimp is to coat them in panko breadcrumbs and fry them until golden brown…

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Pork & Shrimp Chop Suey with Noodles

Posted on Aug 7th, 2013

Chop suey most often refers to a stir fried noodle dish, but I like my version of chop suey with a bit of gravy.  I guess my brain refuses to…

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Salmon Cakes

Posted on Mar 19th, 2015

Salmon cakes are my take on one of my favorite seafood dishes -- crab cakes.  These savory patties are crisp on the outside, thanks to a quick…

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Sardine Kelaguen

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2014

Yes...kelaguen...with sardines.  Don't knock it 'till you try it. 🙂 This is one of my favorite foods.  If you know what kelaguen is and…

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Shrimp Kådu

Posted on Aug 6th, 2013

Kådu means soup or broth in Chamorro.  It refers to any type of broth or liquid in your cooked dish, be it soup, gravy, or a…

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Shrimp Patties

Posted on Aug 18th, 2013

Hi everyone!  This is Hannah, Annie's daughter. I made some delicious shrimp patties for lunch one day. My version is somewhat different from…

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Soy Ginger Tilapia

Posted on Dec 4th, 2013

Tilapia is a great choice when you're looking for a quick and easy (healthy too!) meal. With just 8 simple ingredients (including the fish), you can…

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The Best Sashimi Ever

Posted on Jan 14th, 2014

I love sashimi! If you don't care to eat raw fish, then I'm sorry, but this recipe is not for you.  BUT, you can share it with someone who does!…

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Sides:

Authentic Korean Cabbage Kimchi

Posted on Jul 31st, 2014

My Korean sister-in-law, Min, is an excellent cook.  She's the one who taught me how to make all my favorite Korean dishes, like Jap Chae, Bulgogi,…

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Bean Sprout & Cucumber Kimchi

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

This is a very light and tasty side dish that can double as your salad.  I love it served alongside my Kimchi Soup as well as with Korean Ssambap…

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Chicken Kelaguen & Flour Titiyas

Posted on Jul 29th, 2013

Kelaguen and Titiyas ~ both staples on a Chamorro fiesta table.  But you don't have to be invited to a fiesta in order to enjoy these tasty dishes…

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Chicken Macaroni Salad

Posted on Aug 15th, 2014

Macaroni salad one of my family's favorite side dishes.  There are many, many macaroni salad variations, but we're simple...we like two specific…

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Cucumber Cabbage Salad

Posted on Feb 4th, 2014

Are you tired of the same old salad and salad dressing?  Try my Cucumber Cabbage Salad with my delicious, tangy salad dressing.  It's quick and…

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Cucumber Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing

Posted on Feb 17th, 2014

This is a very quick and simple dish. I like to make this salad ahead of time to allow the cucumbers to absorb the delicious tangy dressing. Give…

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Daigo’ Kimchi with Rokkyo & Pickled Garlic

Posted on Oct 7th, 2014

This is a very simple salad or side dish made with pickled daikon radish, pearl onions, and garlic.  This is not a dish you want to eat before…

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Posted on Oct 5th, 2013

Mashed potatoes aren't traditionally found on a Chamorro menu, but there are times when my family craves something other than rice with a meal. We…

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Grilled Eggplant with Coconut Milk

Posted on Aug 11th, 2013

I just love eggplants -- stir fried with beef or chicken, sautéed with onions and scrambled with eggs, eggplant parmesan, and a favorite -- grilled…

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Herb Crusted Salmon with Wild Rice and Lemon Balsamic Salad

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

With the Lenten season upon us, I'm looking for opportunities to cook my favorite seafood different ways.  One of my favorite types of seafood is…

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Juicy Cheeseburgers with Baked Smothered Fries

Posted on Feb 25th, 2014

I may be dating myself, but one of my favorite burger places to eat was Cool Spot, a quaint drive-in burger joint in Barrigada owned and operated by…

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Kicked-Up Brown Rice

Posted on Jan 12th, 2014

I was never a huge fan of brown rice, but in my quest to create healthier meals for my family, we've switched from our favorite white rice to the…

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Lumpia

Posted on Jul 28th, 2013

Lumpia is a staple at most Chamorro gatherings.  There are fried and fresh versions, both of which are extremely popular. There are so many…

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Quinoa Salad

Posted on Mar 19th, 2014

Are you looking for a different side dish to serve with your meals? Try making Quinoa Salad. It is a delicious side dish that is healthy as well as…

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Ramen Noodle Salad

Posted on Sep 1st, 2014

Ramen noodle salad has been around for years. I love this dish because you can make endless varieties of it based on your favorite…

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Red Rice

Posted on Feb 8th, 2014

Red Rice is a must-have for any Chamorro Fiesta menu.  Without red rice, it just won't seem much like a fiesta. You don't need to go to a party or…

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Red Rice made with Brown Rice

Posted on Feb 17th, 2014

My family is making a concerted effort to develop healthier eating habits. We're making small changes in the foods we eat as well as how we prepare…

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Riyenu ~ Chamorro Stuffing

Posted on Oct 14th, 2013

Chamorro stuffing, or Riyenu, is a delicious side dish usually served during special holiday meals, alongside baked turkey, ham, or roast pig. My…

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Sesame Garlic Green Beans

Posted on Feb 14th, 2014

Are you looking for a quick, easy and TASTY vegetable side dish?  Try my daughter's recipe for Sesame Garlic Soy Green Beans. They are perfect…

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Shrimp Patties

Posted on Aug 18th, 2013

Hi everyone!  This is Hannah, Annie's daughter. I made some delicious shrimp patties for lunch one day. My version is somewhat different from…

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Spinach with Coconut Milk

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2014

This is a classic Chamorro dish that is a staple on most fiesta menus. The traditional dish is called…

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Steamed Wild Rice

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

This recipe was first published with my recipe for Herb Crusted Salmon (find the recipe here).  Serve this with your favorite meat or fish dish and…

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Tangy Coleslaw

Posted on Mar 19th, 2014

This is not your typical coleslaw.  I created this recipe to go with my fish tacos (find the recipe here), but I wanted a healthier version of the…

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Soups & Stews:

Arroz Caldo

Posted on Nov 15th, 2013

Arroz Caldo is a classic Filipino dish that made its way into Chamorro kitchens. This is my version of this delicious comfort food. It's very quick…

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Beef Shank Kådu with Fresh Vegetables and Vermicelli Noodles

Posted on Jan 5th, 2014

It's currently 9 degrees outside, with a windchill of -11 degrees -- it's the perfect time for a pot of my delicious Beef Shank Kådu (which means…

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Braised Oxtail Soup

Posted on Oct 7th, 2014

Don't let the name of this dish turn you off.  Oxtail, as the name describes, was commonly the meaty part of the tail of an ox.  Nowadays, they are…

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Chicken ala King

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2013

Chicken ala King is a classic comfort dish. Growing up, chicken ala king was usually served at rosaries, after the prayers were completed, of…

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Chicken Chalakiles

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2014

Chicken Chalakiles is one of my favorite Chamorro comfort foods.  It's a soup made with chicken, onions and garlic, thickened with toasted…

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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

Chicken pot pie is a favorite in my family.  There's something about the tender chicken, delicious vegetables and cream sauce that makes us…

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Chicken Soup (Kådun Månuk)

Posted on Oct 20th, 2014

Kådu is the Chamorro term for soup or broth.  Think of it as Chamorro Comfort Food.  It could be 90 degrees outside on Guam, but serve some kådu…

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Corn Soup

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2013

Chicken corn soup is a classic dish on Guam.  It's made many different ways, from cutting corn kernels off fresh ears of corn to using canned or…

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Easy Phở

Posted on Aug 17th, 2014

Phở is a Vietnamese noodle soup made with an intensely flavorful broth poured over flat rice noodles and garnished with thinly sliced meat.  A…

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Green Chicken Curry

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2014

There are so many varieties of curries -- from chicken, to beef, to all vegetable -- I haven't found a curry I didn't like. 😉 It's such a…

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Gumbo-laya

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2014

My family loves both Gumbo and Jambalaya. Today, we couldn't decide which dish to make so I combined the two and made a combo that I call…

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Hearty Beef Stew

Posted on Sep 11th, 2014

Beef stew is a comfort dish that everyone should know how to make.  That and chicken soup -- both are recipes you should have in your cooking…

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Kimchi Soup

Posted on Aug 12th, 2013

My name is Annie and I love kimchi. There...I've admitted it, although it really wasn't such a secret.  🙂  I've eaten kimchi since I was a…

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Short Ribs Soup (Kådun Kåtne)

Posted on Sep 12th, 2013

It's cold and rainy right now in the Colorado Rockies...perfect weather for Short Ribs Soup.  We call this Kådun Kåtne in Chamorro.…

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Shrimp Kådu

Posted on Aug 6th, 2013

Kådu means soup or broth in Chamorro.  It refers to any type of broth or liquid in your cooked dish, be it soup, gravy, or a…

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Spam:

Fried Rice with Spam, Bacon and Chorizos Españot

Posted on Nov 24th, 2013

My daughter calls this Meat Lover's Fried rice, maybe because there is a ton of meat in it. And yes, Spam is meat, so don't be a hater. 🙂 Despite…

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Musubi

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

I am so happy to be FINALLY writing this post!  Not just because I love musubi, but because it's my inaugural SPAM post!!!  (Applause, applause,…

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Spam Kelaguen

Posted on May 29th, 2014

Spam is a staple on Guam.  In fact, Spam has been called the "poor man's steak" by many, although a can of Spam is not cheap!  I have a friend who…

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Tips & Things:

Basic Yeast Bread Recipe

Posted on Jul 29th, 2013

I love to bake yeast breads, but that wasn’t always the case.  I distinctly remember my very first yeast rolls disaster.  Instead of tender,…

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Chaplet of Divine Mercy ~ Chamorro Translation

Posted on May 13th, 2014

I started compiling my recipes when my daughters were very young, intending to pass them on to them when they got older and took an interest in…

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Conversions and Abbreviations

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2013

Here are some useful Conversion Charts. Temperature Conversions: 275°F = 140°C = gas mark 1 300°F = 150°C = gas mark 2 325°F = 165°C =…

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Grating Fresh Coconuts

Posted on Aug 28th, 2013

When I was a little girl, one of my jobs during party preparations was to kåmyu  (grate) fresh coconuts.  I remember going through a…

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How to cut a Circle out of Parchment Paper

Posted on Aug 17th, 2013

Have you ever had to line a round baking pan with parchment paper, and wondered how to cut a relatively perfect circle freehand? Well, here's my…

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How to Cut Open Månha (Young Coconuts)

Posted on Jul 13th, 2014

Månha is the Chamorro word for young coconuts.  The sweet juice (commonly called "coconut water) and tender coconut meat are used to make delicious…

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How to Roast a Fresh Pumpkin — a Pedro “PoP” Aguon Tutorial

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2013

Pedro "PoP" Aguon was a chef in the Navy. PoP passed down to his family his extensive knowledge of cooking, and his daughter, Arlene Sablan Aguon, is…

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Marshmallow Flowers

Posted on Sep 17th, 2014

It's really simple to make Marshmallow Flowers. Slice large marshmallows using a clean pair of kitchen shears (dipped in cornstarch for easy…

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Paranormal Pretzels

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2014

My niece, Chrystina and her son, Damian have so much fun making snacks together. Damian shared these cute pretzel snacks with his friends at…

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Prayer Before Meals ~ Tinaitai Åntes de Chumocho

Posted on Aug 29th, 2013

I left Guam over two decades ago.  One of the things I wish I could change is the fact that I am not as fluent as I'd like to be in speaking…

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Rice Krispy Treat Easter Eggs

Posted on Mar 29th, 2015

This is a fun and yummy project you and your kids can make this Easter. To make these delicious and cute treats, you'll need: 6 cups…

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Robot Snack Packs

Posted on Feb 5th, 2015

My niece, Chrystina, is always looking for creative ways to make snack time fun for her children.  This time, she and her son, Damian, made Robot…

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Vegetables:

Ahi Tuna Poki Salad

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015

This is a new twist on Ahi Tuna Poki. Marinate good quality cubes of ahi tuna in my Japanese Vinaigrette dressing and serve with your favorite salad…

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Authentic Korean Cabbage Kimchi

Posted on Jul 31st, 2014

My Korean sister-in-law, Min, is an excellent cook.  She's the one who taught me how to make all my favorite Korean dishes, like Jap Chae, Bulgogi,…

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Bean Sprout & Cucumber Kimchi

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

This is a very light and tasty side dish that can double as your salad.  I love it served alongside my Kimchi Soup as well as with Korean Ssambap…

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Cucumber Cabbage Salad

Posted on Feb 4th, 2014

Are you tired of the same old salad and salad dressing?  Try my Cucumber Cabbage Salad with my delicious, tangy salad dressing.  It's quick and…

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Cucumber Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing

Posted on Feb 17th, 2014

This is a very quick and simple dish. I like to make this salad ahead of time to allow the cucumbers to absorb the delicious tangy dressing. Give…

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Grilled Eggplant with Coconut Milk

Posted on Aug 11th, 2013

I just love eggplants -- stir fried with beef or chicken, sautéed with onions and scrambled with eggs, eggplant parmesan, and a favorite -- grilled…

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Ramen Noodle Salad

Posted on Sep 1st, 2014

Ramen noodle salad has been around for years. I love this dish because you can make endless varieties of it based on your favorite…

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Sesame Garlic Green Beans

Posted on Feb 14th, 2014

Are you looking for a quick, easy and TASTY vegetable side dish?  Try my daughter's recipe for Sesame Garlic Soy Green Beans. They are perfect…

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Spinach with Coconut Milk

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2014

This is a classic Chamorro dish that is a staple on most fiesta menus. The traditional dish is called…

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Tangy Coleslaw

Posted on Mar 19th, 2014

This is not your typical coleslaw.  I created this recipe to go with my fish tacos (find the recipe here), but I wanted a healthier version of the…

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Thai Beef Salad

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

This popular Thai beef salad can serve as an appetizer or a meal.  It's quick and easy to prepare so you can have it on your table in just a few…

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20 comments

  1. Liz Gogue Vargas says:

    love the website…it’s helping us get all the names of the food correct for an upcoming reunion menu, lol. Do you know the recipe for a dish made with pig…it’s something like “chocolate meat”??? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and Hafa Adai! – Liz Gogue Vargas

  2. Jim Abbott says:

    Annie,
    I am so glad I stumbled onto your site. I did a tour of duty on Guam while in the Coast Guard.’78-’80. I lived in Tumon Bay a block and a half from the beach. I loved the warm and friendly people. They always invited us in or pulled us into the fiestas my roomie and I came across riding our motorcycles around on the weekends. I loved the farmers market and all the food varieties offered. Heck my roomie married a Chamorro lady. I have missed those flavors for decades now. I have bookmarked your site for future cooking endeavors. Can’t wait to start with some of your more traditional recipes and go from there. Thank you so much for all your hard work on your site. And for sharing these wonderful recipes. Sincerely, Jim and Brenda. Las Vegas, Nevada

    • Hafa Adai, Jim and Brenda! Thank you for stopping by. If I don’t have a recipe for a dish you remember from when you lived on Guam, send me a message and I’ll see what I can come with for you. I hope you enjoy making some of our island delicacies. Enjoy, and stop by again soon. 🙂

      • James Abbott says:

        Hafa Adai once again Annie. I have tried cooking several of your recipes. Love them! I keep your site bookmarked so I can easily try a new recipe. Your site is truly awesome. So detailed and most delicious recipes. So one dish I loved and used to get often at the Farmers Market way back in ’78-’80 was a version of Pancit. But it seems they made it with yakisoba type noodles instead of the rice threads. Would your Pancit Bihon recipe work using the yakisoba noodles? I seem to prefer them over the other. Man I really wish I could take my wife and vacation there for two weeks to revisit so many of the places I remember. The Merizzo Water Festival was a blast!!! Also miss fresh Mahi sashimi with finadene on Tumon Beach. Would love to get some boonie pepper seeds to grow here in Vegas… I vividly remember my first encounter with those little suckers. WOW!

        • Hafa Adai! You really need to take a trip back to Guam; I’m sure you and your wife would greatly enjoy it! The island has changed quite a bit, but for the better. As for using yakisoba noodles, yes, my recipe would work with it as well. I also recommend trying it with yellow Chinese egg noodles. Cook the noodles as directed on the package, then add it to your meat and vegetables. If you like it a little more saucy, add some soy sauce and/or your broth of choice AND a packet of achote powder. So good! Let me know if you made a variation of it and how it turned out. 🙂

  3. Juanita A Trushaw says:

    Thank you Annie and family for sharing all your recipes. Whenever I run across a childhood favorite, it takes me back to a memory of my mom,dad, aunties and uncles for a certain foods they use to cook. I’ve made and shared several of your recipes with my sister, who lives in Canada, and each one, a wonderful memory for me. I’d like to know if you have a recipe for Poto? I’d like to try to make them also. Once again….A Huge Thank You !!

    Juanita Aflague Trushaw

    • Hi Juanita! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m happy to hear that making our traditional island food evokes wonderful memories for you.

      I do have a recipe for potu. Let me get it together and I’ll either post it or email it to you.

      Take care, and happy cooking!
      Annie

  4. Jo Ann Quenga says:

    Hi Annie! I make chalakiles and thought I can spice it up a bit with what you would use but didn’t find a recipe here. Do you have your recipe for it?

  5. Lezlie Hepburn says:

    Hafa adai!
    I am so happy that I found your site!; I left Guam in 1999. I was a contract teacher there and my children grew up there. I learned to cook Chamoru style and it is still my kid’s favorite food! I do not have a recipe for empanada though and would love to be able to have some!

  6. Marie Reyes says:

    HI AND HAFA ADAI ANNIE… THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR RECIPES….HOWEVER DO YOU HAVE THE RECIPE FOR EMPANADA?

  7. Maria says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipes with us Annie.

  8. Al Taitano says:

    Great!…love it, hopefully you won’t mind me using your website to look up and cook a great home cooked meal right in my kitchen. Al Taitano

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