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'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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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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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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Easy Homemade Chorizos

Posted on Jul 9th, 2017

I made pancakes for my kids' breakfast this morning, but the hubby and I wanted something heartier. Here's my version of homemade chorizo. It's…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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“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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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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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…

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Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles

Posted on Jan 5th, 2022

If you’re looking for a weeknight meal that’s delicious and quick to prepare, look no further.  My Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles takes…

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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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Chicken Thighs with Honey Mustard Garlic Wine Sauce

Posted on Nov 28th, 2018

Hafa Adai!  I know, I’s been a while since I added a new recipe.  But this one is worth the wait, trust me.  I made this with skin on,…

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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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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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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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Ham Hocks with Mongo (Mung) Beans

Posted on Feb 20th, 2021

Ham hocks and beans go so well together.  For those who’ve never heard of it before, a ham hock is the pork knuckle and is usually salt-cured and…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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