Archive for December, 2006

Gingerbread a la Marketman (Express Edition), Part IV

16 Dec, 2006

“Gingerbread Express,” “Faux Gingerbread,” or “Surrogate Gingerbread,” whatever you want to call it, this is an alternative for those of you who are short on time or unsure of your baking skills. You still get the terrific experience of decorating the “house” with your kids and the finished product can and often does…

Gingerbread a la Marketman, Part III

14 Dec, 2006

One of the great tasks related to creating a gingerbread house is accumulating the candy that you and your kids are going to stick on the house. I could easily make a gingerbread house with no candy…the fragrance of the gingerbread combined with lots of snow white icing can look incredibly elegant. …

Gingerbread a la Marketman, Part II

14 Dec, 2006

Everyone in our home seems to get involved in the gingerbread effort in some way or another. After all, rolling out several square feet of dough every year (or square meters in other years!) can be rather physically demanding! I made several recipes of dough this year in three different colors for…

Gingerbread a la Marketman, Part I

14 Dec, 2006

Those of you who have been reading this blog for more than a year know that my annual Christmas Gingerbread effort is near and dear to my heart. It is a big deal, one of the most important events of the calendar year…something that is a tradition like no other in our small…

Angus Roast Beef Tagalog a la Marketman

13 Dec, 2006

This dish sounds bizarre, but it is totally, OUTRAGEOUSLY DELICIOUS. I have a whole bunch of material for posts in “queue” but I decided to jump them all and post a leftover dish that is just too good to be true. At an early Christmas dinner a few nights ago, we had…

Ploghost has HORRIBLE SERVICE!!!

13 Dec, 2006

Marketmanila is hosted on the PLOGHOST servers. Over the past two years, I have been less than thrilled with their service but the last few months have really been exasperating. In the last week alone, my site has been down at least 5 times, on one occasion for almost 10 hours. …

Crab Meat with Dill Mayonnaise a la Marketman

12 Dec, 2006

We prefer to serve seafood appetizers because the centerpiece of a festive dinner at our home is usually a hunk of meat. We either have a lechon, a roast beef, a ham, roast pork, some lamb or veal so it is nice to start with something from the sea to balance out the…

Prawn/Shrimp Cocktail a la Marketman

11 Dec, 2006

Holiday entertaining here at home and abroad is in full swing. One of my fallback appetizers or hors d’oeuvres for small or large parties is some shrimp cocktail. A throwback to my parents generation, it remains a delicious, popular and incredibly easy alternative. Yet so many folks do it so badly…


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