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Good Cookin Ezine, Jan. 2013 --Cooking Class Recipes!
January 14, 2013

"Happy New Year"
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New Year Quote

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." ~ Helen Keller

Happy New Year!!

I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and day! I was a little under the weather with a little bug but got over it quick.

Have you set any New Years resolutions? I don't tend to do that but I know some people do whether it's to lose those unwanted pounds or just to be healthier.

My mind set is to eat healthy 80% of the time and enjoy eating what you want 20% of the time. Life is too short. Balance, like in nature will get you the best results. I tell my boys to find balance in what ever they are doing.

So my wish to you this coming new year is to find joy in every day. Make someone laugh. Every moment is a decision. You can choose to be happy or not. Choose to be positive.

In This Issue

New Year Quote

Tip Of The Month

This Months Recipes

New YouTube Videos

Did You Know?

Tip Of The Month:

Did you know that you can get Free Kindle cookbooks? Yes you read that right. In fact, there are lot's of free books, on a variety of topics, you can get for your kindle reader, for free.

Many have reviews to help you find a good cookbook too. And there are new books added all the time too. I check it out regularly. Never know what little gem you will find.

On my facebook page, I recently posted a link to a free cookbook that the author asked me to promote. This Mexican cookbook contains recipes for quesadillas. It was free for several days and now is being sold for $2.99.

I hope you will subscribe to my facebook page so that when I post another free book you won't miss it!

So if you don't have a kindle, you might want to consider getting yourself one. I have a Kindle and I love it.

Please note that if you purchase any item through the above links to then I will receive a small commission on your purchase at no extra cost to you. I like to be up front about this.

This small commission helps offset the cost of running and is very much appreciated!

So thank you, if you do use my links.

This Month's Recipes



Hearty Beef Stew

Guess what? I signed up for a 10 week cooking class with a chef who graduated from the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco, thinking I can always learn something new!

So my plan is to share with you some of the recipes I will be cooking in class, assuming I like them. :)

I've already had my first class and I had a great time. We made Lumpia (Meat Egg Rolls) and Turon (similar to Bananas foster) a Philippine Dessert. I think I like bananas foster better but this is still tasty.

The third recipe this month is my own beef stew. It's delicious and hearty and I hope you like it.


This is a pretty simple recipe but it doesn't skimp on taste. You can also make this gluten free by placing the filling in lettuce wraps instead of the lumpia wrappers and deep frying. It's also healthier too.

The biggest tip I can give you when making this or the Turon recipe is to make sure your oil is hot enough.

How do you tell? You can use a candy thermometer (looking for 350 to 375 degrees F.) or tossing in the lumpia wrapper into the oil and making sure it bubbles up right away.

I noticed in class that some people had their oil too hot and then burned them. Not good either.

The lumpia should turn golden brown in 1 minute, 2 tops.


  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil or sesame oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, minced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups of thinly sliced and chipped green cabbage
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 30 lumpia wrappers
  • Thai red chili sauce, bottled
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying (this will vary by size of pan)
  • Slurry paste: 1/4 cup of warm water and 1 Tbsp. cornstarch. Used to seal lumpia.

Cook the hamburger in a frying pan over medium high heat. Remove the beef to another dish and drain most of the grease. Add the oil to the pan and cook the onion and garlic until translucent, about 2 minutes.

Add the cabbage, carrots and green onions and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and soy sauce. Cook until softened. Add back the cooked ground beef.

Remove from heat and set aside. Keep warm.

Place 2 to 3 Tbsp. of the filling at one corner of lumpia wrapper. Fold the corner up and fold the sides in and then roll. Seal the end with the slurry paste to stick. Keep the roll tight as you roll.

Heat oil in a fry pan or wok about 3/4 inche deep. Take one piece of Lumpia wrapper and tear into small pieces. Drop one small piece into the oil when you think it's hot enough. It should bubble up right away. If not wait for the oil to get hotter and try again.

Gently place Lumpia in oil. If the oil is not hot enough the Lumpia will absorb too much oil. It should be hot enough so that the Lumpia turn golden brown in 1 to 2 minutes. Turn them over so they brown on all sides. Cook 3 to 5 at a time.

Drain the Lumpia on a wire rack or paper towels. Serve immediately with the Thai sauce on the side.

Turon (Philippine Dessert)

Turon is a Philippine dessert similar to Bananas Foster. This dessert is cooked the same way as the Lumpia recipe above. Fresh whipping cream is a nice topper.

  • several pieces bananas (saba or plantains
  • light brown sugar
  • lumpia wrapper (Menlo brand if available)
  • slices of canned Jackfruit (mango can also be used)
  • oil for frying
  • slurry paste = 1/4 cup of water and 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Dissolve in warm water and used to seal lumpia.

Slice the bananas and jackfruit into similar sizes so they can be pared and placed into the wrapper. Slice into 1/4 inch thick slices by say 2 inches long.

Dip and roll the banana pieces and jackfruit into the brown sugar to coat. Place both pieces together on a lumpia wrapper and roll to enclose the fruit. Seal the wrap with a little of the slurry paste to keep it closed.

Heat oil (about an 1 inch deep) in a fry pan or wok. Test the temperature of the oil with a Lumpia wrapper to make sure it bubbles up and the oil is hot enough before placing a turon in the oil.

Place a turon into the hot oil seam side down. Fry until golden brown (about 1 to 2 minutes). Turn them over as they cook.

Use tongs to turn the turon over and remove it from the oil. Drain on a wire rack and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

These are best served warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.

Hearty Beef Stew

Here's a recipe I make during the winter months. It's such a comfort food and my family, especially my husband loves this stew.

  • 1 1/2 lbs of beef for stew
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups of beef broth
  • 3 potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 lb. frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup flour, gluten free if desired
  • 1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce

Cut the beef into 1 inch size chunks. Place flour in a zip lock bag and add the meat. Zip bag closed and shake to coat the beef. Save any left over flour.

Heat a large frying pan with vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add a few pieces of beef and brown and sear all over. Remove pieces as they brown. Turn the heat to medium.

Once you are done browning all the meat (keep warm in another dish) add a teaspoon of oil to the pan and add the onion and the garlic.

Saute for about 3 to 5 minutes until the onion is soft. Now add the left over flour to the pan and stir. Add the tomato paste and stir.

Gradually add the beef broth, Worcestershire, salt and pepper and cook, stirring until the mixture is slightly thickened.

Add back the beef and heat to boiling, stirring. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.

Add the potatoes and carrots and bring the stew to a boil once more. Then turn the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in peas, cover and simmer for 5 minutes longer.

Serve with a nice french bread and enjoy!

I will be coming out with a video on how to make this beef stew in the coming month, so stay tuned.

New YouTube Videos

Every month I create new cooking videos on my YouTube channel to help people learn how to make different recipes. Here are the 5 new videos for December.

Healthy Chocolate Pudding with a surprise ingredient.

Nana's Italian Cookies A family tradition at our house. Also called boscotti.

A Healthy Kid Snack It's peanut butter, bananas, and graham cracker for a healthy treat.

Mexican Hot Chocolate This is so delicious and easy. You'll never go back to those packages again.

Homemade Eggnog No worries about raw eggs here. We cook the eggs in this recipe.

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. That way you won't miss any new videos coming out. Just click this Subscribe link and then click the subscribe button to get notified by email when I put out a new video.

Did You Know?

January is the perfect month to pick up Gift cards. Many people receive them as Christmas presents and some people don't want to shop from the stores that their gift card is from.

So you know what they do? They sell them on or or plastic jungle. What you can do is head on over to those sites and find gift cards at the stores you like to shop at, at a discount.

It's a great way to save a few bucks.

Raffle On YouTube

In the near future we will be having a raffle on YouTube where we will be giving away some free product samples. I'm not saying what it will be yet. I want to surprise you!

I will send out a short newsletter with the information soon. I want you to be the first to know when it goes live. That's the beauty of being a newsletter subscriber! So stay tuned!

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Happy New Year,

Rockin Robin

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