Life by Cynthia: Comfort Food, Filipino Style! Kare Kare (Oxtail Stew) + GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Comfort Food, Filipino Style! Kare Kare (Oxtail Stew) + GIVEAWAY!



My fondest food memories come from what my mom prepared for us in the "big pot". When I was a child and saw the biggest pot that we owned on the stove, I KNEW that I would be having one of my favorite foods at meal time! Thinking back, my favorite comfort foods (Filipino food that is) always came from that large pot on the stove. Kare kare, adobo, and nilaga to name a few!

My favorite pot. Fond memories for sure! I brought out the "big pot" to cook for my little family of three! The other day our  6 year old son asked me to make kare kare, one of my favorite Filipino dishes from my childhood. First off, kare kare is a savory peanut sauce based stew. I was elated when my son asked me to make some.

World Kitchen sent me their REVERE 10 Piece Cookware set AND want to give one of my blog friends the chance to win a 2-piece frying pan set. I will list the giveaway information below.

There are many ways to make kare kare and I've seen it made with varied meats. I am a fan of good old oxtail. Some folks add tripe, but I have never been a fan so I just skip it. Veggies do get loaded into my version. I can't always find the "right" beans (sitaw) but I make do with what is available.

I wish that I could say that I had an exact recipe to share with you! They simply don't exist in my world when it comes to Filipino dishes. I have asked many a Filipino elder to share their recipes. ALWAYS the same reply... add: this, that, and the other then cook until it's done. Cryptic. HOW MUCH of each ingredient? Measurements? For how long? At what temperature? Forget about it! I've learned through trial and error and now I just wing it to too. You'll "just know", they say. My suggestion: find a recipe online, follow it loosely and make it your own. They do sell flavoring packets for kare kare, but to me it just isn't the same!

6.5-quart stock pot with lid



Tenderizing the oxtail takes time, but it is worth it. I've tried methods to rush the process but have found that the way that Mom used to do it is best! Take the time to build this dish with love! Look closely below and you can see the Quick Measure Marks inside the pot! Cool right?!


While the oxtail continues to tenderize, I prep the veggies and saute them a bit. You can easily skip this step, but I don't.






About REVERE

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The 10 Piece Stainless Steel Set (MSRP $229) includes the following:
  •   8-inch fry pan
  • 10-inch fry pan
  • 2-quart sauce pan with lid
  • 3-quart sauce pan with lid
  • 6.5-quart stock pot with lid
  • 3-quart sauté pan with lid


There are so MANY features to fall in love with! I am most impressed with Nest & Protect™ – The interlocking handles elevate pans for scratch-free, space saving storage!

Features:
  • Copper Confidence Core™ – Aluminum encapsulated stainless steel base features a copper disc at the center for quicker and more even heating to help cook foods up to 50 percent faster than heavy gauge pans
  • Nest & Protect™ – Innovative interlocking handles elevate pans for scratch-free, space saving storage (patent pending design also compatible between stainless steel and aluminum)
  • Quick Measure Marks – Laser-engraved easy reference measurement marks included in sauce pans, stock pots and Dutch ovens
  • Stay Cool Handles – Dual-riveted stainless steel and phenolic handles stay cool for maximum comfort and safety
  • Classic Stainless Steel – Resists discoloration, does not react with food or alter flavors
  • Cooktop Compatibility – Compatible with all cooktop surfaces, including induction
  • Tempered Glass Dome Lids – Lock in heat and moisture and make checking cooking status quick and easy
  • Interchangeable Lids for All Vessels – Compatible between both stainless steel and aluminum; Sauté Pan, Dutch Oven, Stock Pot and 10” Fry Pan can share the same lid
  • Oven Safe – Up to 350 degrees; Dutch Oven and Braising Pans up to 500 degrees without lid
  • Drip-Free Pouring Rims – Transfer liquids or food without making a mess
  • Dishwasher safe – For effortless clean-up
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Enter to WIN: REVERE® Copper Confidence Core™ 2-pc Stainless Steel Medium Frying Pan Starter Set using the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck! Giveaway open to U.S. Residents 18+ and ends 11/21/16.

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For more GIVEAWAYS from other bloggers, I suggest  visiting Running with SD Mom and Erica Finds! They host a Wednesday GIVEAWAY Roundup and you can enter to #WinAllThePrizes!

40 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite Filipino dishes! Thanks for sharing. Crossing my fingers to win. The husby wanted some new pans.

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    1. I don't often make it, but when I do I make sure there is enough for the next day!

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  2. I love filipino food! It's great that my family lives in a community with divers food including filipino food! Those are amazing pans and I hope we win!

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    1. Yes! It IS super awesome to have access to diverse food options. Let's try them all!

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  3. I love to make pasta, tacos and veal for my family.

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    1. Yum! Our son loves pasta and recently has become obsessed with tacos!

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  4. What a fabulous set! My favorite cooking memory is making chicken and dumplings with my grandmother when I was young. It was always followed by a yummy pie! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

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    1. I love the set, they stack nicely for storage too! Suddenly, I am craving pie!

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  5. I miss baking my cupcakes =\ Maybe I can bake a bit during winter break.

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  6. Baking and decorating Christmas cookies has always been a great tradition and memory.

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    1. Very sweet! This season my son and I plan on trying our hand at baking.

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  7. I am also a Kare Kare fan! Yours looks so delicious!

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    1. Thank you Lora! We ran out of bagoong! Lol, good thing Seafood City is close by!

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  8. Making christmas cookies with my sister!

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  9. my favorite memory is making lefse with my grandpa

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    1. I have yet to taste lease. Sounds like great moments with your grandpa.

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  10. making mac and cheese with my grandma

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    1. Sounds so nice! I never had the chance to cook with my grandma.

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  11. My mom used to use Revere Copper pans and they are my absolute favorite. I have only one small fry pan and I use it almost daily. I make my little grandson breakfast every morning with it.

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    1. Very nice! My son loves meals made by grandma!

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  12. I loved cooking w my grandmother Sunday waffles

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  13. My favorite cooking memory involves me making appetizers and cocktails for my annual Oscar party - I did lettuce wraps for the first time!

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  14. making cookies with my daughter

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  15. The first time I hosted Thanksgiving is a biggie for me: 4 siblings and their families were coming, and I decided to do a boned, stuffed and rolled bird. Which I somehow cut in half by accident. A lot of crying, kitchen twine and artful garnishing with parsley and all ended up fine!

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  16. Mine is baking cookies and cupcakes with my Grandma when I was little.
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    1. So sweet! I never had the chance to bake with my grandma.

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  17. My favorite cooking memory is of cooking with my grandmother during the holidays, and her showing me to measure ingredients, use shortening, make dough. I was probably 7-8 at the time but my memories of that time are clear and very special.

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  18. Making Sunday breakfast with my children is priceless family time

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    1. Sweet! They will keep those happy memories forever! What a great gift to give to your children.

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  19. My favorite cooking memory so far happened this year when I learned how to properly make white rice on the stove. I mean, it was a big deal for me actually and I don't think I've gone back to the rice cooker since...everyone laughs but man making rice is hard lol. So I am very proud of that and it gave me the confidence to try all sorts of things in the kitchen!

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    1. Good for you! Confidence in the kitchen is priceless!

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  20. My favorite cooking memory is when I cooked Thanksgiving dinner by myself (of course it was just for my husband and I ). It turned out great.

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