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My Love Affair with Asian Home Gourmet Ready-made Spice Pastes

I've always loved trying out new dishes in the kitchen, and while I like having cookbooks around, I've discovered a "new" product that has become a staple in the pantry: Asian Home Gourmet ready-made spice pastes. Pasta is our go-to meal, and I make sure we never run out of the ingredients needed even for the most basic of pasta dishes. But I at some point in the week, I'll find myself craving Thai or Indian food. It's just the way it is. The stupid thing is, I never seem to be able to make a really good curry from scratch. Enter Asian Home Gourmet , which has made everything so simple AND quick. Asian Home Gourmet Spice Packs From Indian curry to Thai curry (red and green) to Nasi Goreng to Hainanese Rice to Tom Yum Soup - they've got it all!

Hear That?

That's the sound of the universe laughing. Every time you make plans, every time you see a little glimmer of hope, thinking things are finally going your way, the universe cackles like a witch brewing a potion that would backfire on whoever used it. Eff off, universe. I can laugh back at you, too.

Trunks, Trunks, and More Trunks

I've seem to have gotten this thing for trunks - you know, the kind that you can throw everything into and yet use as a chair, a side table, or a coffee table? These past weekends, when strolling in the mall, I've seen some pretty interesting trunks, but the prices are just unbelievable, so I as usual, Internet, here I come. You might not think trunks are worth your while but take a look at these. The second one is particularly fetching because it's supposed to be Doctor Who-related...and you know how that goes. Looking for unique trunks, too? Trunks Depot is an online shop that has a lot of options. Click to find us here . Images via DoctorWhoOne and caliconcept

New Recipe: Wholesome Beef Stew Recipe from "Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids"

I've always loved to cook, but I've never been one to do well following recipes. I suppose it comes from what I learned from my dad - throw in a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and BAM!, Emeril style. That being said, I have a repertoire of dishes that I know how to make well. The thing is, it's quite a small repertoire, and sometimes, I find myself looking for something new to make. Enter the Wholesome Beef Stew recipe from "Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids", a cookbook specially made for moms who want to serve their kids healthier food without too much of a hassle. Technically there are no kids in my house, but sometimes it feels like... Since we love caldereta - the Filipino version of beef stew - I decided to give this recipe a try. The ingredients seemed simple enough, so I made a list and headed off to the supermarket to get things together.

When the Going Gets Tough

The tough gets going...and I suppose that adage is meant to motivate, empower, strengthen, or something along those lines. But what if you find out that when the going does truly get tough - and I mean shoe sole steak tough, expired beef jerky tough - you're not tough enough to get going? What if you find yourself semi-paralyzed? I wish I had the answer. Even the hint of an answer would do.