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When we lived in the States I hardly cook at first. Bob was the one who do the cooking. I’m just the helper in the kitchen. He can really barbeque good, he can also cooked stirfry with different kind of sauces that he put together. Little by little I was learning and tried to imitate what he was cooking.

Now here in the Philippines I am the one who do the cooking. I would sometime watch some cooking show from food network. The only thing here in the Philippines if you cook american food, you might have problems with the ingredients. Lots of the ingredients on the american cookbook you can’t find it in the grocery store. To solve that I do a lot of substituting with the ingredients, like for example buttermilk; I mix milk with vinegar. For cream cheese I do equal parts of cheese, margarine and plain yogurt. If their’s ingredients that the store dont have, I will just search on the internet for substitution. I also like to search on the internet for recipies.

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Lots of the grocery store here don’t carry much of the american products. Here in Davao there’s one grocery store that I like to shop. They carry some stuff from the States. They carry lots of mccormick spices. I think I got every mccormick spices they have, like cayenne, turmeric, paprika and a lot more. They also had variety of breakfast cereals, also they have smuckers jelly. Two of our kids likes to eat american foods especially with pasta, the other two they like to eat filipino foods.

If you’re fun of making cookies muffins like me they also have different kinds of flour, like all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cake flour and some others. Our kids like to cook muffins and cookies too. I also have two nieces now that would help me cooked. One of them might be enrolling soon in the culinary school.

Have fun cooking.

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Hi Feyma,

I'm glad you brought this up. Just wondering if you could get cooking sherry there? Is the store you're talking about Felcris? I noticed that SM is starting to carry items they didn't have in the past like tomato sauce for pasta. My sister mentioned that there's a Swiss deli that carries a good variety of cheeses and cold cuts, also good selection of wines (good prices, too!) So, looks like it's getting easier and easier to find ingredients there.

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Hi Feyma,

When I first came to the US, I had a difficult time adapting to their food. Bill did the cooking for the most part at first. Then I had to learn. I love watching the FoodChannel network up here and Bill is my guinea pig. I love to try different kind of foods. To this day Bill still do the fancy cooking. Like the complete Thanksgiving turkey dinner. I'm off duty from the kitchen during most of the holidays.

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charles spangler

Hello bob and feyma: i'm an american living in germany.ilove your web side.i love to read it and consume information.I'm having a problem, i met a p hilippina and i want to help her to come here. but i'm not sure where to start

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charles spangler

maybe you could make it a little clearer for people like me to be helpful. she's beautiful and it's killing me cause it's taking so long.maybe a step by step format. keep up the good work.

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charles spangler

maybe it dont fit an the cooking side but i didn't know where else to write it. sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi Charles- It's ok you're not the only one asking info about that. I was thinking about posting in the blog about fiance and spousal visas, and the process like what papers they need. Just give me sometime to gather all the info. Thanks

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