Rosie – 75 Years Young

momThis is my mom Rosie, we celebrated her 75th birthday last month in Michigan where I grew up.  In case you aren’t familiar, she is the creator of our recipes and my inspiration for most of what I do.

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Fresh Farm Market Salad

2mycornI hand carried fresh corn, mini red onions, tomatoes and jalapeños back to Arizona from my trip to Michigan to visit my family.  I prefer to eat more of what’s in season when I can. I love this flavor combination with a sprinkle of Bulgarian feta cheese to add a bit of saltiness.  Try this with either of our dressings and a bit of lemon – so flavorful.  The temperatures are still scorching so we’re not doing any farm markets but you can find us on-line or at any of the AJ’s Fine Foods stores in Arizona.

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Our Simple Signature Salad

saladI will repeat this simple salad over and over again since it works.  I like to make things simple so I keep recipes like this one in my back pocket.  Our signature salad can be eaten as a meal or the perfect compliment to your favorite meal as in this picture.


-2 cups mixed greens
-2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese * I prefer Bulgarian feta if available
-1/4 cup of thinly sliced red onion
-Little Rosie’s Filipino or Spicy Filipino Dressing to taste


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Pancit – Filipino Noodle Dish

pancitPancit means noodles in the Filipino language. It was introduced into Filipino cuisines by the Chinese. Pancit are standard fare in most restaurants in the Philippines and are served in a variety of ways. I like this as a side course with only vegetables but if you want to make it more of a meal, you can add chicken, shrimp or pork.***We have plenty of recipes in the this site – just type what you’re looking for such as ‘salad’ or ‘steak’ and anything related will pop up.  Enjoy!

-1 package of rice noodles. *Maifun Rice Sticks made by Dynasty can be found in the Asian section of most main stream grocery stores.
-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil for cooking
-1/2 small onion, chopped
-1/4 cup carrot sliced thinly. * I like to buy the carrots already shredded
-2 garlic cloves sliced thinly
-1 cup of chicken broth
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-2-4 green onion sliced for garnish
-1 lemon for garnish


  1. Place noodles in bowl and cover with warm water and set aside.The direction call for 10 minutes but for the way we’re preparing this, the noodles will stay in the water only for the time of the next steps.
  2. Heat oil in cooking pan on medium heat
  3. Sautee onions until soft, add carrots and garlic.* garlic is added last since it cooks so quickly.
  4. When garlic begins to brown, add chicken broth and soy sauce. Bring to a boil on medium heat.
  5. Add noodles to medium/low heat and toss noodles in mixture. *As you toss the noodles the mixture will absorb into the noodles. When all of mixture is absorbed, remove from heat. * If noodles seem too dry, just add more broth as needed.
  6. Garnish with green onion, lemon and serve!


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Blue Cheese + Walnuts + Greens

blueWhen I hear ‘blue cheese’ my mouth waters…..This combo with either our Filipino or Spicy Filipino dressings hits all corners of your mouth. If you have any creative salad ideas you want to share, don’t be shy and send me you recipe to  I’d love to share your ideas!

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The Italian Restaurant

saladFar too often, we eat while doing other tasks.  Whether its checking emails while eating lunch or snacking on a protein bar while driving around the valley.  Lately, we’ve been working on changing that behavior and dedicating time to tuning out work and taking a few hours to enjoy one of the area restaurants.  Last Friday, we went to The Italian Restaurant at the Town & Country Plaza in Phoenix/Biltmore area.  We shared a simple green salad, spiced olives and vegetarian lasagna at The Italian Restaurant in Phoenix in the Town & Country Plaza.  The setting is extremely cozy and pleasantly casual.  What we loved about our meal was that the ingredients were simple yet delicious. So delicious we did a repeat on Saturday of the exact same thing.

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Kale Salad Part Deux

saladMy obsession with Kale continues with this simple combination that’s refreshing and savory at the same time.  This flavor combination goes well with either of our dressings. Pink grapefruit, pear, dried cranberry, smoked almond, white cheddar, shredded purple cabbage and shredded kale.  Be sure to massage the dressing into the kale to soften the texture. Because Kale doesn’t wilt like other greens, you can even dress your salad as much as 24 hours ahead of time – make it delicious!


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Mouthwatering Grapefruit Avocado Salad

I love when customers share their creative ideas like this one for Little Rosie’s Dressings.  The ingredients are perfect since there’s an abundance of grapefruit grown locally and fresh avocados from Mexico and California available in the markets year round. Plus, it’s always good to change up salad combinations to keep things sexy. Although we’re not in any farm markets right now, you can find us in all of the AJ’s Fine Food Stores in Arizona and on line at

-6 cups torn green or butter lettuce
-3 large pink grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
-1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
-1 small red onion, thinly sliced
-1/4 cup chopped pecans or pepitas, toasted
-1/4 cup of Little Rosie’s Filipino (original) or Spicy dressing
*add roasted, pull chicken as an option to make more of a meal

-Divide lettuce among eight salad plates.
-Arrange the grapefruit, avocado and onion over lettuce.
-Drizzle dressing over salads.
-Sprinkle with pecans or pepitas.

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Quinoa Salad with A Filipino Twist

Asian-Quinoa-Salad-7This colorful, healthy and satisfying salad is great as a meal or a side dish. I basically decide to use whatever was left in my fridge to make a meal. I like using our spicy dressing to satisfy a craving for more flavor. Make this in advance – good for up to 3 days in refrigerator.

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 cup diced cucumber
*garnish with chopped green onion

1. Add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

2. Place the quinoa in a large bowl and add the cabbage, edamame, red pepper, carrots, and cucumber. Add dressing to taste and Enjoy!


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Fresh Greens & Dressing

 When in doubt – keep things simple.  Fresh mixed greens and either of our dressings: Filipino or Spicy Filipino make a delicious snack or compliment to a meal. *We are finished for the summer at Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market until the October  24th, 2015 but if you need a fix, you can find us in any of the AJ’s Fine Foods Stores in Arizona or on our web store Thank you for your support and have a great weekend!

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