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Kalderetang Baka (Beef Caldereta) and Avery® See Through Sticky Notes Giveaway

I love jotting down notes as well as to-do and to-buy lists. Maybe I got it from my father or I just find it helpful in not forgetting things that I have to do. I was really excited when self-adhesive notes came to the market. I don't exactly remember when that was (I guess I was in college) but I must say that the person behind it is a genius! It is such a simple idea that made my life easier. Even in this smartphone world where we are now, I still prefer writing notes that I can readily see to remind me of upcoming events, or what the girls need to bring to school, or what pantry supplies I need to get. You may think I'm old fashioned but I must admit that I'm a big fan of sticky notes and even though I love using my iPhone notes and reminders apps, sticky notes are still so handy for me.

When I was asked by Avery® to make a review and hold a giveaway of their see through sticky notes, I just couldn't say no! How can I when I'm a big fan??! When Avery® took these sticky notes a step further by developing a See-Through Sticky Note, I was like telling myself that whoever thought of it was so cool!
I just love the idea of having  transparent writable surface that will stand out without covering the information underneath. I can place these right on my recipe books, write recipe adjustments and still see the recipe!
I can write reminders on calendars without covering important texts!

The best thing about Avery® See Through Sticky Notes is that it has a good adhesive that sticks well on paper and other flat surfaces whether rough or smooth, but it removes cleanly without leaving sticky residue or ruining the paper. Its neon color (yellow and magenta) really helped the notes stand out from the page and even if these sticky notes have a plastic texture, you can use a simple ballpoint pen or even pencil! I am really impressed and for that, I give it 5 stars!

Honestly, I like how cool and innovative Avery's products are! But there's more to that! Avery® is part of Box tops for Education - a nationwide fundraising program dedicated to helping America's schools get the things they need—from books and school supplies to playground equipment to computers. Every packaging of Avery products include Box Tops for Education coupon, and for each Box Tops coupon redeemed from Avery products, Avery will donate 10 cents. I find it so great that Avery® is focusing on helping raise money for our local schools! And last Oct. 3, Avery  launched  its Sticky Notes Mark The Spot Sweepstakes wherein 20,000 winners will be selected at random to receive one (1) pack of Avery Sticky Notes, valued at $2.88, and  (5) schools from among those nominated by the 20,000 preliminary contest winners will each win 100,000 Box Tops For Education Coupons, valued at $10,000 each. The estimated retail value of the 20,000 Avery Sticky Notes is $57,600 and the estimated retail value of the 5 school prizes is $50,000. It's really so generous of Avery, don't you think???

If you want to try your luck of helping your school, just like Avery's Facebook page, sign up  and then choose the school you’d like the money to go to should you win. Pretty simple, and you're doing it for a great cause! Imagine what you can do with Avery Sticky Notes and what your school can do with 100,000 Box Tops coupons!

And if you want a chance to win some packs of sticky notes, I am happy to tell you that the generous people from Avery are offering my US readers the chance to win 6 packs Avery® See Through Sticky Notes.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you want to use these cool see through sticky notes for. It's that simple! The giveaway will close on Sunday, Oct. 23, 9PM CDT. One winner will be chosen via and will be announced on Monday!

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It's such a wonderful day, and aside from the awesome giveaway from Avery®, I want to share with you a very awesome Filipino dish called KALDERETANG BAKA (Beef Caldereta)...
Kaldereta which came from the Spanish word "caldereta" simply means stew. It is a favorite Filipino dish especially in the Luzon area, which is originally goat stew and is cooked with tomato sauce, potatoes, liver spread, olives, bell peppers and hot peppers. It is another one of those Spanish-influenced dishes that came to be a favorite among Filipinos. It became so popular that many versions have been made, and other meat like beef, chicken, pork and even fish have been used. Beef is the most popular though.

Some cook their kaldereta with coconut milk and some cook it really hot...but I grew up loving the original version which is cooked in tomato sauce but is not too spicy. Kaldereta is a truly scrumptious dish that is served during fiestas, birthday parties, and other special occasions in the Philippines. It has lots of ingredients that all contribute to the goodness of this dish. But don't get long as you have beef (or even pork), tomato sauce, liver paste, potatoes and bell pepper, you're good to cook a simple version of kaldereta. That's how I do it most of the time! :)

But this version of Kaldereta that I'm going to share with you is the one that is usually served during special Filipino gatherings. It has all the ingredients that make it so festive and so delicious that you just can't stop asking for more!

  • 3 lbs beef (chuck roast), cubed
  • 1 medium-sized onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup banana ketchup
  • 2 large potatoes, cubed
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ½ green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ½ cup green olives
  • 1 cup garbanzos (chickpeas)
  • 1 small can liver paste (4oz.)
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp pickle relish
  • 2 pcs Thai chili, sliced and seeds removed (or more if you want it more spicy)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil for sauteing
For Marinade:
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pc bay leaf
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt

1. In a bowl, combine pineapple juice, garlic, bay leaf, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Marinate beef in mixture for at least one hour. Drain, saving the marinade.
2. In a large pan over medium heat, saute garlic and onion in olive oil until onion is translucent. 
3. Add beef and saute until juice starts to come out. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. 
4. Add saved marinade, tomato sauce, ketchup, liver spread, pickle relish and half of the bell pepper (I love the crisp of bell pepper while eating my kaldereta but I also want the beef to absorb the flavor of the bell pepper, so I divide it into two and cook the first half with the beef and add the other half when the beef is already cooked). Mix well. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer with occasional stirring for 30-45 minutes or until beef is almost tender.
5. Add peanut butter, potatoes and the rest of the bell pepper. Simmer until potatoes are almost tender. 
6. Add garbanzos, green olives and Thai chili. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
 7. Remove from heat. Serve with hot rice.


  1. Yummy...I will definitely try this one. One of my FAVE! BTW, i love the new Avery See Through Sticky Notes...can't wait to see those in the market! Jotting notes from my kitchen all the way to my office as reminders makes life easier. With this see through sticky notes,it even makes it better coz it doesn't cover important text that you would like to emphasize.

  2. I would use them to take notes as I read books and recipe books would be a great way to use them.

  3. Wow, what a flavorful stew! I know this must smell amazing while it is cooking away!

    What a great giveaway! PERFECT for cookbooks, what else?

  4. I review a lot of books and I can see these being useful for jotting down quick notes while reading, without actually writing in the book.

  5. yummy caldereta!!! I can't wait to try it :)

    and I love how Avery came up with these transparent note pads!! I'm a big fan of their products too and I would love to try their transparent sticky notes on my recipe books as well..because like you. I do some adjustments to most of the recipe I see on books as well!

  6. delicious looking dishes looks wonderful
    would love to join the giveaway

  7. That sticky notes are impressive Tina though I don't quality for it being in Malaysia. Its lovely dish but I wll go back to lamb/goat's meat.
    Its so thick and with the amount of ingredients added, really tasty.

  8. Your Beef Caldereta looks fantastic. Love it. These sticky notes are definitely creative. I would used them on my recipe book as I love to write note on recipes and any changes/adjustment I made. So useful. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  9. ahhhh Tina , you made me hungry hee hee That chuck roast looks so good :D

  10. What a nice comfort food Tina! Looks so delicious... And very helpful sticky note!

  11. What a great idea ... I love all sticky notes, all sizes all colors ... what a great idea ... "writing" without writing ... especially helpful with recipe books, as others have noted!

  12. The giveaway is simply cool! Good luck to all US residents!! The beef looks so good with all the spices & seasoning :)

    Tina, I'd submitted my Creepy Halloween Pumpkin Treats for a Recipe Challenge. I'd appreciate a minute of your time to hop over to VOTE for my entry. Voting closes 24 Oct 2011. I thank you for your votes & appreciate your kind gesture!

  13. WOw! This looks amazing- so simple yet full of flavor and gorgeous too. I have to tell you I got my canvas print in that I won from your giveaway and it is awesome. I have to order two more for presents for christmas because it was so good- thanks again!

  14. Oh my goodness. I just love those sticky notes. I wonder if they have them here. I've been looking for a good kaldereta recipe for search is over!

  15. Wow! Those sticky notes are really cool! Hope I can find them here in SG! ;)

    This dish is simply too delish!! I love thick creamy stews! YUMS! Hope you're enjoying your week! :D

    PS: What else can I use to replace liver spread for this dish? I don't think we've that here.. ;(

  16. Hi Lyn! You can just buy fresh pork or beef liver. Cut it into strips, sprinkle with salt, saute in oil until light brown then put in food processor with a little water and blend into smooth paste. That's how we do it when liver paste isn't available. :)

  17. That's a nice hearty dish Tina. I never heard of banana ketchup .. but very curious ti try.

  18. This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced tomorrow.
    Thank you all for joining!!!

  19. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already Cheers!

  20. Awesome giveaway..they are genius idea, and would use it with my kids on a daily bases..but your Beef Caldereta sound even yummy and how would I love to dip my bread in that sauce:)) really delicious recipe!!

  21. Great post! Keep it up the good work and also keep posting.

  22. Mabuhay! Made this tonight for myself and my wife (she is Filipina). We live in Massachusetts with plans of eventually moving to TX (when positions in my field open up. She is in the health care field so her position is much more flexible than mine. It's much too cold for her here in New England. That's why I'm making this warming comfort food. I have made Caldereta a dozen or so times before but I kind of compromise and and make it a bit more like (american) stew and add carrots. I am trying the peanut butter for the first time thanks to your recipe. Is there a regional (i.e. Northern Province) or ethnic (Chinese rather than Spanish) influence behind the peanut butter? I always make a large amount so we can enjoy the fruits of my labor for a few meals. :) I will bookmark your blog and surprise my wife with meals from her homeland with your recipes. The pictures are very helpful also. Salamat. I guess I need to get an account somehow also, instead of just being Mr Anonymous :)

  23. Salamat Mr. Anonymous! I am so grateful to have a new reader from MA! :) I hope you & your wife enjoyed my version of Caldereta with peanut butter which is common in the Tagalog region.
    Hope to hear from you again the next time you try some other recipes from PiTCC...

  24. Huh!!!! Yum yummy!..made this recipe on sunday. Nakakagutom. Thanks tina.

  25. I grew up in Toronto, Canada. I can still speak the language, the family speak it at home and mostly prepare Filipino food. Now that I'm on my own, I crave for authentic Pinoy food. Your Caldereta is different and looks fantastic. I will try making it for the family Christmas potluck. Thanks for sharing :-)

  26. Is there a substitute for the liver spread? My bf is averse to the taste of liver.

  27. I followed your recipe and it was a hit! Everyone loved it! Thank you for sharing ...yummm

  28. i cooked this and my cousins said it was yummy. although i skipped the marinade part. Next time I will follow the entire procedure. Thanks Tina