Today’s our blog-versary! It’s hard to believe a year has gone by. There’s no birthday like the FIRST, so I’m planning on celebrating all week long. I’m so excited that to kick off this week, there is an exciting giveaway, just in time to steam…


Today’s our blog-versary! It’s hard to believe a year has gone by. There’s no birthday like the FIRST, so I’m planning on celebrating all week long. I’m so excited that to kick off this week, there is an exciting giveaway, just in time to steam up your Valentine’s kitchen. As for the next birthday post..there will be something sweet for sure!

Alright, all you love birds out there, in just a few weeks, the official holiday of amour will be upon us. Not that you haven’t already been aptly reminded by all the commercials and store decorations where ever you turn, but here from my kitchen, I’m excited to play a little cupid. In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I am extremely pleased to announce that I am collaborating with four other amazing bloggers and the folks at Man Pans cookware for a hot giveaway that will help steam up not only your kitchen, but your love life!

If you don’t mind me asking, how are your pans? Are they starting to show their age? Do you think you might need a new set? Well, here is your chance to win a brand new set of hot Man Pans. And they really are hot. I have been hearing more and more about them lately, and honestly, was not sure if they could live up to my favorite cookware. When I was given the opportunity to test one of their pans and to develop a recipe around it for this giveaway, I was happy to give their 12 inch fry pan a test run, and I was really impressed.

I wanted to feature a Valentine inspired dish that would take advantage and fully test the pan’s ability to withstand the heat of the stove, oven and broiler. To top it off (literally and figuratively), the accompanying glass lid is oven safe to 400°F. So, I decided to make something that you and your sweetheart can enjoy for a romantic Valentine’s brunch: Crab, Potato & Linguica Torta.

Crab, Potato & Linguica Torta

The ingredients are simple yet indulging: eggs…Linguica sausage…crab…

…and beautiful slivers of potato.

If you’re not familiar with a torta, it’s essentially a Spanish-style omelet, similar to an Italian frittata. My mother used to make Filipino tortas for easy weeknight dinners, but with these special ingredients, it’s fitting for a steamy Valentine’s breakfast.

Pan Impressions

The pan performed extremely well. The first thing you will notice when you receive your Man Pans is how supremely lightweight they are. Now, this normally isn’t a good thing, but the light weight did not compromise its ability to heat up quickly and consistently. And when it comes to handling and transferring the pan from stove to oven, it’s a nice change of pace to not have to engage those biceps. Being able to use the lid in the oven was wonderful for baking the eggs, and I was able to do the final browning under a broiler with no problem. The torta slipped right out of the pan, and clean up was a breeze. It performed like a nonstick pan without those awful coatings. I have to say, I was very impressed.

More Steamy Inspiration

Are you ready for more? My fellow bloggers/collaborators on this project have each developed a recipe with a different Man Pans piece and have all kinds of delicious dishes that you can make to impress your Valentine. Be sure to visit them for more:


Paula at bell’alimento {Agnello in Crosta}
Josie at Daydreamer Desserts {Flambéed Banana Crèpes Suzette}
Rachael at La Fuji Mama {Shrimp & Pork Dumplings}
Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod {Grilled Nutella Raspberry Sandwich}

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Show Us Your Pans

Now it’s YOUR turn! You can win your choice of Man Pans cookware sets to steam up your Valentine’s Day by sending in a photo of your {craptastic} pans for the world to see. Here’s how to enter:

Contest Rules & Details

  • Contest is open to US residents only.
  • One entry per person allowed.
  • Entries must be received between January 31st – February 4th, 2011 to count.
  • To enter: Email ONE photo of your craptastic pans to [email protected]. Include: name, email, website {if applicable}
  • Winner will be chosen by ManPans and announced on February 9th
  • Each entrant will have access to an exclusive “Show us Your Pans” Widget to proudly display on their sites just for participating!

Find out more about the 7 piece 10″ Cookware Set and Kitchen Cookware Set at Man Pans!

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Crab, Potato & Linguica Torta

You will need a 10- or 12-inch ovenproof (stick resistant) fry pan.

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 potato, sliced into thin wafers with a mandoline or very sharp knife
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 6 oz Linguica or your favorite sausage
  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 8 large eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Flat leaf Italian parsley, minced, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 325° F.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in fry pan over medium-high heat. Arrange wafers of potato in a single layer and brown on both sides, about a minute per side. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Heat another tablespoon of oil in pan. Add sausage and shallots, allow sausage to brown and shallots to become transparent. Set aside.

Whisk eggs and season with salt and pepper. Stir in crab meat, sausage and shallots.

Reheat pan over medium-high heat and add 1-2 tablespoons of oil. Add egg mixture to pan, then arrange potatoes on top, pressing lightly into the egg. Cook about 2 minutes or until the edges begins to set and starts to brown. Cover pan with lid and bake in oven for about 15 minutes or until set. Remove cover and broil until the the top browns.

Slide torta out of pan, garnish with parsley. Serve immediately with a light salad.




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  1. Liren

    Thank you, everyone, for all the wonderful birthday wishes! It’s been such a great year, and the best part is meeting all of you :)

  2. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    You have achieved so much in just one year – congrats, Liren! I absolutely have to get me some Man Pans. Crab, linguica, potatoes – wonderful flavors and beautiful torta.

  3. January

    happy first blogsary Liren! amazing how time flies. with all the great food you’re featuring here, the blog is sooo loaded with great posts i can’t even believe it’s just your first blogsary :) i wish i can join the contest too but i can’t coz i’m back here in P.I. but i’m wishing you all the best across miles. the torta looks absolutely delicious and it sure opens another delicious year ahead! congratulations again :)

  4. Isabelle

    Hot indeed! I often do a breakfast scramble with linguica and leftover potatoes, so I know those flavours go very very well together indeed… definitely doesn’t look nearly as classy on the plate as your torta does, though. :)
    I have serious pan envy now. Too bad the contest isn’t open to Canadians… my current pans are so shameful that I’d be a shoo-in!

  5. Chef Dennis

    hi Liren

    Happy blogoversary!! What a perfect torta, crab and sausage is an interesting combination of flavors…..I would love to have tried it!
    Those pans look pretty awesome, thanks for holding such a wonderful give away.


  6. Winnie

    Gorgeous torta! Happy happy blog bday- can’t believe yours is only 1: you’ve done such a fantastic job for your first year!

  7. Trish

    Happy Blogiversary, Liren! What a wonderful way to celebrate with this great giveaway. Funny, I’m celebrating mine too ;) Your torta sounds scrumptious and the photos are so stunning and vivid. I would love to try this torta. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Fuji Mama

    SO GLAD that you love your pan! Now you know why Paula and I have such huge ManPans crushes!! Your torta looks INCREDIBLE. I’m putting it on our menu list for this week. I would LOVE to get some of your Philippino torta recipes from you!

    • Liren

      You and Paula were so right! Thanks again for the chance to play with some Man Pans, I’ve been using this fry pan A LOT. I will definitely get some more Filipino torta recipes your way!

  9. Lynn

    What a wonderful idea for a torta. Crab and sausage do make it something special. And your photographs make my mouth water!

  10. Monet

    Wow! Happy Anniversary. I’m so blessed to have found your blog…and I feel especially blessed today…your torta looks STUNNING. I hope you are having a happy and hopeful morning. Many blessings as the week unfolds!

  11. [email protected]

    Happy blogiversary! Great idea for celebrating and helping someone update their kitchenware. The torta would definitely win points with my sweetheart.

  12. Jill

    Happy Blog Anniversary! love the Torta – not just for brunch, I’m sure we could eat them all day!

  13. Joy

    Happy Bloggerversary :)!!!! And what a beautiful set of pans you’ve got there — if only those pans came with your Crab Potato Linguica Torta ^_^

    Congrats my love!

    • Liren

      Hi Joy! Ha ha, yes, wouldn’t it be nice if the pans came with all the dishes prepared on the side? Mmm!

  14. Jun Belen

    Happy happy first year blog anniversary, Liren!!! So exciting! Congratulations on a very fine achievement. It’s amazing how time flies by so quickly, right? Looking forward to more beautiful posts from you. By the way, that pan is HOT! And so is your torta!

  15. doodles

    this will definitely be made when company arrives for super bowl weekend party………….thanks

    btw what is the difference between a torta and a fritatta?

    • Liren

      Great question – torta and frittata are both omelets, and I often wonder if there is any other difference other than the name and country of origin. I have also thought that perhaps the preparation mattered, but I have seen Italian frittatas prepared both all on the stove, and finished in the oven. Same for the Filipino torta and the Spanish tortas and tortillas!

      • doodles

        I agree with you Liren I think it’s more country of origin, no matter what you call it I’m making it cause it sounds so good!!

        Happy one year!!

  16. Jean

    Liren, I want to wish you a very happy blog-versary. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m so glad to have connected with you last year. I continue to be inspired by your posts and I’m so happy to have made a new friend. :-)

    What a way to kick off your anniversary week, congrats! Let the fun-filled week begin!

  17. Roxan

    Happy first anniversary! Mine’s right around the corner too… although I don’t think I’ve come nearly as far as you have. But hopefully someday I’ll be as good in the kitchen and behind the lens as you are :)
    This torta looks delicious, I love that you added crab!

    • Liren

      A happy early blog birthday to you, to, Roxan! We’ve ALL come far, it’s been fun taking this first year journey together!

  18. Paula - bell'alimento

    Happy blogaversary to you, Happy blogaversary to you!…I can hardly believe it’s only your first year since you’re such a PRO ; ) Liren this is incredible! Absolutely incredible xoxo

    • Liren

      Aw, Paula, thank you, that means SO very much, especially coming from you. I’m so glad you and Rachael thought to ask me to be part of all the Man Pan fun, it really has been a blast! Loved cooking this up.

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