Category Archives: In Our Kitchen

Sabra Hummus Giveaway – Enter Now!

This is the last week to enter the Sabra Giveaway on my food blog, Cooked From the Heart, so head on over there and leave a comment! U.S. and Canada only, unfortunately, as I have to mail the prize pack myself 🙂

The Pita Bread Maker and a Giveaway

The Pita Bread Maker and a GiveawayI came home one day this week and saw this sign on top of the coffee maker. It’s the first thing you see upon entering the kitchen. And right next to the coffee maker is this pile…I couldn’t help but laugh. I knew the pizza queen has been at it again. She came into the kitchen about the same time that I did, having heard my car pull up in the driveway. With a huge grin … Read entire article »

New Blog Posts: Pasta Recipe & Book Review

Here are two new blog posts on the food blog and the review blog.

Recipe: Creamy Marinara with Shrimps

Creamy Marinara with Shrimps

This is a creamy marinara sauce with shrimps, otherwise known as the pink sauce at my house. You can make it from scratch if you like, there’s plenty of recipes out there to try. However, this is a quick go to meal for us on weeknights when you’re just too busy or too tired to cook but don’t want to go out to eat.

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Book Review: The Expats by Chris Pavone

Book review of The Expats

  • Title: The Expats
  • Author: Chris Pavone
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307956350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307956354


Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew.

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New Food Blog Post – Chicken Spaghetti

The ‘chicken spaghetti’ as my daughter calls it! You can have a fancy name for any dish, but kids alway have a way of calling it like it is, don’t they? 🙂

Chicken in Puttanesca Sauce

Chicken in Puttanesca Sauce

  I do love to cook, and I do love to try out new things. Lately though, it’s been a stretch to accomplish either of those things. I guess you can tell from the frequency of my food posts. Take for instance, chicken. I have been having such a love/hate relationship with chicken especially as some people in my house think that chicken should almost always be fried. Well I couldn’t stand to fry another damned chicken … Read entire article »

Spring Salad with Strawberries

There’s no recipe for this one, the ingredients are pretty self-explanatory, just take a look at what’s on the plate. I am simply invoking the gods of spring with this photograph, to bring it on already! I am ready for some warm weather, fresh fruits and vegetables. Aren’t you?

Spring Salad

On the food blog end though, I am still playing catch up with posting old and new recipes.

I posted several soup recipes that you may enjoy: Continue reading

Cooked from the Heart

We haven’t had a food blog update lately so to catch up, here’s a few more recipes from our food blog, Cooked from the Heart (click on the recipe titles below for the recipes):

Rice Noodles with Beef & Mint

Rice Noodles with Beef & Mint This recipe is one of our latest favorites. We’ve made it a few times more since we realized how good it is with fresh mint! The first time I made it, I served it with rice noodles as noted in the recipe but as we found out on subsequent versions, this is just as good over steamed rice. If you’re not too much into beef, pork and chicken works quite well with the spices and the addition of mint too. You’ll probably agree that this dish is all about the mint!


Pan Fried Tilapia with Miso Curry Sauce

Pan Fried Tilapia with Miso Curry Sauce If you love fish, here is an easy and delicious weekday meal. If you don’t have Miso just your favorite curry sauce or sweet and sour sauce will also work nicely with this recipe.

My daughter who does not eat fish only had the vegetables in the sauce over rice and she deemed it delicious! If you’re like her and don’t like fish either, this sauce will probably work over some pan fried chicken too.


Chinese Braised Ribs

Chinese Braised Ribs I just love ribs cut this way (so much easier to eat) and I love them braised Chinese style like you get at dim sum restaurants. We haven’t been to dim sum lately and I was having a craving so I thought I would make them myself.

Little did I know how much my husband would love them too! He usually does not like messing with dishes that have a small meat to bone ratio. He just doesn’t think the effort to be worth it. lol! But surprisingly, he really loved this dish.


Corn & Egg Drop Soup

Corn & Egg Drop Soup This is the accompanying soup when I made with the Chinese braised. Since my daughter eats very little meat and was also feeling under the weather, I knew she would not want any of the braised ribs. She does love soups though and what better for a sore throat than soup, right? So I made her this egg drop soup with corn and this was all she had for dinner. She had a couple of bowls of it, so she was good 🙂