Tag Archives: Cooked From the Heart

Recipes for the Grill

It’s that time of year! We’ve dusted off the grill and have been cooking out whenever we can so as not to heat up the house.

First is a sauce great for ribs or chicken especially if you have an abundance of fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Barbecue Sauce

Strawberry Barbecue Sauce

We were lucky enough to be gifted with freshly picked strawberries recently and instead of making jam, I decided to make barbecue sauce and marinade instead. The family loved the strawberry flavored barbecue that not only looked it but also smelled gorgeous while it was cooking. I started the sauce by blending the sauce with some raspberry flavored vinegar that was also … Read entire article »



Now a couple of seafood dishes cooked on the grill…

Grilled Whole Tilapia

Grilled Whole TilapiaThere’s really no recipe for this. After all, nothing could be simpler than to merely slap a piece of meat over a hot coals until it’s cooked. We have been grilling a lot lately, taking advantage of the warmer weather that is not yet too blisteringly hot to be outside over a hot fire. We’ve been having a cooler than usual … Read entire article »



Grilled Stuffed Squid

Grilled Stuffed Squid My daughter Asi and I were on a seafood kick last weekend but we were tired of shrimps which is what we normally get. We decided to grill some tilapia and squid for a change. When my dad had grilled squid for us in the past, he always used the smaller, more tender variety. The Asian market where we bought … Read entire article »


Amoores Blog Updates

Here’s a couple of new posts on the Amoores blogs:

New recipe on the food blog: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes Soup with Mushrooms

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes Soup with Mushrooms

This is another use-up-the-leftovers innovation otherwise known as everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soup in our house. A few weeks ago, I made meatloaf. I love meatloaf! Especially when it is paired with mashed potatoes, gravy and green peas! It is comfort food for me, taking me back to school days and cafeteria lunches. Yes, I  actually didn’t mind them! My children, on the other hand,  will not eat in any of their school’s cafeterias. Go figure! Their dad also has … Read entire article »

New book review: The Roots of Betrayal by James Forrester

The Wet Burrito

wet burrito

There is nothing like a wet burrito to get my family into the kitchen quickly. There are days when I need a bullhorn to get everyone unglued from their computers or tv screens and into the kitchen for dinner, then there are days when there is wet burrito. On days when I announce we are having all-meat beef burritos, I don’t have to say it  twice. They are immediately at the table.

For my youngest daughter who is not even a big meat eater, she comes to watch the sour cream slide off the burrito.

Of course, she still eats her share of the tender, delicately seasoned beef encased in a large flour tortilla and doused with the paprika and chili flavored gravy that the beef were stewed in. The sliding cream is just an added pleasure 🙂


Two Sweet Dishes

Here’s a couple of sweet dishes which can double up for dessert and breakfast.

Bibingkang Malagkit – The Shortcut Version

Bibingkang Malagkit – The Shortcut Version

I tried out the a new shortcut to an old bibingka (rice cake) favorite today and I must say, it didn’t turn out half bad at all! This glutinous rice cake is called Bibingkang Malagkit in Tagalog but in Ilocano, we usually call it Inkiwar which roughly translates to ‘something stirred’. When my grandmother used to make this rice bibingka, it usually … Read entire article »


Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast

The Girl (my youngest daughter) has been on a bread making spree this summer as she also worked on perfecting her pizza. She made four more loaves of bread yesterday so today, I took the half loaf left over from last weekend’s bread making session and made this baked french toast which my husband says is the same thing as … Read entire article »



Two Recipes Using Yucon Gold Potatoes

I love Yucon Gold Potatoes! It’s almost the only potatoes I ever use in the kitchen anymore. I may buy the occasional red or white potatoes especially if they’re on sale or if a particular recipe calls for them but my go-to potato is the yucon gold.

It could be a bit pricey at times but I think it’s worth it. The flavor is so much richer and who can resist that pretty golden color!

Here’s a couple of recipes using these golden potatoes. Perfect now that the weather is again cooler.

Nilaga: Oxtail Soup with Potatoes and Vegetables

Nilaga: Oxtail Soup with Potatoes and Vegetables


This is one of our favorite soups, oxtail soup. It is a very simple soup packed with flavor and vitamins. It is a very versatile soup and you can change up the type of vegetables you add to it. If oxtails is not your thing, you can use another cut of beef to your liking (beef short ribs is very good for this dish). My eldest daughter loves oxtails though, and this is one of the favorite ways she likes it.  … Read entire article »


Chicken Afritada – Chicken Stew

Chicken Afritada – Chicken Stew


This is based on the Filipino Afritada recipe which my family has gotten to simply calling chicken stew. Which, basically, is what it is. I like it because, well, you can only have fried chicken so often (their favorite), and this has both starch and vegetables and a hearty gravy all in one pot so it’s perfect … Read entire article »