Jan 04

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Today was a slow humid hot but rainy Sunday afternoon.  The family was feeling a bit lazy. It was already 4 in the afternoon.  Usually the kids have their merienda at this time. How creative can I get? With my NEW stove-top grill at hand, I asked myself what can I prepare …

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Jan 02

Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali Whenever our father told us that we are going to have Litson or Lechon Kawali for lunch or dinner it automatically means Litson/Lechon Liempo. These two terms are synonymous because the only piece of meat that you can cook as lechon kawali is the liempo or pork belly. This announcement also brings excitement …

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Dec 31

Seared/Baked Salmon

Seared/Baked Salmon   Here is a simple meal that you can cook for your family. My father told once that searing keeps moisture and flavor in.  With searing/frying, the oil is in the pan. In grilling, the oil is on the food, (or basting). So later on when I sear the salmon, I will drizzle …

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Dec 29

Pork Spare Ribs

Lutong Tatay Lutong Bahay Pork Spare Ribs

Pork Spare Ribs My father was a traveling salesman.  He was one of the first generation med-reps in the Philippines.  He was often called “Tony-ing Cortal” – after one of the more popular products he sold in the 60’s and 70’s in the Philippines. He traveled a lot since it was the nature of his …

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Oct 21

Happy Day – A Wonderful Find! Bangus (Milkfish)

Happy Day – A Wonderful Find! Bangus (Milkfish) Today is a wonderful day! In the Philippines, our refrigerator is practically stacked with two kinds of fish.  The first is the Tilapia.  The second is milkfish(bangus). After months of searching, I have finally found the most affordable, freshest milkfish in town – the cleaned, frozen, boxed, …

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Oct 21

The Week of the Grill – Grilled Pork Belly(Inihaw na Liempo)

Grilled pork belly (Inihaw na liempo)

The Week of the Grill – Grilled Pork Belly(Inihaw na Liempo) I always have fond memories of my childhood at the Ateneo de Manila.  When I was in grade school, the whole community celebrated the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels on October 1.  Annually this Feast is observed by a community wide fair with rides, …

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