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  • Vietnamese Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Recipe

    Vietnamese Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Recipe

    July 11, 2018Van

    This is a Vietnamese fusion dish that was inspired by the spaghetti and meat sauce that I grew up eating. I’m not completely sure what ingredients went into the version that my mom used to make, but I know there was fish sauce and always a lot of extra mushrooms added. I’ve incorporated many ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine and the flavors marry so well with the Italian ones. The Thai basil adds a unique and bright flavor and the Red Boat Fish Sauce gives the sauce a boost of umami. My family loves this dish!

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  • Copycat Original Tommy’s Chili Sauce Recipe for Instant Pot & Stovetop

    July 2, 2018Van

    If you’re from Southern California you can understand my obsession with Tommy’s Chili Burgers. Their tomato-less chili con carne is very unique to the SoCal Region, often found smothered on anything you can imagine—from fries & hot dogs to burgers.…

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  • Crab Rolls Recipe

    June 28, 2018Van

    These Crab Rolls are very similar to Lobster Rolls, without all the extra work. I used lump crab meat and tossed it with a few other staple pantry items. These are so quick to make and they are absolutely delicious.…

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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Crab & Shrimp Udon Noodle Soup (Bánh Canh Cua Tôm)

    June 27, 2018Van

    Bánh Canh Cua is a crab noodle soup dish that’s quite popular in Vietnam. The noodles are hand made with tapioca starch – they look very similar to udon noodles, but are slightly chewier. The noodles are cooked right in…

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  • Anthony Bourdain’s Mushroom Soup Recipe for Instant Pot

    June 11, 2018Van

    Anthony Bourdain revolutionized the way we think about food. His no holds barred approach to world travel and cuisine introduced me to so many culinary delights I would have lived a full life without experiencing. Due to his immense success…

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  • Mango Lassi Recipe (Mango & Yogurt Smoothie)

    June 8, 2018Van

    I always love ordering mango lassi at my favorite Indian restaurants. It’s an absolutely delicious and refreshing drink made with mangos, yogurt and a touch cardamon that adds a lovely and distinctive flavor – it’s perfectly for cooling down your…

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  • Lemon and Elderflower Royal Wedding Cupcakes Recipe

    June 2, 2018Van

    These Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes are inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Cake which “incorporates the bright flavors of spring”. The cupcakes are flavored with lemon zest, lemon juice and elderflower syrup for a bright tasting fluffy cupcake. They…

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  • Hawaiian Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

    June 1, 2018Van

    On my way to the airport on Maui I had set aside an hour to try this famous food truck known for the best garlic shrimp plate lunch on the island – Geste Shrimp Truck. My husband and I rushed…

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  • Spam and Avocado Musubi Recipe

    June 1, 2018Van

    I discovered Spam Musubi on a trip to Hawaii years back. I began seeing these little cute packages of seaweed, rice and SPAM in cellophane everywhere I went. From corner markets, to plate lunch palaces—Musubi was everywhere. Intrigued, I tried…

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  • Copycat Lotus of Siam Thai Garlic Prawns Recipe

    June 1, 2018Van

    The most memorable part of a trip to lucky Las Vegas differs depending on who you ask. For me, my jackpot was finding James Beard Award winner Lotus of Siam—which is known as one of the best Thai Restaurants in…

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