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  • Triple Chocolate Skull Cake Recipe for Nordic Ware Skull Cake Pan

    Triple Chocolate Skull Cake Recipe for Nordic Ware Skull Cake Pan

    October 13, 2018Van

    The best gift anyone can give you is inspiration! I usually make my own birthday cakes and today I was planning on making a standard rosette cake. My husband surprised me in the morning with the amazing Nordic Ware Haunted Skull Cake Pan (purchase here) so I was determined to use it to make my birthday cake. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday so this would be the perfect cake for me. I decided to make a Triple Chocolate Cake, since you don’t use a lot of buttercream with this cake, I wanted to use a cake that would be delicious on it’s own and this chocolate cake is absolutely amazing! This isn’t a sponsored post for Nordic Ware (even though I wish I…

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  • Instant Pot Pumpkin Flan Cake Recipe

    October 10, 2018Van

    My family loves it when I make Chocolate Flan Cake (recipe here), so I created an alternate version for my favorite season, Pumpkin Flan Cake. It’s creamy flan on top of a moist pumpkin cake with a caramel topping –…

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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly Recipe (Thịt kho tàu)

    August 17, 2018Van

    You won’t find this dish in many Vietnamese restaurants, but every Vietnamese family makes this dish at home, especially around Lunar New Year (Tết). It’s one of the most flavorful and delicious dishes—the pork belly is braised in coconut water…

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  • Instant Pot Madras Lentils Recipe

    August 14, 2018Van

    Costco Samples have a magical way of influencing our eating habits. On a routine shopping trip my daughter tried a sample cup of Tasty Bites Madras Lentils—and proceeded to talk about them the entire trip. I reluctantly conceded and went…

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  • Japanese BBQ Short Ribs Recipe (Japanese Calbi)

    July 29, 2018Van

    These Japanese BBQ Short Ribs are inspired by the ones I get at my favorite local izakaya, Kappo Honda. I’m not sure if this is a common dish that you can find at other Japanese restaurants, because I don’t really…

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  • Oui French Style Coconut Yogurt Recipe

    July 27, 2018Van

    Oui is Yoplait’s best yogurt, minimal ingredients are used and the yogurt is cultured in adorable glass jars – it creates a creamy texture without any thickeners or straining. The coconut flavor is one of my favorites, my copycat of…

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  • Instant Pot Japanese Potato Salad Recipe

    July 24, 2018Van

    My favorite potato salad has to be Japanese Potato Salad, its creamy, slightly tangy and the carrots and cucumber give it a wonderful texture and flavor. Kewpie Mayonnaise is a must have for this recipe! If you haven’t tried Japanese…

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  • 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…

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  • Copycat Original Tommy’s Chili 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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