Appetizers

  • Crispy Coconut Shrimp Recipe

    October 6, 2021Van

    Crispy Coconut Shrimp, one of my favorite appetizers!  Jumbo shrimp are coated in panko and coconut shreds, then fried until gold brown and crispy – dip them into Thai Sweet Chili Sauce for the perfect balance of flavors – so delicious! I used unsweetened coconut, but you could use sweetened shredded coconut if you want…

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  • Trader Joe’s Crunchy Pumpkin French Toast Recipe

    September 27, 2021Van

    Fall is my favorite time of year, the weather gets more mild, Halloween is approaching and Trader Joe’s gets tons of pumpkin goodies! Every year I love trying out all the Trader Joe’s pumpkin products, and one of  my favorite items is the Pumpkin Brioche Twist, it’s amazing for French Toast – I wanted to…

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  • Spicy Salmon on Crispy Rice Recipe

    September 17, 2021Van

    Spicy Salmon on Crispy Rice, one of the few items from a fusion sushi restaurant that’s pretty easy to make at home.  This dish was made famous by Katsuya in Los Angeles, the original version is made with tuna, but it’s equally delicious with salmon.  It’s surprisingly an amazing combo, creamy, spicy salmon on top…

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  • Crab Rangoon Recipe

    September 7, 2021Van

    Crab Rangoons are crispy wontons filled with cream cheese + crab (typically imitation crab), you can find them on the menu at almost any Chinese-American restaurants.  Crab Rangoons have an interesting history, they originated at the tiki-style restaurant Trader Vic’s in San Francisco in the 1950’s (fun fact, Trader Vic’s inspired the name and look…

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  • Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna Recipe

    September 4, 2021Van

    Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna is super trendy lately, but it’s been around for quite sometime. Many people know of this dish from Nobu, but Katsuya in Los Angeles also makes an amazing version. You’ll usually find it on the menu at fusion sushi restaurants, but it’s pretty easy to make at home. Honestly the…

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  • Air Fryer Mango Habanero Chicken Wings Recipe

    August 28, 2021Van

    If you love spicy food like I do, you’ll love these Mango Habanero Wings! The initial sweetness gives way to a subtle burn that becomes more addictive with each bite. My goal was to create a wing that wasn’t a face-melting experience; but one that allowed you to explore the complex balance of sweet and…

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  • New Orleans Drago’s Charbroiled Oysters Recipe

    July 23, 2021Van

    The most delicious dish from my recent trip to New Orleans was the charbroiled oysters!  It truly lives up to the claim that it’s “the best single bite of food in New Orleans”  This amazing oyster dish is very unique to New Orleans, it was invented by Tommy Cvitanovich in 1993 at one the most famous…

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  • Everything But The Bagel Pasta Chips Recipe

    July 14, 2021Van

    Pasta Chips have been around for a while, but they’ve gotten really popular lately on TikTok – you make them by tossing cooked pasta with oil and seasoning, then air fry or bake them until they’re golden brown, the texture is similar to extra crispy pita chips. Here’s my version using Trader Joe’s Everything But…

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  • Air Fryer Peri-Peri Sauce Chicken Wings Recipe

    July 3, 2021Van

    My new favorite wings, Peri-Peri Sauce Chicken Wings! Peri-Peri Sauce is a rich and spicy South African sauce made with African Bird’s Eye Chili – it’s a tangy, slightly creamy hot sauce.  I just picked this up from Trader Joe’s last week and after tasting it, I thought it would be wonderful for wings.  If you…

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  • Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad Recipe

    June 11, 2021Van

    Din Tai Fung’s Cucumber Salad is one of their most popular appetizers, I order it almost every time I eat there.  It’s light and refreshing, with a hint of spice – the crisp cucumbers are tossed in a  dressing made with Din Tai Fung’s signature chili oil and a tiny bit of sesame oil –…

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