Appetizers

  • Instant Pot Daenerys’ Deviled Dragon Eggs Recipe – Game of Thrones

    May 19, 2019Van

    Winter is Here and so is the last episode of Game of Thrones. It’s a bittersweet day, Game of Thrones has been one of my favorite shows (love the books too!) – so I’m sad to see it end. I wanted to make something fun to celebrate the viewing tonight – Deviled Eggs inspired by…

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  • Instant Pot Bánh Tét Recipe

    January 30, 2019Van

    Lunar New Year is coming up and my kids look forward to eating bánh tét every year. I grew up eating this my whole life, but only tried making them for the first time last year thanks to RunAwayRice’s recipe (link here). This is a recipe that seems daunting, but watch her tutorial videos –…

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  • Banh Xeo Recipe (Vietnamese Crispy Savory Crepes)

    December 7, 2018Van

    Bánh Xèo is a dish destined to please any picky eater. Lets face it, we all have that one friend or family member who’s not known for their “adventurous appetite”. Sad but true. I propose Banh Xeo to the rescue. Foreign, yet familiar. The crisp shell has a delicious smell and flavor of the coconut…

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  • Quick Instant Pot Hummus Recipe (No-Soak)

    November 27, 2018Van

    Very few “superfoods” taste as great as hummus. Even my kids will clamor at the table waiting for a bowl of this creamy delight. Each ingredient packs a major dose of health benefits. Protein, healthy fats, fiber and vitamin C are just a few reasons why hummus is a crucial part of the Mediterranean Longevity…

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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 as a “travel show” host we forget that he began as a restaurant cook routinely…

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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 one and could not believe how much flavor was packed into this little “deck of…

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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 all of America. Lotus is not your typical Thai joint serving Pad Thai—this is Northern…

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  • Instant Pot Teriyaki BBQ Beef Ribs Recipe

    April 20, 2018Van

    This recipe is inspired by one of my all time favorite restaurants— Matiki Island BBQ in Anaheim CA. Matiki is a Hawaiian Style BBQ restaurant that serves these amazing beef ribs grilled right over charcoal in the building! You can smell the smoke for miles—which always gets my appetite all worked up if I’m in…

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  • Candied Strawberries Recipe

    April 15, 2018Van

    I love these candied strawberries! They’re absolutely gorgeous and easy to make. Strawberries are already so delicious on their own, but you’ve never truly enjoyed a strawberry until you’ve cracked into this crunchy sugar glaze–It’s such a unique treat. You’ll have to make these at home because finding them in a shop will be next…

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  • Instant Pot Potato and Cheese Pierogies Recipe

    April 11, 2018Van

    This is the easiest and quickest recipe for homemade pierogies! I use a shortcut method of using store bought round wonton or gyoza wrappers, they are nice and thin so you don’t even have to boil them before sautéing the pierogies in butter.  I actually prefer these store bought wrappers over the traditional homemade wrappers…

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