Appetizers

  • 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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  • Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

    March 28, 2018Van

    I’ve made hard boiled eggs in my Instant Pot so many times, I was using the 5-5-5 method that everyone talked about, but there was usually bursted eggs and sometimes a few of egg whites would be mushy. I started using the Low Pressure setting and I prefer it more, the egg shells still peel…

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  • Frozen Yogurt Bears Recipe

    March 13, 2018Van

    I make yogurt in my Instant Pot every week and I’m always trying to find fun ways to get my kids to eat it. I already had these gummy bear molds (link to ones I used here) from making Elderberry Gummy Bears so I thought my kids would enjoy having some Frozen Yogurt Bears. It’s…

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  • Vietnamese Chicken Curry Puffs Recipe

    March 8, 2018Van

    Vietnamese Curry is a dish near and dear to my heart. I love it and tend to make huge batches that could possibly last for days of leftovers. I was in need of something creative to do with my curry, so I combined my love of baking with curry. I invented these Vietnamese Curry Puffs…

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  • Instant Pot Whiskey Hoisin BBQ Ribs

    February 28, 2018Van

    Dennis’ Famous Whiskey Hoisin Ribs One of the perks to being married to my husband is enjoying the company of his Godparents. Visiting them at their home in beautiful Vancouver BC always leads to numerous culinary adventures—from the best fish and chips at Pajo’s in Steveston, to the amazing home cooked meals from Uncle Dennis.…

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