Appetizers

  • Trader Joe’s Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites Recipe

    March 25, 2021Van

    A quick and simple snack or appetizer that’s ready in about 10 mins – Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites. I used Everything But the Bagel seasoned Smoke Salmon and Trader Joe’s Onion + Chive Cream Cheese Spread, super delicious!

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  • Ortega Style Steamed Mussels with Wine & Garlic Recipe

    March 13, 2021Van

    Ortega Style Steamed Mussels – something I dream about. My husbands favorite restaurant of all time is Walt’s Wharf in Seal Beach, CA. We had been having date nights there for as long as I can recall. We always started with their steamed clams or mussels—using their housemade sourdough bread to soak up every ounce…

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  • Instant Pot Turnip Cake Recipe – Bánh Củ Cải / Lo Bak Go

    February 10, 2021Van

    My mom has been making Bánh Củ Cả (Turnip Cake / Radish Cake) for Tết, Vietnamese Lunar New Year since I was a kid. It’s a popular dish for Tết and you’ll also find it at dim sum restaurants all year long. It’s a savory rice cake made with daikon, pork, shitake mushrooms & shrimp.…

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  • Trader Joe’s Stadium-Style Chili Cheese Nachos Recipe

    February 7, 2021Van

    Quick and easy stadium-style Chili Cheese Nachos Recipe that you can throw together in about 5 minutes!  Grab everything you need at your local Trader Joe’s  

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  • Instant Pot Din Tai Fung Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs Recipe

    February 4, 2021Van

    Din Tai Fung came to my hometown years back and became one of my favorite restaurants. Everyone knows about their world famous Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings – and yes they are fantastic, but there are so many other amazing dishes on their menu. One in particular, a dish that completely overwhelmed my taste buds,…

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  • Trader Joe’s Carne Asada Fries Recipe Hack

    February 3, 2021Van

    If you’re from California, you’ll understand the love for Carne Asada Fries!  Charred steak over fries with tons of melted cheese – this is a crowd pleasing appetizer (even though I know plenty of people who’ve eaten this as a meal😂).  You can make this at home pretty easily with a few ingredients from Trader…

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  • Teriyaki Spam Musubi Recipe

    January 24, 2021Van

    Spam arrived to to Hawai’i along with all the soldiers and sailors during WWII because of it’s long shelf life. It soon made it’s way into the hands of the locals and in the early 80’s, Barbara Funamura – a Japanese-American woman from Hawaii, invented Spam Musubi. It combines two local favorites, Spam and Rice…

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  • Air Fryer Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce Recipe

    January 14, 2021Van

    This is a simple and classic recipe for Crab Cakes, you can steam fresh crab and harvest your own crab meat, or look for the lump crab meat in the refrigerated seafood section at your local grocery store or Costco. Enjoy them with tartar sauce and a salad. I use an Instant Omni Plus Oven…

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  • Bánh Khọt Recipe – Vietnamese Crispy Savory Shrimp Pancakes

    December 15, 2020Van

    Bánh Khọt is the baby cousin to Bánh Xèo, they share a similar type of batter, but the cooking technique and texture are different. Bánh Khọt is very crispy on the bottom, while the middle stays tender and with every bite you have a delicious piece of shrimp garnished with scallions – mung beans and…

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  • Air Fryer Crispy Salmon Skin Recipe

    December 12, 2020Van

    Typically the only time you’ll see Crispy Salmon Skin on a menu is at a sushi restaurant as temaki hand rolls, it may sound weird to some people, but it’s super delicious. Crispy Salmon Skin is the tastier & healthier version of pork rinds – they are no-carb, extra crunchy, and packed with Omega-3 fatty…

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