• How to cook Frozen Gyoza with Crispy Lacy “Wings”

    December 1, 2020Van

    In Japan, you can find hanetsuki gyoza or gyoza with “wings” pretty easily – I haven’t found any restaurants in the states that serves it this way so I always make it like this at home, even when I’m cooking frozen gyoza. It creates and extra crispy texture on the bottom of the gyoza, while…

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  • Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls Recipe

    November 30, 2020Van

    This is now my favorite way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers – I think it’s even more delicious than Thanksgiving dinner!  You simply use the leftovers you have and wrap them in an egg roll wrapper and deep fry until they are golden and crispy, serve with cranberry sauce and gravy as the dipping sauces.  Everything…

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  • Gyoza with Crispy Lattice Recipe (Hanetsuki Gyoza)

    November 24, 2020Van

    A little over a decade ago, my husband and I went to a quirky indoor amusement park in Tokyo called Namja Town, it’s located in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City.  We had so much fun and got to try so many amazing dishes. They had endless desserts, ice cream, a pudding museum and one of their most famous attractions…

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  • Instant Pot Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs Recipe

    October 30, 2020Van

    Fun and spooky Black Widow Spider Deviled Eggs made in the Instant Pot! They are classic delicious deviled eggs with black olive spiders, fukujinzuke for the hourglass and paprika sprinkle for the blood splatter. The perfect festive appetizer for Halloween.   Be sure to click on the accessories list below to get the most out…

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  • Kabocha Korokke Recipe – Japanese Pumpkin Croquette

    October 19, 2020Van

    Kabocha, the sweeter, more flavor cousin of butternut squash. My husband’s favorite korokke is Kabocha Korokke, we use to get them all the time at our local izakaya Kappo Honda, but now that we’re thousands of miles away from there, I’ve started to make it at home for him. The kabocha filling is smooth, slightly…

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  • Crispy Vietnamese Egg Rolls Recipe – Chả Giò

    September 12, 2020Van

    One of my favorite meals, Crispy Vietnamese Egg Rolls with a giant bed of green leaf lettuce with tons of various herbs! I love the different flavors and textures you get from this meal – make a wrap and dip it into nước chấm (Vietnamese dipping sauce) to bring all the flavors together. This is…

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  • Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce Recipe – Vegan Almond Dip

    August 20, 2020Van

    This is my copycat of Chipotle Bitchin’ Sauce. Years ago before Bitchin’ Sauce went national, I used to pick this up all the time from Vista Farmer’s Market in San Diego County. I was so surprised to see it last week at my local Costco, they’ve really gone huge now, and for good reason –…

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  • Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Recipe (Boba Shop Popcorn Chicken)

    July 24, 2020Van

    Make this delicious Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken at home, these are just like the ones you can get a night markets or boba shops. Extra flavorful and the crust is light and super crispy – it’s the perfect snack.

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  • Instant Pot Loaded Potato Skins Recipe

    June 14, 2020Van

    I’ve made these loaded potato skins 20+ times now and they are always a huge hit with the entire family so I figured I better write up the recipe for them! They require the use of the Instant Pot + Oven, but so worth the effort. Be sure to click on the accessories list below…

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  • Air Fryer Cheddar Cheese Potato Wedges Recipe

    April 1, 2020Van

    Anytime I make these for my family, thy are gone in about 5 minutes! It’s just one of those dishes that every loves – these cheesy potato wedges are super quick and easy to make using an air fryer oven – from start to finish you’ll have this delicious plate in about 30 minutes. I…

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