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  • Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe (from Frank Lloyd Wright’s A Taste of Taliesin West Cookbook)

    January 9, 2020Van

    I’m a huge fan of architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright in particular. As a kid on trips up to Los Angeles I’d see his remaining structures and wonder who was behind these fantastic pieces of art. A few years back my husband surprised me with an impromptu trip to Taliesin West—Wright’s Home in Scottsdale Arizona. We…

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  • Instant Pot Vortex Rotisserie Chicken Recipe

    January 4, 2020Van

    Thanks to big box stores and even local grocery chains, the rotisserie chicken has become a common “meal in a box.” But along the way, I feel also lost it’s flavor and texture. I’m rarely satisfied with the rotisserie chicken that I can find out, so when Instant Pot announced their new Vortex Plus Air…

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  • House Special Lobster Recipe (Copycat of Tang Cang Newport Seafood)

    January 1, 2020Van

    If you’ve never had Chinese Style Lobster, you haven’t enjoyed lobster at its best. Growing up, my family and I would celebrate special events by dining at Tan Cang Newport Seafood in Santa Ana, California for their “House Special” version of lobster. It was always an event. From selecting the live lobster, to smelling the…

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  • Instant Pot Kalua Pork with Cabbage Recipe

    December 29, 2019Van

    When it gets cold and rainy I always think back to my epic Maui vacation. My husband and I spent every waking moment swimming in the warm water and then hunting for unique eats. The food in Maui was marvelous. I found everything I wanted, from fresh fish, amazing sushi, delectable spicy garlic shrimp and…

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  • COPYCAT Chick-fil-A Nuggets Recipe

    December 10, 2019Van

    I grew up eating Chick-fil-A. If a PhD existed in chicken nugget eating, I’d certainly have one. The nuggets at Chick-fil-A are quite unique. Little texture, but a certain flavor you’re hard pressed to find anywhere else. It’s taken me YEARS of experimenting to get this right. My motivation was quite simple. I have a…

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  • Popeyes Spicy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

    November 15, 2019Van

    The fried chicken sandwich wars have officially begun.  Popeyes has been working hard to dethrone the reigning champion, Chick Fil A with their own version of the classic spicy fried chicken sandwich. And I hate to say it, but the Popeyes Sandwich is absolutely news worthy.  That shattering crisp crust combined with the perfect spicy…

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  • Instant Pot Century Egg Rice Porridge Recipe (Cháo hột vịt bắc thảo)

    October 30, 2019Van

    I’ve been making this comforting dish since I was a kid. It was always one of my favorite meals so my mom taught me how to make it when I was 11 years old. I’ve simply converted my family recipe for the Instant Pot and I hope you enjoy it!

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  • Chicken Karaage Recipe (Japanese Fried Chicken)

    October 6, 2019Van

    You hear a lot about Korean Fried Chicken nowadays…but my favorite fried treat from overseas is Kaarage – Japanese Fried Chicken. It’s SO good in fact that I’ve enjoyed it in numerous forms— and it always satisfies. I’ve had it all over Tokyo, and every SoCal Japanese restaurant and even love the refrigerated version from…

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  • Instant Pot Bò Kho Recipe – Vietnamese Beef Stew

    September 28, 2019Van

    When the calendar begins to reach October I have a few things on my mind. First would be Halloween, and decorating for my favorite holiday. Next would be anticipating the time change and adjusting to darkness at dinner time. And finally, I dream of hearty dishes to accompany the cooling weather, and changing of the…

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