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  • Hawaiian Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

    June 1, 2018Van

    On my way to the airport on Maui I had set aside an hour to try this famous food truck known for the best garlic shrimp plate lunch on the island – Geste Shrimp Truck. My husband and I rushed to the “secret” location eager to try this local dish. As strangers to “Hawaiian Time”…

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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 Japanese Braised Pork Belly Recipe (Kakuni)

    May 11, 2018Van

    Eating this braised pork belly dish is poetic. The history of this thousand year old dish involves one of Chinas most celebrated poets, Su Dongpo. A poor, not so starving artist who desired the most flavorful pork dish to cure his ails. Dongpo used a low and slow method with wine to achieve the now…

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  • Instant Pot Japanese Beef Curry Recipe

    April 27, 2018Van

    Japanese Curry is a huge hit in my household. We usually make the Chicken Katsu Curry (recipe here), but this week I changed things up and made a delectable beef curry – which is the most popular curry dish in Japan. The immediate difference when using beef is the richness in the flavor. All that…

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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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  • 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 Truffled Mac and Cheese Recipe

    March 25, 2018Van

    The first time I tried Truffled Mac and Cheese was at a steakhouse in Chicago a little over a decade ago. It was the most delicious Mac and Cheese I had ever tasted! I’ve been obsessed with it since then, I made a version for the Instant Pot that’s super quick and easy – everything…

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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Spare Ribs Recipe (Sườn Ram Mặn)

    March 12, 2018Van

    Every Vietnamese household will likely have their own special recipe for these Caramelized Pork Spare Ribs (Sườn Ram Mặn). You start by making caramel (Nước Màu), which gives the ribs a lovely flavor and that beautiful amber sheen—taste begins with the eyes and that color gets the tastebuds going.  The secret to great spare ribs is to make…

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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Chicken Curry Recipe (Cà Ri Gà)

    March 8, 2018Van

    Vietnamese Chicken Curry is a dish I love and know very well, I’ve been eating my mom’s version of this dish my entire life. It’s so flavorful & delicious — the contrast of textures when eating it with a crusty baguette is absolute perfection. My recipe is a little different from my mom’s—I prefer a…

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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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