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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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  • Eddie V’s Crab Fried Rice Copycat Recipe

    June 18, 2019Van

    When a restaurant has a side dish they refer to as an “accompaniment”, you know it’s good. The crab fried rice at Eddie V’s may be the main attraction. Don’t let those delectable center-cut filet mignons fool you—this side dish is center stage. On a whim I chose the crab fried rice as a side…

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  • Instant Pot Clam Chowder Recipe

    February 21, 2019Van

    Clam Chowder is one of those foods that brings back so many memories for me. It reminds me of walking down Cannery Row in Monterey, CA where each restaurant fights for the claim to “Worlds Best Clam Chowder.” It’s the perfect food to enjoy in that cold, cloudy, coastal climate with the waves crashing on…

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  • Instant Pot Disneyland’s Blue Bayou Gumbo Recipe

    January 17, 2019Van

    New Orleans Square at Disneyland has the best of everything, The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mickey Beignets (recipe here) and the Gumbo from the Blue Bayou Restaurant and Cafe Orleans. The gumbo is rich and flavorful – made with chicken, andouille sausage, tasso ham and served with rice. Sadly at the Blue Bayou,…

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  • Banh Xeo Recipe (Vietnamese Crispy Savory Crepes)

    December 7, 2018Van

    Bánh Xèo is a dish destined to please any picky eater. Lets face it, we all have that one friend or family member who’s not known for their “adventurous appetite”. Sad but true. I propose Banh Xeo to the rescue. Foreign, yet familiar. The crisp shell has a delicious smell and flavor of the coconut…

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  • Instant Pot Chicken Pho Recipe (Phở Gà)

    December 3, 2018Van

    This Vietnamese chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food.  The broth is fragrant and delicious, it’s no wonder that it’s growing in popularity worldwide. There’s no need to go out to a restaurant to get this when you can make it right at home with your Instant Pot. If you have an Asian Market…

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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly Recipe (Thịt kho tàu)

    August 17, 2018Van

    You won’t find this dish in many Vietnamese restaurants, but every Vietnamese family makes this dish at home, especially around Lunar New Year (Tết). It’s one of the most flavorful and delicious dishes—the pork belly is braised in coconut water and becomes super tender in no time thanks to the Instant Pot. You get that…

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  • Instant Pot Madras Lentils Recipe

    August 14, 2018Van

    Costco Samples have a magical way of influencing our eating habits. On a routine shopping trip my daughter tried a sample cup of Tasty Bites Madras Lentils—and proceeded to talk about them the entire trip. I reluctantly conceded and went back to purchase the package of pouches—thinking I’d be lucky to use just half of…

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  • Japanese BBQ Short Ribs Recipe (Japanese Calbi)

    July 29, 2018Van

    These Japanese BBQ Short Ribs are inspired by the ones I get at my favorite local izakaya, Kappo Honda. I’m not sure if this is a common dish that you can find at other Japanese restaurants, because I don’t really see it on the menu at other places. It’s definitely a Japanese copycat of delicious…

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