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  • Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

    December 24, 2018Van

    Matcha is one of my favorite flavors. In the summer I make ice blended matcha tea in my Vitamix. In the winter I break out my “ceremonial whisk” and prepare the meanest and greenest cup of hot frothy matcha tea…

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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.…

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  • Vietnamese Egg Coffee Recipe (Cà Phê Trứng)

    December 4, 2018Van

    This is a unique coffee recipe, usually only found in Vietnam. A bartender working at the Sofitel Hotel in Hanoi created this drink in 1946 – this delicious invention came from the shortage of milk and cream in Vietnam, very…

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  • Spirited Away No-Face Macarons Recipe (カオナシ kaonashi)

    December 3, 2018Van

    I love to make desserts that have a “wow” factor when given as gifts during the Christmas Season. Often I challenge myself to bake a special batch of cookies that travel well enough to ship to all my family and…

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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…

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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Coffee Flan Recipe (Bánh Flan Cà Phê)

    November 29, 2018Van

    This recipe combines two delicacies brought to Vietnam by Europeans; Flan and Coffee. Believe it or not, the region of Vietnam was not the coffee producing powerhouse it is today. The French introduced coffee to Vietnam sometime in the 1850s…and…

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  • Quick Instant Pot Hummus Recipe (No-Soak)

    November 27, 2018Van

    Very few “superfoods” taste as great as hummus. Even my kids will clamor at the table waiting for a bowl of this creamy delight. Each ingredient packs a major dose of health benefits. Protein, healthy fats, fiber and vitamin C…

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  • Instant Pot Matcha Cheesecake Recipe

    November 22, 2018Van

    Regular readers of my blog already know my love affair with cheesecake. The flavor options are absolutely unlimited. Depending on the season— and my mood—its exhilarating to discover new flavors that play on the sweet and savory motif inherent in…

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  • The BEST Tiramisu Recipe

    November 22, 2018Van

    I’ve been attempting Tiramisu for years. It all began on a date with my husband to see the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012. Before the game my husband took me to his favorite steakhouse, Pacific Dining Car—where we randomly ordered…

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  • French Macarons Recipe (French Meringue Method)

    November 15, 2018Van

    I tried French Macarons for the first time a decade ago while on vacation in New York. While exploring the city I stumbled upon a display window showcasing these delightfully gorgeous little curiosities. Their appearance was so striking that I…

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