Appetizers

  • New Orleans Drago’s Charbroiled Oysters Recipe

    July 23, 2021Van

    The most delicious dish from my recent trip to New Orleans was the charbroiled oysters!  It truly lives up to the claim that it’s “the best single bite of food in New Orleans”  This amazing oyster dish is very unique to New Orleans, it was invented by Tommy Cvitanovich in 1993 at one the most famous…

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  • Everything But The Bagel Pasta Chips Recipe

    July 14, 2021Van

    Pasta Chips have been around for a while, but they’ve gotten really popular lately on TikTok – you make them by tossing cooked pasta with oil and seasoning, then air fry or bake them until they’re golden brown, the texture is similar to extra crispy pita chips. Here’s my version using Trader Joe’s Everything But…

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  • Air Fryer Peri-Peri Sauce Chicken Wings Recipe

    July 3, 2021Van

    My new favorite wings, Peri-Peri Sauce Chicken Wings! Peri-Peri Sauce is a rich and spicy South African sauce made with African Bird’s Eye Chili – it’s a tangy, slightly creamy hot sauce.  I just picked this up from Trader Joe’s last week and after tasting it, I thought it would be wonderful for wings.  If you…

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  • Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad Recipe

    June 11, 2021Van

    Din Tai Fung’s Cucumber Salad is one of their most popular appetizers, I order it almost every time I eat there.  It’s light and refreshing, with a hint of spice – the crisp cucumbers are tossed in a  dressing made with Din Tai Fung’s signature chili oil and a tiny bit of sesame oil –…

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  • Porto’s Bakery Potato Ball Recipe (Papa Rellena)

    May 6, 2021Van

    Porto’s Bakery is one of most popular bakery-cafes in Southern California, any time you go visit Porto’s, there’s usually a line out the door and it’s easy to see why – they have delicious baked goods and Cuban food at very reasonable prices – it’s still family run and their quality control is amazing for…

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  • Trader Joe’s Brussels Sprout Pizza Recipe

    April 13, 2021Van

    Brussels Sprout Pizza, a unique and delicious pizza made with Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough, Brussels Sprouts, along with a few other Trader Joe’s ingredients. Very little prep work, the dough just needs to sit out for about an hour before baking.

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  • Trader Joe’s Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites Recipe

    March 25, 2021Van

    A quick and simple snack or appetizer that’s ready in about 10 mins – Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites. I used Everything But the Bagel seasoned Smoke Salmon and Trader Joe’s Onion + Chive Cream Cheese Spread, super delicious!

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  • Ortega Style Steamed Mussels with Wine & Garlic Recipe

    March 13, 2021Van

    Ortega Style Steamed Mussels – something I dream about. My husbands favorite restaurant of all time is Walt’s Wharf in Seal Beach, CA. We had been having date nights there for as long as I can recall. We always started with their steamed clams or mussels—using their housemade sourdough bread to soak up every ounce…

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  • Instant Pot Turnip Cake Recipe – Bánh Củ Cải / Lo Bak Go

    February 10, 2021Van

    My mom has been making Bánh Củ Cả (Turnip Cake / Radish Cake) for Tết, Vietnamese Lunar New Year since I was a kid. It’s a popular dish for Tết and you’ll also find it at dim sum restaurants all year long. It’s a savory rice cake made with daikon, pork, shitake mushrooms & shrimp.…

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  • Trader Joe’s Stadium-Style Chili Cheese Nachos Recipe

    February 7, 2021Van

    Quick and easy stadium-style Chili Cheese Nachos Recipe that you can throw together in about 5 minutes!  Grab everything you need at your local Trader Joe’s  

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