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  • 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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  • Pesto Shrimp Pasta Recipe

    July 18, 2021Van

    There’s just nothing that comes in a jar that can beat the flavor of homemade pesto… This recipe for Pesto Shrimp Pasta is quick and easy to make, toss spaghetti in delicious pesto, then top it with grilled shrimp and cherry tomatoes for an amazing and flavorful meal.  

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  • Trader Joe’s Wedge Salad Recipe

    July 17, 2021Van

    A classic Wedge Salad recipe using a few ingredients from Trader Joe’s – this homemade version rivals any steakhouse wedge salad. My favorite one was from Morton’s Steakhouse because their blue cheese dressing was amazing, Trader Joe’s Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing with the addition of Crumbled Blue Cheese is just as good as Morton’s housemade…

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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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  • Trader Joe’s Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

    June 27, 2021Van

    Huli Huli Chicken originated in Hawaii in 1955 when Ernest Morgado roasted a big batch of chicken for a farmer’s group.  It was marinated in his unique version of teriyaki sauce and cooked over an open charcoal pit – “huli” means turn in Hawaiian, a reference to the special rotating grills used to cook this special…

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  • Instant Pot Steamed Crawfish Recipe

    June 20, 2021Van

    This is a simple method to steam live Crawfish in an Instant Pot, you can fill Instant Pot to the top with crawfish, as long as you can close the lid. If you steam the crawfish, they are unseasoned – I use this method because I prefer to coat crawfish in an amazing Spiced Cajun-Butter…

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  • Vietnamese Baked Chicken Recipe (Gà Nướng)

    June 12, 2021Van

    Vietnamese Baked Chicken (Gà Nướng) is an super easy dish to prep, the secret to this delicious dish is in the marinade, it’s packed with flavorful ingredients like oyster sauce, fish sauce (umami!!), five spice, garlic and honey.   Cooking it is pretty hands off as well, it’s baked for about an hour, you just…

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  • Trader Joe’s Teriyaki Chicken Bowl Recipe

    June 10, 2021Van

    Make delicious  teriyaki chicken bowls at home using Soyaki , Trader Joe’s unique teriyaki sauce.  It’s the best flavor if you grill the chicken on a bbq (California-style), seriously tastes better than most restaurants!  Top it with your favorite veggies and I always love adding  sliced avocado to my bowls.   Calrose Rice is what…

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  • Vietnamese Tuna & Fried Egg Banh Mi Recipe (Bánh Mì Cá Thu & Trứng ốp la)

    April 30, 2021Van

    Bánh Mì is one of the most iconic dishes of Vietnam, it represents the French influence in Vietnamese cuisine and continues to morph and transform even more in the U.S. Bánh Mì is typically filled with a flavorful protein, then stuffed with pickled daikons, carrots, cumbers, cilantro and chilis – the melding of the different…

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  • IKEA Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce Recipe

    April 29, 2021Van

    IKEA released their meatball recipe last year,  but I wonder if it was a great idea for them since this homemade version is 100x better than the meatballs they serve at the IKEA cafeteria.  After making this recipe, I don’t think I could ever go back to eating the ones from IKEA.  These are moist…

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