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Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce & Lime

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce & Lime

Update: Click here for more fabulous Brussels Sprouts Recipes. I affectionately stock my pantry with simple ingredients that, even in the smallest amounts, bring magic to my dishes. It’s those surprise “ah-ha” moments after a bite that gives me the craving to make each morsel more memorable. Fish sauce is one of my magic ingredients that […]

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Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups

It’s a super special week for our dear friend Jaden from SteamyKitchen.com, her newest cookbook Healthy Asian Favorites is out. She’s been working so hard over the past two years recipe testing, writing and shooting her labor of love. We’re so happy for her. Let’s all give her a round of applause and support! Jaden’s […]

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Crispy Chicken Vegetable Spring Rolls (Egg Rolls) – A Neighborhood Favorite

This is a new recipe we’re featuring over at Chicken Recipe Box. Please head on over there for this Crispy Chicken Spring Roll recipe. When we moved to our current neighborhood almost 10 years ago, there many little kids in the hood, scurrying past on their bicycles and skateboards. Although we didn’t have kids of […]

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Japanese Style Glazed Salmon

Japanese Style Glazed Salmon

You should come see our kitchen. Actually, maybe you shouldn’t because we’d probably kidnap you to hover over the sink and wash a ton of dishes. As of the last two months we’ve been working on client shoots and recipe testing for personal projects that all involve enough food to feed a football team. Almost […]

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Succulent & Tender Sriracha-Hoisin Glazed Ribs

Succulent & Tender Sriracha-Hoisin Glazed Ribs

By Friday, the fever pitch is nearly at its bursting point. The workday’s best day of the week, the harbinger of the weekend, and it seems like the day lasts for an eternity. After all, it is almost game day. For me, football fan-aticism is a fairly new emotion. You see, I grew up in […]

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Turkey Avocado Spring Rolls w/ Hoisin Peanut Dip

Turkey Avocado Spring Rolls w/ Hoisin Peanut Dip

Hope you all had fulfilling Thanksgiving. The food coming out of your kitchens must have been incredible. And for those to didn’t cook, hopefully your gathering was wonderful. Because that’s what it’s all about, the little things, the gathering and the celebration of togetherness. We’re really grateful to everyone here, each and every one of […]

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Sweet potato croquettes and taking risks on Thanksgiving

Sweet potato croquettes and taking risks on Thanksgiving

It’s during this time of year that we all start to get a little high on the blood pressure when it comes to planning the Thanksgiving meal. I know of friends that plan weeks ahead of time and channel their inner Martha Stewart for hosting inspiration. Others will make things on-the-fly and decide the day […]

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Baked Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Turkey & Kid/Puppy Training

Baked Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Turkey & Kid/Puppy Training

My conversation with Mom last week ended up with her asking, again, when Todd and I were going to have kids. Like every Mom I know, there’s joys at being a Grandmother that can never be explained. I understand this happiness and it’s never a bad thing to yearn to hold a Grand-baby of your […]

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Vietnamese Pickles Carrots & Daikon , My Family Recipe

Vietnamese Pickles Carrots & Daikon , My Family Recipe

Everyone knows that a family recipe is a special one, with special nuances and flavors unique to ones family history and story. I never feel as if one family recipe is ever “better” than another. Each one is different and wonderful on it’s own merits because of what it has meant to those who made […]

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How to Roll Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls – A Photo Tutorial

How to Roll Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls – A Photo Tutorial

Since writing my first Fresh Spring Roll tutorial back in 2008, I’ve received many more questions about how to roll and store spring rolls successfully. So I’ve been meaning to update my tutorial with better photos and more precise instructions. Voila, four years later, I’ve finally made it happen! Eating fresh Vietnamese spring rolls (summer […]

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Sweet and Sticky Hot Wings Recipe for Food & Wine

Sweet and Sticky Hot Wings Recipe for Food & Wine

Some photo assignments involve some truly incredible recipes that are not only fun to make, but also wonderful to eat. Last year Food and Wine Magazine photo editors asked us to photograph some recipes and many of those recipes still remain some of our favorites to date. Get ready for these chicken wings because they […]

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Curry Cauliflower Pickles & Love of salty crunch

Curry Cauliflower Pickles & Love of salty crunch

I love me plenty of good pickles. Anyone else here in the pickle-loving camp? Please chime in because I’d love to know that there are other obsessive picklers out there. When I eat something off the grill, bbq or a sandwich, I crave a fresh and salty crunch. If the pickles have some extra spice, […]

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Our Fresh Summer Rolls Recipe Feature in Sunset Magazine

Our Fresh Summer Rolls Recipe Feature in Sunset Magazine

It’s finally out! Apologies for teasing you all with a recipe story that we’ve been working on for Sunset magazine over the past few months. The July 2012 issue is finally out on the stands and grab yourself a copy! Huge thank you to all the editors at Sunset Magazine and the whole team. The […]

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Umami Turkey Rosemary Burgers with Avocado

Umami Turkey Rosemary Burgers with Avocado

It’s been almost 3 years since we last posted our favorite family burger recipe, Ultimate Umami Hamburgers. Our “secret” ingredient of adding fish sauce isn’t so secret anymore and it we’re so grateful that over the years, everyone was extremely open to heightening the umami factor in their burgers. It brings us great joy and […]

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Shrimp and Avocado Noodle Salad with Creamy Ginger Vinaigrette

Our road trip back yesterday from San Francisco was slightly longer than usual, but the beautiful route along the 101 was worth the extra 2 hour drive.  It’s not often that we get to see a mix of California’s gorgeous oak woodland interior and stunning rolling coastline, so the 10 hour drive was visually fabulous. If […]

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Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups with Noodles

Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups with Noodles

Spicy, tomato tangy, savory ground meat. It has become one of the WORC household’s staple instant meal accessorizers. The zingy muse came from Korean rice cakes. The spice, the touch of sweet, the savory drool inducing rice cakes are highly addicting. Ever hit Momofuku’s Ssam Bar in New York and you’ll know exactly what I […]

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Spicy Sriracha White Bean Dip & Signs of Spring!

Spicy Sriracha White Bean Dip & Signs of Spring!

Homemade spicy sriracha, fresh chilies sauces and pretty much anything with dip recipes has been on our eating repertoire as  of late. Since making our last batch of spicy garlic knots, cravings for more heat keeps our stomachs rumbling for daily spice. Just the other day, we were making our latest batch of homemade kim […]

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Spicy Sriracha Garlic Knots & A Week of Cookbook Shooting

Spicy Sriracha Garlic Knots & A Week of Cookbook Shooting

This has been an incredible week at the Steamy Kitchen Compound/Resort/Farm/Retreat. Home. Diane and I red-eyed a flight across the country on Sunday night, arriving with the sunrise on Monday. Jaden is in the process of her next fantabulous cookbook and we came in for the week to help her power through a section of […]

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Shredded Pork Banh Mi Bites- A Take on Tapas

Too much of a good thing is certainly possible. Take for example, my favorite sandwich in the world, Vietnamese Banh Mi. But wait, before you blame me for being biased (you’re absolutely right anyways), allow me to clarify a few things about my subjective love of this sandwich. Yes, I’m Viet-Nam born, am Vietnamese at […]

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Crispy Curry-Spice Chicken Wings

Crispy Curry-Spice Chicken Wings

Thanksgiving. Post-Thanksgiving stupor. Holiday parties. Travel. Shopping. Gift-giving cooking. Post office purgatory. Christmas. New Years. Visiting family and friends. Bowl game parties. NFL game gatherings. With all of this thrown on top of everyday life, as the cooks in our clans it isn’t surprising most of us feel like we just got Gronked. Yet most of us […]

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