Family Recipes

Vietnam’s Ocean Bounty-Grilled Red Snapper, lemongrass, chili’s

local fisherman in My Khe beach, Da-Nang, Viet-Nam Every time I return to my birthplace, Vietnam, I’m continually drawn and connected to the ocean. I was born in Da-Nang, which is only a few minutes scooter ride to My-Khe beach, where I grew up as a small child. When we escaped Viet-Nam and made home […]

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Grandma’s Fudge – A Tradition Revived

“Bah humbug”  was Grandma’s take on Christmas.   Every December we would receive a letter with that declaration,  however those letters would also have a companion.  A simple tin filled with individually wrapped pieces of homemade fudge.  A fudge that was smooth and tasty, and has forever left me unsatisfied with any that I’ve purchased. […]

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When Oranges are Green, Viet-Nam

Vincent: “… But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?” Jules: “What?” Vincent: “It’s the little differences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that they got here, but it’s just – it’s just there it’s a little different” As many of you will quickly recognize, that was a bit of […]

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For the love of Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Hot Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da – Ca Phe Sua Nong)

Enjoying Cà Phê Sữa Đá & Chinese checkers (Cờ tướng) in Đà Nang, Việt-Nam It was another warm, humid summer night in Đà Nang, and I was cruising on the back of a scooter behind Quang, one of Diane’s cousins.  He’s the cousin I consider the cool, savvy intellectual.   He turned his head and […]

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White Peach + Sorrel Salad with honey/balsalmic vinaigrette, not for sharing with dogs!

White Peach & Sorrel Salad Recipe Ingredients: 2cups of loosely packed, washed sorrel leaves. 1 1/2 cups ripe white peaches. Cleaned, sliced 4 T honey 1/4 cup grapeseed oil 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1. Assemble torn up sorrel leaves and sliced peaches in bowl. 2. Whisk together honey, grapeseed oil, balsamic […]

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