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Bacon Potatoes au Gratin & more recipes on Cooking Channel

Bacon Potatoes au Gratin & more recipes on Cooking Channel

One of the best jobs in the world is doing what you love. It doesn’t really matter what it is, as long as you love doing it. For us, working with food and wonderful people devoted to their craft of feeding, cooking and creating in the kitchen keeps us satisfied and happy. The folks over at Cooking Channel are a fine example of dedicated, passionate individuals who love and care about food to the tenth degree.

We were super thrilled to be asked by Cooking »

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Girl Hunter Promo Video & Buttermilk Fried Rabbit Recipe

Girl Hunter Promo Video & Buttermilk Fried Rabbit Recipe

This past Summer we traveled to Texas to film Georgia Pellegrini’s promo video for her new book, Girl Hunter. We were thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to work with Georgia. Have you heard of Georgia and her accomplishments or visited her site? If not, you should, she is amazing.

Georgia graduated from Harvard and worked in finance at Lehman Brothers in New York City. But something drew her to food and so she left finance and entered culinary school at The French »

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Movies at Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

Movies at Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

Films and Food. Oh, when they are good, they are sooooo good.  Usually it is separately, however there are instances when together they’ve grown into bosom buddies in our mysterious minds.

“Goddamn, that’s a pretty fu**ing good milkshake.”
“Told ya.”
“I don’t know if it’s worth five dollars, but it’s pretty fu**ing good”

I can’t order a milkshake, especially not a $5 shake without thinking of Pulp Fiction. Hell, I can’t even order a high-$$$ everyday eatable without thinking of Pulp Fiction. The $10 burger? $16 »

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Holy Debauchery! Cowboy Bacon Chili Cheese Fries

Holy Debauchery! Cowboy Bacon Chili Cheese Fries

go ahead, make a mess.

Hold on tight, you’ll be pleased to know that these chili cheese fries are fresh, home-made, hand-made and fried with only the best yukon gold potatoes and grape seed oil. No need to sneak through the drive-through to satisfy your greasy cravings. You can do that in the sacred privacy of your own home.»

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Fall Fest: Arugula-Fig Salad w/Blue Cheese & Warm Bacon Vinaigrette from Gluten Free Girl and The Chef

Fall Fest: Arugula-Fig Salad w/Blue Cheese & Warm Bacon Vinaigrette from Gluten Free Girl and The Chef

Fall Festis here and it’s a continuation of Summer Fest, a cross-blog recipe (and tip) swap. These events were started by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla of Food Network. Previous themes were  Spinach and Apples. For this week, it’s all about Fall Salads.

Join and share yourblog write ups. Just post your link or recipe or idea in the comments below this post, and also share on the blogs of the other participants who are co-hosting as well.»

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Nail Shop Eats- Vietnamese Chicken Cabbage Salad Competition

DeliciousVietnam is a monthly blogging event celebrating the love and diversity of Vietnamese cuisine.  Delicious Vietnam was  founded by Anh of Food Lovers Journey and Hong and Kim of Ravenous Couple.

I’m joining in on this month’s festivities and sharing my Vietnamese Chicken Salad Recipe. If you love Vietnamese food and have a great recipe post to share, please join the community!

My Mother has acquired an unprecedented fan basehere on our blog since I started writing about her Nail Shop Eats escapades and she »

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BBQ Chicken & Corn Pizza – Summer Fest

BBQ Chicken & Corn Pizza – Summer Fest

Summer Fest is in full swing and  the theme for this week is corn, lovely sweet corn. To participate, read more about Summer Fest on Away To Garden from Margaret then come join the community!  Catch up on  last week’s theme on the bounty of Cukes N Zukes.

As a kid, I wasn’t particularly picky, but I had my likes and dislikes. We were lucky to grow up in a farming valley and during summertime there were the little farm stands filled with amazing freshly »

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Teriyaki Burgers w/Homemade Teriyaki Sauce – Think outside the bottle

A while back, we were lamenting about how overly sweet and artificial some bottled teriyaki sauces were. With the exception of one that we liked on our teriyaki burgers, most were too sugary. Fake tasting. Processed. Yuck.

With the grilling season underway, we wanted some teriyaki variety to our bbq menu and it was always a struggle to search for a bottle that didn’t look like a goop of sugary, sticky brown blue. We needed to think outside the bottle and needed to be quick »

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Vietnamese Caramel Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi – Nail Shop Eats #4

The leaning tower of pork belly banh mi: not for the light hearted

I’m not a comedian, nor was I trying to be one when I spoke frankly about my mother’s Nail shop cooking escapades. Like I’ve always said, my mother is a culinary fool, a manic of a woman who lives to feed her family of 6 kids and our extended family of neighborhood friends. She’s been known to get even more carried away and feed her nail shop clients homemade noodles and fish »

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Grilled pork chops w/Apple-Cranberry Maple Glaze —Kingsford University – Big Bob Gibsons BBQ Cookbook

Having the opportunity to spend three days in Sonoma wine country is thrilling enough, but to go there and experience grilling classes under the direction of Kingsford University and wrapped up in the hospitality of Seghesio Family Vineyards left us pinching ourselves to check if we were dreaming or not.

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The Ultimate Umami Burger

The Ultimate Umami Burger

For the longest time, we’ve been making the best darn hamburger on the face of this earth (insert personal bias.) We’ve never had a specific name for the recipe until someone tagged it as the “magic meat”, but not as in “mystery meat” or “I can’t tell if this is chicken or beef.” Rather, it was to describe the magical flavor sensations that everyone experienced when they bit into one of our patties. That “magic meat” term  described the juicy, flavorful and savory burger patty »

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Vegetable/Herb Spring Rolls for Summer Fest 2009- Share your recipes, garden tips & stories

Vegetable/Herb Spring Rolls for Summer Fest 2009- Share your recipes, garden tips & stories

A new blogging event has just launched and this time, it’s a fun, free for all celebration of Summer’s bounty! Started last Summer by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla, which was called Food Fest, lovers of everything fresh, delicious, and/or from the garden shared ideas and recipes from across the globe. Last summer’s event was a cross-blog event where they would announce a food or “crop” in advance and they would then swap recipes, growing tips, lore and whatever else came »

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Pork Tenderloin – Stuffed & Grilled

Pork Tenderloin – Stuffed & Grilled

Disappointment solved. Ever have a dish that stumps you?  You make it sometimes and it comes out incredible, then other times it’s just , ehh.  You start going through your head trying to figure out where you went wrong.  What are the variables that changed? Ingredients, timing, heat…  What the hell did I do wrong?  Frustrating, isn’t it?  However there is also a by-product of the hair-pulling frustration.  “Hell yeah!” joy when you finally figure it out.  Today I’m saying, “Hell yeah!”

The dish is »

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Kitchen Tour + Arugula & Radish Salad w/Warm Braised Pork Belly

Kitchen Tour + Arugula & Radish Salad w/Warm Braised Pork Belly

radish varieties: french breakfast and icicle

We don’t know what we did right in a previous life, but we sure have been reaping the benefits of it all lately, especially when it comes to blogging. Our blogging has kindled friendships with folks far, wide and nearby that we never would have found otherwise. From bloggers that we have already met to those of you frequent visitors that we have yet to meet, are the reasons why we love blogging.

Jen Yu of Use Real Butter »

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Star Anise Braised Pork Belly & quail eggs  (Thit Heo Kho Hoa Hoi)

Star Anise Braised Pork Belly & quail eggs (Thit Heo Kho Hoa Hoi)

Another braised pork recipe, you ask? Well, I wasn’t planning on inundating this weeks postings with braised pork but timing seemed appropriate for a number of reasons. Adding to the fact that I love braised pork in ten million different ways, I’ve gotta start writing about braised pork enough to cover it all in my blog lifetime!

Since my last write up about my mother’s classic Vietnamese braised pork in caramel, I’ve received so many touching e-mails and comments from readers about not only the »

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Vietnamese Braised Pork & eggs in caramel – Thit Heo Kho Trung  Flashbacks from my mom’s kitchen

Vietnamese Braised Pork & eggs in caramel – Thit Heo Kho Trung Flashbacks from my mom’s kitchen

If I could name one of the many comfort foods in Vietnamese cuisine that brings back warm, delicious memories to all my Viet friends and family, it would be this dish: Thit heo kho trung, braised pork belly (or shoulder/butt) with boiled eggs. It’s the comfort of pork slowly cooked in sweet caramel, till the the soft meat becomes rich and flavorful that makes all of us salivate with homesickness when we’re far away from home. To complete the dish, add some boiled eggs to »

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

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 in America, my mother would always reminisce and tell me stories of how close the ocean was and how we fed off the amazing bounty of Viet-Nam’s wealth of seafood. »

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Tamarind Crab and Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook giveaway!

Tamarind Crab and Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook giveaway!

It’s not often that I can get excited about a cookbook enough to want to snuggle with it on the couch and to read it cover to cover.  Most of the time, I’ll scan through a cookbook and bookmark particular interesting recipes that jump off the page. But I found one book that not only had me hooked from the very first page, but had me laughing, crying and stomach growling at the same time. If anyone saw me, they’d think that I was an »

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Korean Cut Short Ribs w/ Ginger-Soy Marinade

Korean Cut Short Ribs w/ Ginger-Soy Marinade

Still hazy in my pre-coffee morning stupor, Diane hit me with a question that immediately kicked an, “Aww, sh%&!” out of my mouth.

A few days earlier we had purchased one of my favorite cuts of beef, the Korean-style-cut short ribs and I totally forgot about them in the fridge.  (For those uninitiated, Korean Cut short ribs refers to a butcher style of cross-cutting the ribs so that they are about 1/3″ thick.  This is, of course, for the Korean dish Kalbi, which is unbelievably »

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Asian Crispy Chicken Wings + sweet, spicy chili sauce

Asian Crispy Chicken Wings + sweet, spicy chili sauce



Tis’ the season for appetizers, delicious and flavorful small bites that we never, ever get tired of.

When the jolly and hectic holidays arrive, we’re in a non stop dinner party mode, which can be either jolly or hectic. Between our weekly gathering of friends, family, neighbors and staff, thinking about what to serve small to medium to large groups every time can be very time consuming.

Appetizers are our tried and true dishes that are easy to make and easy to please. Having a »

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