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Diane’s Vietnamese Fried Chicken

Diane’s Vietnamese Fried Chicken

When my 5 younger siblings and I were growing up, we were addicted to American food in the craziest of ways. Mom and Dad always had their garden fresh soups, healthy fish and vegetable dishes. But we wanted to eat what the Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles ate, which was pizza and more pizza. We always […]

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Asparagus Bacon Spring Rolls Tapas Party: a Collaboration with West Elm

Asparagus Bacon Spring Rolls Tapas Party: a Collaboration with West Elm

When thinking of all the reasons why we love the holidays so much, a million thoughts come to mind. And when we think of the reasons what makes the holidays so stressful, a few pop up to the surface. But avoiding the crazy shopping malls pretty much alleviates all the stress already. Maybe we’re getting […]

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BBQ Turkey Pizza with Your Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

BBQ Turkey Pizza with Your Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

We’ve been there, done that, eaten it and cooked it. Post Thankgiving always included a lunch of leftover turkey-something. Sandwiches, spring rolls, quesedillas and turkey soup were our automatic go-to-gotta-eat-up-all-this-turkey dishes. This year, we’re committed to making something different that didn’t involve the turkey to be sandwiched in between something or simmered in broth. We’ve […]

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Juicy Lucy Burger Party & Recipe

How can someone resist a burger that comes with a warning disclaimer? That was exactly our predicament a little over two years ago and we soon found our burger world rocked. In the middle of a whirlwind trip we found ourselves in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, affectionately dubbed the twin cites. We were one set […]

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Hot Stove Top Artichoke Spinach Dip & Other Dip Favorites

I’m clinging on to the last few days of 2012 so that I can indulge in my buffet of cheese dips and margaritas before 2013 hits. Starting next week, I’ll focus on being a good girl and sticking to my new years health “goals”. It’ll probably be a few weeks before I break those goals […]

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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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Kitchen Aid Luncheon at our Studio & Swiss Meringue Frosting Recipe

For the last 16 years that we’ve been together, there are a few items that still have made it through the entire decade and half relationship. Our photo albums documenting our mischievous younger days still exist in the back corner of our bookshelf. Two fruit trees in pots that started off on our apartment patio […]

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Vegetarian Chili with Fresh Roasted Chilies- Memories from a Veg Head

Vegetarian Chili with Fresh Roasted Chilies- Memories from a Veg Head

Memories from my vegetarian days were coming back and reminded me of my college years. In fact, my days of being vegetarian lasted till not long ago, 2008. For 19 years, I lived a meatless life where I nourished my days with vegetables, tofu, legumes and occasional dairy products. Then I stumbled upon what was […]

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Baked Sweet Pea Pot Stickers w/ Ginger Soy Dip

Truth be told, we have killed many garden plants, none of which were intentional. Since the Sunset Magazine articles about us and our garden were published, everyone thinks we’re master gardeners. Folks! There’s a long list of garden failures that we’ve yet to publish. Maybe we’ll share some of our garden disaster stories so you […]

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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 […]

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Pumpkin Crème Brûlée & How to Caramelize Crème Brûlée Video

Before writing this post I almost stumbled into saying that some of our other pumpkin recipes were boring. But then after reading another’s brilliant post on a completely different non-food topic, I realized this wasn’t accurate. Skilled writers are more than a mere pleasure to read, they make you think. Their words stimulate the mind, […]

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Roasted Acorn Squash w/ Sage, Pine Nuts & of course, Butter

Baked acorn squash was never a dish that I obsessed over. Because of my love of butternut squash, acorn squash always seemed to hide in in the shadows of my other squash love affairs. It wasn’t until I started food blogging that I really understood the appeal of these cute acorn shaped globes.

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Sweet Potato Molasses Cookie- Rum Inebriated

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 Gardenand Deb Puchalla of Food Network. Previous themes were Spinach,  Apples, Fall Salads, Pumpkin/Squash, Mad Stash, Root Veggies, Pears & brassicas. For this week, it’s all about sweet potatoes. Join and share yourblog write […]

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Ode to Grilled Bread

(violins & cellos in the air… Masterpiece theatre sets the stage…) Crusty, charred Lines of Black Gentle crumb singed Golden. Soft. Day old.  Resuscitated.

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Creamy Rice Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce – The Marriage from Two Perfect Desserts

Smooth, creamy, with the delicate rice texture playing on the tongue. Scents of cinnamon, a hint of vanilla, and a slight crunch from the crushed toffee lacing the top.  I didn’t want  to stop eating the perfect bowl of rice pudding.  I couldn’t if I wanted to. But what’s that peeking in the distance?  Butterscotch […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Prosciutto, Sour Cream & Feta Stuffed Cucumbers- Summer Fest

Summer Festis back for its 3rd year! And we’re happy to be participating again thanks to Margaret Roach and Deb Puchalla, the creators of Summer Fest. This great annual cross-blog event celebrates the peak harvest season where we all share recipes or growing tips for all our harvest fresh ingredients and produce. Everyone is encouraged […]

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Jaune Flamme Tomatoes & Quinoa Salad + Food Blog Forum Seminar Atlanta

Summer is in full swing and there are two big announcements finally due out that we’re equally thrilled to share. To kick-start the good vibes, the garden-geeks in us are happy to report that our heirloom tomatoes are doing fabulous this year. Of the 20 heirloom tomato plants we started, only 3 have died and […]

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Pickled Green Tomatoes & The Butcher and the Vegetarian

This year’s tomato track record isn’t all that bad yet and we’re immediately jumping on the pickling band-wagon. The current tomato plant count is 4 out of 20 died due to disease, which is much less than what we suffered last year.  In 2009, the whole nation suffered a tomato crisis where a late blight […]

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