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Indian Chickpea Dal with Coconut Broth

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How to cook 15 Minute vegetarian and gluten-free Indian Chickpea Dal (garbanzo bean) with Basmati Rice. From Silk Road Vegetarian Cookbook. Recipe + Video

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A beginner again

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I grew up very typical Asian-American. Which means, all those funny “signs that you were raised by Asian immigrant parents” – ABSOLUTELY TRUE!! Okay, well not all of it, but certainly the mandatory piano lessons part. The lessons were fun, but the daily practice was excruciatingly painful. I hated practicing so much that Mom made me set the kitchen timer so …

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Vegetarian Korean Japchae Noodle Recipe

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Make Korean Japchae Noodles (Glass Noodles) – Recipe and how-to video from cookbook author Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen. This recipe is vegetarian and includes sweet potato, kale and swiss chard providing a nutrient rich meal!

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What I’m Listening to: Exercise Your Brain!

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Ever since having babies, I have this “thing” that makes it really hard for me to read large blocks of text. I’ve never had it diagnosed nor have I even mentioned it to a professional. It’s either a mental condition or I’m just too lazy to get past 3 paragraphs. Either way, It’s not slowed me down one bit, I’ve just stuck to …

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Time to make some changes

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Last night, I had a dream that I suffered from a concussion and couldn’t remember the past 24 hours. It was such a strange feeling, dreaming of “I wonder if this is real or if this is a dream” but then concluding that it was NOT a dream. Immediate dream-panic. At the moment of peak panic, I startled myself awake. Naturally, the first …

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Aquaponics Sweet Potatoes Update

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Harvest Time! We have been diligently watering our potatoes in a barrel daily, and patiently waiting till it was time to harvest. From what I gather you are supposed to wait till the leaves turn yellow and then harvest. Seems our plants want to keep on growing. They have overflown the barrel and are maintaining a vibrant green color. Unfortunately …

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Exfoliate your chicken before cooking it!

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Why you should ALWAYS exfoliate your chicken before cooking!  It gets rid of: bone fragments loose outer membrane that you don’t want to eat (yuck) small feathers dried blood Watch short video on how I exfoliate my chicken before cooking: Exfoliate Chicken Before Cooking Video

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Aged Sriracha Hot Sauce Recipe

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Did you know that the Huy Fong company that makes the beloved “rooster sauce” sells 20 million bottles of its sriracha sauce a year without spending a single dime on advertising? I find the story about David Tran’s success so amazing and can’t even think of another company that can thrive like this without a PR or marketing strategy. While …

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce

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I very rarely veer off my “tried and true” basic recipe for Vietnamese Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce with lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, sugar, water) for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. It’s easy, predictable and I can make the sauce just by taste without measuring anything! But just because I *LOVE* something doesn’t mean that my entire family loves it too. My fish-fearing …

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Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

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  Before my Mom came to visit, she sent a care package full of foodie goodies, and instructed me to save them for when she comes to visit. I knew exactly what that meant – Mama’s gonna cook for me! In the package were Chinese Preserved Pork Belly and Chinese Sausage. Sure enough, Mom announced she was making “Chinese Clay Pot Rice” for dinner …

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Just Hatched!

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The baby chick above is a Blue Silkie Bantam – and will look like this when she grows up: photo from My Pet Chicken Beware of cuteness overload in this video! Baby Chick Hatching   Chicken Hatching Equipment This Spring’s chicks include: Bantam Blue Silkie (photo above) Easter Egger Bantam Blue Ameraucana White Leghorn Rhode Island Red Golden Laced Wyandotte …

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Thai Firecracker Shrimp

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Yesterday, I bribed Nathan to help me do a cooking demo at the Florida Wine Fest in Sarasota. All it cost me was a $12.99 Nerf gun. I say GOOD DEAL! Right before our demo were chefs from Sarasota Bay Club cooking pork belly and seared giant sea scallops. This was the day that Nathan discovered pork belly. He would not …