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Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce

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 …

Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry

The love language between my Mom and me is all about food! We share recipes with each other over the phone and email. We swap cookbooks when we see each other a couple times a year. She packs up Chinese cookbooks for me (all of them written in both Chinese and English) and I save the gazillion cookbooks that publishers send to …

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20 Minute Sriracha Sauce

Like my label!? LOL Back before Sriracha was a “thing” – we just called it “red sauce” and squirted it on just about everything, including scrambled eggs. The original “rooster brand” Huy Fong recipe was so perfect that they had a virtual monopoly at Vietnamese restaurants and competitors didn’t even try to imitate their formula. Fun fact from Forbes: Huy Fong …

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Review: Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown Rice

One of my most popular posts on this site is How to Cook White Rice in the Microwave. It’s a real time-saver and I kept getting requests about brown rice. So I just recently tested and posted that! Check out How to Cook Brown Rice in the Microwave (it takes only 30 minutes!) And since that was so successful, I …

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How to Cook Brown Rice in the Microwave

At our house, we only use the microwave for 3 things: making popcorn, warming up leftovers and cooking white rice. I love cooking white rice in the microwave because it cuts down the time to 15 minutes and I don’t have to lug out my heavy rice cooker (though I still love her dearly). Since you can cook white rice successfully …

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No Cook, 3-Ingredient Miso Almond Sauce

When all else fails, the answer is always Zen, especially in all matters related to food. With the exception of Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache & Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (more!more!more!) or if anyone wants to make me a big ol’ plate of Lobster Nachos (pile it on baby!) For the ultimate in Asian sauce simplicity, I found the …