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Salmon with Magical Butter Sauce

Salmon with Magical Butter Sauce

With the kitchen still (still….sigh) under construction, I’ve been cooking on a camping stove outside on our patio. We’ve been super good, still eating mostly JERF (just eat real food), with the occasional not-JERF treat (ahem….entire bag of Oreos snarfed down by 2 boys.) When out grocery shopping, the only question we ask ourselves is, “is this something you can grow, …

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Thai Grilled Shrimp with Black Pepper Sauce

Thai Grilled Shrimp with Black Pepper Sauce Recipe

Patience is what we’ve been practicing for the last two months in our house. Going into a major kitchen remodel is never a “fun” thing (well, except picking out wall colors, flooring options and kitchen bling), but I never expected a 2-week stall. So close, yet so far away. We’re currently hung up on the granite cutter. Counters need to …

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Pad Thai Zoodles Recipe

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  Before I get into the recipe, I wanted to give you a quick peek at the Daytime TV studios where I tape cooking segments at. It’s a show that’s syndicated in nearly 200 markets in the US with hosts Cyndi Edwards and the incredibly funny Jerry Penacoli (formerly of EXTRA.) My cooking segments are around 4 minutes-ish long. We tape …

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Mom’s Chinese Chicken Soup

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Hi! I’m Andrew Hair, the older brother. I just turned 11 years old last week and my Mom asked me to pick a recipe to make for you. I chose Mom’s Chinese Chicken Soup. Actually, to tell you the truth, it’s Po-Po’s (grandma) Chinese Chicken Soup. I don’t know why my Mom took credit for it. HAHA. I like this …

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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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20 Minute Sriracha Sauce

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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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Paleo Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice

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Fried rice without rice?! WHAT?! That was exactly my reaction when I first saw this recipe in Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans by my friends Michelle Tam and Henry Fong. Being the super rice geek that I am: How to cook white rice in microwave How to cook brown rice in microwave Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown rice review …

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Kale Salad with Mushroom Omelet

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What you’ll learn: A healthy, hearty salad fit for a meal with warm mushroom omelet, crunchy walnuts, salty shavings of parmesan cheese How to transform tough, rough, thick raw kale into soft, buttery lettuce-like texture How to customize salad with different ingredients   I’ve just gotten back from a 48 hour jaunt to Los Angeles to shoot a video for …

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Roasted Duck with Chinese Steamed Buns

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On the dinner plate, Chicken has been the reigning king of fowl for far too long. I’ve been asking my meat market to stock a more diversified fresh poultry section, but apparently, I’m the only fool asking for such. Any poultry other than chicken and ground turkey gets banned to the frozen foods department: quail, duck, goose and turkey. (Guinea …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Chili Sauce

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For the past 5 years, Ree (The Pioneer Woman), Elise (Simply Recipes) and I have hosted big parties for our food blogging community. It’s sort of a tradition now, anytime the three of us are in the same city at the same time, we just have an urge to get people together, eat, dance and have a merry time. This year’s …