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Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry

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The love language between my Mom and I 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 …

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Vietnamese Pho Pressure Cooker – Paleo Friendly

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It’s been a loooong time since I’ve made home made pho – much too long! Normally I make beef pho the long and slow way – either in the slow cooker or barely bubbling on the stovetop: Slow Cooker Vietnamese Pho Recipe Vietnamese Beef Pho Recipe Chicken Pho Recipe (Pho Ga) But a very persistent reader has been emailing me …

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Cheater Pad Thai

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Sometimes a cheater sauce is just the answer. The Asian aisle at my local grocery store has soo many bottles and jars of Asian sauces – sweet-sour, kung-pao, ginger-garlic. Most of the time, I tell you to skip the pre-made stuff – it’s just easier to combine fresh ginger, fresh garlic, soy sauce or other easy-to-find ingredients to make your …

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Chinese Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce

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I’m not very creative when it comes to cooking eggplant, usually I poke a few holes with a fork and roast until soft. The poking is important – it prevents the eggplant from exploding in the oven. Go ahead, ask me how I know! We grow both Chinese and Japanese eggplant in the garden, both of which are less-bitter than …

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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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Healthy General Tso’s Chicken

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White meat or dark meat? I’m definitely a wing and dark meat gal, preferring the juicier, more flavorful, more tender and harder-to-overcook parts of the chicken. I think most Asians prize the dark meat (I know it’s a gross generalization, but I’ve never met an Asian who didn’t like dark meat!)   Scott, on the other hand, is breast meat …

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Review: Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown Rice

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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

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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

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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 …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes

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If you’re looking for a holiday side dish to complement the turkey, prime rib (or both!), mark this recipe down as a top contender! Not only is this a 5-ingredient dish, but the roasted brussels sprouts are treated to a special ingredient – sweet, red grapes. Let your oven do its magic – 20 minutes is all it takes – …

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Satay Noodles and Greens

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Satay is generally grilled meat on a skewer, served with a peanut-y dipping sauce on the side.  You know, something like this: or this: or this: Asian shish-kabob, right? Well, not this recipe! We’ve taken all the savory, nutty flavors of meat satay and made it a vegetarian noodle dish, with the help of my favorite cookbook of the year, …