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Asian Lettuce Cups with Ground Turkey & Green Apple

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Don’t you feel like this dish should just ::wink:: and do a little sexy twirl? Such a flirty little thing!

“Asian Lettuce Wraps” or “Asian Lettuce Cups” is the most requested recipe on my site. I’ve updated the recipe to be lighter, more refreshing and healthier. No goopy cornstarchy sauce! Sorry, P.F. Chang! You can make a vegetarian version – just substitute crumbed tofu, more vegetables or even plain rice for the ground turkey. Traditionally, the recipe includes canned …

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The Secret of Cracking a Coconut

It was a hot, humid Florida Friday afternoon.  That means the temperature was 82F BUT the humidity made it feel like 144F.  If you dare crack open the door from the comforts of your air-conditioned home to just even walk to the mailbox, you might as well bring along an well-seasoned chicken. By the time you’ve returned from your mailbox, …

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Vegetable Fried Rice

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I witnessed something yesterday that compelled me to post something that was NON-ANIMAL: At stoplights, most people will chat on the phone, daydream or play air drum to the radio. Me? I sit there and rehearse different apologies to say to my kids’ daycare teachers, “I am SO sorry Mrs. so-and-so….my Mom warned if I ate too many spicy chilies …

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(clap clap) Makeup Please!

Wow wow wow….let me tell you about my day before I let it allllll get to my head… ahhhh crap. too late! (hee hee!) Let me start off by confessing.  I was so crazy rushed this morning that I (gulp) let my kids choose their breakfast of choice from the “breakfast cabinet” without watching.  While I was in the bathroom …

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Pho Ga: Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

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You haven’t experienced wild until you’ve lived in the heart of Hollywood. My little duplex was squished in between movie-star wannabes, the homeless pushing shopping carts piled 8-ft high with trash treasures and gold-chained pimps proclaiming to the world, “GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! Right over here!” The location was by choice and I had a very good reason for living 2 …

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Matcha White Chocolate Ice Cream

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If you have an ice cream maker hiding in your pantry….or if you can safely steal borrow your neighbor’s ice cream maker that has been neglected without getting caught, please….just PLEASE bring it out and give it some love!

Matcha White Chocolate Ice Cream is so elegantly rich that a little scoop is all you need. I found this post from Kuidaore, where I just simply …

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Pan-Fried Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi

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If there ever was a time when I wondered why I never dated an Italian, it would be now. You see, I slept my way through a culinary education.

Yes, my friends, I whored myself out to learn the secrets of authentic Mexican steak tacos, Vietnamese pho ga, Cantonese steamed chicken, American BBQ ribs, Taiwanese deep fried tofu, Korean bi bim bap, Persian polow, Scottish haggis art of eating out every night, Japanese yakitori, French technique of cooking fish, Singaporean…..hmmm, that guy …

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Chinese Steamed Fish Recipe

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When I go home to visit my Mom, I always ask for this dish, Chinese Steamed Fish. Mom lives in Los Angeles, where there is an Asian market on every street corner. Most have live fish tanks where you can choose which lucky fella gets to come home with you for a dinner date. Steaming is the purest …

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Fresh Lemongrass Ginger Ale

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If you are having a outdoor summer party – this is a drink that will have your friends praising you to infinity and beyond. This recipe is from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. You rock my world, J-Vo!…