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Amazing Wok Invention

I’d like to say I’m venture capitalist. Or at least pretend to be one. I’ve backed just a total of 96 startup projects via Kickstarter and Indiegogo. If you count the additional six projects that I pledged funding to but didn’t succeed, that’s 105 companies that I’ve invested in. Although, I think I need to reclassify my activity as a “hobby” instead …

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A beginner again

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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What I’m Listening to: Exercise Your Brain!

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

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

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!

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

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

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 …