Time to make some changes

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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 …

Aquaponics Sweet Potatoes Update

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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 …

Exfoliate your chicken before cooking it!

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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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Just Hatched!

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The baby chick above is a Blue Silkie Bantam – and will look like this when she grows up: photo from My Pet Chicken Beware of cuteness overload in this video! Baby Chick Hatching   Chicken Hatching Equipment This Spring’s chicks include: Bantam Blue Silkie (photo above) Easter Egger Bantam Blue Ameraucana White Leghorn Rhode Island Red Golden Laced Wyandotte …

Grow: Foolproof Hydroponic Gardening in a Tub

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If you think hydroponic gardening is difficult or expensive – you’re wrong! A simple tub (or even a milk jug) and a handful of easy-to-find (and cheap) products and you can hack yourself a hydroponics garden. I wanted to title this post “The Easiest Hydroponics Ever” or “Set It and Forget It Method” or “No Excuses Growing Method”. But Tub …

Thai Firecracker Shrimp

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Yesterday, I bribed Nathan to help me do a cooking demo at the Florida Wine Fest in Sarasota. All it cost me was a $12.99 Nerf gun. I say GOOD DEAL! Right before our demo were chefs from Sarasota Bay Club cooking pork belly and seared giant sea scallops. This was the day that Nathan discovered pork belly. He would not …

Asian Tableware

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These Japanese chopsticks are so pretty for the table! You get 5 pairs for $4! What makes these chopsticks so great (other than the price and how they look) is that the end of the chopstick where it grabs food is grooved. That means it’s easier to grab onto food. The little ridges help you grip even the tiniest grain …

Favorite Kitchen Tools

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This is a list of my favorite kitchen tools – the tried and true, much loved and much used things in my kitchen that I cannot live without!   This is my favorite vegetable peeler of all time! The Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler is inexpensive (less than $10), the blades are sharp and stay sharp. What I love is the …

Favorite Things

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