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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 …

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Just Hatched!

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 …

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Grow: Foolproof Hydroponic Gardening in a Tub

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 …

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Asian Tableware

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 …

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Favorite Kitchen Tools

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 …

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Favorite Things

Asian Ingredients (coming soon!) Cookbooks I Love (coming soon!) Kitchen Tools Asian Tableware

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Grow: Hydroponics and Aquaponics Update

Hello everyone! I’ve been “sustainable gardening” for over a year now — with the aquaponics, hydroponics and microgreens. Some of our experiments are GREAT…. and some….well….let me just show you: Things That Worked Hydroponic Sweet Potatoes (in a barrel) From our Potatoes in A Barrel Experiment – the sweet potatoes are growing like crazy! I have added more media into the container 3 …

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Are You Throwing Away the Most Tender Part of Broccoli?

Ahhh….the sad and lonely stump that gets thrown away after the prized crown is chopped off. BUT IT’S THE BEST PART OF THE BROCCOLI! Underneath that tough, fibrous outer layer of the stalk is the most TENDER part of the broccoli. It’s so tender, delicate and sweet that most of the time, I just eat it raw. Right there at …