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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 …

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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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Thai Firecracker Shrimp

You’ll learn: Deceptively simple 5-ingredient appetizer, can be made ahead and frozen Pad Thai sauce + fresh basil + peanuts + shrimp Ingredients are pantry/freezer friendly, whip up last minute! Step by step video: roll tight, pretty rolls The most popular appetizer that I make on television is Firecracker Shrimp, with only 3 main ingredients that are pantry and freezer ready, …

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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