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 …

Pressure Cooker White Bean Chili Frito Pie

White Bean Frito Pie Recipe

Prior to 6 months ago, my motto for beans was, “love to eat ‘em, hate to cook ‘em!” Cooking beans the regular old way requires forethought the night before to soak the beans. But the problem with that is that usually, the night before, I’m too full from dinner to even think about what I’d possibly want to eat the …

Thai Seafood Curry Recipe

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This is one of my go-to dishes when I’ve run out of time, have barely any fresh ingredients in the house and in need of a spicy fix. Thai curry only takes 15 minutes to make, from start to finish, including the rice if you use my microwave method. The recipe is crazy flexible – use whatever seafood you’d like …

Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice

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Bacalao, pronounced [bah-kah-LAH-oh] is Portuguese dried, salted cod fish. Before refrigeration, fish was dried and preserved in salt to keep in the cellar. There are hundreds of variations of bacalao recipes, but my favorite has always been Bacalao con Patatas (bacalao with potatoes) – however I don’t make it much at home because traditional recipes require too many steps and forethought for …

Black Pepper Steak

Black Pepper Steak Recipe

One of my very first blogging friends is Bee from Rasa Malaysia. In the early days of the blog, we used to chat on the phone after my kids went to bed about the technical side of blogging — silly acronyms like SEO, PHP, CSS and HTML. Back then (I say “back then” like it was decades ago, but in reality …

Asian Steak Kabobs

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We’ve been kabob happy lately, and it’s all because of this man: click on photos to see where we were! and this man: My kids want to be Adam when they grow up. These two men wrote this book: Get this book! I know you’ll love it! Chicken and Waffles on a Stick? hells yeah! You can see more photos …

Tomato and Watermelon Salad

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Jaden is knee deep in paint, tiles and packing boxes today, so she asked us to step in and tell you guys about this amazing tomato and watermelon salad. Today, we are introducing Zov Karamardian from the internationally acclaimed restaurant Zov’s. Jaden had the chance to meet Zov at IACP a couple of weeks ago and we could not be …

Creamy Scallops and Peppers

Creamy Scallops Peppers Recipe

Wednesdays are the craziest days in our household. Not only do the boys get out of school 2 hours early each week, but Tae Kwon Do classes start at 5:45pm. Because the boys take separate classes, they normally don’t get out until 7:30pm which means dinner has to be eaten before class. In the afternoons, juggling my own work, homework, …

Flank Steak with Goat Cheese on Toast

Flank Steak Goat Cheese Tapas Bruschetta Recipe

While we were in Mexico for Food Blogger Camp back in February, I got a sneak peek at the photos that my good friends, Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple shot of Cristina Ferrare’s new cookbook. I’m sure you heard of Cristina – she’s got a cooking show, “Big Bowl of Love” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Diane …