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 …

Skirt Steak Tacos

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I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one who’s fiercely loyal to their local supermarkets. While some are loyal to a particular market because it’s convenient (close to house or office), I’m more influenced by the quality of two things: produce and meat (though my kids will argue that for them, it’s the variety of ice Creams and the breadth …

Vietnamese Barbecued Lemongrass Beef

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I think this is my second favorite Vietnamese dish, right after Pho. It’s light, healthy and incorporates the salty, sweet, tangy, spicy, sour elements that make Vietnamese food so tasty. Recipe for Vietnamese Barbecued Lemongrass Beef, courtesy of Periplus Publishing on my other site, New Asian Cuisine.

Back to School Ideas

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I’ve got 9 Back to School breakfast, lunch and snack ideas – head over to my guest post on Bon Appetit’s site! Oh and pssst….I’m also featured on Saveur.com for Marcella Hazan’s Simple Tomato Sauce recipe.

Bobby Flay’s Grilled Steak Sandwich with Steak Sauce Mayo

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Do you know who I love? This man, right here, B.Flay. I used to watch him on Food Network religiously, especially his grilling shows. I want his backyard. I want his kitchen! Wait, don’t tell me it was just a designed studio set! Well, I had a chance to ask Bobby Flay a few questions, courtesy of The Real Food …

BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

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If you know me,  and I hope by now you do, I’m never one to even waste precious chewing energy on a boring salad. I have friends who will enjoy even the most plain salad consisting of one variety of lettuce and a glop of salad dressing from a gallon sized vessel bought at a warehouse store, meant for school …

Chanterelle, Bacon and Plum Salad with Blue Cheese

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It’s week 2 of the Summer Fest! Last week we played around with herbs and this week it’s time for fruit from trees. If you haven’t yet heard about Summer Fest, it’s a four-week celebration of fresh-from-the-garden food: recipes, growing tips, even tricks for storing and preserving summer’s best with my co-hosts White on Rice, Away to Garden and Matt …

Sesame Seared Tuna with Lime Ginger Vinaigrette

In conjunction with my podcast with Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking. And true to the book’s goal, I didn’t use a recipe to develop the Lime-Ginger Vinaigrette for the Sesame Seared Tuna. After a quick check in the refrigerator, I had one good key lime and a nub of ginger…so following Ruhlman’s ratio …