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Snow Affogato

Are you ready to prepare a dessert that’s a showstopper and will knock the socks off of everyone? It’s the snow affogato. Click the video above and see. The first time we heard of this dessert from Cafe Maji...

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Hainan Chicken Rice Com Ga Hai Nam

For a simple dish, com ga or chicken rice is a beloved dish in our family. Although it originated from a small island of Hainan or Hai Nam  in the South China Sea between Vietnam and China, it’s popularity...

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Sous Vide Lamb Chops with Basil Chimichurri

Fresh herbs are quintessential to Vietnamese cooking.  During the summer months, we try to grow basil, mint, perilla (tia to) coriander (rau ram), and our favorite rice paddy herb (ngo om) in our backyard garden.    But now in...

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Bò Nhúng Dấm

Looking to impress guests and host the easiest Vietnamese dinner party ever?  We’ve got just the meal for you, called bò nhúng dấm. It’s basically a Vietnamese shabu-shabu and the best part is your guests can do the cooking.  The...

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48 hours in New Orleans

How can you experience as much as you can about a city over a weekend trip? This was our challenge as we embarked on our first journey to New Orleans, arguably by all accounts we’ve heard, is one of...

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Tomato Galette

Summer, or tomato season as we like to call it is in full bloom.  Its one of our favorite rites of summer, picking fist sized heirlooms and grape like clusters of cherry tomatoes in our garden. Growing our own...

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Miến Gà Vietnamese Chicken Glass noodle soup and a Family Story

This is a special guest post told by my dad, Tung.  He’s been hanging out with us for the past month helping around the garden and loves to tell stories and repeats them almost endlessly.  We asked if he...

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Eating in Nha Trang

From the fertile mountainous hillsides of Da Lat to the beautiful city by the bay,  Nha Trang, Kim’s uncle Anh Dung would boast that there’s no country in Asia that has such a diverse geography like Vietnam. He insisted...

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Lemon Ice Box Pie

We’re fortunate to enjoy a winter harvest with the mild southern California weather. Our garden is full of winter vegetables such as bok choy and edible chrysanthemum, but the harvest we look forward most is our Meyer lemons.  Our...

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Fish Sauce Wings Pok Pok Wings Recipe

During our recent trip to Vietnam, we had fish sauce wings or cánh gà chiên nước mắm at roadside eateries in Vietnam and love the sticky, shellac like layer of fish sauce studded with garlic on a crispy fried...