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Grilled Scallops with Red Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette

July 7, 2013

In the last couple of years I have run across recipes that included Japanese yuzu kosho, but I didn’t know what it was. There were so many other recipes I wanted to make, so I just stuck those yuzu kosho recipes in a file and moved on. One day recently I was checking my files [...]

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My Oldest Son’s Wedding and I Learn to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls

June 30, 2013

On Saturday May 18, 2013, after a 10 year courtship and engagement, FINALLY, my son and his fiancé got married! Yea! I flew from LAX to the Sacramento Airport on Thursday night and on Friday spent the day helping get their house ready for the wonderful backyard wedding they had planned. Part of the Friday [...]

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Vietnamese Happy Pancakes with a Killer Dipping Sauce

June 17, 2013

The March 2013 issue of Food and Wine Magazine had a great article called 20 Best-Ever Recipes. The Best Vietnamese recipe was this one for Happy Pancakes and I wanted to cook it immediately as soon as I saw it. Two months later, at Camp Blogaway, I was lucky to get a sample of Bob’s [...]

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Shrimp Mango Curry with Tamarind & Mint

April 9, 2013

I have really been crazy for Asian curry soups lately. Recently I posted about a Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup, and now here I am again with a Vietnamese-style Shrimp Mango Curry with Tamarind & Mint. Both dishes contain fresh ginger, shallots, coriander and fish sauce, but the Thai Curry was flavored with guajillo chiles, [...]

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Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

March 13, 2013

I was looking through the March 2013 Bon Appétit magazine and came to this photo of a soup showing noodles, chicken, cilantro and lime wedges. The broth looked redish and creamy. I had to make it. Any dish that has lime wedges squeezed over it is totally irresistible to me.
What is so intriguing about this [...]

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Turkey Pho

January 11, 2013

I have wanted to learn to make Pho (pronounced fuh) ever since I read about it several years ago.  But time flew by. You know how it is. So one day I was driving near my house and, lo and behold, I saw a restaurant called Pho’ Hana that I had never noticed before. I [...]

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Spicy Korean BBQ Turkey Sliders with Sesame Ginger Slaw

December 16, 2012

My Food Bloggers Los Angeles group recently held their annual Cookie Exchange and Cookbook Swap at the home of Erika, of In Erika’s Kitchen. We were invited to bring 5 to 6 dozen cookies to share and as many cookbooks as we were willing to part with. One gal said she couldn’t part with any [...]

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Fried Tofu and Spicy Korean Red Pepper Sauce with Gochugaru, Ginger and Sesame

August 15, 2012

I have really been enjoying this Spicy Korean Red Pepper Sauce lately. I have made a big container of it several times and slathered it over every food in sight. I mean, listen to the ingredients: soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, garlic, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and gochugaru, which is Korean red pepper powder. [...]

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Korean Chicken Wings with Gochujang

April 25, 2012

A few years ago I ran across a cookbook with recipes from all the popular Korean restaurants in Los Angeles. Of course, I don’t remember the title now, but the recipes were really interesting with intriguing ingredients I had never heard of. One of the things I really enjoy is finding new ingredients and then [...]

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Chinese Pork and Eggplant Chow

September 17, 2010

I drive five miles to work in the morning and it takes me about a half hour. Today when I was driving home it hit me that there are about 20 Asian restaurants on my route. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean. Los Angeles has such a wonderfully diverse population, there may be a restaurant from [...]

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Soba Noodle Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

July 26, 2010

In one more week it will be August and we still haven’t had summer here in Manhattan Beach. Today the high was 69 degrees F. I am hopeful that warm weather is right around the corner, so in anticipation, here is a cold Soba Noodle Salad that will be great to enjoy outdoors when the [...]

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Shrimp Salad Thai Style with Gula Jawa

January 31, 2010

Last summer I went crazy cooking Thai recipes. If it had fish sauce in it, I just had to try it. I acquired a copy of Hot Sour Salty Sweet by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, and kept seeing palm sugar in many recipes. I had always substituted brown sugar for palm sugar, but I [...]

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