Easy Garlic Basil Pesto Recipe

Basil is one of those foods that I reaaaally love the smell of. It’s one of those scents at the market that always catches my attention. Basil is up there on the list with bread, butter, and beer. I used to have a small basil plant that I couldn’t quite keep healthy. Well, I kept it “alive” long enough for…

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Pad Thai Recipe

This dish is one I love because it’s packed with flavor and color. I’ve been eating this for a while now and never considered how to cook Pad Thai. I decided to give it a go (or four)! After dancing with this recipe for a while I learned a few things. There are very many recipes for Pad Thai available…

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Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn

I was searching for a healthy, vegetarian alternative to the meals I usually eat when I stumbled upon this recipe. I absolutely love this dish because it tastes great and it’s quick and easy to make. It’s also pretty healthy too. Quinoa is a superfood–It’s king of the grains in terms of protein content, a whole grain, and gluten-free. It’s…

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Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

This tasty pumpkin pancake recipe is a simple and delicious choice for Fall. Mix up your morning routine a bit for this recipe that smells great even before you cook. There were a lot of ingredients for this recipe that I did not have, so I to did a quick supermarket run. The original recipe actually calls for ground ginger…

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How To Cut Kabocha Squash

Kabocha squash is a winter squash that I like to keep around for various recipes. I mostly use this in soups and stews, but you can do a lot of other things with this lil guy. When it’s more orange on the outside the flesh will be more red inside and it is sweeter. However, when it’s green outside, the…

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Gà Kho Recipe (Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken)

I’ve had the chance to try different recipes of ga kho back at home. When I think about “thit kho” (caramelized meats) from my family’s meals, it covers a lot of dishes. Whether it be fish steaks, poultry, beef, hunks of pork, or sausage; everything has a version of the caramelized cooking method.And why not? Caramelization creates a delicious sauce…

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Recipe: Hot Cocoa / Chocolate

The holiday season is upon us and when it’s cold outside, nothing’s as nice as cozying up with a nice, hot beverage (while donning your Snuggie). When you want a cup of hot cocoa, making it at home is really not that hard. It sure beats the packaged instant mixes too. Using chocolate will give a bit of a richer…

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Recipe: Vietnamese Boiled Cabbage (Bap Cai Luoc)

This recipe is for Weekend Wokking, a world-wide food blogging event created by Wandering Chopsticks to celebrate different ways ingredients are used across cultures. The host this month is Erbe In Cucina (Cooking with herbs). If you would like to participate or to see the secret ingredient, check who’s hosting next month. This Vietnamese Boiled Cabbage recipe is incredibly simple.…

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How to Make: Lechon Kawali (part 2)

Ok my firep 1 attempt at the Filipino Lechon Kawali (pan fried pork belly) did not turn out as expected… haha. I figured since the pork was already cooked, this final pan-frying was just to brown it and puff the skin in hot oil. I placed it in the pan to fry and seriously started to worry for my safety.…

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How to Make: Lechon Kawali (part 1)

I’ve been wanting to take a whack lechon kawali for a long time now. The first one I tried was made by the GF’s mom about 18 months ago and it was soo addicting. Lechon kawali is a Filipino dish literally meaning pan-fried pork. Technically, it is first braised, then pan-fried pork belly. I’ve looked around for recipes and finally…

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