Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Carrot Greens

I can't believe it's been half a year since I last posted. I haven't disappeared - I promise. I've been swamped with work (and my wedding photography business has blossomed in the last year). But I'm back and I'll try my best to be better about blogging. I love my food, so here we go. This is what I had for dinner tonight - garlicky kale with carrot greens (also called carrot tops). I … [Read more...]

Garlic Summer Squash Saute with Mushrooms, and Cherry Tomatoes

To kick off the start of summer, I planted my own container vegetable garden on my patio. I have two yellow squash plants growing wildly, and I'm hoping to be able to harvest some soon. My tomato plants, as one might expect, are taking over the garden, filled to the brim with fresh fruit and flowers. I have so many ripe cherry tomatoes that I just have no idea what to do with. But I figured, … [Read more...]

Tres Leches Cake Recipe (Three Milks Cake)

I made the most delicious Tres Leches cake tonight. It was moist, sweet, and topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh organic strawberries. Delicious, and so simple to make. You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry - flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and of course, the berries to top it off. What a delightful treat on a rainy … [Read more...]

Simple and Easy Flan

Delicious, glorious flan. My absolutely favorite dessert. It’s a Vietnamese favorite, and I grew up eating flan out of little plastic cartons. When I was growing up, my mom made flan all the time. And now I live on my own, I crave it from time to time. Creme caramel was introduced to Vietnam by the French. We call it “banh flan” or “kem flan.” No matter what it’s called, it’s just amazing … [Read more...]

Bun Rieu – Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup

Bun Rieu is one of my favorite soups to make, because it is so simple and easy to whip up. I've made this on a weeknight before, but it's usually a weekend recipe since it does take a little bit of prep work. Getting all of the ingredients can be a challenge, and a bit on the pricey side - because the cost of getting real crab can be high. You MUST go to the Asian supermarket in order to make … [Read more...]

Leftover Roast Chicken Sandwich with Microgreens and Mushrooms

I love roasted chicken, and I especially love that it's cheaper to buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery than it is to buy a raw chicken and roast it yourself in the oven. Whole uncooked chicken is getting more expensive to buy - it can be up to $8 dollars or more at my local grocery store, but a rotisserie chicken is only around $5 or $6. I always opt for saving money when it comes to … [Read more...]

Cucumber, Feta and Tomato Salad

There's nothing more refreshing and delicious on a hot summer day than a cool, healthy salad. This cucumber salad is simple to assemble and makes a wonderful appetizer or side salad at dinner. I love the distinctive taste of feta cheese, combined with the unique flavor of dill. The olive oil and lemon juice adds a lovely dimension to the crisp, coolness of the cucumber. Use grape or cherry … [Read more...]

How to Cook Live Crab – Blue Crab Boil

Whenever I go to the ocean or the coast, I'm always craving crab. Usually, this means ordering crab legs. But crab legs, though delicious, aren't enough to satisfy my seafood craving. I need more - more than just the legs. The Vietnamese girl in me craves a good old-fashioned crab boil. I grew up eating boiled crab . When I was little, after my family had moved to the United States, … [Read more...]

Leftover Chicken Recipe: Lemon Chicken Pasta with Artichoke Hearts, Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes

It's been a crazy few months for me. With moving to a new apartment, starting a new business (Preggie Baby Boutique - check it out!), and my best friend moving to another state - across the country, it's been hectic. I haven't had much time for cooking. I've mostly eaten out or picked up ready-made food at our local grocery store. Tonight was a different story, however. I was itching to … [Read more...]

Easy & Simple Cantonese Style Lobster

Cantonese Style Lobster is my go-to New Year's dish that I make every single year. I usually buy live lobster at the Asian supermarket in town, because it is cheaper, but you can use frozen lobster for this dish as well. This year for my friends, I bought two pound lobsters to the tune of $75. It was more than I usually spend on food, but this dish is so very worth it. Large chunks of lobster, … [Read more...]

Pan-Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa

Pork chops are one of the easiest and quickest week night dinner options, not to mention one of the most inexpensive meats on the market. I used to avoid eating pork, except for bacon (because I'm a bacon addict), just for the sheer fact that pigs will eat anything (and I mean anything) you feed them. However, I have come to terms with the fact that I love pork, and it can provide an inexpensive … [Read more...]

Sup Mang Cua – Asparagus and Crab Soup

Sup Mang Cua, or Vietnamese Asparagus and Crab Soup, has always been one of my favorite soups, and a cherished childhood memory. Growing up, my mom would always make this soup on Sunday mornings. It was our lunch after we got home from Mass. This soup is easy to make, and it offers a lot of versatility in terms of what you put in it. When I was younger, we didn’t always have fresh asparagus on … [Read more...]