Ginger Lemongrass Snails with Chiles (Oc Luoc)

This weekend, I am in Denver, Colorado visiting my friend, Steven. My good friends, the Vagabloggers, Josh and Meisha, decided to make a pitstop to Denver on their way up to explore the Northwest. We went to the coolest Asian supermarket here in Denver and found live snails! Visiting the rice paddy fields in Vietnam and handpicking snails with my cousins is a fond memory that I have of my … [Read more...]

How to Toast Almonds

Roasting almonds is amazingly easy and quick. It deepens the flavor, offering a more robust and complex taste. If almonds aren't in your normal diet, you should add them in. Almonds are a superfood, packed with monounsaturated fats ("good fats"), known for lowering your cholesterol and decreasing your risk of heart disease. These healthy nuts are also packed full of essential nutrients and … [Read more...]

Seared and Roasted Quail with Marsala Sauce

I love quail and keep it stocked in my freezer. From my local grocery, I buy a package of four frozen quails - though wish I had access to fresh quail - and keep it on hand, thawing the day before I'm ready to cook. Seared and then roasted quail makes an easy supper to impress your friends and family. You can make this dinner in under 30 minutes, though I definitely recommend you take at least … [Read more...]

Red Wine Risotto with Asparagus and Peas

I had the best lobster and shrimp risotto the other evening at dinner, so I have been craving a really good bowl of homemade risotto. Since I don't have lobster or shrimp on hand, I decided to create a risotto recipe using what I had in my fridge - asparagus (fresh), peas (frozen), garlic, onion, parsley, and cheese. I always keep wine on hand, and I had just about a cup of leftover red wine left … [Read more...]

Pho Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

When you think of Vietnamese food, what comes to mind? Let me guess . . . is it Pho? The Japanese are known for their Sushi; the Koreans for Kim Chi; and the Vietnamese for Pho. Pho is considered the national dish of Vietnam. It’s a Vietnamese noodle soup that can be made from beef or chicken. In the United States, Pho Bo (the beef version of this famous dish) is more popular and more … [Read more...]