Family

Grilling on the 4th of July

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Chicken wings

Grilling on the 4th of July is as American as it gets. Strangely, for the first 10 years of being in America, we never grilled at home. While living in Wisconsin, every 4th of July was spent at Marathon Park enjoying all the events that were going on. There was always a fair where we […]

Family

It’s the Year of the Dog!!!

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Spread of food.

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! The year of the Dog is upon us! I wish everyone good health, wealth, and yummy food all year long. After a month plus of recovering from the food glut of Christmas, I am now in the throes of Tết (Lunar New Year) and its cornucopia of food! As always, my […]

Recipe

Super Bowl: the Game of Food

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Table spread

The new year has begun and winter has settled in for a stay. Football, America’s other national pass time, is finishing up another season and soon the championship game will decide the gridiron victors for the year. Though the Super Bowl is not an official holiday it may as well be. On that fateful Sunday […]

Stream of Consciousness

Ramen 2 Do Part 2

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Standard bowl of Japanese ramen.

Previously I had waxed poetic about Hong Kong ramen houses, so today let’s talk about the ramen from Japanese ramen houses. This style of ramen has found a surge of popularity here in the States these past few years. Once again I must start out by stating that the best ramen comes from restaurants that […]

Family

The End of the Year as We Know It

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Juicy brisket

I have survived another X-mas. It’s usually my favorite holiday; I love the lights and decorations, I love the music, and of course, I love the food. This year it has been a drab and not so merry Christmas for various reasons. The National Christmas Tree was small and not very bigly. There were no […]

Stream of Consciousness

Foodies

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Avocado toast

For the past 5+ years, I have been assailed from all sides by this term “foodie”. I dislike the word and stare slightly cockeyed at anyone who willingly uses that moniker to describe themselves. Supposedly, if you are a “foodie” you are willing to try and experiment with different foods and are open to new and exciting […]

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Phở is Not Your Foe!!!

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Enjoy a hot bowl of Pho anytime

Phở is not your foe!!! I am serious here folks. Though it makes me happy that everyone loves this yummy noodle soup from Vietnam, the actual name is being mangled!! Pronounce it like “Ph-uh?” Practice this ten times and see your server smile the next time you order correctly. I am not afraid to admit that I am a […]

Recipe

Fall is the Best Season of Them All

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apples in fall

Fall might be here finally. A “cold snap” has arrived. Autumn is my favorite season. The changing leaves, the brisk wind, and the pale cerulean skies make me happy. It is time for me to start using the oven and slow cooker more. Squashes and root veggies are in season. When it’s chilly like this, I […]