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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 […]

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In the Palm of My Hand

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Braised pork

I’m an intuitive cook. Most immigrant cooks and great chefs are intuitive cooks. Growing up watching my Mang cook, I never once saw her use a measuring cup or measuring spoons. A cup of water was one rice bowl full of water. She used dinnerware for tablespoons and teaspoons. The most important measuring utensil in our […]

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I Love the Smell of Fish Sauce Part 2

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Caramel braised chicken

I love the smell of fish sauce…just not early in the morning! Part Deux Mang made home cooked Viet food, not fancy dishes. She made braised pork, chicken, or seafood. Braising the Viet way in those early years in the U.S. was labor intensive. First Mang had to make the caramel that would color and sweeten the braised dish. Cook […]