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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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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 […]

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I Love the Smell of Fish Sauce Part 1

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Sliced cucumbers marinate faster

I love the smell of fish sauce…just not too early in the morning! Part 1 I never knew the true nuances of fish sauce – all its subtlety, pungency, and variety – until my Mang arrived in America and started to cook real authentic Viet meals at home. Before that, the only fish sauce that […]

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Hungry for Memories

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Our V Spice Seasonings are great in burgers

The strongest memories in my mind seem to be tied to food; its smell, its taste, its appearance, and what role it played in my life at that point in time. I don’t have many memories of my life in Vietnam, since I was only 3 when I left, but there are certain vignettes that […]

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My Culinary Journey

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I came to the United States when I was 3 years old, but grew up in a very Viet household. The first 6 years I lived here, I ate predominantly American Midwest cuisine until my Mom (aka Mang) came over. My dad (aka Bo), my brother (AC) and I came over together first, so my […]

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Born to Eat

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Food spread

I was born to love food. Both of my parents are food enthusiasts. My father is a food adventurer, and he pulled me along for the ride. He opened my palate to every type of food by never allowing me to say no to trying new foods. Coming to America was the best thing that […]