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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]