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Bun Bo Nuong Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowl) Recipe

This weekend, we had a lot of company, so we prepared one of my favorite party recipes: bún bò nướng. This one-dish meal is the kitchen sink dish of Vietnamese cuisine. Tender, boneless beef is grilled and topped with mở hành (onion oil). Then the steak is thinly sliced and served with room-temperature vermicelli rice noodles, roasted peanuts, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts and mint. But we didn't stop the feast there; I added bánh cuốn (steamed roll cakes), fried sweet potato and shrimp (bánh tôm chiên dòn) and bì (shredded meat).

The whole bowl is flavored and drizzled with nước mắm chấm (fish sauce) and eaten with chopsticks. Give it a try and you'll want to eat this everyday!

The winner of this week's giveaway is Amanda O. (please contact me back so I can get your mailing address). Congratulations and I hope you enjoy using my first cookbook about gourmet potato dishes as much I did developing the recipes!


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Pineapple Chicken Recipe Recipe

Pineapple Chicken Recipe

12.06.12 by Jackie

This recipe is an attempt to get rid of the horrible pineapple I purchased. I should have known better since it isn't pineapple season now. What can I say, I couldn't resist a good deal. As was to be expected, the fruit wasn't sweet at all. Instead of tossing it away, I blended it into a purée and used it as a meat tenderizer. Not only was the chicken I cooked moist, but the pineapple gave the chicken a delicious flavor. I also marinated the chicken in buttermilk overnight. A few button mushrooms added at the end completed the dish.

Acid-based marinades are my first choice to tenderize and flavor meat. Sometimes experimenting can lead to wonderful dishes. Again, that is only under the condition that you know your basics. Just adapt a standard chicken recipe and substitute in less common ingredients to form new creations. This is why I find cooking so much fun!


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Southwest BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe Recipe

Two weeks ago, I helped the California Lavash team shoot photos of their new line of products. We spent two days cooking, chatting, foodstyling, taking photos and of course, eating. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well.

Here's one of my favorite dishes from the shoot: Southwestern chicken pizza. It takes no more than 15 minutes to prepare and it is oh, so good. All you need is delicious California Lavash naan, BBQ sauce, roasted chicken, corn salad, onions and a blend of Monterey Jack cheese and cheddar cheese. I replicated the same pizza for the vegetarians in my family by substituting black beans for the chicken. It's that easy!


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Horseradish Roast Beef Recipe Recipe

Horseradish Roast Beef Recipe

11.28.12 by Jackie

I bought a large bottom sirloin roast a few weeks ago and as I was cleaning up the freezer, I decided to cook it for dinner and maybe replicate the same recipe for Christmas.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to serve as the main course for your holiday meal, I'd like to suggest that a homemade roast beef is a great (and delicious) option. This recipe is my favorite way to prepare a large bottom sirloin roast. The marinade is a combination of coarse-grained mustard, horseradish, miso and rosemary. I've heard many times that the cooking time depends on the weight of the piece of roast, ranging from 16 minutes per pound for a rare, pink color, all the way up to 30 minutes per pound if you like it well done. My method is much easier; simply insert a probe to capture the temperature in the center of the meat and wait until the internal temperature reaches 145°F for just the right amount of pink. Probe thermometers are awesome!

To keep the meat from burning at the bottom, I also placed a bed of vegetables such as celery stalk, turnips and carrots and filled the bottom with a little beef broth. Enjoy!


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Bouchee a la Reine Recipe (Vol Au Vent Pastry Recipe) Recipe

Bouchée à la reine is a classic in French cuisine. You might also have heard the same dish called "vol-au-vent". During the holidays, it's often filled with sweetbreads and morel mushrooms, which is exactly what I did in this recipe. 

Sweetbreads, known as "ris de veau" in French, are a delicacy and are almost impossible to ruin or overcook. The outer part is crisp and the inside remains soft, fine and tender. If you're looking for a special meal for the holidays, this might be it!


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