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Shrimp and Crab Eggrolls (Cha Gio Recipe) Recipe

We're two days away from Tết (Vietnamese New Year). Every year, Maman's specialty was to prepare eggrolls. In my opinion, she makes the best eggrolls (chả giò in Vietnamese) I've ever had. Of course, I'm a little biased. To find my mom's authentic recipe, check it out in my second cookbook Banh Mi.

For this version, I prepared a seafood filling with shrimp and crab and loads of flavorful mushrooms. I've posted a vegetarian version in the past for you if you need it. 

The countdown is nearly over and we'll soon be starting the year of the horse!


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Perfect Filet Mignon Steak Recipe Recipe

This type of preparation is my favorite way to go when I buy an amazing quality cut of beef, such as filet mignon. I simply seasoned both sides of the filet mignon with salt and pepper, pan-seared until a crust formed and completed the roasting in the oven.  

The key to perfection was to let the meat rest for a few minutes before slicing. The last step was making a sauce au poivre (whole peppercorn sauce) and placing the slices of beef on top like a fan. This was heavenly scrumptious. You can pair the meat with your favorite potato side dish, which can be found in my first cookbook, Haute Potato available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


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Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe Recipe

Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe

12.05.13 by Jackie

One way to guarantee flavorful minestrone soup is to use pre-roasted chicken and chicken broth. Once you have these ready, making minestrone soup is very easy. For this winter version, I added common vegetables that are available this season, such as onions, celery, turnip and carrots. A few herbs, as well as black lentils and pipette macaroni pasta completed this rustic, thick soup. 

I don't know about your area, but we've been pulling out all our cold-weather gear. In the Bay Area this evening, temperatures dipped to near freezing; I could barely feel my nose and ears. Baby Aria was so cute in her cozy, quilted snowsuit. When we came home, this chicken minestrone soup really warmed us up.  


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Cranberry Chicken Recipe Recipe

Cranberry Chicken Recipe

11.13.13 by Jackie

I usually use lemon juice as a meat tenderizer; the acidity from the citrus is perfect for softening meat and getting it extra tender. For Thanksgiving, I wanted to try something different, so I tested a new chicken recipe by substituting cranberry juice for the lemon juice. I wanted to make sure the skin was nice and crispy, so I pan-fried the chicken first, then completed cooking in the oven.  

I still don't have a final count on the number of meat eaters attending our Thanksgiving. I know for sure we'll have many vegetarian side dishes and appetizers to please my husband Lulu, Daddy and the girls, but I'm still wondering if I'll roast an entire turkey or two chickens. This recipe will work for either bird, so I’m covered either way. And so are you!


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Ghost Halloween Lemongrass and Ginger Beef Noodles Recipe

Boo! I have to admit I'm a little ashamed of today's Halloween-inspired meal. I prepared Vietnamese beef noodles (bún thịt bò xào xả gừng in Vietnamese) today and I had in mind that I'd be able to have fun with the rice noodles and create scary mummies. In the end, it looked neither like a mummy nor a ghost. As we were eating dinner, little Lala asked for 2 whole black peppercorns and found a solution to our mummy situation. Et voila! What do you think?

Cold beef noodle salads are very common in Vietnam and they are definitely a staple in my home. Sauteed beef in lemongrass is served with thick rice noodles and an abundance of Vietnamese greens. It might not be the creepiest meal for the Halloween season, but it sure is delicious. 


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