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Pinapple Coconut Muffin Recipe Recipe

Pinapple Coconut Muffin Recipe

01.25.13 by Jackie

The main reason I baked these muffins is that I had leftover crushed pineapple from our recent Vietnamese beef fondue party. The more romantic reason I tell my husband Lulu is that I'm always thinking about him and I want to please him all the time. Given his sweet tooth, Lulu always enjoys a hot cup of fruity white tea and a few sweet treats, so I think he'll fall for it .

The muffins are flavored with pineapple, coconut and lemon chocolate chips.


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Watermelon Carving and Fruit Display Recipe
I mentioned yesterday that we were having a formal dinner. What I didn't tell you is that a family friend stopped by and kindly made these amazing fruit centerpieces. She is a very talented caterer in San Jose. She went to culinary school and has been in the catering business for over 20 years, creating outstanding, complex displays for weddings and other parties.
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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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Canh Ngot Recipe (Vietnamese Fish Soup) Recipe

My friend Hoa is an expert when it comes to buying the freshest, most delicious ingredients. I've probably said it in the past but I only cook seafood according to what's available at the market. She told me about this wonderful seafood market on Tully road in San Jose, and boy, was she right! Today I found freshly caught cá hồng, which translates to "red snapper". I made cá nấu canh ngót, a Vietnamese popular fish soup made with Chinese celery.

The texture of the soup is similar to canh chua the difference being that lemon juice is squeezed right in before eating the soup and no lemon or sour ingredients are added to the broth while cooking. You'll be amazed at how simple and easy this seafood soup is to make. The key to success is really just fresh ingredients. That's it!


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Canh Chua Tom Recipe (Vietnamese Shrimp Soup) Recipe

Canh chua tôm literally translates to "sour shrimp soup" in Vietnamese. The name and the flavor come from the combination of kaffir lime leaves, tamarind and pineapple. A hint of spiciness from Thai chiles makes the soup especially soothing. I've been a bit under the weather the past few days and the warm broth worked wonders on my congestion.

There are many variations of this seafood recipe. In this particular version, I mixed oyster mushrooms and fresh water chestnuts, which added crunch to the soup. I served it as a main course, so I added rice round noodles to make the meal complete. If you decide to serve it at an Asian-themed dinner, this canh (soup) is a light way to start a meal.


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