Ball Park Jalapeno Nachos Recipe

Ball Park Jalapeno Nachos

01.30.09 by Jackie

If you've ever wondered how to make the cheese sauce that accompanies a few handfuls of tortilla chips at countless movies theaters and sport venues, then look no further. You don't have to melt down a block of fake cheese to make your own version. Instead try my cheddar bechamel with jalapeños.

I decided to share this with you today in anticipation of the Superbowl this weekend between the Steelers and the Cardinals. I have to admit that I hate football. It's definitely not part of French culture. To be fair, I've never really taken the time to listen to my hubby's countless attempts to explain the rules of the game. It's so cute when he tries! At least I can get excited about the food...

Note: I originally posted this recipe beofre the Superbowl weekend.


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Baji's Masala Chai Recipe

Baji's Masala Chai

01.29.09 by Jackie

Masala Chai is a very strong tea flavored with a lot of Indian spices. You might have tried it at your neighborhood coffee shop, but this is an authentic recipe I got from my husband's late grandmother. Everyone called her Baji. 

The first time I had some, I stayed up all night, and not knowing what to do, I cleaned, ironed, vacuumed and shopped online. I finally collapsed in exhaustion the next morning at 10 a.m. So beware if like me, you're not used to too much caffeine, it's very strong! Or drink it in the morning. Enjoy!


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Chili Garlic Sauce (Tuong Ot) Recipe

Chili Garlic Sauce (Tuong Ot)

01.29.09 by Jackie

As promised, this is the recipe of tướng ớt, literally spicy dipping sauce in Vietnamese. It's ultra easy. This sauce is great for dipping and stir-frying. The last time I used this condiment was for my father-in-law's favorite Asian dish, green beans and tofu stir fry.

It contains the bare minimum ingredients: something sweet, something savory and of course a ton of spiciness. This blend has a delicious garlic flavor.

Every year, my husband Lulu plants an incredible amount of all sorts of chiles. My parents-in-law loves extremely spicy food. Before I got married, I hated spicy food. To be honest, I could barely handle a dash of black pepper, let alone a jalapeno or heaven forbid a habanero. I guess marrying into an Indian family helped my taste buds. I've gotten better. I'm learning.


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Rau Cau (Coconut, Mocha, Pandan flavored Vietnamese Jello Cake) Recipe

Rau câu is a Vietnamese jello cake that is made out of agar agar, which is a seaweed by product similar to gelatin. It's made out of coconut milk, condensed milk and layers of your favorite flavorings like mocha, vanilla, coconut, banana, chocolate and durian (if you're adventurous!).. It has the same texture of pana cotta. 

It's a great alternative for vegetarians who do not want to use animal (usually pork) gelatin in desserts.


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Happy Tet 2009, Year of the Ox  Recipe
Happy Tết Kỷ Sửu, literally year of the ox in Vietnamese.
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