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Chao ga: chicken rice congee

The Vietnamese are experts at comfort food. Bowl after steamy bowl of noodles and broths, large pots of simmering soups are at the heart of many family kitchens. Soups hold a special place in Vietnamese cuisine, cleansing and soothing the … Continue reading

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Vacation cooking

Many people go on vacation to escape the everyday, including cooking. They go to luxurious resorts or hotels and eat out daily, sometimes for all three meals.  The Soup-er family doesn’t do that. Ever since we’ve had children, we have … Continue reading

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Peach Kuchen

Okay, so this isn’t a Vietnamese dish.  But there are so many lovely peaches at the markets now that I can’t help but whip up a yummy peach tart. Plus it’s a hit with the entire commune–young and younger! Several … Continue reading

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Ga uop xa: lemongrass chicken

The sister of a friend recently wondered why I haven’t been posting recipes.  Well, clearly she hasn’t read my last few posts about the juggling of work and family.  Hopefully, she’ll see this post and know that it’s for her! … Continue reading

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Family food: com gia dinh

Sometimes dinner is just dinner–nothing fancy, nothing complicated.  Way back in the day when my family ran a restaurant in SoCal (a venture that failed rather spectacularly), we offered com phan gia dinh (family dinner).  Every evening, families who had … Continue reading

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Summertime baking: blueberry-lemon tart

Growing up, I often craved American foods that my family did not make, such as mashed potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, and apple pie.  As a teenager, I mustered the courage to try making some of these dishes–thinking about those … Continue reading

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Bun Bo Hue

Next to pho bo, there is nothing I love more than a steaming bowl of bun bo hue in the freezing winters of New England.  This self-professed Valley girl has now been living in New England for 18 years–yikes, that’s … Continue reading

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