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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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Noodle snack: Mi xao

If you’ve ever lived, vacationed, or worked with me, you know that I can EAT.  Former office mates will attest to my early lunch cravings (10:30-ish) and constant snacking.  In fact, at work retreats that lasted over several days at … Continue reading

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Banh Cuon

This may come as no surprise to most of you, but Vietnamese food just ain’t quick nor easy.  The soups can take upwards of 8 hours to simmer; there are endless vegetables and herbs to wash and chop; heck, even … Continue reading

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Hu tieu nam vang

I don’t know why Southeast Asia is home to so many different kinds of noodle soups, but I am thankful for it.  Beef, chicken, pork, seafood, you name it, we have a noodle soup for it!  One of my favorites … Continue reading

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Eyeballs and all: grilled whole fish with garlic and lemongrass

Remember when I told you that I love to eat weird things?  Well, I love eating fish eyes–all that gelatinous goodness!  To get the eyes, I need the whole fish.  Yes, fillets are more kid-friendly and certainly easier to obtain … Continue reading

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Bun thit nuong: grilled pork with noodles and herbs

The photo above should really say it all. But just in case you still need an introduction, bun thit nuong (grilled pork with noodles) is a classic Vietnamese dish that appears on nearly every Vietnamese restaurant menu.  And boy, is … Continue reading

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Banh xeo: sizzling crepes

Banh xeo is a popular Vietnamese crispy, savory crepe filled with pork, shrimp, mushrooms, onions, mung bean paste, and bean sprouts.  It is usually eaten wrapped in lettuce leaves with bean sprouts, cucumber, and a variety of aromatic herbs. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Pho bo

Pho bo, the most aromatic and satisfying noodle soup from Vietnam, and probably the country’s most high-profile cultural export, needs little introduction. But for those of you who have yet to encounter a magical bowl, the key to any good … Continue reading

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More Commune meals

In case you all aren’t already jealous of the Commune, go take a gander over at I Am the People. At the risk of sounding smug, every now and then I do marvel at how well we manage to eat. … Continue reading

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