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Black Pepper Beef

This dish isn’t exactly like the traditional Chinese Black Pepper Beef with the stir fry onions and sometimes bell peppers.  At first glance, it appears to look more like the Vietnamese Bo Luc Lac (Shaking Beef) because the beef is cubed and not sliced and is served with a watercress salad.  It’s sort of a...

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Bun Cha Hanoi

Bun Cha Hanoi has got to be one of the best dishes originating from Northern Vietnam… seriously.  Try to pronounce it in Vietnamese – boon ja ha noy, or not and say the American mouthful, ”I-don’t-want-to-bother-twisting-my-tongue” version - Vietnamese Hanoi-Style Rice Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork Patties.  My go-to restaurant for bun cha is Hanoi Restaurant in Little...

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Tomato and Basil Tilapia with Couscous

I love cooking Tilapia… it’s the easiest fish to prepare.  It’s good fried, grilled, baked, breaded… you just can’t go wrong.  Here’s a good and simple dish requiring few ingredients.  This was served with instant Israeli couscous. s

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Gruyere and Spinach Strata

This is a great side or main dish which can be varied up with different ingredients.  You can combine asparagus with turkey, ham and swiss, pancetta and mushrooms… there are endless possibilities.  I prepared this as a side dish to a fish so I didn’t feel the need to include a protein.  It’s best to...

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The Big Flood Fish Sandwich

It was anything but a relaxing Saturday morning in our household as we woke up to a flooded house.  Inches of rain welcomed us first thing in the morning.  As the Matador went to work on removing furniture and drying the place up, I visited the local market for some fresh ingredients to make some...

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