Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork – Thit Nuong

Vietnamese Grilled Pork

Vietnamese Grilled Pork

The other day I was video chatting with my mother in Vietnam. The topic eventually ended up about food, as it so often does; all the tasty things I can’t get here in the US and all the recipes that she never taught me when I was younger and busy going to school. I decided to ask her how to make one of my favorite dishes – Thit Nuong. The instructions I got were less than easy to follow. In typical Asian Mother fashion she simply said, oh a little bit of this, a little bit of that. After several minutes of prompting, I was finally able to get the ingredient list wrestled from her memory. That was it. She gave me no instructions and no measurements. After some experimentation I came up with something quite wonderful. I hope you love this dish as much as I do. Continue reading

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How to Eat Your Greens: Bacon, Shallot, and Garlic Kale

Thogg tells me over and over again that he hates kale. He loves my dehydrated kale chips, but so far has been very adamant about not liking them any other way. (Here’s the kale chip recipe if you’re interested.) I’m stubborn, so this was a personal challenge to me. I often believe that when it comes to getting picky eaters to try something new you should start out with the “Two out of three rule”: give them at least two (or more) things that they love and then sneak in one new thing. Continue reading