Category Archives: Family and Life

Giving Thanks… The Unbreakable Ties

On June 3rd, 1990, the day before my mother’s b-day, my aunt put my brother and me on the plane as the most precious present ever to her sister, she said. I moved to the US to finally reunite with … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks… Through the Arts

As families and friends gather round and feast over latest gossips and well-kept family recipes this Thanksgiving weekend, I am reminded that I have been away from this blog for several months. Not that I have been idle, on the … Continue reading

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Jeo Kapi and Eggplant Tempura…

If I had to choose something easy to cook and tasty to eat, this would be my choice: ແຈ່ວກະປິ (‘Jeo Kapi‘) or Shrimp Paste Dipping Sauce accompanied by steamed vegetables and rice. Such a simple dish yet filled with bitter … Continue reading

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Sticky Rice Pancake…

One of the things I like about cooking sticky rice and having it for meals is actually planning to have some left over. There are many things you can do with it. Below are some ways to use up the … Continue reading

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Doing the ‘Rice’ Thing…

I love to hang out around food, whether it is to eat it or to watch it be prepared. The aroma of fresh chilies hitting the hot charcoal is enough to make my mouth water. The sound of the pestle … Continue reading

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Dangerously Good Green Papaya Salad…

Until the early eighties, I was raised in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. I was just about ten then, but I still vividly remember so much about my childhood and my favorite things to do and eat. Meals were/are … Continue reading

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The French Fare…

I have to admit, I have a soft spot for anything French: mostly food, wine, cheese, and literature. Did I mentioned I love French pastry? I have lived an important part of my life in France, split between the rainy … Continue reading

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