Don't miss another recipe!
Subscribe to receive new posts via email:

Spicy Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits

Spicy Shrimp and Grits from

The other day I received a card in the mail that contained some sad news. Someone very special to me passed away in February. It was his daughter writing me to give me the news. He was very special to my family and me. And so was his wife, she passed away seven years ago. Growing up in Florida, with grandparents living in California, this couple were my surrogate grandparents. We actually called them Grandma and Grandpa. They would proudly show strangers and friends alike photos of our family declaring, “look at my grandkids!” They were Caucasian and we’re not (I’m Vietnamese-American). I think a couple of times, someone said they don’t look anything like you. And I think she put them in their place. You had to know her, I’m writing this right now and it makes me laugh out loud.

It took me a while to sit down and write a card back to their daughter. I found myself getting really emotional when I first received the card and when I was writing her back.

How do you put into words…your parents had a profound effect on my childhood. They played a crucial role in my upbringing and are a huge part of who I am today. I told her my only regret is that I didn’t go visit him in Pittsburgh before he passed on (they moved back to Pennsylvania when Grandma was declining in health about eight years ago). I really wish I did. But I know they know how special they were to me. There was a period in time when my mom was a single mom, with six children, it was a struggle. Grandma and Grandpa sometimes brought over bags and bags of groceries. My mom didn’t ask them to, they just did it.

Click to Continue…

Peanut Butter Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble from

Peanut Butter Mousse with Chocolate Cookie Crumble

I have a very special recipe to share with you today…it’s from my dear friend Glory’s new cookbook entitled Glorious Layered Desserts (note, you can buy directly from her or on Amazon. It’s filled with wonderful layered desserts…from this...
Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale from

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Cream Sauce & Kale

I’m having more fun working with Land O’Lakes (Kitchen Conversations) on this recipe! I’m a huge fan of butter, let’s face it: I love all kinds of butter. And brown butter? I’m an even bigger fan. Brown butter gives...
KitchenIQ Knife Sharpener Giveaway from

KitchenIQ Knife Sharpener Review and Giveaway

Do you own expensive knives? Did you know that taking care of your knives are very important and a good way to protect your investment? If you don’t own expensive knives, do you want to know of a way...
Spicy Crab Wonton Nachos from

Spicy Crab Wonton Nachos

Last week was a little crazy, I did a lot of driving…3 days last week, I was in the car for at least 2 hours each day. It was fun though! I attended a small blogging conference at Walt...
Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Butter from

Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Butter

I’m excited to announce again to be partnering this year with Land O’Lakes on the Kitchen Conversations panel to bring you wonderful recipes with what else…my favorite ingredient: butter! Raise your hand if you like steak as much as...