How Tao Cuts an Onion

I’ve seen people struggle with cutting onions before. I don’t claim to be the best or anything, but if you are interested, please read further on how I cut my onions… 1. Cut the onion in half, from tip to base, as shown below: 2. Cut out the base, turn it around, then cut out [...]

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Zha Jiang Mian [炸醬麵]

I often feel that zhà jiàng miàn (炸醬麵) is more often known as a Korean noodle dish than the Chinese noodle dish from which its name comes from. The name literally means “Fried sauce noodles.” This is a really simple dish that you can easily make a big batch of and eat for a few [...]

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Tao’s first dish: Hoisin pork over noodles

“Mom? Can you tell me how to make ground pork with noodles?” I asked, living away from home for the very first time back in 2000, and feeling like some food from home. I needed step-by-step instructions to cook anything beyond eggs, noodles or rice at the time. I already had the ingredients, because of [...]

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Thai Pumpkin Curry

If any of you have been to Osha Thai restaurant in SF, one of the best dishes there (in my opinion at least) is the Pumpkin curry. Every time I have had the dish, I keep telling myself that I could totally make this… and that’s exactly what I did. It’s taken a few tries [...]

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Crock pot chili

I must say that a crock pot is definitely a solid investment. You just dump all the ingredients in and in a matter of hours… food is ready! Once of our favorite things to make in the crock pot is chili. Only warning is that it makes your whole house smell like deliciousness and makes [...]

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Pizza pizza!

Many of you have been over to our place and made your own pizza.. whether it be from our pizza parties or someone was craving pizza and asked if they could make their own. No matter how you’ve experienced it, it all starts with the pizza stone. We purchased the one from Williams-Sonoma and so [...]

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