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It’s Grilling Season – Suon Nuong Grilled Pork Chops

12 Jun

If you’re like our little family, spring time is grill time. My stove and oven get very little use in warner seasons and I love cooking on the grill. Steaks and chicken are easy, but pork has never been my go-to protein. Hubs loves a good pork chop and pork is his favorite meat, so I figured  I’d give non-ground pork dishes a try. You know what they say – a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. (Mine too, by the way)

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Com Tam Suon Grilled Pork Chop Challenge

15 May

One of my favorite non-soup dishes at Vietnamese restaurants is the  rice plate with charred grilled meats, do chua (pickled vegetables), rice and quiche. The flavors are so tasty and more satisfying than the noodle counterpart of bun vermicelli bowls. In restaurants these will be listed under “Rice Platter” or “Com Tam“, which means “broken rice”.

While we were enjoying Com Tam Suon and Bun Thit Bo at one of our fav restaurants Viet Crystal, I decided it would be my next recipe experiment. After scouring the Internet, I found two options that would be viable competitors.

The first from ever-reliable Ravenous Couple and the second – albeit not quite the same – a Thit Heo Nuong Ngu Vi Huong (Grilled Garlickly Five Spice Pork Steaks) from  Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. OK, not the same at all – except from the Grilled Pork part, which is the most important aspect. Either way, both recipes were oh so simple and required no new ingredients. Except for the swine, of course.

Doesn’t this look amazing? It was. You should make it, too.

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Carnitas and Chihuahuas

23 Feb

Thanks to the Twitters, I learned that February 22 is National Margarita Day. Each and every year. Que bueno! Thuan isn’t always a fan of Tex-Mex when it comes to inauthentic, Americanized, and cheese-smothered dishes you find all too often. He is, however, a fan of more straightforward dishes.

I originally planned to make skirt steak fajitas, but as day broke and the sleet and snow rolled it, it was a perfect day for slow cooker carnitas. This dish is so easy and flavorful – it’ll be a winner every time.

Don’t you love the colors of Tex-Mex cooking?

National Margarita Day meal ingredients.

National Margarita Day meal ingredients.

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Fresh and Hearty Pork and Veggie Vermicelli Bowls

22 Jan

Inauguration Day and MLK Day = no work and policy nerd candyland. Although not braving the crowds and cold, I was up early  (not “early” as defined by the throngs who flicked to the Mall, but “early” as in day off early) and tuned in to Morning Joe at the Dubliner. Getting my politics on in the living room, I made coffee, cinnamon buns and eggs before settling in to camp for the Inaugural festivities. Did I mention the Bloody Mary? I didn’t have any OJ and didn’t feel like drinking straight Champagne on a Monday morning.

Thuan finally came down after Obama was sworn in, Kelly Clarkson mangled an American classic, and Biden ogled Beyonce, so we got the day started with dim sum near home. After a heavy dose of shrimp and MSG, dinner needed to be fresh and healthy. Bring on the Grilled Pork and Vermicelli (Bun Thit Nuong). Speaking of the inauguration today, though, did you see the Inaugural Luncheon menu? I’d love to try a few of these dishes. That dessert sounds ah-mazing. Who wouldn’t love apple pie, maple caramel sauce AND cheese?

Now we haven’t made the 37th trip to Home Depot for grilling goods, so it wasn’t grilled pork but was damn good all the same. Thanks to Super H’s pre-sliced pork butt, this is a super simple meal that packs tons of flavor and healthy veggies.

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