Author: Thanh Rasico

Instant Pot Yogurt

In my research, I’ve found that there are two ways to make Instant Pot yogurt. The first time I tried it, I had to heat the milk to a certain temperature, then cool it to a certain temperature. And I wasn’t even sure if a meat thermometer was precise enough […]

Vietnamese Steak Salad

I am a steak lover. A very picky one. And after years of eating great steak in restaurants all around the country, I’ve chosen my favorite cut to cook at home. It’s the Flat Iron steak, which I’ve featured in today’s post. This is my adaptation of Bò Lúc Lac, […]

Enchilada Casserole

Enchiladas never appealed to me before. My interest was piqued when a blogger friend in Portland made a meatball recipe with enchilada sauce. I wondered if I was missing out on something. Indeed, I had been. My husband loved it. I could tell he wondered what the catch was. Why […]


Bean Thread Salad

This is a type of salad that you can serve warm or cold. Bean thread noodles are also known as glass noodles or clear noodles. I love them because they’re inexpensive, versatile, and they soak up sauce deliciously! I often serve mine either as a side with duck breast, or […]


Seared Duck Breast

To make the perfect seared duck breast, I score the skin very delicately so that I don’t cut into the meat. I typically marinate the breast in a sesame ginger soy concoction, then I pat the duck breast dry before adding it to a very hot pan. I like my […]

Shrimp Spring Rolls

We love spring rolls! Filled with shrimp, duck breast, or flat iron steak with thin noodles and fresh herbs, they’re like hand held salads wrapped in a thin, soft rice paper wrap. Then dipped in a spicy, garlicky, lime dipping sauce, they go fast! You can order these at a […]


Gianna & Sasha

My daughters are currently 16 and 14. We are in our ninth month living in the Dallas, Texas area. We’ve been exploring the area, and so far, our favorite thing to do in the North Dallas area (Frisco, Plano, Allen) is in the Legacy West and Shops at Legacy area. […]


Bar Casa Vale

The best Friendsgiving ever was in November 2017 at Portland’s number one bar in the city with 30 courses and about 30 of Portland’s most well known bloggers. I was lucky enough to get invited.  



Four years was not long enough for me. I fell in love with Portland, Oregon at first sight, and I don’t think I’ll ever get over that city.  


About Me

This was me about a year ago May 2018 when my daughters and I visited Dobbes Winery just about an hour away from Portland, Oregon.