Welcome! My name is Thao (the "h" is silent), and thank you for stopping by. I hope you like what you see and stick around a while. To get acquainted, I would like to share a few facts about myself:
Fact one; my last request dinner must include lobster drenched in BUTTA.
Fact two; I never leave home without hand sanitizer.
Fact three; I love “pottery pretty”, the term I use for tableware.
Fact four; I have changed over 34,000 diapers.
On a personal note, I live in New England with my husband, our daughter, and son. I have a degree in biology and ran my own home daycare for the past sixteen years (which explains “fact four” about me). I recently closed my business and return to office work outside of the home. Genealogically, I did not inherit my mother’s green thumb and can kill a plant just by looking at it.
I grew up eating Vietnamese and American food. Throughout my childhood, my mother spend the majority of her days in the kitchen preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner from scratch. Every meal needed to include rice, regardless of the type of cuisine that was being served. My mom was (and still is) a believer in not wasting food, which resulted in countless eclectic meals as she attempted to clean out the fridge. Because I grew up in a household of fusion cooking, it has allowed me to appreciate and enjoy all different types of flavors and cuisines. And that is how I cook—a little bit of this style and a little bit of that.
Admittedly, I did not enjoy helping out in the kitchen where I was relegated the washing, peeling, or picking through vegetable duties as a child. It all changed when I became an adult. I find pleasure in preparing tried-and-true dishes and creating new ones. I love food, and I love to eat. I started this blog to share my creations. It has become a long-term hobby...a time-consuming and at times frustrating one (especially the technical side of blogging). I have had sleepless nights obsessing about recipes and blogging, but I find the challenge enjoyable and rewarding. I have learned a lot and still have so much more to learn.
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