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Welcome!! Thank you for stopping by! I'm Thao (the "h" is silent). I am Vietnamese but have lived in Massachusetts most of my life. I’m married to my college sweetheart and have two grown children.

My parents met during the Vietnam war when Dad was stationed there. He fell in love with my mom, a mother of three young children at the time. I was the middle child, and no, I was not an attention getter. After dad finished his tour and retired from the military, they got married, had a baby, and we all moved to the US. And there started a new chapter in all of our lives.

My first taste of American food was cereal in the form of corn flakes and skim milk on the flight to America. It was bland and mushy. I thought it was the worst thing I have ever had. It rivaled the dark and bitter Chinese medicine my grandmother used to make me drink whenever I was sick. No worries though, I have learned to like cereal since that first encounter. (Hello Corn Pops, Alphabets, and Flintstone cereals ❤︎!!) I can not say the same about Chinese medicine. No one EVER learns to like it.

Because of the blend of the two cultures, I grew up eating Vietnamese and American food. I was able to experience and appreciate the vast difference between the flavors and ingredients of both types of cuisines at a young age. And because of my upbringing, I have always been open to trying out food from different cultures.

This is reflected in the things I like to eat and cook. I like to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Cooking at leisure is an activity that brings me joy. Because we are all short on time, I am drawn to recipes that are easy and uncomplicated more and more. I do enjoy making somewhat complicated and time consuming dishes every now and then. Both savory and sweet dishes appeal to me, and I equally take pleasure in making them.

This blog was started in 2012 to share my love of cooking as well as a way to challenge myself on all the technical aspects of creating and maintaining a blog. I have spent countless hours on the behind the scene work and recipe creation and testing. Blogging has truly been labor of love with highs and lows, but I have loved and embraced it all. It is something I like to continue to do for as long as I can.



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Thao




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7 comments:

  1. I love your recipes can't wait to try one if I can decide which one

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    1. Thank you so much Steph! Have fun trying them out and please let me know how it goes!

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  2. Hi, Thao! We have more in common than one would think. My mom is just like yours and I hated helping her in the kitchen. Hand sanitizer: one on my work desk, one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, one in a car and one in my purse. Need I say more? Lol. In case my pingback is not working, I nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award :) No obligations whatsoever! Have an amazing day!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jas!! I am very flattered that you nominated me! I'm so pleased to know that we have things in common. I knew you were my kind of gal when you spoke about the hand sanitizer! I'm telling, I should buy stock in it. Thank you for your comment! I hope we can continue to connect. :)

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  4. Hi, Thao. Don't mind the anonymous hater. They will always be out there. I happen to bump into your blog looking for quick, easy and yummy recipes. So far, I've liked what I've seen in your blog, and will be trying some of your recipes. Keep blogging, cooking, and sharing your recipes with the rest of us who can appreciate yummy food. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your support and kind words, Maria. I really appreciate it! You are right...haters will always be out there. It is best to let it go. I am so glad that you like the recipes. Please let me know what you think of them should you get chance to try them out. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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