A Paleo Version of Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

A friend of mine, who also happens to be eating Paleo, posted a delicious picture of Bo Kho on her Facebook page, and it made me drool! It’s not necessarily a dish I would have ever attempted at home, but I like the challenge. And since I’ve been craving Vietnamese food lately, I thought it would be perfect to make this stew and serve it with some kelp noodles. Some main points I learned while making this dish is getting a good cut of beef brisket and allowing the stew…

Bo Loc Lac

I’ve tried a few attempts at making Vietnamese shaky beef and I finally think I have the right combination now. The hardest part for me was getting the right marinade and right cut of beef. I think this dish would be delicious with filet since the meat is so tender, but I decided to use sirloin instead since I was able to pick some up for a great price. Also key was searing the beef in a super hot wok and just quickly cooking it. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time:…

Beef and Broccoli at Home

When I think of Chinese food, there are a few staple items that I always order for takeout or delivery. But it never occurred to me to try and make it at home, until now. My husband and I were thinking of dinner plans and he suggested beef and broccoli, from our own kitchen! I thought that was a genius idea and it seems so simple and easy to make Chinese Beef and Broccoli at home! Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon…

Cambodian Beef With Lime Dipping Sauce (Loc Lac)

  We were on the West Coast for a long weekend and tried out this amazing Japanese restaurant in LA. One of the dishes that people were raving about was the Kobe Beef teppanyaki. It was amazing! The sauce was an intoxicating mix of soy sauce and slight hint of sugar and wine. I’m really craving it again, so I wanted to take the dish we had and recreate a version that I remember my mom making. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 5-10 minutes Ingredients: 2 teaspoons kosher salt 3…

Lunch at Amoo’s House of Kabob

I never thought I’d go out of my way to McLean for Kabobs, especially with so many great places near where I live. But for lunch, we tried out Amoo’s House of Kabob. I was looking for a very unpretentious place with good solid food! Walking in, we were greeted very warmly. It seemed like it was a family run establishment and we walked into their house for a meal. Being a huge fan of kabobs, my eyes skipped over appetizers and entrees and went straight to the kabob section…

The First Burger of Grilling Season…Made with Freshly Ground Beef!!

One of the main reasons behind why I began cooking in my own kitchen was so that I could use all the neat kitchen gadgets I’ve been buying. As you may know, I’m in love with my Kitchen Aid mixer and finally got the meat grinder attachment. After reading up on what makes up ground beef and how it’s prepared, I was flabergasted! So I’ve turned a page and want to start grinding my own meat. And to be honest, the price per pound of some of the lesser cuts of…

Let’s get a little Shaky!

Last year, I went to San Francisco and had a list of places to check out. One that really stood out to me was a small Vietnamese restaurant, Bodego Bistro. I was told I had to try their shaky beef (bo luc lac). And man, am I glad I did. I’ve had shaky beef before, but never with filet mignon! The dish came out with a huge plate of greens and this deliciously refreshing lime/black pepper sauce. I was doing some research as to why the dish is called shaky beef and apparently,…