Golden Hour

The last few days have been a whirlwind as David and I prepped for our friend Kari’s special wedding. Luckily, all that hard work paid off and I was so proud of the florals. The wedding took place during golden hour on top of Mt. Hamilton at the Lick Observatory, and a gorgeous golden light washed the happy couple and all the guests. I had so much fun, and forgot about how tired or how worried I was about it all.

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Despite the stressful and long days, David and I managed to sneak in a pretty delicious meal, thanks to ATK. This recipe is super easy, really flavorful and makes a wonderful weeknight dinner. It was so easy, I didn’t even get a chance to snap pictures with my DSLR, so apologies for all the Android photos here. Enjoy with couscous and a cold beer.

Moroccan Chicken with Olives, Lemon and Dates
Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen, my alterations noted with an asterisk*

Ingredients
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces [or 8-10 pieces of your choice – I chose thighs with skin and bone]
1 large onion, diced
5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/4 tsp ground paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 c chicken stock
1 tbs honey
*4-6 dates, pitted and rough chopped
*1 medium carrot, cut into thick rounds or half-moons
1 lemon, zest + juice
1 c green olives, rough chopped
*2 big tbs capers + juice
Olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste
1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

Directions
Season both sides of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large Dutch oven or cast iron pan until it begins to smoke. Gently place the chicken pieces, skin side down, and brown until golden, about 5 minutes. Flip the chicken over and brown the second side until brown, about another 5 minutes. Remove chicken pieces to a plate, and discard all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan. Return the pan to the stove and add onions and garlic, allowing to soften and sweat. Add all the spices and stir until dark and fragrant. Stir in the chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pan for any browned bits. Add the honey and dates, and allow to simmer. Add the chicken pieces back to the pot and continue to simmer the chicken for another 5-10 minutes, to allow the liquids to thicken.

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Add the carrots and continue to cook until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Add the chopped olives and capers and the lemon zest and juice, and continue to simmer and adjust the seasoning as needed with salt and pepper, to taste. In the final minutes of cooking, stir in a bunch of roughly torn/chopped cilantro to add some brightness. Serve immediately over couscous.

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This meal comes together in under an hour, and it is really transformative – making an every day meal truly extraordinary. It’s one of those meals that makes you feel like you’ve gone somewhere really far away and exotic, and you come back feeling really refreshed and satisfied. It was the perfect meal for such a busy crazy week. Our house has been a jungle lately, flowers and greenery in every room, as we prepared for our friend Kari’s wedding. Alfred didn’t seem to mind too much though🙂

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Thanks for reading!
AnhD

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Sunday Funday

Today, Jo and I spent a fun Sunday picking flowers at B-Side Farm, and then arranging them with tips from owner Lennie Larkin. B-Side Farm is located on a third-acre parcel in Sebastapol, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco. Lennie was really gracious and walked us through how to grow flowers, when to harvest the flowers, and how to arrange them to best showcase the blooms. She even provided a wine and cheese spread for us after spending time in the hot field.

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A gorgeous centerpiece made by Lennie, and our delicious wine and cheese spread

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Jo picking out a few dahlias
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Jo’s first time arranging flowers – like a pro!

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My arrangement – olive branches, zinnias, yarrow, dahlias, snapdragons, sweetpeas

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My arrangement made it home and I added a few finishing touches – scabiosa, tulips and garden roses

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Jo’s final vase arrangement

If you get a chance to visit Lennie at B-Side, I highly recommend it! She’s a great teacher and really reaffirmed my aspiration of one day becoming a flower farmer. Again, I’m having a tough time reconciling my professional and personal aspirations, but am actively trying to find a way to intersect or marry the two.

Thanks for reading,
AnhD

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Homemade Pâté

Before the avocado toast craze, my people loved pâtĂ©. It’s one of those gifts we inherited from our French colonizers, and I think we probably apply it better than the French do. Most Vietnamese bánh mì shops will shmear a bit of pâtĂ© into a baguette before stuffing with all the meats and veggies. We even use it in our savory pâtĂ© chaud pastries, little puff pastry pillows of deliciousness. A little pâtĂ© goes a long way. And while you could buy the little tins from France or perhaps even the fresh Trader Joe’s version – home made is so easy, so fresh, and so delicious. I whipped this up in under 20 minutes, then let it set for a few hours before slathering over some sandwich bread. Thanks to my cousin-in-law for sharing this method and ingredient list.

Chicken Liver Pâté
Ingredients
1 large vidalia onion, rough chop
2 heads of garlic, peeled and kept whole
1 pound chicken liver, trimmed
4 tbs butter, at room temp
splash of cognac, optional [I can’t tell the difference]
1 hard-boiled egg
salt, sugar, and pepper, to taste

Directions
In a pan over a medium flame, heat a bit of olive oil and caramelize the onions and garlic until golden brown. Add more oil and adjust the heat as needed to prevent burning. To the pan (or if you have a small pan, then do this in batches), add the liver and stir-fry, until all the liquids have reduced and just about all evaporated. For me, this took about 10 minutes. Try not to overcook the liver, as it will be chalky and the texture won’t be as smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of soft butter and a splash of cognac (if using), and allow to simmer. Remove from heat.

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Transfer the liver-onion-garlic sautée into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until smooth. Add the remaining soft butter, hard boiled egg, and season with salt, sugar and pepper, to taste. For 1 pound of liver, I used about a rounded teaspoon of kosher salt, a half teaspoon of sugar, and a ton of freshly-cracked pepper. I like the flecks of pepper in my pâté, but feel free to season to your own liking.

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Transfer the pâtĂ© into smaller containers – I was able to divide 1 pound of liver into 2 small tupperware containers pictured here. One went to my mother, and I kept the other. Chill and enjoy.

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PâtĂ© is not the most photogenic food, but it’s so delicious. The garlic is still very prominent, but sweet and mellow thanks to the long sautĂ©e. The egg and butter adds a nice creaminess, and the overall dish isn’t too liver-y. This is not your grandma’s liver and onions. It’s waaay better.

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In addition to toast and sandwiches, pâtĂ© is really good with crackers, and we paired some of it with cheese and mustard for an at-home cheeseboard. PâtĂ© – one of the few things we can thank our French colonizers for.
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In other news, summer 2016 has been great. And while I look forward to my favorite season autumn – there is something about the long summer days, the al fresco dining, the flowers, the beach days, the bbq’s, and the sunshine that I am going to miss. So hope you enjoy these last few days folks!

Thanks for reading,
AnhD

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Coffee Meets Donut

I had a bit of time this week (in consulting speak, we call it being ‘on the beach’) to do some fun things for myself. I caught up with some good friends over wine, and even had the opportunity to volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity build site in San Francisco. I learned how to install fiberglass insulation and managed to complete a whole wall by myself. It’s hard work and the dust and fiberglass particulates are terrible irritants, but the work is so gratifying. And to top off a good week, I had a whole Saturday to myself to take on a donut project, inspired by one of my favorite bloggers Hint of Vanilla.

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Coffee Donuts
Source: Bouchon Bakery Cookbook
If you have an early copy of the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook as I do, there are numerous typos and errors that are addressed in the newer edition. One such example is this recipe, where the original butter called for was an erroneous scant 5 grams, when it should be 55 grams. The below reflects the updated version.

Ingredients
Dough:
518 g all purpose flour
10 g instant dried yeast [subbed with active dry yeast – works the same, but needs more rise time]
74 g granulated sugar
9 g kosher salt
212 g whole milk, at room temp
111 g eggs
3 g vanilla paste [subbed with 1.5 tsp vanilla extract]
55 g unsalted butter, at room temp and cut into small cubes
Canola oil for frying
200 g vanilla sugar, for

Coffee Pastry Cream:
Recipe from Hint of Vanilla
132 g yolk [from about 6 eggs]
110 g granulated sugar
30 g cornstarch [subbed with sweet rice flour which yields a softer, less stiff custard]
550 g whole milk
20 g coffee beans [I used Sightglass beans]
27 g unsalted butter, at room temp and cut into small cubes
2 g vanilla paste [subbed 1 tbs vanilla extract]

Directions
Begin the night before you want to serve these donuts. Place the flour and yeast [active dry or instant] in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook and quickly pulse a few seconds to mix evenly. Add the sugar, salt, milk, eggs and vanilla and mix on low speed for 4-5 minutes to incorporate. Set a timer and continue to let the stand mixer run for another 30 minutes. The dough will become smoother and less shaggy over time. At the end of the 30 minutes, add the butter a bit at a time, incorporating with each addition. Stop to scrape down the dough as needed.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place onto a floured work surface, adding flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking. With your hands, gently pat the dough into a rectangular shape, and fold up like a letter into thirds. Rotate the dough 90 degrees, and again stretch the dough into a rectangle, and fold the sides up like a letter. Repeat a few times. Place the folded dough into a prepared bowl or large container [I like to use non-stick spray on my large round graduated storage container], with the seam side down. Cover and let sit for at least 2 hours.

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After the initial proof, remove the dough and turn it onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently pat the dough into a rectangle and press and large bubbles to the edges. Again, fold the rectangle like a letter, rotate, and repeat. Return the dough to the bowl or container, seam side down, cover and allow to proof overnight. While the Bouchon cookbook recommends refrigerating the dough overnight, I actually let my container ferment on top of my (very warm) home server overnight and it rose beautifully.

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The next morning, on a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to about a 1/8″ thickness. I used a 3-inch cutter to cut 15 rounds from the dough. Any scraps were gathered and re-rolled to form more donuts. If you did not want to fill them, you can cut holes in the middle like with traditional donuts. Because I filled mine, no center hole is necessary. Discard any scraps too small to use, or roll into a ball to make donut holes. Place the cut dough onto a silpat lined pan, cover, and allow to proof for another 1-2 hours, until the donuts have doubled in size. You’ll know when it’s all ready when the dough is pressed, and the impression remains.

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While the dough is doing a final proof, begin making the pastry cream filling. Combine the milk and half the sugar in a saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, roughly chop the coffee beans or gently crush them with a heavy bottomed pot. When the milk/sugar comes to a slight boil (tiny bubbles on the edges), remove from heat and add the crushed coffee beans. Let the milk infuse for 15-20 minutes. Pour the milk/coffee mixture through a coffee filter and/or sieve. Discard the coffee beans, and weigh the milk to ensure there is still enough (as the beans may have absorbed some of the milk) – add additional milk as needed. Place milk back into the saucepan and heat to just a boil

In a separate bowl, combine the remaining sugar, egg yolks, and starch and whisk until pale in color. Temper the eggs by ladling in a small amount of hot milk, whisking all the while to prevent scrambling the eggs. Gradually ladle in more milk, whisking the whole time. Pour the milk-egg custard base back into the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, whisking until the custard thickens. Remove the saucepan from heat, and slowly add the butter and vanilla, continuing to whisk to incorporate. Cool the pastry cream to room temp and set aside or cover and refrigerate until use.

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Back to the donuts – after the final proof, go ahead and preheat a large, heavy pot with canola oil. I used my Le Creuset and filled it about 2-3 inches with canola oil and let it warm up to about 350*F. Have a drip rack/baking sheet ready. Also, have a shallow plate or saucer dish filled with sugar for coating handy. Gently lower the doughnuts into the oil and fry for 30-45 seconds until the bottoms are golden brown. Flip them over and fry again for 45 seconds. Transfer the donuts to the rack to drip excess oil and cool, while you fry the next batch. Once you’re done frying all the donuts, toss them in the granulated sugar and coat. Set on a clean rack.

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Once all the donuts have been coated with sugar, use a knife to make a small incision on each donut. Pipe the pastry cream into each donut – you’ll know the donut is full of cream once it starts to ooze out. Enjoy!

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I’m a really messy piper – I managed to get that pastry cream all over the counter and my hands. Not sure how folks manage to do it so neatly. Whatever the case, these are delicious. I will admit to eating the small donut holes immediately after frying them and dunking them in the sugar – no filling needed. However, once filled, the coffee kick was quite nice too. This is a great starter recipe, with room for infinite permutations. Berries are in season now, I think I may try a few berry fillings before the season is over.

This weekend is proving to be really great so far and it’s only Saturday. I’ll be filling in the rest of the time reading, occasionally doing some GRE practice problems, and meal prepping for next week. Thanks for stopping by!

AnhD

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RESPECT

Once upon a time, when we were little – we thought our parents were gods. Infallible and perfect beings, who fed us and cared for us and loved us unconditionally. Those things are still mostly true for me, except now, I’m wiser and know that parenthood is full of blunders and trials and lessons learned. Similarly, as a kid – there were a bunch of people I really respected. Older girls who were full of energy and ambition and passion, who I looked up to and secretly wished were my older sisters. Dream power couples who lived (what I naively thought) perfectly enviable lives. Accomplished men and women who I deeply respected and tried to emulate. But as I grew older, I began to experience this phenomenon, where these folks who I had so admired began to lose some of their allure and luster. Those dream couples have since divorced. Those accomplished men and women live duplicitous and selfish lives, and their interpersonal relationships are in shambles. Those same girls who I had modeled myself after have long since abandoned their dreams and succumbed to an uglier side – slaves to various addictions, mean-spirited, cynical and not the shining role models that I had dreamed of. As a kid, I clearly put them all on an unfair pedestal. And in terms of their eventual fates – a lot of it was circumstance. And while I hate to say it, but a lot of it was probably choice too. And though it’s mean and judgmental of me, it’s made me lose a lot of respect for these individuals, who once upon a time, inspired my dreams and were the gods of my childhood.

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Summer Fruit Crisp
Source: This recipe is a mishmash of the ATK’s Skillet Apple Crisp topping recipe and my own filling. One of the beautiful things about a crisp is that you can’t really go wrong with the filling as long as you’ve got good fruit, a bit of sugar and some thickener. That’s really all you need. The rest is really all up to your own tongue and personal preference. As a note though – berries are low in pectin and will need a bit more starch to help thicken the juices, while stone fruits, particularly plums, have more pectin and will need less help from the starch to achieve that nice thick, syrupy consistency. I used apricots, which I peeled using the boiling water bath trick, but would have also liked to have used plums and cherries, which are also beautifully in season this time of year. Maybe next time.

Ingredients
Topping:
3/4 c all purpose flour
1 c pecans, chopped and toasted
1 c old fashioned oats
1/2 c packed light brown sugar
1/4 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp table salt
12 tbs unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
3 c fresh mixed fruit, hulled and chopped as needed
juice and zest from 1 lemon
1/3 c granulated sugar [or to taste]
3-5 tbs corn starch, depends on the consistency you like

Directions
Preheat oven to 375*F.
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We had this over the 4th of July weekend, and it was perfect. The topping was crisp and deliciously sweet and nutty, while the fruit was still slightly tart and smelled divine paired with the lemon zest. What a perfect ode to summer fruit.

These days, I don’t see too much of my fallen heroes. I’ve distanced myself and am a bit rueful of what could have been. It’s no one’s fault really, except perhaps mine and my childish expectation alone. And while I can’t change what has been (and they likely don’t care what I think of them), I suppose these fallen heroes still serve as a great teaching moment – and that’s intrinsically valuable enough for me.

Thanks for reading and hope you’re enjoying your summer.

AnhD

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Summer Pasta

On some weeknights, it is impossible to pull together the willpower to cook a full blown dinner. Except for this dish, which I will gladly make. It’s a smart and delicious weeknight meal for a number of reasons. Shrimp is a quick cooking protein that does not require too much prep and de-frosts quickly. Kale is one of those dark leafy greens that can be stretched a good long while in the fridge – so even if I haven’t been to the market in a while or my CSA box is running low, there’s usually a bit of kale around. Summer tomatoes are beautiful – large, juicy globes of sweet and tart fruit. A single large tomato was able to provide us with all the sauciness needed for this dish – and it was just delicious. I normally hate tomatoes – typically watery, bland things… but not in summer. When they are THIS fresh and THIS good, you really need to pair them with complementary flavors and showcase these beauties.

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Shrimp & Kale Summer Pasta
Source: Adapted from the NY Times
This dish is so easy, it really doesn’t need a recipe. I added a striped bell pepper for some additional sweetness, as well as fresh basil to really highlight this as a summer dish. Feel free to swap out with other vegetables you may have in your kitchen.

Ingredients
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch kale, de-ribbed, washed, dried, and cut into small strips
1 tsp oregano and/or thyme
1 large tomato, small dice
1 medium bell pepper, seeded and cubed [optional]
15-20 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined [I used size 16-21]
1/4 tsp sugar
salt, to taste
red pepper flakes, to taste
Handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly shredded [optional]
parmigiano reggiano or pecorino, for shaving [optional]
1 lb spaghetti or fettucine noodles
olive oil

Directions
Fill a large pasta pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.

In the meantime, add a splash of olive oil to a large, heavy skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add the strips of dry kale and sautee until most of the liquid from the kale has evaporated and the kale has wilted to a soft texture. Add garlic and dried oregano and/or thyme, and stir-fy until fragrant without burning the garlic. Add more olive oil as needed. Then add the diced tomato, and cook down until a thick sauce forms, about 10 minutes. The tomato will caramelize and reduce. If using, also add diced bell pepper and allow to cook until softened. Lastly, add the shrimp, tossing until the shrimp is bright red and cooked through. If the sauce seems a bit dry, add a ladle of the pasta water and allow to incorporate and mix with the tomato mixture. Season with sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes to taste. Turn off heat, and toss drained pasta noodles into pan and twirl until noodles are covered in sauce. Top with fresh basil leaves and shaved/grated cheese, if using. Enjoy!

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Again, this dish really doesn’t need a recipe so much as a process. During the winter, I’ll use canned tomatoes. Or sometimes if the fresh tomato isn’t quite flavorful enough, I’ll add some fresh lemon juice and zest for some zing. I could also easily swap out these veggies for an kale/asparagus/pea combination, which I think would also be good this time of year.

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As of late, my kitchen countertop has been seeing fewer pots and pans and more vases and flowers. Not a bad thing, but certainly a bit different.

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Thanks for reading,
AnhD

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Food Lab and Vanitas

Over Christmas, I received J. Kenji LĂłpez-Alt’s The Food Lab, and it was a great introduction to Kenji’s style of how he meticulously and methodically tests recipes and devises techniques. In addition to Serious Eats and The Food Lab, his resume includes a stint with (the also meticulous and scientific) Cook’s Illustrated, further credentializing his food chops. I have come to love his writing and his approach to food. I like to read most cookbooks cover-to-cover, and The Food Lab was a great compendium full of helpful insights. This weekend, I was prepping for a grad party and wanted to do homestyle tacos. Kenji came through, and I couldn’t be happier. Kenji is THE man. Below is his recipe found on Serious Eats, and boy it did not disappoint. Make these now. I bought 10 pounds of flank steak from Costco and let it marinate over night. The next day, I grilled the steaks, let rest, and did a small dice before stuffing them into my favorite La Tortilla Factory yellow corn tortillas, and topped with a homemade pico de gallo, homemade guac, crema, crumbled cotija and a squeeze of lime. I made a few tweaks to the marinade, but found the flavor to still be really tasty. Adjustments noted in [brackets]. Also, I apologize for the cellphone pictures, but didn’t have time to snap real shots with the DSLR while serving guests.

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Carne Asada Tacos
Ingredients
3 whole dried ancho chilies, de-seeded and de-stemmed
3 whole dried guajillo chilies [omitted]
2 whole chipotle peppers, canned in adobo [subbed with ground chipotle powder]
3/4 c fresh juice from 2 to 3 oranges, preferably sour oranges [replaced with fresh lemons]
2 tbs fresh juice from 2 to 3 limes
2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs Asian fish sauce
6 medium cloves garlic
1 small bunch cilantro
1 tsp whole cumin seed, toasted and ground
1 tsp whole coriander seed, toasted and ground
2 tbs dark brown sugar
kosher salt
2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed and cut with the grain into 5- to 6-inch lengths [subbed for flank steak]

Additions
Pico de Gallo
Guacamole
Crema
Cotija
Wedges of lime
Corn tortillas

Directions
Place ancho chilies on a plate and microwave until soft. Transfer to a blender and add remaining spices, orange/lemon/lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, cilantro and brown sugar. Blend until smooth and season with salt. Taste should be balanced, but favoring the saltier side. Transfer marinade to a large ziplock bag or container and add steak, making sure to coat eat steak with the marinade. Allow to marinade overnight. As I used a plastic container, I periodically rotated the container to ensure that all the pieces of steak got a healthy douse of the marinade.

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Remove meat from fridge 30 minutes prior to grilling to allow meat to warm up [this is a good practice in general when grilling any kind of meat]. While charcoal is probably preferred [gives it that nice smoke], I fired up the gas grill and heated her up nice and hot for about 10-15 minutes and visibly smoking. Remove the steak from the container, allowing any excess marinade to drip off and place directly on the hottest part of the grill. A well-preheated grill will immediately sizzle and help form those lovely charred/grilled bits. Cover the lid of the grill, and cook for about 10 minutes total, flipping midway. Flank steaks are pretty thin, so it shouldn’t take too long. Internal temp should register in the high 120/low 130°F [I like it still pink on the inside, so will err close to 128°F].

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Remove meat from grill, transfer to cutting board and allow to rest for 10 minutes to allow steaks to redistribute juices. Thinly slice the meat against the grain, or if you’re like me, slice into small cubes. With the remaining marinade [now full of raw meat juices], place in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow the marinade to reduce and thicken to a saucy consistency, whisking every so often to prevent lumps or burning. This should take 7-10 minutes. This sauce will be pretty salty, so use sparingly on the carne asada.

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Prep the garnishes and warm the corn tortillas. I love to do this on my still hot, but flame off grill. It leaves such pretty grill marks on the tortillas. Top each tortilla with meat, a bit of the reduced marinade, pico de gallo, guacamole, dollops of crema, spoonfuls of crumbled cotija, a squeeze of fresh lime, and you’re all set. Enjoy!
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These tacos are full of flavor. Tomatoes are at their best right now, and they lend a nice sweetness to balance out the salty flank steak, creamy guac and crema, and briny cotija. I was really skeptical about the fish sauce and soy sauce additions to the marinade, but they work so well in infusing the flank steaks with a ton of flavor and umami. So much deliciousness. I think my next challenge will be to master a good al pastor recipe.

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As usual, I’ve been pretty busy. We were in Southern California last weekend for a wedding out by Joshua Tree National Park. The scenery is really different – there is beauty in rocks and sand and cacti. Oh, and the most glorious sunsets I’ve ever seen.
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We also had a great time just eating our way through the OC and LA. It was a fantastic long weekend for us, celebrating food and love and life. I’ll post my trip recommendations in a different entry.

I’ve also been pursuing my other hobbies, as evident here.
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I’m still trying to figure out how all my hobbies and life goals tie in with each other, and what my next move is. I’m not one to remain too complacent or comfortable, and yet I wonder how I’ll be able to do everything that I’d like to do with this one short lifetime that I have. Or maybe Anne Bronte is right, vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas!

Thanks for stopping by,
AnhD

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