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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds | recipe from runawayrice.com

How to Roast Pumpkins Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious and healthy snack and this simple recipe shows you how to prepare and roast pumpkin seeds. The next time you carve Jack o’ Lanterns or use fresh pumpkins in your favorite harvest recipes, don’t throw out the pumpkin seeds. Roasted pumpkins seeds make a wonderfully crunchy and nutritious snack.

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Annatto Oil / Achiote Oil (Dau Mau Dieu) - fragrant infused oil for your favorite Viet dishes | recipe from runawayrice.com

Annatto Oil / Achiote Oil (Dau Mau Dieu)

This easy recipe for Annatto Oil is one every home cook should learn. Annatto Oil is an essential ingredient in many Asian and Latin dishes. Mild tasting and fragrant, the oil adds vibrant orange-red color to foods. Unlike chemical food colors and dyes, Annatto Oil is all-natural. The pebble-like Annatto seeds impart beautiful red color […]

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Different Baking Powders: Clabber Girl, Rumford, Dr. Oetker, Alsa - How to Test Baking Powder | runawayrice.com

How to Test if Baking Powder is Still Good

Is your baking powder still good? Do you know how to test to see if your baking powder is still useable? Good news! There’s a really easy way to test your baking powder to see if it’s still good. This simple test takes just 10 seconds and eliminates all the guesswork, so you’ll know right […]

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Secret ingredients for making flavorful Pork Stock...

Pork Stock (Nuoc Leo)

Aromatic and flavorful Pork Stock can be made easily at home with this recipe. Having a clear golden liquid and rich full-bodied flavor are crucial success factors when making homemade stock. In addition to using good, fresh ingredients, the keys to a beautiful and tasty Pork Stock are the preparation and cooking methods. In this […]

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Roasted Sesame Seeds 5

How to Roast Sesame Seeds

Roasted sesame seeds are essential ingredients in many recipes and they are so easy to make. Skip the store-bought variety that’s been sitting on the shelf for eons. It takes just minutes to make roasted sesame seeds at home. Enjoy delicately nutty, nutrient-dense and aromatic roasted seeds as toppings for noodles, salads and desserts or as ingredients in your […]

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Pasteurizing eggs is a must-do process to safely eat uncooked eggs | runawayrice.com

How to Pasteurize Eggs

Have a recipe calling for uncooked eggs but worry about harmful microorganisms that may make you sick? Pasteurize the eggs first and then you can safely consume them. The process is super easy and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. Notes, Tips and Tricks These days a lot of eggs in the market […]

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Healthy and Delicious Homemade Tofu (Dau Hu) | recipe from runawayrice.com

Tofu / Bean Curd (Dau Hu)

Fragrant and delicious, tofu is so easy to make at home with this simple 3-ingredient recipe. Talk about goodness that’s so much fresher and healthier than the store-bought versions. There are no preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce in this tofu. If you’re familiar with making Soy Milk, you’ll find this recipe to be a cinch! […]

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Briny and delicious, these Salted Eggs are simply amazing! | recipe from runawayrice.com

Salted Eggs (Trung Muoi)

If you’ve never had Salted Eggs, you’re in for a treat. These briny eggs will wake-up your taste buds and have you craving this unique yet simple dish. In this recipe, chicken (or ducks) eggs are soaked in brine and spices permeating them with salty goodness. The eggs can then be hard-boiled, steamed, fried or used as ingredients in other […]

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Tips and tricks for preparing banana leaves for your favorite Asian dishes | runawayrice.com

How to Prepare Banana Leaves

Many classic Asian dishes use banana leaves and if you’re daunted by how to prepare them, this short video will walk you through the easy steps.  Banana leaves are not eaten, but commonly used to wrap foods which are then steamed, boiled, grilled or even baked.  The leaves impart a wonderful aroma and lovely color to foods they are wrapped in.  […]

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Assorted Vietnamese Herbs | runawayrice.com

Quick Guide to Vietnamese Herbs

Herbs add such wonderful aroma, flavor and color to foods that it’s no wonder they’re such integral ingredients in Vietnamese cuisine.  Without the inclusion of certain herbs, a dish could be rendered completely lacking and unappetizing.  Can you imagine having Vietnamese Chicken or Beef Noodle Soup (Pho) without Thai basil?  Just the aroma of Thai basil conjures to mind a big, […]

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