Sweet Sesame Beef

My good friend Hope gave me this recipe. She always says she doesn’t think much of her culinary skills, but I think she did a great job with this one. For years, she’s shown me things [...]

Steel’s Maple Banana Human Treats

My Saturday night plan involved staying up late, mixing myself a drink, then settling in on the couch to clear out this week’s shows off my DVR. None of that happened. All day, I had been feeding [...]

A Taste of Can Tho: Sesame Soy Chicken

My Mom didn’t make baked chicken (gà nướng) often, but when she did, boy, was it good!  Her favorite cut of chicken was always the wing, and I can’t argue with that!  The smallest cut [...]

Bacon Avocado Deviled Eggs

One week until St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re thinking about making something delicious and green to eat, you should make green eggs and ham! Well, these are boiled eggs and fried [...]

Baked Donuts

My favorite donuts are Boston creams. That’s the chocolate covered one that’s filled with vanilla custard. Eating a deep-fried donut isn’t unhealthy enough for me, my favorite [...]

A Taste of Can Tho: Caramelized Pork Spare Ribs

Caramelized pork spare ribs (thịt kho sườn) is by far my favorite Vietnamese dish, especially when my Mom made it!  I can eat it for days.  Love it, and love HER (miss you, Mommy). I was lucky [...]

Blueberry Biscotti

The How To Duo always says “Meats over sweets!” We prefer savory over sweet. Whenever I tell Trinh about a dessert I’m thinking of making, she always tries to convince me to [...]

DIY Olaf Piñata

Do you want to build a snowman piñata? My twin nieces recently had a Frozen themed party for their 7th birthday, and this Olaf piñata was handmade with care just for them!  I could’ve [...]

Coconut Macaroon 5

Maroon 5’s song “Sugar” has been on the radio a lot lately and I’ve grown to love it. The music video is pretty cool too! It came on my Spotify playlist when I was making [...]

Apple Egg Salad

Today’s quick recipe is for Apple Egg Salad. I think it’s so good that people will be b-egging you for the recipe. And it’s over-easy to make! You think I’m yolking [...]

Shrimp Scampi With Lemon Orzo

For something that’s so flavorful and delicious, shrimp scampi sure is quick and easy to make!  If it weren’t for its bad reputation of being high in cholesterol, I’d eat shrimp [...]

Heart Pockets

Happy Friday the 13th! You’ve got really bad luck if you’ve only just now remembered that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Trinh finished her funny E-card for her husband, and since [...]

The Duo’s Life Hacks: Toothpaste

Toothpaste isn’t just for your teeth anymore! While Trinh is at her house getting every last bit of toothpaste from her tube, I’m at mine spreading the stuff all over the place. [...]

Mini Meatball Sliders

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and while everyone else is likely preparing for the big game, I’m here blogging about a dish you should serve at your party – mini meatball sliders! I [...]

Plantable Save the Dates

I heart my bae. We tied the knot 06.29.13 – an eco-friendly backyard wedding with about 220 guests. Yes, I said backyard wedding, so yes, there were lots and lots of DIY projects! My first [...]

Cake Mix Cookies

Did you know that you can make cookies from boxed cake mix? I didn’t! Why didn’t you tell me? It’s pretty neat because with all the different types of cake mix out there, you [...]

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

My brother-in-law just turned 40.  He’s a total meat lover and is known to get his money’s worth at buffets, so when my sister decided to do a buffet-themed birthday party to [...]

We Heart Ramekins

Ramekins make everything cuter.  Ramekins are so fun.  Ramekins are for everybody.  Ramekins can be for your brother.  Ramekins can be for your sister.  But do you know who we think would like [...]

VooDuo Voodoo Doll

I don’t hate Trinh. Sure, I might do or say things sometimes that could possibly make you think I do, but I really don’t. Why would I? She’s the other half of the How To Duo! [...]

GCF Puzzle

A couple of weeks ago, my students took a test on GCF and equivalent expressions.  As I planned for the review, I wanted to incorporate some type of hands-on activity, so I decided to search [...]

Gender Reveal Pins

The Condors.  These are my girls.  We go way back.  There are four of us; we all went to junior high together and have remained close friends for over 20 years.  I’d take a bullet for these [...]

Apple Pie Apple

I love pie. Like, I really love it. And if you’re like me, you have no business buying an entire pie, topping it with vanilla ice cream, and eating it straight from the tin while you binge [...]

One Man’s Trash…

Is another man’s treasure!  Don’t throw away anything that you could potentially use to make something new.  Take this necklace, for instance.  My sister sent it to me when I requested a [...]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A lot can change in 13 years. When Trinh and I reunited, there were a handful of things that I noticed that were different: we can no longer party like we did when we were 22, Trinh’s voice [...]

Holiday Decoration Organization Tips

Nothing gives me the holiday blues more than having to take down my Christmas decorations. Sure, I’m going to miss the twinkling lights and smell from the Christmas tree, but what really [...]

Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches

The How To Duo loves nothing more than making tasty meals from random ingredients we’ve already got around the house. You probably already have most of these things in your refrigerator, so [...]

Spam Musubi Bites

Spam has always been a favorite of mine. It’s really easy to cook and can be eaten for any meal of the day. For breakfast, I fry it up and enjoy it with eggs. Or for lunch, I can simply add [...]

Turtle Pin Cushion

Number twuo of The How To Duo has been carrying his pins and needles around in one of those free hotel sewing kits for quite some time (so sad).  I thought to myself, that’s no way to ring [...]

Paper Towel Roll Gift Box

I love being able to reuse things that people would normally consider trash. Call me a hoarder, but I really do get a thrill out of this.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not a dig-in-your-trash [...]

Monkey Advent Calendar

Happy Holidays! The days have been flying by! Did your online shopping just go from Standard shipping to Express shipping and finally to the dreaded Next-Day shipping? An advent calendar will [...]