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About: Nam Nguyen

Nam Nguyen

Nam Nguyen is a recipe developer and writer of the food blog, The Culinary Chronicles. Coming from a large, immigrant family, she grew up surrounded by the sounds and smells of her mother’s cooking. Her mother’s ability to create Vietnamese dishes from limited ingredients epitomized ingenuity and remains to be the driving force for Nam’s determination in the kitchen.Taking advantage of the vast resources and diverse communities of the West Coast, her flavor profile focuses on dishes that use fresh and local ingredients that evoke contemporary California Cuisine. Nam has been a contributor for Wedding Nouveau Magazine, is a frequent Contributor for The Pioneer Woman’s recipe site-The Tasty Kitchen, was highlighted in Bon Appétit, is a longtime Featured Publisher of FoodBuzz, and is working on her first cookbook that is scheduled to arrive in June 2013. She currently lives in San Diego, California.

Recent Posts by Nam Nguyen

Crème Brûlée French Toast Recipe

The holiday season is in full swing—my favorite time of the year! It’s a period full of quality time with friends and family, along with celebrations galore. And where there’s celebration, there’s a bit of decadence. And where there’s decadence, there better be crème brûlée!

If your holiday season is anything like mine, you’re probably surrounded with lots of loved ones who always seem to be hungry. But with so many events, you’re also likely to be short on time, too. No worries, I’ve got the perfect dish for you that will be a make-ahead lifesaver, while still wowing your ever-hungry crowds—crème brûlée French toast! Perfect for the holiday season and a great way to celebrate National French Toast Day, November 28!

French toast usually isn’t too difficult to make but when you’re trying to feed a large

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Kale, Bacon, and Cheese Strata Recipe: A Make-Ahead Lifesaver!

It’s back-to-school time—can you believe it? Where has the summer gone? And as someone who also works in education, I’m double bracing myself for the full flurry of classes being back in session.

If you’re like me and love breakfast, it can be tough this time of year to take the time to enjoy a delicious meal to start the day. That snooze button on your alarm can be so tempting and before you know it, you are in a mad flurry running out the door while hoping that you’re at least wearing matching socks.

That is why prep-ahead meals are a lifesaver in my home. With just a small bit of planning and assembly the night before, you can have a

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Roasted Berries Ice Cream

We are mere days away from summer…and you know what that means?? Sunny days, beautiful weather, shorts and flip flops all day long, and ice cream 24-7. Oh yes, ICE CREAM! And when ice cream is homemade—it’s even better. So dust off those fantastic churning machines and let’s get to work!

Now I’ll be the first to admit, every time I think about making ice cream, I always stop and ask myself—is it worth the effort? Why not just go out and grab a pint? But then I remember how ridiculously easy it is to whip up a batch, particularly when you have a trusty ice cream maker that does all the churning work for you. Added bonus? You know every ingredient that goes in

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Paleo Basil Chicken and Egg Lettuce Wraps Recipe

I will be the first to admit when I create recipes, practices such as low-fat, sugar-free, low-carb, or even gluten-free are not the first instinctive methods I lean towards. That’s not to say I am against living a healthy lifestyle—in fact, that’s far from it. But I do recognize that a strict regimen, quite frankly, takes me a lot of time and planning. I have met a bunch of folks who are quite skilled at it and it becomes their second nature. But for me, I tend to strive towards a practice of balance so I can enjoy a little decadence from time to time.

For example, if I have a bacon cheeseburger for dinner today, I will have a salad for lunch

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Toasted Coconut Crème Brûlée

There are few better ways to end a meal than with a decadent and scrumptious serving of Crème Brûlée. It starts with the perfect layer of caramelized sugar that once you use a spoon to break through it, you will find a luscious thick custard that is rich and silky smooth. This little beauty not only tastes divine but also has a fantastic play on texture between the sugar shell and custard center.

At first glance Crème Brûlée not only looks but also can seem rather intimidating. But don’t let this beauty scare you as it is actually quite simple to make. No matter how you choose to flavor it (vanilla beans, citrus, chocolate, liqueur etc.); it all starts off with combining scalded cream and sugar with a mixture of eggs and egg

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