Pastry-blenderI had never seen a pastry blender before until my friend Estelle whipped out that crazy looking weapon.

I make a lot of quiche and I have always found it annoying to make the dough (even though it is pretty easy to make). Having my fingers in the butter and trying to mix that in with the flour is definitely not my cup of tea.

The pastry blender, which sounds like a bad title for a horror movie, is the best. Put the ingredients in a bowl and use the pastry blender by mashing the blades into the butter and flour. It is crazy fast to put the dough together.

Thank you Estelle, and beware sweetheart ๐Ÿ˜‰

I use OXO Good Grips dough blender with blades

Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam โ€“ if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you donโ€™t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.


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