kitchen scaleIn the baking world accurate measurements are necessary, and the best way to do that is with a kitchen scale. A recipe in grams or pounds is just easier to deal with than one in cups or tablespoons. If you ask 10 people to measure out a cup of flour, the outcome will be different for each person. Some people level ingredients in a cup and some don’t. Some pack the ingredients in and some don’t. With a scale and number you can’t go wrong.


I love my scale because you can use any kind of bowl and place it on the scale. It can be set to grams, kilograms, pounds or ounces – convenient for both my Danish and American recipes. The other great thing is that you can zero (tare) the scale each time that you want to add an additional ingredient to your bowl, which beats measuring individual ingredients one at a time and then combining at the end.


My only complaint with my own scale is that I often can’t see the readout when I use a large bowl, as it will cast a shadow over the display. My advice for buying a scale is to get one with a lighted display.

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 – 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 don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.


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