Since it’s been pretty cold, I decided to cook up some chicken pho. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

* makes 6 servings

1 each yellow onion
1 3-inch piece fresh ginger
1 5 lbs. chicken
1 each cinnamon stick
4 whole cloves
2 whole star anise
2 tablespoon sea salt
¼ cup fish sauce
3 tablespoons sugar or 2-inch rock sugar
6 quarts water

2 lbs. small flat rice noodles
cooked chicken
1 each yellow onion, sliced paper-thin, soaked in cold water for 30 minutes, and drained
3 each scallions, thinly sliced
⅓ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

2 cups bean sprouts
12 sprigs Thai basil
2 each limes, cut into wedges
2 to 3 each Thai or serrano chilis, thinly sliced

1. Roast 1 yellow onion with the unpeeled fresh ginger at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until softened and lightly browned. Peel the yellow onion and fresh ginger and set aside.
2. Wash the chicken with salt.
3. Bring 6 quarts of water to boil. Add cleaned chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Skim the scum on the surface of the broth as necessary.
4. Add roasted ginger, onions, sea salt, and sugar.
5. Simmer the chicken for 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked fully. Remove the chicken from the broth.
6. Separate the meat from the bones. Shred the meat and set aside. Return the chicken bones back to the broth.
7. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise to the broth.
8. Simmer the broth for another 2 hours.
9. Add the fish sauce in the last hour of cooking and adjust seasonings if necessary.
10. Strain broth.
11. Cook pho (rice noodles) per package directions. Ladle broth, add shredded chicken, and cooked noodles in each bowl. Garnish with cilantro, scallions, and thinly sliced onion rounds.
12. Serve with bean sprous, basil, lime, and Thai or serrano chilis on the side.


My girlfriend, Karrie from Park Place Dental Care, wanted to make bacon wrapped dates for her holiday party cause it happens to be her current favorite thing to eat. So on a Friday night, instead of going out, we spent our evening prepping a bunch of these!


Pitted Dates
A Slab of Bacon
A Chunk of Parmesan Cheese

1. Cut the bacon into thirds.
2. Make a slit onto the pitted dates.
3. Cut the parmesan cheese into matchstick pieces.
4. Stuff the cheese into the pitted dates.
5. Wrap the stuffed dates with 1/3 piece of your bacon.
6. Par cook the bacon stuffed dates on a saute pan until halfway cooked.
7. Lay the par cooked bacon stuffed dates on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 to 20 minutes, or basically until your bacon is cooked and crispy. Enjoy!