Hello and welcome to Beyond Sweet and Savory!
Beyond Sweet and Savory is a blog devoted to cooking, food, and photography. My name is Vy, pharmacist by day, home cook and baker after hour. I have loved cooking ever since I was a little girl. My mom introduced me to the kitchen, but my husband, Vu, deserves the credit for inspiring me to create mouth watering dishes. He is the primary tester taster and dishwasher for Beyond Sweet and Savory. I grew up cooking only Vietnamese dishes, but ever since I dated Vu, about seventeen years ago, I ventured toward international cuisine, attempting things like ramen, sambusa, ceviche, pasta, pad thai, pavlova, French macarons, and everything in between.
With so many local farms nearby and starting my own urban garden, seasonal vegetables and fruits have become a major influence on my cooking and baking. I love sharing seasonal desserts especially baked goods like tarts, galettes, cakes, and ice cream.
Cooking has been a hobby, an avenue to explore my creative side and decompress after a stressful day in the ICU. Without formal training, cooking and baking have been daunting, but I embraced the challenge, learning new things and having fun along the way. I want to share my passion for food and cooking with you. Through the food we make, we hope to inspire home cooks and bakers to get into the kitchen and start on their own culinary journey.
For Vietnamese and many other cultures, food brings people together and connects us beyond the tastes and textures of the dishes in front of us. Our family taught us the lasting value of gathering around the dinner table and sharing a meal. Food is the cornerstone of Vietnamese life. Like my mom and the women from our family, a big part of cooking has always been feeding people and making them happy through food. When it’s dinner time, everyone puts their activities aside and congregates at the table. The food is steaming hot, cooked with the freshest ingredients and plenty of love. We celebrate life and family through food and would like to invite you into our kitchen and our lives through the lens of the camera.
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Vy and Vu