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Nancie McDermott

Nancie McDermott
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Nancie learned to cook Thai food during her three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.

Nancie McDermott
Nancie's Featured Recipe
Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce

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Nancie McDermott is a food writer and cooking teacher specializing in the food of Thailand. A North Carolina native, she also writes about the food and culinary traditions of the American South, particularly baking and the importance of food and cooking in creating community and family connections.

 

Nancie’s ten cookbooks include: Southern Soups & Stews, Simply Vietnamese, Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking, Real Thai Cooking, Southern Cakes, Southern Pies, and 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes. In the fall of 2008, her book Quick and Easy Chinese, joined her bestselling Quick and Easy Thai, and Quick and Easy Vietnamese, to form a weeknight-friendly Asian-recipe trilogy.

 

She is contributing editor for Edible Piedmont magazine and also contributes articles and recipes to Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Family Fun, Fine Cooking, and Food & Wine.

 

Nancie teaches cooking classes around the country, cooks on television with news anchors, and is still glowing from the pleasure of appearing on Alton Brown's Food Network program, Good Eats as the cake historian on his coconut cake-centric show.

 

Nancie is a professional member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Les Dames d'Escoffier, Slow Food, and the Southern Foodways Alliance.

 

Today, Nancie lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and two daughters, who are great cooks, great eaters and great company. Her website is www.nanciemcdermott.com and her blog is http://nanciemcdermott.wordpress.com/

Latest Recipes

Chicken with Sweet and Hot Peppers

Bursting with vitamin C and ablaze with color, sweet bell peppers make an ideal ingredient in stir-fry dishes. You could use red, yellow ...

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Pot Sticker Dumplings with Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce

These delectable dumplings are first fried, then steamed, endowing them with a fabulous dual texture. Smooth, luscious noodlelike wrappi...

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Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce

This sauce is a standard accompaniment for potstickers. Vinegar and ginger provide a vibrant counterpoint to the richness of the dumplings.

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Soft Spring Rolls with Shrimp and Fresh Mint

I enjoyed these delicate and delightful snacks in Vietnamese cafes in the northeastern Thai metropolis of Ubon Rachatahnii, which, like m...

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Shrimp and Lemongrass Soup

Although world-renowned as the fiery queen of Thai soups, tome yum is very much a quick and easy dish. You need the lemongrass, but you ...

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Red Curry Shrimp with Pineapple

This pleasing curry goes together in a few minutes’ time. Follow this as a guideline for making a curry with seafood or fish and any cur...

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Chicken with Fresh Basil

This is my husband Will’s favorite Thai dish, perhaps because he encountered it in a small cafe overlooking the Kwae River during his fi...

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Grilled Garlic Chicken, Issahn Style

In Bangkok alleys and upcountry markets, at rural bus stations and outside boxing arenas, street-vendors do a brisk business in gai yahn...

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Sweet-Hot Garlic Sauce

Sweet-Hot Garlic Sauce is simply wonderful and wonderfully simple. Heat transforms six humble ingredients into a beautiful red-gold sauc...

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Thai Fried Rice

For most Thai people, making fried rice is like making a sandwich in the west: there’s not much to it. Fried rice is a formula for quick...

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Paht Thai Noodles

If you love this dish as much as I do, you will be thrilled to see how easily you can make it in your home kitchen. Our daughter Isabell...

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Green Papaya Salad

All over the Thai kingdom, this cool, sharp, spicy, crunchy, and crazy salad has folks lined up, waiting patiently for the som tum vendo...

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Pink Grapefruit Salad with Toasted Coconut and Fresh Mint

If you like Thai food for its bright flavors, you will find this dish positively dazzling. Thais make it with pomelo, grapefruit’s thick...

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Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea makes me think of my sister Susanne, who upon entering her local Thai restaurant, orders her first tall tumbler of Thai te...

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Green Onion Pancakes

These fabulous street-food flatbreads show up in night markets and in street-food centers all over Asia. On our annual visits to Taiwan,...

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Egg Flower Soup

Often listed as Egg Drop Soup in Chinese restaurants, this dish’s poetic name of Egg Flower Soup celebrates the way eggs "blossom" as th...

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Pepper Steak

A Chinese American restaurant standard, this combination of sweet bell peppers and tender beef is justifiably famous. Usually prepared wi...

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Spicy Beef in Lettuce Cups

This Szechuan-style dish is quite delicious, quick to prepare, and fun to eat. You can use flatter lettuce leaves, such as romaine or oak...

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Sweet-and-Sour Pork

This recipe captures the sparkling flavors of classic sweet-and-sour dishes, without the heaviness and effort of frying battered chunks o...

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Halibut Steamed with Fresh Ginger

Cantonese cuisine focuses on fresh ingredients with a particular appreciation for seafood, and delicacy is a hallmark of many classic Chi...

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Shrimp Egg Foo Yong

This is my variation on egg foo yong, which is more of a scramble than a pancake-style dish. The Chinese-American restaurant version is s...

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Bok Choy Stir-Fried with garlic

This simple home-style stir-fry has put bok choy on my weekly grocery list. Its bright white stalks and lush green leaves cook up into a ...

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Summer Rolls with Shrimp and Mint

Goi cuon are known in English as “summer rolls,” “rice paper rolls,” “soft spring rolls,” and “salad rolls,” the latter a direct translat...

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Chicken Stir-Fried with Fresh Ginger

Toss a few ingredients with strips of chicken, give them a few turns in a hot pan, and you have a flavor-filled dish to serve with rice o...

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Lemongrass Beef, Grilled or Sautéed

Lemongrass beef is definitely on the short list of almost-irresistible Vietnamese dishes. You can grill the beef on skewers, restaurant s...

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Cha Ca Fish with Fresh Dill, Hanoi Style

Imagine a dish so inviting and delicious that it earns a place on the map of a city, and so appealing that it supports a family-run rest...

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Everyday Dipping Sauce

This traditional sauce appears on the table at most Vietnamese meals. Add a small handful of shredded carrots and you have a vegetable r...

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Chicken and Cabbage Salad with Fresh Mint

This simple assembly of everyday ingredients produces a marvelously refreshing dish. The signature Vietnamese herb called rou rom is a pe...

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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Fresh Mint

This humble-looking dish delivers incredibly bright flavor for very little effort. Fancier versions involve topping the salad with sautée...

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Shrimp Fried Rice

Throughout Asia, fried rice is a standard dish, and the Vietnamese version is a delicious, endlessly variable ticket to quick and easy fe...

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Everyday Rice

While I count on an electric rice cooker as a mainstay of my kitchen, I like knowing how to cook rice in a pot on top of the stove. That ...

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Pho Noodles with Beef, Hanoi Style

Consider pho, a small word for a big bowl of noodles in soup. The soup is clear; delicate, and redolent of cinnamon, star anise, and ging...

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Rice Noodles Stir-Fried with Pork and Shrimp

You, too, can cook a fabulous platter of stir-fried rice noodles right in your own kitchen if you follow a few simple rules. First, prepa...

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Creme Caramel

Sweet and luscious custard enjoyed favor in Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia long before French cuisine arrived on the scene. Made w...

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Fiery Thai-Style Chicken

So easy and so very tasty, this dish is special enough for guests but simple enough for a weeknight supper.

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Beef with Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

This classic Chinese dish is enjoyed throughout Asia, both in fine restaurants and in simple cafés. The standard vegetable used is a stur...

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Five-Spice Pork with Bok Choy and Green Onions

Five-spice powder is an extraordinary mélange of aromatic spices that brings marvelous flavor to meat dishes all across Asia. Made from s...

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Spicy Lamb with Tomatoes and Edamame Beans

This recipe can be tossed with pasta or tucked into warm tortillas.

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Lime-Splashed Salmon with Chiles and Cilantro

Thai flavors take the stage here, with a splash of lime and a flare of chiles to season a quick and delicious dish.

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Stir-Fried Eggs with Mushrooms and Zucchini

Make this for brunch, along with cheese grits or polenta, or serve it for supper with jasmine rice and a platter of roasted vegetables to...

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Butternut Stir-Fry with Peppers and Peas

Chopped into small chunks, butternut squash cooks quickly into a lush texture and gorgeous color - perfect with bell peppers and peas in ...

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Eight-Treasure Fried Rice

Eight-treasure dishes, also called "eight-precious," feature an abundance of luxury ingredients. The ingredients can vary, and there can ...

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Stir-Fried Rice with Red Curry, Beef and Baby Corn

Spicy hot and robust, this dish calls for cooling accompaniments. Consider a platter of cucumber slices and pineapple chunks sprinkled wi...

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Mrs. Natha Adkins Parker’s Lemon Cloud Pie

This lovely lemon pie comes from a marvelous book called The Lost Art of Scratch Cooking: Recipes from the Kitchen of Mrs. Natha Adkins P...

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Sandra Gutierrez’s Butter Pie Crust

My friend and fellow food writer Sandra Gutierrez generously shared her butter pie crust recipe, which provides butter’s delicious flavor...

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Coconut Cream Pie

This cool, rich pie is beautiful and incomparably delicious; it stands out among the many luscious sweets you might find on a Southern ta...

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Butterscotch Pie

Among the many irresistible dishes for which my dear friend Maxine Nichols is famous, her butterscotch pie stands out. Its handsome color...

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Old-Time Chess Pie

This simple combination of eggs, butter, sugar, flour, and vanilla makes a delectable old-school chess pie. Luscious and sweet, it is one...

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Strawberry Icebox Pie

This cool pink pie couldn’t be much simpler, nor much more lovely on a hot summer evening when you hanker for something luscious. You coo...

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Graham Cracker Crust

Graham cracker crumb crusts provide a delicious and appealing foundation for many kinds of pie, and are easy for any type of cook to make...

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Sandra Gutierrez’s Peach-Pecan Pie

Two simple steps and you will have before you a fantastic pie, created by my friend Sandra Gutierrez Stir up a custard, crumble up a peca...

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Green Tomato Pie

Hard, unripe green tomatoes may seem an unlikely ingredient for a sweet Southern pie, but once you’ve tasted this treat, you’ll understan...

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Key Lime Pie

The classic Key lime pie always strikes me as a modern sort of confection, but it is a genuine old-timer, a pie that South Florida’s peop...

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Black Bottom Pie

With a layer of chocolate topped by a layer of custard, and crowned with whipped cream, this pie has dazzled Southerners for almost one h...

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