Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple Plus Homemade Sriracha Sauce and a Cookbook Giveaway

by heidi on November 12, 2013

With the release of their cookbook, Bountiful, Recipes Inspired by Our Garden, foodies Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White On Rice Couple invite us to share their insanely delicious seasonal recipes, including a condiment I can never get enough of, Homemade Sriracha Sauce. And you have the chance to win a copy of their cookbook for yourself.


Todd and Diane are often referred to as one and the same, White On Rice/Todd and Diane/Diane and Todd, most likely due to the fact they are equally talented and share duties both in the kitchen and behind the camera.

They take turns clicking the camera for print and video, they both cook, create and style their photos and recipes (Todd is often found as the author of most of their baking posts while Diane has a penchant for spring rolls) and they  share a passion for gathering people around food they love.

Learn how to make your own Homemade Sriracha Sauce, almost more flavor than the Rooster Sauce |

But before there was a cookbook, Todd and Diane created a following of faithful food blogging novices, eager to listen and learn about food photography and styling at food blogging conferences across the country.

I first met Todd and Diane when I attended not one, but two of their food workshops at a blogging conference in Park City, Utah. I had only created FoodieCrush a few months before meeting them and I figured if attending one of their sessions was good then two could only be better. I couldn’t have been more right.

Both days I was slotted in Diane’s group, where she patiently reviewed each photographer’s cameras, providing tips and tricks on everything from aperture to tripods. The following day was hands on, with an intimate tutorial and then shooting for ourselves to replicate what we’d learned.




The slide above from their presentation is hands down the most useful piece of photography advice I had yet to receive. Things were starting to make sense.

Those two days they laid it all out for everyone to use, for all to improve their own talents waiting to bloom. That’s just how they do it, it’s their nature to give and share.

Just as their garden continues to provide, Todd and Diane give as well. And with a cookbook chock full of inspiring recipes and lush photography, there’s still more to share.




I asked Todd and Diane to share a little bit more about themselves to celebrate the occasion. Thank you White On Rice Couple for being all of our foodie crush.

1. Describe your blog in 3 words:
Food, photography, storytelling

2. If you could be one food blogger other than yourself, who would you be?
David Lebovitz. It would be amazing to live his Sweet Life in Paris for a day.

3. Which 3 blogs do you follow/are obsessed with/can’t live a day without? 
New York Times Lens Photo Blog keeps us grounded and connected with the world.
The Oatmeal and Teri Border’s Bent Objects are clever, witty and keeps us laughing and entertained.

4. What is the one kitchen tool you could never give up? 
Our kitchen knives. One great kitchen knife can do so much magic in the kitchen. They are all Wusthof knives except for a Japanese chef knife and Japanese noodle knife we got in Japan.

5. What dish are you obsessed with mastering that you just can’t get quite right? 
Chocolate covered candies and truffles. Getting consistent tempering and the perfect finish to chocolate is still challenging. This is something we’re still working on. It’s a life long journey in chocolate.

6. What did you have for dinner last night?
Pizza. We love homemade pizza and never get tired of it.

7. What’s one secret talent outside of the kitchen nobody knows about you?
Todd is a black belt in Aikido and spent his entire childhood training horses. Diane gave up medical school and graduate school and ended up writing a food blog.

8. You’re happiest when cooking/eating:
….For those we care about. Gathering dear friends and family together for a meal brings us so much joy.

9. The two of you are a formidable pair covering nearly every avenue of photography: creating, photographing, styling, teaching and inspiring others to do the same. How do each of these areas influence the other? 
We’re always pushing to learn more and make ourselves better in what we do. With that journey and as we learn things, it’s rewarding for us to be able to connect all those dots and pass it on to others when we can.

10. The one secret ingredient to your success is: 
Continually supporting one another, being patient, kind and sharing a cocktail. Or Two.


Homemade Sriracha Sauce |

Living in Southern California certainly has its perks. For Todd and Diane, one of their passions (besides walking their two well-loved dogs on the local beach) sprouts from the temperate weather, creating a food lovers dream garden (including 38 fruit trees!) that produces culinary inspiration year round.

Bountiful, Recipes Inspired by Our Garden, explores every category of the garden, from tomatoes, herbs and leafy greens to stone fruit and beans stalks and roots. It’s garden based recipes could quite possible turn even the most ardent veggie loather into a veggie lover.

And now you can win your own copy to savor. Just fill in the info in the widget below with one or more entries to be entered to win.

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Homemade Sriracha Sauce |

Fresh garden ingredients paired with Bountiful create simple yet delicious recipes for our own gatherings at home.

My only challenge in reading this lively cookbook was deciding which recipe to share with you. Somehow I narrowed it down to Meyer Lemon-Iced Brown Butter Madeleines, Fig and Gorgonzola Pillows or what I consider a staple of the White On Rice food blog, Homemade Sriracha Sauce.

So instead of choosing for myself I took to my Facebook page and let you make the decision for all of us. Here’s what you had to say, and the recipe, well, it speaks for itself.

Homemade Sriracha Sauce |

Homemade Sriracha Sauce |

Homemade Sriracha Sauce |

Homemade Sriracha Sauce

Yield: makes about 2 cups

Homemade Sriracha Sauce


1 cup Thai red chili peppers, stemmed and roughly chopped
4 fat cloves of garlic, quartered
2 shallots, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar


  1. Add the chopped Thai chiles to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a regular blade and process for a few seconds until they are finely minced, then scrape into a bowl.
  2. Add the chopped garlic and onion to the food processor and also process until finely minced.
  3. Add the oil to a sauté pan on medium high heat and add the garlic and onion and cook for about 1 minute or just until fragrant, stirring so they don't burn. Add the Thai chiles and the tomato sauce, bring to a simmer, then lower the heat. Add the fish sauce, rice vinegar and sugar and mix well.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes then remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  5. Transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until the sauce is smooth and the pepper seeds and skins have been completely incorporated.
  6. Taste the sauce and add more sugar, fish sauce or vinegar to taste. If the sauce seems extra thick add a teaspoon or two of water to loosen it. Blend again then pour into a sterilized jar or container.
  7. Refrigerate for up to 1 month.

When stemming and chopping the Thai chiles, it's a good idea to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin from the chile seeds.

Barely adapted from Bountiful, Recipes Inspired by Our Garden by Todd Porter and Diane Cu

Thank you Todd and Diane for sharing yourselves with us. Readers, if you’d like to meet Todd and Diane at one of their book signings, check out their appearances here. I’m thrilled I’ll be seeing them again here in Salt Lake City.

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{ 125 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks November 12, 2013 at 1:38 am

Congrats to Todd & Diane again on their awesome book. I went to one of their food styling workshops in Colorado about 4 years ago. It was such a huge learning experience for me! I wish I would have overlapped with you at one, Heidi!

I did not know that about Diane giving up med & grad school and Todd’s a black belt – whoa, great info!

Fave garden vegetable…well I would give anything if I could a persimmon!


Noel November 12, 2013 at 5:11 am

Thanks for the great giveaway!

I love Brussels sprouts fresh from the garden. Yummy.


Heather November 12, 2013 at 5:35 am

Our favorite vegetable from the garden is tomatoes and our favorite fruit is blueberries!!


JC November 12, 2013 at 5:58 am

Tomatoes. Nothing tastes the same as a garden fresh, sun kissed tomato.


Cara's Healthy Cravings November 12, 2013 at 5:59 am

This looks like a gorgeous book!

my fav garden veg/fruit would be super sweet cherry tomatoes.


JC November 12, 2013 at 5:59 am

Tomatoes. There is nothing like a sun ripened tomatoe straight from the garden.


Shelly November 12, 2013 at 6:04 am

I love peppers fresh from the garden!


Julianne November 12, 2013 at 6:09 am



Janet T November 12, 2013 at 6:24 am

I love swiss chard.


Erin | The Law Student's Wife November 12, 2013 at 6:29 am

It changes with the season, so right now it’s butternut squash!


Jen November 12, 2013 at 6:46 am

My husband would love this sauce! My favorite item from the garden: tomatoes.


Aimee Porter November 12, 2013 at 7:03 am

Butternut Squash!


Giulia November 12, 2013 at 7:14 am

Tomatoes are my favourite


Sunnie November 12, 2013 at 7:19 am

I love cucumbers or cherry tomatoes.


Elizabeth November 12, 2013 at 7:33 am

I’m in love with their backyard!!!! How fresh and delicious their food looks.


kathryn k November 12, 2013 at 7:41 am



Kristen November 12, 2013 at 7:49 am

I love using zucchini — which is a good thing, since there’s always such an overabundance of it!


Claus Rode November 12, 2013 at 7:53 am

I love all the spices we grow in the garden. There is nothing like fresh spices and herbs in your food and cocktails.


Megan {Country Cleaver} November 12, 2013 at 8:01 am

Ben would flip his lid if I made him homemade sriracha! :: I can never get tired of listening to T&D speak. They do it with such heart, and conviction – I can definitely say they are two of my biggest inspirations behind the camera.


Anne Weber-Falk November 12, 2013 at 8:02 am

Oh, that’s a tough one as there are so many. If I can get them to grow without having them eaten by other critters first, I would say peppers. Love ‘em. I use them in and for so many dishes. So good.


Megan Hobbs November 12, 2013 at 8:14 am

Homemade sriracha! I’ve died and gone to heaven


Kiki C. November 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

This book looks good enough to eat, with fresh takes on delish ingredients. Yum!


Jenny B November 12, 2013 at 8:51 am

I love bell peppers from the garden.


Jeanne G November 12, 2013 at 8:56 am

I love cucumbers, can’t get enough of them when they are in season! Cookbook looks amazing.


Denise Wilson November 12, 2013 at 8:58 am



Gina November 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

Apples, I love having an apple picked right off the tree. Best taste in the world.


Liz November 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

Tomatoes are my favorite garden veg/fruit.


Abbe@This is How I Cook November 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

I like growing potatoes. There is something magical about digging them up from the ground. Plus the fact that I actually have success when I grow them!


Becky @ Project Domestication November 12, 2013 at 9:18 am

Garden tomatoes for sure! There’s nothing like them.

This cookbook looks awesome.


Lily Sheng November 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

I grow stuff like chives and green onions, naturally, those are my favorite!


Sarah H.P. November 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

My favorite fruit from the garden is strawberries!


barbara n November 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

I love fresh from the garden tomatoes!!


Annalise @ Completely Delicious November 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

Great feature, I love Todd and Diane! And my garden favorite would have to be (hands-down) tomatoes. I miss them terribly!


Sarah November 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

I love onions. They are so versatile!


natalie @ wee eats November 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

i love tomatoes from the garden


Carissa November 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

My top fave is zucchini, but if I could keep my garden growing year round, I’d choose lettuce. It’s so much better from the garden than the store!


Jenn November 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

The only plants I can seem to keep alive are herbs. Chives are terrific!


Teri K November 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

Kale! Can’t get enough of it.


Terri November 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

I would have to say heirloom tomatoes. So yummy!!!!


Christine November 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

I love my tomatoes! Easy to grow and so versatile!


Jean Shen November 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

Ooh! Can’t wait to try out the homemade hot sauce. Now I know what to do with those red peppers growing in my parents’ garden!

Love eating tomatoes and avocados.


Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet November 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

Congratulations to Todd and Diane on the book! It’s gorgeous!
Fave garden veggie: tomatoes.


Starla Bates November 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Wow! Such interesting information! So much talent!

I LOVE cucumber and for fruit I love blueberries!


theresa krier November 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

i love sweet potatoes! savory or sweet i eat them every day, yum!


Maggie Wallace November 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm



Angel November 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Tomatoes and Strawberries !!


Urban Wife November 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Definitely tomatoes!


Victoria November 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Everything looks so delicious! I would love some fresh garden inspiration! :)


Karen D November 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Nothing beats a fresh, vine-ripened, kissed by the sun, tomato.


JamieK November 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

congratulations on your cookbook; it looks beautiful.


eliana G November 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm



Two Red Bowls November 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I have to agree with the above commenters that there is nothing like a fresh-grown tomato compared to the storebought. The difference is mindblowing. Thank you for this gorgeous post and this giveaway!


Amber Danneman November 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Vine ripened tomatoes.


Michelle B November 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I love picking fresh sugar snap peas right off the vine and eating them!


Ashley P November 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I love cooking with fresh zucchini.


Kim Porter November 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Home grown tomatoes are my absolute favorite!


Auntiepatch November 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

NOTHING is better than home grown tomatoes fresh off the plant!


Lynda Engle November 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I love Meyer Lemons. I’ve made marmalade, cookies, preserved lemons and many more.


Melissa R November 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Tomatoes and fresh herbs are the favorites in my garden. Can’t wait to check this book out, the photos are beautiful!


Eva November 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Favorite fruit/veggie from the garden: sungold tomatoes!


Bailey November 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I love herbs!!! But, lemons!!!


Kim C. November 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I love their blog and the book is absolutely beautiful!! I love tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden.


Suzanne P. November 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Tomatoes … in some form, usually as a condiment


Nicole November 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I love tomatoes from the garden. Yummy!


Emily November 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm

zucchini! love love love.


Kristin November 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

FIGS!! Love the hourly image shots. Saw that Bountiful made the list for Amazon! WTG!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

Homemade Sriracha sauce?! Yes! You know we go through a bottle a week – I’d love to make a homemade version – Jason would love it! The perfect incentive for a hand model, right?


Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs November 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

If I could only pick one then it would have to be a tomato – so versatile.


Kate November 13, 2013 at 3:58 am

hands down…tomatoes!


Robin November 13, 2013 at 4:40 am

Since it is fall I would have to go with butternut squash.


Janet November 13, 2013 at 4:43 am

Tomatoes are my fave!


Amy November 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

Tomatoes right out of the garden.
Congrats to Todd and Diane, the book looks beautiful!


Celeste B. November 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

I love fresh tomatoes out of the garden.


Denise Fedor November 13, 2013 at 7:37 am

With 54 Tomato plants this year, I would say it is my favorite vegetable!


Kirsten November 13, 2013 at 10:08 am

I absolutely love strawberries from the backyard because they remind me of my Grandma’s hanging baskets on the porch. She always kept a bowl of sugar for us to dip them in- such a treat!


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Mel November 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

I love all peppers


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Meghan November 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

Tomatoes are by far my favorite from the garden. I do have a whole bunch of chiles out there now, though, so I’d love to make some hot sauce!


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naomi November 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I have this book and love every page!!!


Arthur in the Garden! November 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Wonderful! I love them!


Heather November 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Tiny globe eggplant!


Sarah A November 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Broccoli is my favorite vegetable ever, I could eat it every day….


Sydney November 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I am a bit partial to bell peppers or squash myself.


kristen November 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

i love fresh cucumbers from the garden!


Dana November 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm

cauliflower! or broccoli! or cabbage! cucumbers! peppers! all the things.


stephanie November 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Congrats! Eggplant is my love!


Cecilia November 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm


Love Sriracha! I will have to try the homemade version!


Abby November 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Brussels sprouts, butternut and acorn squash, sweet potatoes!


Allea November 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Can’t beat a tomato fresh from the garden.


Kathy J November 14, 2013 at 1:48 am

Thank you for the giveaway! There will always be hot sauce available!


Kathy J November 14, 2013 at 1:50 am

Thank you for the giveaway! There will always be hot sauce available! Love fresh tomatoes!


Lauren @Hallnesting November 14, 2013 at 6:11 am

Can’t beat a lemon from our tree


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles November 14, 2013 at 8:28 am

That’s not a fair question, Heidi! How can I possibly pick ONE fresh item from the garden?! Ok…drawn from the hat…raspberries, warm from the sun, fresh picked from our garden. And…I just have to say how much I have enjoyed meeting Todd & Diane a couple times over the past year. They are warm, delightful, sincere, and amazingly talented. Their work is absolutely gorgeous.


Terri November 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

Roasted turnip roots are like eating candy. So good.


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This book looks beautiful!


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Japanese eggplant!


KT November 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm

The book is BEAUTIFUL! I would LOVE a copy!


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Elizabeth November 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I love tomatoes!


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Am going to make this homemade Sriracha, looks fab.


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Love the site!! Brussels sprouts for me!!!


Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King November 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Maybe it’s just a seasonal thing, but Iove, love, love winter squash.


Yael November 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm

My favorite fruit from the garden is peaches and there is nothing like a freshly picked cucumber!


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Nothing on this earth can beat a home-grown fresh picked off the vine, juicy tomato!


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Love cucumbers.


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