My Deep Dish Apple Pie

Deep Dish Apple Pie

I went to two Thanksgiving parties last weekend. The turkeys, the stuffing, all the side dishes, and oh! the pies! I made pumpkin pies and apple pies to take to the parties and they were a hit. Apple pies are one of my favorite pies to make. There is nothing like the aroma of apple pie coming out of oven and the beauty of its golden look can steal many hearts of apple lovers. To me this classic American dessert along with the pumpkin pie is a must for our Thanksgiving feats. I like to ...

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Spicy Korean Chicken Stew, Dakdoritang

Spicy Korean Chicken Stew

I have a little brother back in Korea. He is happily married to a beautiful wife and have two adorable girls.  When my brother got married, my mother was somewhat worried that her only son would be under nourished. Why? Because her only daughter-in-law was not much of a cook. To a some degree I have to admit that my mother was right. Until my sister-in-law married to my brother, she didn't have much experience in cooking. Her food at the beginning were either very bland or overly spiced. To ...

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Maple Glaze

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Maple Glaze

Who wouldn't want a piece of moist cake drizzled with the delicious cream cheese glaze? Although I am enjoying the beautiful warm weather in southern hemisphere. I miss seeing the neighborhoods lined with maple trees, and the houses decorated with pumpkins and fall leaves.  I have been craving the flavor of fall. Pumpkin is one of them. I purchased a dozen cans of organic pumpkin puree and I had to make something that can satisfy my fall craving. I baked the pumpkin bundt cake and drizzled ...

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Sweet and Sour Beef

Sweet and Sour Beef

Most people think of Sweet and Sour dish with either chicken or pork. Have you ever tried it with BEEF? Koreans have made this famous Chinese originated dish 탕수육, Tangsuyook (糖醋肉) into something unique and different. The choice of beef, instead of chicken or pork, coated with the crispy batter makes your ordinary sweet and sour into something extra ordinary, and you will soon think beef CAN go with sweet and sour. This particular recipe is called  소고기 찹쌀 탕수육 (sogogi chapssal ...

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Bok Choy Persimmon Kimchi Salad

Bok Choy Persimmon Kimchi Salad

I don't know how I could forget about posting this recipe but I apparently did. I made this Bok Choy Persimmon Kimchi Salad (청경채 감 겉절이 샐러드, chunggyoungchae gam gutjeuri salad) to post on my blog but I left in my photo library for 2 years. Gees, Holly~! I adapted this recipe from one of the Korean cookbooks I had. It was written by a famous home cook who teaches the upscale Korean dishes to very wealthy housewives in Korea. The crisp tender texture of Bok choy partners with sweet persimmon ...

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Red Bean Rice Cake

Red Bean Rice Cake

I used to be fanatic about anything with red beans and I still am. I think the most Koreans love red beans in anything, as well. I love rice mixed with red beans, sweet buns filled with red beans, red bean porridge, and oh, don't let me forget to mention the famous shaved ice with red beans. Red beans are common ingredient to use in sweet dishes in many Asian countries but not as popular in the western cuisines. I hardly encountered the sweet or even savory dishes made with red beans. Dishes ...

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Puerta Madryn in Patagonia, Argentina

Whale watching, Penisula Valdés

Spring has sprung in beautiful Argentina, and my family had a fabulous trip to Puerta Madryn in the region of Patagonia last weekend. Whales and penguins in their natural habitat are things that I've always wanted to see.  I finally had chance to behold the beauty of these animals up close.  We awoke at 3am to catch a flight to Trelew,  then drove 2 hours to get to Puerta Madryn, a beautiful harbor city on the eastern part of Patagonia. Without any time to rest, we drove on to Puntu Tombo ...

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Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice

Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice

One of my favorite ingredients in making soup has to be escarole. I love the leafy lettuce-like texture that is so tender and sweet once cooked. I love making Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice. It is rather quick and simple to make and comforting to enjoy in cool weather. The soup fills me up and I feel good afterward. I used Chorizo sausage but any Italian style sausage would be fine. You can easily omit the rice if you would rather keep this soup on the lighter side, or as a "make ahead" ...

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Swiss Chard with Brown Rice

Swiss Chard rice

Swiss Chard (근대, gundae) is commonly eaten vegetable in the northeastern part of Korea. I don't think I had this nutritious vegetable down in the south where I grew up. Swiss chard is easily obtainable in most parts of the world. And where I live, it is super cheap so I am so indulging Swiss chard in many dishes. I am not tired of them yet.   I love making Swiss Chard Rice (근대밥, gundae-bap) with spicy chili sauce to top it off. I like to make it total vegan version but you can always ...

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