Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce

Living in Argentina, I get to enjoy juicy and succulent beef all the time. The Argentine steak (called "Parrilla") is available anywhere. Most homes have a Parrilla grill called a "Quincho" in their backyard. I have one in my house, too, but I don't use it much. It takes several hours to grill the chunk of meat, which requires a degree of patience that I lack. However, meat grilled in a Quincho tastes so good. You can't beat the flavor of charcoal grilled meat over gas grilled ...

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Watercress Tofu Salad

Watercress Tofu Salad

My mother is a devoted Buddhist. As a kid I occasionally accompanied her to one of the Buddhist temples she often visited. I saw her vowing hundreds of times down to the floor in front of Buddha statue asking for mercy and compassion. She had many wishes to pray to Buddha and all of her wishes were for her children. One of the fond memories of visiting a Buddhist temple is the FOOD. Like other millions of kids around the world, I wasn't a vegetable lover as a child. (Were you?) However, it ...

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Mexican Fish, the Rodrigo-style fish

Mexican Fish

My family loves Mexican food. I wish I can find a decent Mexican restaurant in our neighborhoods but there isn't much to choose from. So that puts me into thinking that I should cook our family favorite Mexican food at home to satisfy our cravings. Unfortunately it is very difficult to find the Mexican groceries here in Argentina. There is a pescaderia (fish market) that I go often to buy fresh seafood in San Isidro near I live. I found the fish below that looked similar to Tilapia. The ...

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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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