Avocado Cilantro Pesto Sauce

Avocado Cilantro Pesto Sauce

I used to hate avocados. I didn't understand why some people were crazy about them. I almost threw up when I first tasted them. They were mushy and couldn't stand the raw flavor.  The same goes to the cilantro as well. The fragrance was too strong, that I felt like it overpowered the entire dish. There are many Koreans, including my own brother, who can't stand the cilantro. Taste bud changes. I now enjoy avocados more than I need to, and I can't get enough cilantro. Funny, isn't ...

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Steamed Chilies

Steamed Chillies

There are many different Korean side dishes made with seasonal summer produces. Out of all those, these steamed chilies are one of my favorites. My mother used to make this quite often when there were a bounty of these little wrinkled chilies available in a local market. I could literally empty a bowl of rice with this side dish alone. It is full of flavor and nor overly spicy, just tender and so good! So these are the specific type of chilies that you have to use for this recipe. If ...

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Egg and Vegetable Frittata, my way

Egg and vegetable Frittata

My family is quite picky on eggs. Each one has their preference on how their egg should be. My husband likes his scrambled eggs somewhat dry. He hates runny scrambled eggs. My son doesn't care for scrambled eggs but loves sunny side up eggs. My daughter prefers egg whites since she entered high school and started to pay more attention on her diet (?). Well, being a kitchen goddess in my household, I often ignore what they order. I don't want to make 3 different styles of eggs for ...

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Spicy Tuna and Potato Stew

Spicy Tuna and Potato Stew

I had been extremely busy these past few weeks. Sometimes life throws you something that you don't want to catch. This time it has to do with moving. I had to move to another house in Buenos Aires. To make the long story short, the moving went well and everything is in the right place now. I had been neglecting with cooking and I apologize for not posting new recipes as often as I should. However, here is one quick recipe that you can turn a can of tuna into a delicious stew in a very short ...

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Beef and Cucumber Stir-Fry

Beef and Cucumber Stir-fry

You might think it is weird to stir-fry cucumbers but the stir-fried cucumbers are quite tasty and still remains its crunch texture. I made a simple beef and cucumber stir-fry the other day. I seasoned the thin beef slices with Korean flavored sauce, then stir-fried with cucumbers and some red chillies. In order to maintain the crunch texture of cucumber, toss with salt for a few minutes before you add to the stir-frying. That will extract some moisture out of cucumbers and help retain its ...

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Cabbage with Soybean Paste

Cabbage with Soybean Paste

Korean soybean Paste (된장, doenjang) goes really well with cabbage or other type of leafy vegetables. The salty pungent flavor of fermented soybean is not for everyone, but once you are used to the flavor it quickly becomes your comfort flavor and you will crave for it. Koreans use this paste for not just in soups and stews, we use it in many salad type dishes as well. Fermented soybean offers a lot of health benefits. If you like Korean food, I hope you try using doenjang more often in ...

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Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

I had a chunk of very good beef sirloin and a head of fresh farm picked broccoli in hand. What would I do with them? Beef and broccoli stir-fry, of course! This is one of the most common beef stir-fry dishes that people order at Chinese take-out. It is very easy to prepare at home with ingredients you might already have in your pantry. First, make sure the beef is thinly sliced and marinated with soy sauce, a little brown sugar, and corn starch for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cut up the ...

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Hearts of Palm Dip

Hearts of Palm Dip

Creamy, cheesy, and rich flavored dip to serve with French baguette slices... that's my kind of finger food for parties. Here is one recipe I would like to present - Hearts of palm dip!!! If you like artichoke dip, you'll like this one. You can get heart of palm in a can in many grocery stores these days and you can whip up some warm delicious dip with other ingredients you already have in your refrigerator within a few minutes before you put it into oven. Chop the hearts of palm ...

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Seaweed Salad with Radish

Seaweed Radish Salad

No, this is not a Christmas tree!!! But I love how it mimics the 'winter wonderland' feeling. This is a simple Korean style seaweed salad with radish (파래 무 무침, parae moo muchim). There are several different types of seaweed in Korea. I think most people know of the dried form of seaweed which you can easily find in many Asian stores. However, during the wintertime you might be able to find fresh kind, if you are lucky. This particular seaweed is like threads, quite thin. In fact, the ...

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