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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Radish Pancakes

Radish Pancakes

I found a piece of Korean radish in the back of vegetables tray of my refrigerator. I don't even remember how long it has been sitting there. I always love the surprises I find when it's time to clean up the refrigerator. It still looked decent although it didn't have all its fresh glory. I thought of making Korean Mackerel stew with radish but soon realized that I didn't have any mackerel, not even a can. So that left me thinking of what I could do with this half century old "Radishbob ...

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Swiss Chard Fritters

Swiss Chard Fritters

I do cook with Swiss chard often; Swiss chard soup or Swiss chard with brown rice are some of the dishes that I make on the regular basis. Here is another recipe that I made that turned out great. It is Swiss chard fritters with Parmesan cheese.  Very simple to make and enjoyable to munch as snack, these fritters will be the perfect finger food or side dish for everyone. Even the little people who hasn't developed the taste bud for the goodness of greens would like them. Mine ...

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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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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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Multi-Purpose Gochujang Sauce

Gochujang

Here is one ultimate gochujang sauce that you can use in many different Korean dishes. I often make this sauce in a large amount and store in the refrigerator. It can last up to one month and even longer if well stored. I use it to top my cold noodles, on a grilled fish or chicken, dip my vegetables, and many more. That way you don't have to make the sauce every time you crave those dishes.  It saves your cooking time and less dishes to wash. How divine! ...

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How to Cook Rice on the Stove, with Fresh Beans

How to cook rice on the stove

Growing up as a young child in Korea, I often visited my maternal grandparent's house. My grandmother had a traditional Korean kitchen that uses wood burning stove. She had a huge ( I mean really huge) iron pot permanently installed on the stove. The memory is vivid. I can picture the scene of her wearing Korean traditional dress called "Hanbok"  and her hair - somewhat similar to bun donut hair - that was secured with a humble hairpin. She squatted down to keep the flame on going by adding ...

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Soy Braised Onion

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This Soy Braised Onion was one of my childhood favorite side dishes.  My mother often made it whenever she had too much onions in the kitchen. You will only need onions, soy sauce and olive oil. I added a little Korean style corn syrup and sesame seeds for extra lust and nuttiness, but you can omit them.  It is extremely simple to make and delicious to top a bowl of rice. Perfectly vegetarian and vegan worthy. ...

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