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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All About Korean Rice

Korean Rice

Rice means more than its purpose as a staple food in Korean Cuisine. It is a symbol of life and representation of prosperity. For thousands of years in the past, one's wealth in Korea was determined by how much of rice had been stored in one's food storage. Having four very distinct seasons with a very long cold winter and steep mountains covering 70% of its land, Korea is a difficult place to grow rice.  Those seasonal and geographical challenges and limitations, however, have made Koreans ...

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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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Beef Meatballs with Pineapple Soy Glaze

Beef Meatballs with Pineapple Soy Glaze

Everyone seems to like meatballs. I do, too. I love my mother's meatballs. She mixes ground beef with finely chopped mushrooms, bell pepper, and garlic, then coat with flour and egg, and pan fry them in little oil. They are flavorful and so good with a bowl of rice. Although my mom's meatballs are great the way they are, I wanted to take her beef meatballs and cover with delicious pineapple soy glaze to give a little twist. And the result is fantastic! ...

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Chungmu Kimbap, the famous seaweed rice rolls from my hometown

Chungmu Kimbap

Today's recipe is very special one for me. Because this is the famous Chungmu Kimbap (충무김밥) from my hometown. Most foreigners who enjoy Korean food provably tried Kimbap, the seaweed rice rolls stuffed with various vegetables. I bet not many of them have tried or even heard of "Chungmu Kimbap" though. Chungmu Kimbap is popular seaweed rice rolls among local Koreans. There are many franchise restaurants in Korea that specialize this particular kimbap. ...

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Chicken and Rice Casserole

chicken-casserole

We had quite a bit of snow this past few days. Schools were closed and kids were home. Even my husband was home due to the bad weather. When the weather goes bad, and eating out is not an option, I need to come-up with something to feed hungry people in my family. They could easily fix their own ham and cheese sandwich, but returning home with frozen body after playing hard in the snow outside, I feel like I better feed them something more soothing and satisfying. What a thoughtful mother and ...

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Mushroom Rice Bowl with Meat Sauce

Mushroom Rice Bowl

버섯덮밥 [ busut dupbap ] When my daughter was about 5 years old, she suddenly refused to eat mushrooms. I blame it all to my husband for calling them "fungus" over a dinner table one day. "Look what we got. Fungus for dinner!" I was serving some mushrooms on the side.  He was not (and still is not) a mushroom guy. Ever since then my daughter tattooed the idea 'mushroom = fungus = gross' in her brain for the next 7 years. ...

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