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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Stir-fried Spicy Squid, 오징어 볶음

Stir-fried Spicy Squid

There is one seafood (Well..., actually more than one) that my husband, who grow up in Colorado, can't take it. And his families and my kids won't eat it, either. It is the SQUID. And the squid's big cousin octopus would even be a nightmare to them. For that reason, I don't get to cook squid that often. Alas! I l.o.v.e squid.  I hope you do, too. Otherwise, I feel like I am so left alone in this world full of squid haters. ...

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Seafood Green Onion Pancakes (해물파전, Hamul Pajeon), and Korea Style Book Giveaway

Seafood Green Onion Pancakes

The month of July in Korea is known for the rainy season. The monsoon climate dwells in the entire Korean peninsular. It is wet, humid, and somewhat unpleasant. I remember my mother often heat up the floor (We had one of those traditional Korean floors that heats up) in the month of July just to cut off the humidity. Koreans enjoy greasy savory pancakes when the weather is rainy. It must be something in our body that craves greasy-fatty food when the weather goes under the radar. One of the ...

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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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Glazed Salmon with Peaches

Who would refuse the tree-ripened, fresh, big, juicy, plump, and sweet peaches? Unless you are allergic to peaches, I haven't met anyone who wouldn't like peaches when served. Unfortunately peaches are so seasonal, which means it is very difficult to access fresh peaches in the middle of winter. (In some areas you might be able to, but they won't taste like summer peaches in season). Luckily, we have a solution. The next best thing to fresh summer peaches is the Del Monte® canned peaches. ...

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Kimchi Chorizo Shrimp Paella

Kimchi Chorizo Shrimp Paella

Kimchi Chorizo Shrimp Paella [ 김치 초리조소세지 새우 빠에야 ] If someone is asking me today to choose one country that I would like to travel, it would be Spain. I might choose a different country tomorrow but for today? It is definitely Spain. When I think of Spain, Paella comes next. (Can't resist not to think of food)  Paella is a famous Spanish rice dish cooked with various meat and/or seafood in one pan. Saffron is often added to give the irresistible golden color and a hint of flavor to the ...

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Broiled Red Snapper with Korean Chili Sauce

Red Snapper with Korean Chili Sauce

I am a fish lover. I grew up with them and adore them. However, I married to a guy who grew up in the valley of Rocky mountain, and whose memory of good seafood as child was one of those frozen fish sticks which he seldom got. I think he freaked out when he saw me eating the tiny whole anchovies (including head and tail) when we were dating. No wonder he hesitated kissing me at the beginning of our relationship..., LOL!!! Well, seafood is not his thing. Therefore I don't get to cook ...

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Ssambap, the Korean rice wrap with assorted lettuce and leaves

Ssambap, the Korean rice wrap with lettuce

One of the fond memories of my childhood is having dinner with my family sitting on the outdoor table called "pyoungsang", a large square low table that stands in the middle of courtyard of the house for people to sit on. It is unique to Korean culture that is easily found in the countryside. Everyday we had our dinner sitting on this Pyoungsang during the summer season. My mother often prepared this delicious Ssambap (rice wrap with assorted lettuce and leaves) and made the fish topping ...

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