Monday Meal Review: South Korea


THE SCENE: My Wake Up Call I almost didn't have anyone over for our South Korean Global Table. I was living in funk town and not sure I'd be great company. I tried to climb out of my shell - I went for a sunshiny walk and even put a smile on my face. "Fake it til you make it" says Joy the Baker. Sage advice. Still - I've said it once and I'll say it again: I'm a pretty shy gal. I like people and people like me, but I'm not very good at cultivating friendships - at making best friends. The … [Read more...]

Recipe: Quick, Magical Kimchi


Makes 1 quart Do you know a picky eater? Are you a picky eater? Even I have my moments... I'm here to warn you that kimchi is one of those dishes - a Mount Everest for some culinary Adventurers and a potential moon landing for our beloved but stubbornly picky eaters. Here's why: Kimchi is fermented, pickled, fishy, spicy, and totally funky.  It can take months and months to make, fermented in large vats with such delicacies as raw oysters or fish chunks. Astonishingly, the end result … [Read more...]

The quickest way to Korea w/ poll (Saute Sauce & Marinade)


This recipe is for those times when an airplane ticket isn't in the budget... ... When a two week's vacation won't fit into the schedule. ... When the daydream only gets you halfway to the dream. Splash a little of this sauce in your frying pan - let it dance and sizzle and pop. Serve with bibimbap, if you dare! Welcome to Korea. Makes 3/4 cup Ingredients: 1/2 cup sesame oil soy sauce, to taste 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 inch ginger, grated 1 green onion, chopped 2 Tbsp … [Read more...]

Recipe: Superstar Bibimbap


Today is my late brother's birthday - he would have been 34 and into who knows what kind of trouble. No joke. I like to think that, if he were here, he'd take a break from his ornery ways and we'd eat this sizzling Korean specialty together. As it cooked in front of us - at the table - we'd celebrate him with big bursts of goofy laughter. Bibimbap is perfect for celebrating superstars - like him. Like you. Sure, there are days when we don't feel like superstars. When everything seems … [Read more...]

Menu: South Korea


Oh, Ava, Ava, Ava. You seem so bored. So disinterested. When was the last time you got excited about something you ate?  When was the last time you were 110% focused on the goodness about to go into your belly? When was the last time you unhinged your jaw to make room for delicious food? Oh, nevermind. Ava has the right attitude ... it is time to bring a little enthusiasm to mealtime. Friends, open wide for South Korea. Kimchi is your passport to funky town and bibimbap just might change … [Read more...]

About the food of South Korea


Funny story. In a momentary lapse in brain power (I blame motherhood) ... I ... I ... forgot the alphabet, so we're doing South Korea before North Korea. Ahem. Maybe not so funny. But, either way, there it is. SO. South Korea. Say hello! Hello. There's lots of information floating around about South Korea. This mountainous country located at the bottom of the Korean Peninsula is hot, humid, and happenin'. I personally know of seven people that have been to South Korea or are … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Kiribati


THE SCENE I wanted our Kiribati Global Table to go perfectly. I had visions of something out of Norman Rockwell. Loving family, smiles all around, big appetites. My two year-old eating $35/lb lobster and loving it. Yeah, right. "Ava, you want some lobster? It's like... fish." "Uhuh" she said. The first bite went in. Is it good? "Uhuh." Approximately 13.3 seconds later she spit it out. "Weird." I died a little inside. That teeny bite probably cost $5.50. Okay, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sweet Coco Pumpkin with Pandan Leaves


If you've been to the grocery store lately you've seen it. Mounds and mounds of pumpkins. They're bright fire orange, forest green, haystack yellow, cloud white, and even sorceress gray. Some are bumpy and some are flat out gnarly. They're all saying hello, strutting their stuff, hoping you'll take them home. Every year I take a few more home than the year before. I can't help it. I like the teeny weeny ones best. The kind Ava can practically palm in her small 2 year-old hand. I also like to … [Read more...]