Sweet & Spicy Korean Braised Turkey

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You've had roast turkey and deep-fried turkey... but what about turkey with real international flavor? This Thanksgiving let's honor our melting pot culture with a recipe worth talking about. This Korean stuffed turkey breast is perfect for a smaller gathering of curious epicureans, happily feeding 4-6. I can't decide if the best part is the sweet and spicy glaze (made with soy sauce, mirin, ginger and garlic)... ... or the butternut squash stuffing (complete with chestnuts, … [Read more...]

Chill out with 7 cold soups from around the world

Cold soup recipes from around the world.

A few things have changed since the early days of this blog (namely the photography), but one thing is certain: I love a good, chilled soup in the summer. Here are seven awesome cold soup recipes from around the world that aren't gazpacho - because, my goodness, there are other cold soups besides gazpacho! So, without further ado, summer's almost over - let's skip the heat and chill out. 1. Mul Naengmyeon | Korea [Recipe] This Korean recipe is the most recent addition to our collection … [Read more...]

Iced Korean Buckwheat Noodles | Mul-naengmyeon

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Perhaps you've had chilled soup, but have you ever had soup on ice? Korean naengmyeon is just that - a brothy, noodle soup topped with spicy cucumber, Asian pear, daikon radish, hard-boiled egg, and ice. While the soup starts out mild in flavor, adding vinegar, mustard oil (or paste), and even a spoonful of kimchee takes the soup to a whole new flavor profile - the catch is this seasoning is usually done at the table, so everyone can control how their naengmyeon tastes. Do you want … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: North Korea

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THE SCENE: My Happily Broken Heart A broken heart occurs when two hearts joined in love tear apart. It could happen slowly or quickly, but like a wishbone, something has to give. If it's a clean break, it wasn't love. At least, not for a long time. Sometimes both hearts have a tear, other times just one. Lots of times it feels like a piece was left behind, permanently affixed to the heart of the other. Keith has never broken my heart. Sure, we've had our disagreements but I've never once … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sweet Pumpkin Porridge with Rice balls & Red beans

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While I don't typically dive into steaming hot bowls of sweet pumpkin soup, I just might make an exception today. And, if I did, I just might use one of those rice balls as a floaty. No judgments, please. I just like pumpkin a whole lot. The unusual thing about this soup is not how sweet it is, or even the fact that there's rice balls in it (that's not much different than a dumpling) - it's that there's a scoop of sweet red beans lurking at the bottom of the bowl, waiting for … [Read more...]

Recipe: Rolled Egg Omelet w/ Kimchi (Gyeran mali)

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On chilly fall mornings I like to roll up in my thick downy comforter, cozy and warm. I know that the second I stick my nose out it'll turn into an icicle, so I don't. I keep it tucked and cozy. I would lay there for hours, if Ava would let me. I'm like a human burrito. Or ... ahem... a human... omelet. You see, I like to think of this rolled omelet as an egg comforter. Even better? A heart-shaped egg comforter. Welcome to Cozy Town. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, I think everyone should … [Read more...]

Menu: North Korea

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Yesterday, during Ava's nap, I planted 16 plants (15 of which were mums), cleaned out my bathroom cabinet, and painted my toenails. I worked up such an appetite, I finished off the rest of our Korean Sweet Pumpkin Porridge. By the end of it, the yard, my feet, and my belly were sparkling with happy color. I also got a couple of entries to our Gingerbread for Peace contest (check out the gallery and vote for your favorites). All in all, a pretty great day. Bottom line - some days just … [Read more...]

About the food of North Korea

Tomb of King Tongmyong, North Korea. Photo by Kok Leng Yeo.

While I'm not a huge meat eater, I never met a burger I didn't like. Especially if it has cheese on top. Case in point: I loved the Aussie Burger we made for our Australian Global Table. This bad boy was loaded up with a fried egg, pickled beets, and a large slice of ooey gooey cheddar. It was all good. Still... the very Shakespearean question is whether or not I would still like a burger if it was called something else... if a burger, like a rose, is just as sweet by any other name. Turns … [Read more...]