Recipe: Simple Bolognese Sauce

27 Feb

During these cold months, I can’t think of anything more delicious or comforting than a big plate of pasta with homemade sauce. It was my first time making bolognese sauce but it came out really good. It does require a little bit of patience, as you want really deep flavors as it slow cooks. The best part of this sauce is that it freezes beautifully and can be thawed for a quick weeknight meal.

Unfortunately, my daughter was not a fan….I will have to try giving it to her again next time. I can’t believe we are now a household with a picky toddler!



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We Are Baack!

9 Feb

Hi there!

Hope your 2015 is off to a good start (even though it’s February). :) It’s been embarrassingly long since my last update. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, thank you for keeping up with my cooking adventures over there. I appreciate it!

Our baby girl turned one a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t believe how fast time has gone by! She is now talking, walking and so much fun!

Since it’s not realistic for me to continue that method, I will be posting recipes, but with shorter entries. I think that’s better than abandoning this blog altogether, wouldn’t you agree?

I’ve made kimchi using Napa cabbage before, but it was such a long and time consuming task that I never got around to making it again. So I decided to try making kimchi with radish, which is perfect with a big piping bowl of Korean soup! It’s quick and delicious, not to mention much cheaper than buying it, so I have made it about 5 times now. Give it a try!


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A new addition

6 Mar

At the end of January, I became a mom to a healthy and beautiful baby girl! I am sleep deprived and tired, but things are going well. :) Thank you all for your well wishes!

Here is a photo of her little feet. (Sorry – I’d rather not post pictures of her face on this website.)

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Hello World

30 Sep

I know many of you have been wondering where the heck I disappeared to. I honestly have no idea!

After 5 years of blogging, my passion for cooking is unwavering. However, I have found myself forgetting to take pictures and then ending up with a quick upload to Instagram and calling it a day. I have been thinking a lot about the direction of this blog and how I want to move forward. I want to apologize for leaving you hanging – I think this was the longest unofficial break I ever took from the site.

And now, for the big news – I’m currently 6 months pregnant with a baby girl! I wish I could say that my lack of blogging came from nausea or morning sickness, but that would be a complete lie. My husband and I are excited, nervous, anxious but also overjoyed! :) I’m feeling good and just trying to get things in order before she arrives.


Needless to say, my life will change drastically, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be in complete silence forever. Please bear with me as I try to figure out how I want to proceed.

Thank you for reading!

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Winner of Oreos Package

14 Jun

Thanks to everyone to entered the Oreos care package giveaway! I really enjoyed reading every single one of your answers – I never knew there were so many ways to eat Oeros! Also, hearing about so many wonderful dads also made me smile.

In order to be fair, I used a random number generator based on the order of the comments received. And the winner is:

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The winner is:

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Congratulations, Gracie!  I will email you with instructions on how to claim your prize.

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

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Oreos – Father’s Day Giveaway

12 Jun

Is it just me, or does Mother’s Day seem like a bigger deal than Father’s Day? I think both parents are equally important in a child’s life, and dads deserve a lot of credit as well.

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m partnering with Oreo to give a lucky reader a care package!

As a young girl, I lived in Korea with my mom and sister, while my dad lived in New York. I don’t remember a lot, but I do remember being obsessed with Oreo cookies. I think came to associate Oreos with my dad, since he brought Oreos as treats for us. Thankfully, our family has reunited since then, yet my love for Oreos (and my dad) still remain.

To my dad – without your appetite for good food, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Thank you for teaching me how to love and appreciate good eatin’. :)

Click on the card to hear an adorable song about dads and Oreos.

Read on to find out what the giveaway prize is!


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Recipe: Strawberry and Honey Sorbet

22 May

Hurray! The weather is finally warm enough for me to share a sorbet recipe with y’all. Mixing strawberries with lemon juice gives it that bright red flavor, and is a delicious treat on a hot summer day. The best part? It relies on natural sweetness of the berries and honey so there is no sugar involved.


I can’t wait to try it with other fruit like mangoes and peaches!


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Recipe: Beet Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette

13 May

Hi y’all! It seems like NYC has been having some crazy weather lately. Saturday was raining cats and dogs, yesterday was summer, and today feels like fall. I have no idea what’s going on but since it’s officially spring, I went with a spring theme.


The stars of today’s post are beets! Golden and red beets, to be exact. Beets have a bad rap and it’s about time that changed! Roasted beets are so sweet and flavorful, especially when paired with a little bit of stinky feta cheese. This salad just screams “spring!” and the vinaigrette pairs very nicely with the rest of the salad.

(By the way, feel free to follow me on instagram for behind the scenes shots of some of these blog posts before they end up here!)


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Recipe: Salmon Cakes

1 May

I came across a really interesting recipe on The Kitchn and thought it was the perfect way to use up leftover salmon and brown rice! Sometimes, it’s hard for me to think outside the box when it comes to rice, mostly because I’m so used to eating rice alongside something else. But I’m glad I tried this recipe cuz these cakes are YUM!


These cakes are delightful – rice gives them a slightly chewy texture, and the cilantro brightens the dish, with great flavor in each bite from the lime and fish sauce. The recipe calls for topping with sriracha mayo, which I felt wasn’t necessary, but is certainly an excellent suggestion!


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Recipe: Macarons with buttercream filling

24 Apr

Once upon a time, I made green tea macarons with chocolate ganache and managed to get them right. I titled the post “trial 1” and never wrote about trial 2, trial 3 and trial 4. I was so tired of eating weird looking cookies so I took a long break. I’m happy to report that this time, I actually got it right!


French macarons, as many of you know, are quite difficult to make, only because so many elements have to be in perfect sync. Despite my many attempts, I can’t say that I’m an expert at macarons. All I can tell you is that I added cream of tartar and aged egg whites just to help things along. I was also screaming “I have feet!!!!!” while watching them bake and doing a happy dance.


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