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An Easy Introduction to Korean Cooking

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Wrote a post on Korean cooking for TasteTablet.

Asian cuisine has exploded in popularity in the U.S. over the past few years, assisted by globalization and increased awareness. Korean cooking is a style that’s particularly well-suited for at-home cooking, as it is simple, filling, and generally healthy. The ingredients at first glance may look intimidating due to unfamiliarity, but what makes many Korean recipes so easy to make is that it’s all about assembly for the main dish and, then, if you like, adding some two-ingredient side dishes. For main dishes, there are no lengthy processes, complicated sauces, or three-pot meals – the goal is to end up with all your ingredients in one delicious, multi-flavored bowl. Banchan – a blanket term for an array of side dishes – is what you will get at any Korean restaurant, but can be subtracted, or included, at will when cooking at home. I personally find Korean cooking immensely satisfying and easy on the eyes and the palate.

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Cooking with Love

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“If you are careful,’ Garp wrote, ‘if you use good ingredients, and you don’t take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing. Also true of love. Cooking, therefore, can keep a person who tries hard sane.”
― John Irving, The World According to Garp

Dear Readers: Autumn Love Letter

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Remember to tell someone you love them today, or text a friend telling them you still remember that good memory you made together.

Remember to go outside sometimes and really see the sky, drink it in for a minute, blue and gray and green. Take a deep breath and feel the fullness of your being, you are here, you are really here in that moment.

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It’s autumn weather and it’s time to curl up indoors. Let peace sink in, and gratitude for the strong walls that keep out the cold and the weather but let you watch rain fall like a flurry of starry silver on your windowpanes. Make some easy Parisian drinking chocolate. Eat fruit. Watch The Flash and re-read old romantic classics like Pride and Prejudice and North and South. Because it’s getting colder, you’ll probably be out a little less – start cooking more. Enjoy your roommate and/or family. Have people over every few weeks, and serve them simple, warm food, like lemon chicken orzo soup and sweet potato casserole, and lots of wine.

Deep-clean your room and bathroom, and string up some Christmas lights. They use very little electricity so leave them on all night long and watch them blinking until you fall asleep. Listen to more jazz and folk as the weather turns. Don’t be cross, or cold. Get up 40 minutes before you need to leave for work, and turn on plenty of lights, and drink tea or coffee while eating eggs fried with thyme, and buttered bread, slowly.

Love your home. Love the weather. Make art. Stay warm. Autumn is here.

Love Coffeegirl 

Food Love

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Explaining Sugar in Whole Vs. Processed Foods

RSA Shorts – How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Brilliant 2-minute video about food.

Chef Official Trailer – Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johanson

Caffeinated Links: Diablo Cody Pilot, Macaroni and Cheese Pizze

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This will make you laugh. People write the most ridiculous complaints to Thomas Cook travel agency. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”  RT

Fox has purchased a one-hour pilot for the teen drama Prodigy, a collaboration between Juno scribe Diablo Cody and O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. Say it with me, Coffeteers: YES! RT

Forget health. I am throwing everything out and making this macaroni and cheese pizza tonight. RT

I also got a craving for cream cheese wontons, which alone are worth ordering Thai delivery for, and turns out the recipe is fairly simple. RT

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