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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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Healthy Work Snacks


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brookside dark chocolate pomegranate

1. Crunchpak is the leading brand in the U.S. for fresh apple slices, and my favorite; their fruit is crunchy, fresh, just sweet enough, and takes a good week to go brown. It’s so much easier to grab a pack of pre-sliced apples and take to work rather than chopping up a new one every day. Very cheap, also – about $4 at every major grocery chain. Pick one up on your next swing through the fruit and veggies section at your grocery store.
2. Brookside chocolate, meanwhile, is the perfect counterpart to the apple slices and the perfect post-lunch snack; the high-quality chocolate is wrapped around delicious, chewy pomegranate (you can get your preferred fruit, I like pomegranate). Dark chocolate is good for the body due to antioxidants, and this snack is rich enough that I’m rarely tempted to eat more than a few at a time. It’s slightly pricier at around $5 per pack, but one pack lasts 1-2 weeks depending on how fast you go through it.

I’ve tried quite a number of work snacks – I also recommend plain almonds – but these are the ones which have stuck as far as ease of use and deliciousness leading to long use. Upgrade your desk food with these easy, delicious snacks.

Eat Fruit

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rt Kimberly Hasselbrink

Caffeinated Links

  • C. Booth is one of my favorite skincare lines. I’ve been using their tea tree oil toner on my face every day for the past week and a half and it has cleared up my skin straightaway. (Not that while I like C. Booth, I don’t think this effect is specific to just their product; rather it’s sold me on tea tree oil in general)
  • TIME talked to the man who revised U.S. dietary guideline for 5 tips on eating healthy
  • Writers, when you get discouraged, never forget that the The New York Times said of Steinbeck during his lifetime: “limited talent is, in his best books, watered down by tenth-rate philosophizing.” Steinbeck never published another work of fiction and died 6 years later
  • These Korean Engrish signs are gold, particularly “If you want to ride again, pleas reenter after existing”

And finally, Natalie Tran of Lonely Planet went to the world’s smallest country..Monaco

Caffeinated Links: Food Revolution Bound by Income, Freelance Advice, The Cutting Edge Snark

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It’s been far too long since I did one of these.

You guys, I love The Cutting Edge. It’s adorable and weird and cheesy and adorable. It’s really not bad. But Pajiba’s Courtney Enlow is HILARIOUS reviewing it. You want to read this. RT Pajiba

This is important for you us creative types. Contently’s Freelancer Playbook for Scoring Press Passes. RT

Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half has a great interview out. “That part that is selfish and weird and greedy is part of me, and that’s always going to be a part of me, no matter how much I try to cover it up. It’s like watching my dogs misbehave, it’s like, “Oh you, you’re doing that again.” RT Hairpin

Great Guernica article on the geographical nature of food perspectives. “That, I think, is what is lost in this whole national discussion about food. Because it’s led by people who don’t have to worry. It’s not that people aren’t aware of that, but it’s totally different to really understand it—and to craft messages and strategies that account for it… You’re sitting with people, and they’re really poor, and their lives, because they are poor, are very chaotic. Somebody’s brother is in jail, somebody is on drugs, somebody is working the night shift at the gas station, the kid has ADHD. And you’re sitting there going, “Have you thought about whole grains?” It sounds, to them, like somebody saying, “Oh, my private jet broke down.” RT Guernica

You’ve probably already seen this. If not, you need to. Star Wars trailer, Guardians of the Galaxy style.

Food

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Eat well and you will live well.

Explaining Sugar in Whole Vs. Processed Foods

RSA Shorts – How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Brilliant 2-minute video about food.

Color

canteloupe food photographyvia swatow_ink

Caffeinated Links: Travoltify Your Name, Debunking Juice Cleanses, Lent

Sam Tsui and Sariah have this bubbly, playful, gorgeously shot-in-a-colorful-arcade cover of Pharell’s “Happy.”

You probably heard how John Travolta called Idina Menzel “Adeel Dezeem” at the Oscars. Now, courtesy of Slate, you can Travoltify your name! RT

The Wall Street Journal debunks the juice cleanse craze – “Consuming more vegetables is great, mainstream doctors and nutritionists agree. But they dismiss the detox claims as a confusing jumble of science, pseudoscience and hype. They argue that humans already have a highly efficient system for filtering out most harmful substances—the liver, kidneys and colon.

“If you’re confused, you understand the issue perfectly,” says Edward Saltzman, an associate professor at Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University.” RT

Ann Voskamp in a beautiful post on Lent, which starts tomorrow- “He will have to accomplish it all. I am ashes and I am dust and there is no good in me and I am in dire need and lent has given me clear eyes to see my sin and I am the one broken under all this skin.” RT

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