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Ethiopian Berbere Stew


My husband sometimes makes fun of me saying I’m a Korean girl who loves country music, studies Bollywood, Tahitian, Hula and West African dance, who is married to a white man. He says I don’t make sense….but I say I’m a ‘worldly’ woman. I sure got this free spirit  from my dad who is a surgeon,traveled all around the world after his medical school. He is in his 60′s but there is a no sign of slowing down. He just got back from Cambodia where he treated local folks who didn’t have opportunities to see a doctor. My hero. I […]

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Mom’s Chunky Pumpkin Soup


In Korea, we have pumpkin soup called ‘Hobak Bumbuk’…. Each region has their own styles and this chunky, chewy and thick one is from my region, south-east part of Korea where I grew up. (I speak a strong dialect). Last night, I had a major craving for it. Of course, my food craving always hits me at night….sigh. Me being not so talented in Korean cooking, I called up my mom. With mom on the phone walking me through the process, I made a big pot of this nutrient-packed soup perfect for fall. I’m all set with my lunch and late […]

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Pork Chop with Balsamic Maple Glaze


When trader joe’s has halloween Joe Joe’s cookies (which are addictive BTW), I know it’s October indeed. We had a good ‘hot’ summer so without lingering to end of summer, I can move on to a fall…..My Ugg boots are out, my baggy sweatshirt that I saved for the holiday season’s weight gain is out too ready to tackle it’s duty. And I’m ditching those summer salad and move on to a fall kind of meal.   Ingredients • Pork : 2 good quality pork chops ( I got frenched & thick cut ), freshly ground coriander (I toast first and […]

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Beauty Talk


I grew up with 2 older sisters and my mom has 4 sisters. So guess what happens when 2 generations of ladies gather together. Non-stop beauty talk. My mom used to say,  you can skip brushing your teeth but do not forget putting eye cream. ( I have been using eye cream since I was 19 years old.)  So I’m going to talk beauty today including my family’s beauty secret. Sorry guys, eye muffs. It’s all about ladies today. For beauty drink : I make this delicious green smoothie every day! Inspired by my beautiful Tahitian dance teacher, Adele Kurstin […]

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Dreamy Peach Tart


Do you think of your next meal when you are at the gym? I do. We went to Whistler, Canada last summer – while my husband was at his ice hockey camp, I hit the gym. I’m on  my spin bike, flipping through food magazine and think of my next meal….And then I saw this recipe….I was not sure if it was my sweat or my drooling that was dripping down on my shirt. I took out my phone and made a quick snap shot of the page. Ever since then, this became one of our favorite tarts when peaches […]

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Whole Roasted Branzino


I grew up in a place where I can walk to the fish market. ‘Morning walk’ to the fish market with my mom is one of the fondest memories of my childhood. In Korea, most fish (unless it’s used in stews) is served as whole so when I see a menu that has ‘whole fish’, I don’t even read the description, I just order. Something so simple, and primal about whole fish….I just love it. Of course, my husband who grew up in the other side of the world, seems uncomfortable when he sees whole fish served on the table. But […]

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Luscious Blueberry Cinnamon Smoothie


My friends, fellow dancer/teacher I love dearly, Aparna Khanolkar and Lisa Beck has this wonderful organization called Grace, Power and Beauty. Their offerings use the ancient Indian healing art of Ayurveda combined with music and dance, retreats, classes, workshops, delicious recipes and more. And this is my new favorite smoothie recipe from these lovely ladies. (Adapted from Aparna & Lisa’s Luscious summer tonic) Ingredients 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries 1/4 cup fresh organic raspberries 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup coconut water (I found this wonderful coconut water with probiotic in it at wholefoods) 1~2 teaspoon cinnamon (Cinnamon is so good for you […]

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Healthy Spaghetti Carbonara : Vegan


I have been preparing for Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade (It’s a unique Santa Barbara celebration, similar to a few others such as Mardi- Gras in New Orleans ) in my dance + drum group, Panzumo for  last 8 weeks. Had an amazing and successful show this past weekend. During that 8 weeks, I have been trying to eat healthier, worked out regularly and of course danced a lot. (I did splurge on flank steak, fish and chips and shepherd pie….and oh I cannot give up on dessert…80% healthy food 20% splurge! Right? ) And this was one of my favorites […]

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Cauliflower-Crust Pizza


I met my friend, Alisa in my first year of culinary program. She was studying to be a dietitian and needed to take basic culinary classes. When I walked into the classroom (kitchen, in this case) I spotted her and I put down my knife kit right next to her. I was one of the older students…and I really didn’t feel like working next to the kids who just graduated from high schools..(no offence just because I may not understand their current lingo…) She had already finished her B.A and had a husband …Yes— she is going to make me […]

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30-seconds Peanut Sauce


My older sister just had a baby, so being the good sister that I am , I drove 5.5 hours to her house to help her out. Well..now I have a new respect for all the mothers out there….man, taking care of a new born baby is not a joke. Babies cry a LOT! My sister barely has a moment to take a shower, clean or cook. I thought I had a hard time house-training my puppies. You literally have to give them non-stop 24 hours attention and of course, she has to feed him every 2 hours…my poor sister…full […]

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Aparna’s indian spicy green curry with Onion chutney


I love ethnic dance, food and culture. And I was lucky enough to make friends with an incredible woman, ‘Aparna‘ at my dance studio. She is a private chef, cooking instructor and Ayurvedic lifestyle coach – Of course, I showed up in her next cooking class. I’ve never been to India ( the only indian dish I know is from the restaurants ) so I was super excited to see what homemade ‘real’ indian food is like. And I made what I learned at home!!! Now I can proudly say I cooked ‘real’ indian food. This curry is not thick […]

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Easiest Chocolate Mousse : vegan


I I had left over silken tofu from Roasted corn and coconut chowder so I made my favorite vegan chocolate mousse. This is so easy I can do it with my eyes close. And trust me, you will too. Ingredients 1/2 pound silken tofu, blended in food processor till smooth 6 oz chocolate chips 1 teaspoon expresso powder 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract For coconut whipped cream:  1 can full-fat coconut milk, 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Preparation 1. Place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl and microwave till melt. Important : Take the bowl […]

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Roasted Corn and Coconut Chowder : vegan


Do you love your neighborhood ‘Trader Joe’s’?  I do, I do! How did people survive before TJ?  I can’t imagine….And I love  their oh so lovely and kind cashiers… who always ask  ’How is your day going?’, ‘What did you do today?’ ‘What’s your plan for the rest of your day?’…etc, etc….but I have to admit that I  sometimes have one of those days that I wish I was at ‘self check out’ and just get the heck out of the store.  I don’t want to chat with you, it takes me more than 30 seconds to get my head […]

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Skillet Egg with Spinach


Something about a hot skillet makes everything yummy and comforting. Today, I’m giving my body a break from a morning workout, going to just take a deep breath and slow it down for a change.  I’m not going to grab spirulina water for breakfast and run out to get workout done, run around like a mad woman wearing myself down. I’m going to make myself a ‘proper’ breakfast (of course after I make one for my hubby and pack snacks for his work day ) and take in this beautiful morning with my lovely puppies….only if we had a few chickens roaming […]

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Homemade Yogurt


When I was home in Korea, I ate Kimchee in almost every meal so I never had to worry about getting enough probiotics. But now I’m here in the ‘western’ world….where probiotics come in pills and supplements, I have to make sure I get enough of them.  Oh I do take supplements – coffee berry, schzandra berry, fish oil, brewer’s yeast for vitamin D, spirulina, cinnamon and a shot of aloe vera everyday, (My husband started deleting ‘Dr. Oz shows’ from our DVR….) But for probiotics intake, you can’t deny creamy & delicious yogurt. (Aside from probiotics, yogurt is loaded […]

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