Category Archives: Main course

Garlic-Chicken Bulgar Soup


We all know the healing power of chicken soup and garlic. In Korea, we have this chicken soup/stew called ‘Samgyetang’ which is loaded with garlic and ginseng. One of my my favorite dishes growing up. But it’s not easy to find good ginseng and other ingredients here. So I made an american version of it- actually completely accidentally. I was trying to make hearty soup with loads of nutrients and without realizing it was becoming more like Samgyetang. It must have been my Mantra in the kitchen….Samgyetang…Samgyetang. It’s almost as good as the original, it just doesn’t  need for millions of side […]

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Crispy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps


I just got back  from our ‘annual’ trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. All inclusive-yes baby I gained at least 3 pounds. I felt like I was being cheated if I don’t eat and drink non-stop. So I did that very well indeed. I ate, drank and ate and drank….my bikini just about to pop out of my body, I finish it with in-and-out burger on the way home from the airport! Nice finish huh? It’s been 2 days, I’m slowing getting back to my normal diet and exercise. Drank a lot of green juice to detox, did lots of hot yoga […]

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Salmon Teriyaki with Sriracha Mayo sauce


I always try to explore with salmon recipes (because ‘dr Oz said, you have to eat salmon x2 week, right? ) I like my salmon as sashimi but a few recipes I tried, they are so delicious even I liked it ‘cooked’.  I stumbled upon on this recipe in my iphone cooking app – I tweaked it a little bit but still one of my favorite salmon recipes. (I will post more salmon recipes later) I get my salmon at a fish market, sashimi grade – cut off all the fatty yummy side part, eat as sashimi and cook the […]

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Bison Bolognese


  After eating non-stop raw fish in Tahiti, my body is craving some meat…something hearty and comforting. And my choice of red meat is Bison…I started making bolognese with bison and now can’t go back to regular ground meat. It’s lean and lighter yet flavor-packed! If you would excuse me, I’m going to grab a glass of wine and stuff myself with some pasta. Ingredients 1 lb ground bison half onion 2 celery stick 2 carrots 1~2 garlic chopped 1 Tablespoon tomato paste 1 Pome tomato sauce 1~2 teaspoon chopped anchovy 2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon brown sugar chopped […]

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Poisson Cru (Tahiti’s signature dish)


I’m back from ‘THE’ magical trip to Tahiti. It’s only been a few days since I got back, so yes post-vacation-blues is overwhelming me. Met so many incredible people, took dance lessons, went to see Heiva (yearly celebration of polynesian culture- dance, singing, drum and sporting events) rehearsals and just soaked myself into the culture. As much as I love food, Mana the polynesian spirit took me over, I was not even hungry. I lost 4 lb but my spirit is so full. Ok, please pardon my ramblings….my head is still fuzzy as you can tell. I promised to post […]

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Oxtail Curry Stew


June gloom. When Santa Barbara gets ‘summer’ winter….I just want to cuddle up on the couch with my  husband & puppies and eat something comforting…nah that’s an excuse. Blood Type O (Me!)  has more enzyme to break down meat so these people ‘crave’ meat. ‘WE’ need meat….(somewhat true)……nah that’s an excuse. Maybe collagen in oxtail will plump up my skin….nah that’s an excuse. I just wanted hearty, thick, flavorful stew……with lots of gelatinous, ‘marrowy’ stuff. That’s when Oxtail comes in. And I made a few excuses to make it sound less ‘OX-tailey’ so I don’t freak out my husband. Just […]

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Rainbow trout baked in banana leaf


  Ingredients Fish of your choice (I like to use ‘thin’ white fish like trout or tilapia. I used rainbow trout for this recipe) Vegetables of your choice (I used sliced red pepper, snow peas and shiitake mushrooms but you can use shredded carrots, cabbages, bok choy, bean sprouts…any veggies you would like! But make sure you add shiitake mushrooms – I think they add ‘that’ flavor in this specific dish!! ) Banana leaf (washed and trimmed) Flavoring : grated garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, fresh lime juice Garnish : chopped green onion. Sorry I do not have […]

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Coconut Oil Chicken Pot Pie


Hope everyone had an awesome new year’s eve and is starting out 2013 great. We went to dinner with a few friends and were on our couch in PJs by 10pm. Best kind of new year’s eve. We still have Christmas tree and the house all lit up….I really don’t want to take it down… Is it really wrong to have Christmas light all year round? I will take it down when we get egged. Last month, I probably made this chicken pot pie at least 6 times. By demands, by potluck invitations…etc etc. If you want to be popular […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Spaghetti with fava bean pesto & maitake mushrooms


Spring forward everyone! Now there is still light outside at 6pm…Yay~ we made it through the winter! Although it’s been unusually cold here for the last few days, I decided to head out to farmer’s market. I picked up some fava beans and gorgeous looking Maitake mushrooms. I wanted to cook something ‘farmer’s market- healthy’ but I didn’t want one of those cold quiona salad…yucky….something warm and comforting…something green and earthy. Ditch those winter veggies and let’s put a little spring on your plate. Today, I felt like putting on a super bright fuchsia lipstick (It’s IN, right?) and my husband freaked […]

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