True story and one I never told my parents; I was without a working kitchen in my apartment in Korea for about a week because my gas wasn’t turned on and my school was having issues. It wasn’t a terribly big deal since I was keen to try the local fare at the food court in my neighborhood Homeplus where I could point at what looked good. I also went to my nearest Kim Pasa restaurant (24-hour Korean fast food restaurant) and either pointed at what someone else was eating or going with the one dish I was familiar with at the time: bibimbap. Continue reading
I tend to be someone who views recipes more as inspiration than gospel. I’m a bit more strict with baking, but when cooking dinner, it’s pretty much a free-for-all. That’s why I was ecstatic to find this recipe for the “Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches” on Pinterest. It only has four ingredients, but you can make an endless number of versions by switching things up. Continue reading
For six weeks, my kids took an art class on Tuesday afternoons. I picked them up from school with a snack they could eat in the car, dropped them off at the museum, and then I used the two hours they were there to get some writing done at a nearby coffee shop. Because they finished at 5:45 p.m., the last thing I wanted to do was come home and cook something that took more than, oh, 15 minutes. Besides boiling up some noodles and tossing them with marinara sauce (or picking up food on the way home), I don’t have much in my repertoire that is super-quick. Because of that, I have to plan ahead.
This recipe for lentil soup came to me in a bit of recipe-related serendipity. Continue reading
Burritos are one of my favorite comfort foods. Growing up in Texas it was always easy to find good Tex-Mex, but now that I live in New York I’m pretty much stuck making my own. But with a recipe this easy and tasty, I don’t even mind! Since I use a slow cooker, there’s very little cleanup, and this recipe is really easy to adapt to your own tastes and what you have lying around the kitchen. Continue reading
Now that the Great Warm-Up is imminent (if not already here) for most of the country, why not squeeze out a few more Crock-Pot recipes before it gets too hot? Continue reading
I made turkey three-bean chili the other day and, as my trusty Crock Pot worked its magic, I wondered what I should serve it with. Naturally, the phrase â€œchili cheese nachosâ€ was the first thing to go through my head, but I wanted something a little more substantial and less bar food-y. So I scoured the trusty Joy of Cooking for some ideas, and quickly settled on a good one: cornbread. Continue reading
So I haven’t written about kitchen tools in a few weeks, and my arsenal was feeling sadly un-kissed. So, it’s time to tackle yet another helpful kitchen gadget: the slow cooker. These are also known widely in the US by the brand name Crock Pot. Much like cast iron cookware, slow cookers are a bit of an heirloom item. If you own one, it’s probably because it was handed down to you by a friend or relative, or because you received it as a â€œrite of passageâ€ gift (read: wedding). Continue reading