Bye, Korea

I taught English in Busan, Korea for a year, ending June 2011. I remember the dread I felt flying to Portland then. I left Portland again and returned to Korea February 2013. I felt like I was home. Since then, I’ve quit teaching and I’ve been working remotely for almost four years. When I flew back to Portland in August 2017, without any intention of coming back to South Korea, butterflies (different from before) filled my stomach.

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A really thick soup, this curry-cauliflower recipe from Grilled…

A really thick soup, this curry-cauliflower recipe from Grilled Cheese Kitchen, is a favorite of mine. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp salted butter
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 5 oz [140 g] mild, medium, or sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

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A really thick soup, this curry-cauliflower recipe from Grilled…

A really thick soup, this curry-cauliflower recipe from Grilled Cheese Kitchen, is a favorite of mine. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp salted butter
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 5 oz [140 g] mild, medium, or sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

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I like making this ten-minute tomato soup recipe from the book,…

I like making this ten-minute tomato soup recipe from the book, Grilled Cheese Kitchen, but it takes me much more than ten minutes to make. Probably three times as long, haha!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pimenton (smoked paprika)
  • ½ tsp piment d’Espelette chile powder or cayenne pepper
  • 3-¼ cups [780 ml] strained tomatoes
  • 2-¼ cups [540 ml] chicken stock
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Creme fraiche, sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt for garnish

Directions:

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I like making this ten-minute tomato soup recipe from the book,…

I like making this ten-minute tomato soup recipe from the book, Grilled Cheese Kitchen, but it takes me much more than ten minutes to make. Probably three times as long, haha!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pimenton (smoked paprika)
  • ½ tsp piment d’Espelette chile powder or cayenne pepper
  • 3-¼ cups [780 ml] strained tomatoes
  • 2-¼ cups [540 ml] chicken stock
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Creme fraiche, sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt for garnish

Directions:

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