Over Easy Southwest Salad

Chopped lettuce of choice (I like the crunch of iceberg in this salad)
1 diced Avocado (Pricey in Korea, but worth the splurge for this salad!)
1/2 diced Bell pepper (Your preference on color)
1 diced roma tomato
1/3 C rinsed canned black beans
Salsa/ rotel
1 over easy Fried egg
Salt and pepper

First chop up all your veggies. Toss them together for your single serve salad.
While you fry your egg to runny perfection (season with salt and pepper), warm up those beans in a pan or microwave.
Top your chopped salad with salsa, warm black beans(pintos would work too), and place that beauty of an egg on top. To enjoy, simply cut up the egg and stir into the salad. The yolk and salsa create an amazing dressing and it is a lean protein packed treat to boot! (It makes me think of a southwest version of bibimbap sans the rice.)
Beware. It is addicting!

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Bulgogi- “fire-meat”


This Korean beef dish takes minutes to make the marinade, and minutes to cook up. Really easy, EXTREMELY satisfying. Despite the name, it is not spicy, rather it is cooked over fire. You can serve the meat over rice, in bibimbap, wrapped in lettuce/sesame leaves with other goodies or however you like. It is a treat any way you serve it.

Serves 4

1/4 C soy sauce
1/4 C soju, vodka, dry white wine
1/4 C sprite
3 T sugar
1/2 asian pear, peeled and chopped
1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp pepper
2 T sesame oil
1/4 C chopped green onion

Also need:
1 1/2 lb thinly sliced boneless ribeye or sirloin (or presliced bulgogi meat without marinade)
4 fresh or rehydrated shitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
1/2 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 T sesame seeds
2 T sesame oil for cooking

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Homemade Kimchi… it’s easier than you may think!

I find it ironic that I never made kimchi in the entire two years I lived in Korea… it would have been cheaper to make I am sure. But, as I live in the epicenter of Dallas’ asian markets, it is not hard to find all the ingredients I need to get started. So, let me just preface this with DO NOT START YOUR KIMCHI AT 7PM (yep, made that mistake.). Start it in the morning or EARLY afternoon. For working peeps, this could make for a fun Saturday morning activity… in fact, invite a few kimchi loving friends over and just make a big batch to split. Why not?!

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Persimmon, Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

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Persimmon, Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

1 pomegranate
2 large persimmons
5 cups salad greens (I like a mixture of spinach and lettuce)
6 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
1 recipe Persimmon Vinaigrette
4 medium navel oranges, peeled and thinly sliced*


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Thanksgiving Crunch Time:

Tis the season… for Thanksgiving gatherings and potlucks. Need some ideas for what to make, take or gift that has the flavors of home? I have a few recipes to spark your creativity!

First, check out THIS POST from two years ago on Thanksgiving favorites you can make without an oven.

Second, HERE are some no bake desserts that are sure to please.

Now, for those trying to maintain that pre-holidays figure… let’s take a look at some lighter alternatives.

Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic You can find green beans at Costco

Try using olive oil or chicken broth instead of butter in your mashed potatoes.

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Olive Garden Recipes!!!!

Overseas? Craving Olive Garden? Now you can make your very own with the authentic recipes! Of course you may have to make substitutions, omissions, or get creative with some of the preparation techniques… but these recipes are straight from the source. So enjoy creating your own Italian bistro in your home!


Recipes such as: Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Serving Size:

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Cilantro Lime Hummus

image courtesy ovenlesschef

1 lb cooked chickpeas(you can find dried in Asia Marts, canned at Homeplus or MegaMart)
Fist full of fresh cilantro (nicedeli.com)
3-4 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp Lime juice (Lemon will work)
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp chili powder (Korean will work)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 T olive oil
add water, iced tea, or even beer as needed to get consistency desired
(For a more rounded flavor, try adding a few Tbsp of shredded coconut or coconut oil!)

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Spotlight Blog: Beyond Kimchee

Hit the JACKPOT! Wanting to make Korean food but not sure where to take classes or who to ask to teach you? WEll, I have a solution. Teach yourself. From traditional to modern twist, make your favorite… or new favorite dishes today!

Using the recipes from this handy dandy, amazing, mouthwatering site, you can treat your family and friends to homemade Korean favorites… plus, you can season to taste! 😉
Beyond Kimchee

image courtesy beyondkimchee.com

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Chicken Stir Fry

image courtesy google

2 Chicken breasts
3 T cornstarch
2 T soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
2 T sesame seeds
1 T chili powder (Korean or American)
3 T cooking oil, divided
2 C broccoli, chopped
1 C zucchini, diced with skin on
1 C thinly sliced carrot
1 onion, large dice
1 C water


1 Cut chicken into 1cm strips; place in a resealable plastic bag.
2 Add cornstarch and toss to coat.
3 Combine soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, chili powder, and sesame seeds; add to bag and shake well.

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