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Hello and welcome to my blog. This blog is a documentation of my cooking adventures and ramblings of my daily life. I started cooking in 2010 after sitting around the house bored out of my mind. I was laid off from my job and 10 months pregnant. I had been watching cooking shows for years, but it never occurred to me to actually cook something. The first thing I tried to make was bread. The first batch ended up in the trash but the second batch came out warm and soft out of the oven. I was so proud of myself for making home made bread and I haven’t stopped cooking since. I was cooking and posting pictures of my food on FB when a friend suggested I enter a food contest or start a food blog. I chose the food blog, so here I am and here you are. What is this blog about? This blog is a product of my complex food brain. I don’t exclusively cook a certain type of food or strictly bake. I cook everything and anything that inspires me. I was told that there are two types of people? There are people who eat to live and there are people who live to eat. I live to eat. During breakfast, I think about lunch and at lunch I think about dinner. The thought of food and cooking consumes most of my thoughts. . Other than cooking and food, these are the things that define who I am. I am Korean American. I was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the nothern suburbs of Chicago when I was 7. I moved around a lot and eventually ended up going to Architecture school in Chicago. I was working as an architect for 7 years when I got laid off. I was unemployed, broke and generally a hot mess when I met the love of my life. We produced a beautiful baby boy and we are engaged to be married next year. I don’t claim to be an accomplished home cook and my recipes are mostly not original. I see what other people have cooked and try to see if I can replicate it. Sometimes I put my own spin on a recipe and sometimes I stick to the recipe. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail miserably. You will see both successes and failures in this blog. My blog won’t always be pretty pictures and perfect recipes. When I fail, I will tell you what I think went wrong and what should be done to fix the problem. To sum it all up, I am an inspired home cook who loves to try out new recipes and if I can inspire one person to do the same, I consider this blog a success.





Thai Red Curry Noodles

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Chocolate Gingerbread cake with eggnog frosting

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Frosting

Ko-Jew kimchee latkes

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Lola Burger and crab tater tots

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Baked Soy Ginger Salmon

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Orzo and wild rice salad

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Thanksgiving Hangover sandwich

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Chocolate Cake

World Famous Portillo's Chocolate Cake done my...

Not my grandma’s bacon kimchee fried rice

Not my grandma's Bacon kimchee fried rice

Butter and Jam Thumbprint cookies

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quinoa kale bibimbop

a healthy quinoa kale bibimbop

Spicy Korean Brisket Soup

Spicy Korean Brisket soup to warm you up on a...

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe you can make...

Dulce de leche Halloween Chocolate cookies

Dulce de leche Halloween Chocolate cookies