Month: January 2017

Resolutions 2017

It’s a new year and I’ve been taking the past few days weeks to take stock of 2016. There were lots of ups and downs for us personally in 2016 so I’m ready to start afresh. 2017 is already starting off with a bittersweet bang — beginning with a cross country move back to NYC. Getting ready to move a family of four (plus a dog) and processing it all got me thinking  about resolutions – specifically by reviewing the year’s past. As I shed our possessions to once again return to a small apartment, I’m also looking through the cookbooks, the piles of articles torn from magazines that I saved for later and never actually looked at again. This unused pile of cookbooks and hidden inspiration in the kitchen prompted me to make some specific resolutions around the kitchen and use the resources under my nose. So this year I’m resolved to try to cook more out of my collection of someday recipes – especially out of physical cookbooks, and try my hand at some more challenging recipes that …

New Year Traditions and dduk guk (Korean Rice Cake Soup)

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it has been one year since I started this blog. I honestly didn’t think I would make it this long. It’s been fun to share recipe discoveries and archive family favorites here. This new years day, we spent it focused on keeping culinary traditions from Korea and Japan, honoring the heritage of me and my husband. I love traditions that involve food – like Turkey every Thanksgiving – there’s comfort in knowing exactly what you’ll be eating that day every year. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate 2017 than slurping up some soba noodles and eating chewy rice cakes in dduk guk (Korean rice cake soup)! Out of curiosity I researched background on dduk guk (Korean rice cake soup) and I found a Facebook post by the official “Korean Food Foundation” with some historical background. If you’re interested take a look here. Here’s a solid recipe for Korean Rice Cake soup that I use all the time from my trusted source for Korean food, Maangchi. I typically use a beef broth as the recipe calls …