Korean Sweet Pancakes (Hodduk: 호떡)

I was on a mission to storm through the streets of Korea in search of some Hodduk, or sweet Korean pancakes.  They’re fried until golden and crispy, and oozing with brown sugar syrup. It didn’t even matter to me that we were there in the midst of a scorching summer… I NEEDED to have some piping hot Hodduk!  I’m happy to report that the mission was accomplished, and I still remember every crispy, chewy, and gooey bite of it!

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Chocolate Overnight Oats

The first time I heard about this overnight oat phenomenon, I couldn’t wrap my head around WHY you’d want to eat COLD oatmeal.  Then I realized it’s not oatmeal at all. Overnight oats is exactly that… overnight OATS, not overnight OATMEAL…so don’t expect it to be that.  That was my first mistake. I tried making a version of this MANY TIMES just trying to figure out what the texture of it was supposed to be like.

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Buttermilk Bacon Biscuits

It all started when I decided to try making biscuits from scratch in time for Mother’s Day.  I thought they came out fine, but I wasn’t completely satisfied with the flavor.  This recipe also required me to use a food processor.  I mean, I have no problem using one, but I know that there are tons of biscuit recipes out there that don’t require anything more than a bowl and your hands.  And personally, I think that’s the way it should be.  To me, making biscuits should be a relaxing, old-fashioned, puttering around in the kitchen on a lazy Saturday morning kind of activity.   Read more

Easy Breakfast Idea: Avocado Toasts

Bleh.  This week, I was testing a couple recipes and they turned into flops.  Whenever this happens, I can literally hear a sad Charlie Brown trumpet in my head playing, “wah~wah…”  You just feel discouraged, like you wasted your time, ingredients, and energy.  It leaves me feeling so unaccomplished.  It totally affects my mood.  I was for reals Debbie Downer and Negative Nancy.   Read more

Pancakes with Balsamic Strawberries

This week I was literally cutting and gluing handmade cards for my mom and mother-in-law, like a little kid.  This year, we didn’t have much of a budget to spend on them, so instead of buying them generic cards and picking out another kitchen tool to send them for Mother’s Day, I decided to bust out my inner child and go nuts with the arts and crafts instead.  We ended up sending them each one of our kitchen art prints along with my handmade card.  It’s a shame they don’t live close by, because if they did, I would’ve made them pancakes.   Read more