Kimchi Soondubu Jjigae (Kimchi Soft Tofu Stew: 김치순두부찌개)

I used to think that I didn’t like Soondubu Jjigae, or Spicy Soft Tofu Stew.  Whenever anyone suggested going to get some at a restaurant, I was usually less than thrilled. But I’ve come to realize that it’s not that I don’t like it… I just don’t like ones that aren’t made well!  I think I’ve had some really awesome bowls of stew, but I’ve also eaten some bland and lifeless ones too. Read more

Dduk Guk (Korean Rice Cake Soup – 떡국)

I would say that Dduk Guk is one of those dishes that I take for granted.  I’ve eaten it for New Years Day almost every year for my entire life!  It’s a Korean tradition, and to me, it just doesn’t feel like the new year without it.  Usually to save time, it’s made with a simple anchovy broth that takes only minutes to make.  But on New Years Day, it’s more of a special thing, so it’s usually cooked the real deal way… with a savory beef broth that has been simmering for hours. Read more

Beef Stew with Buttered Noodles

I guess you can say that this entire dish is a nod to my childhood.  But I didn’t realize it until we were filming our video and the stories started pouring out of me.  But really, few things in life are as comforting as a big bowl of beef stew.

The best part of this particular recipe is that it makes just the right amount for two, so you don’t have to be eating beef stew for days.  Well, you might have a little leftover, but when is that a bad thing?   Read more

Corn Chowder with Sausage

When my husband and I first moved to Chicago, he jokingly told me that I better start coming up with a lot of corn recipes.  He’s originally from here, so I guess he knew what he was talking about, because he was right!  Everywhere I look, there’s corn in my face.

But especially now, the sweet summer corn is especially abundant.  It’s so juicy, sweet, and dang cheap!  I knew I had to take advantage, and whip up a special corn chowder, even in the midst of a hot summer.   Read more