Growing Your Own Herbs

When the winter chill fades away, I highly suggest growing your own herbs. Last spring, I tried to have a green thumb. Joe always jokes around and calls my dad “Farmer Choi” (yes my maiden name is Choi, which a lot of you probably don’t know, and I kind of miss), because he is a ridonculous gardener. We don’t know where he learned it from, but he was always into it. In fact, every spring, people would stop and gawk at our front lawn to see these beautiful colorful tulips sprouting everywhere and our perfectly round trimmed hedges. In the backyard, there were always 2 Korean pear trees, 1 persimmon tree, squash, tomatoes, lettuce, perilla leaves, and Korean peppers. He always does an exceptional job maintaining all of this on his own, but I have not inherited this gene.   Read more

How to Snazz Up a Box of Cake Mix

There was no special occasion for baking, and I have no idea why I dumped the contents of a box of cake mix into a bowl before I even had my cup of coffee.  I must have really wanted cake.  But then I decided that if I was going to be lazy and “cheat” with a store-bought cake mix, I might as well make it a darn good one so that I could at least blog about my process, right?   Read more

A Great Knife for the Home Cook

I get this question asked of me ALL the time…what is my knife of choice?  But it’s really no secret at all.  I am biased and I play favorites.  I love my Shun, which you will see me use often in my videos, but it can be a little scary to use for the home-cook.  With that said, I absolutely ADORE my pink-handled special edition Kyocera ceramic santoku knife.  And mind you, I am an UN-official spokesperson for them, but darn it, I should go into business with them, because I’m always a giddy school girl professing my love.  Here’s WHY:   Read more

How to Roast Peppers

Of course you can always go to the store and just buy a jar of roasted red peppers packed in olive oil, and they’re sweet and delicious.  I do it all the time, because they’re a GREAT pantry staple to have on hand.  But if you’ve never tasted a pepper that you roasted yourself, you’re missing out buddy, not only because it’s healthy and tasty, but also it’s pretty embarrassingly simple to do.  And it’s a great way to use up peppers you’ve forgotten in your fridge and have started to go soft.  As a bonus, check out my recipe for fresh and roasted vegetable sandwiches which showcase these smoky sweet beauties.   Read more

Feeding Guests with Leftovers

One day after a very big demonstration event, I looked into my fridge and noticed tons of leftover ingredients that I knew Joe and I could not finish eating by ourselves, so I called up some friends and had them come over for dinner.  Since I had just come off of a big cooking event, the last thing I wanted to do was cook again or go all out trying to impress our friends.   Read more