Growing up, my family was always cooking, my mom, my dad, my brother. . food was definitely a family affair. My parents both worked full-time so we rarely ate dinner together as a complete family (on the weeknights) but we almost always ate Sunday breakfast, lunch & dinner together. My dad taught us to always clean off our plates and to not waste food. This is probably why I was a very chubby (ok, fat) kid. I was surrounded by delicious food, and not just Korean food, all the time.
Surprisingly, I never really enjoyed cooking until after I got married. I needed to expand my culinary repertoire (or lack thereof) so I started collecting recipes from all these cooking magazines I had (I worked at an ad agency so had the hook-up!) and just started cooking. After many, many failed attempts, nights where we had to toss out food and order pizza, 2, maybe 3 small kitchen and toaster oven fires . . I feel like I have my groove.
Now, I love cooking and I’m definitely still learning. . Am I gourmet? No. Am I 100% organic? No. But I do try to buy most things organic and fresh local ingredients when I can. My family and I recently moved to Seattle, WA and I was blown away and immediately fell in love with Pike Place Market and all the Farmers Markets that are around. I truly love it.
And now that I am a mother to two, beautiful growing girls, I want to cook good, healthy food for them. I want them to eat and appreciate food and the time it takes to prepare it. They are my heart and soul so I want to shower them with love, support, hugs and fill their tummies with yumminess and deliciousness. And, of course, lots of ice cream in between.
I know, I know. . another food blog? I mean, come on, there are like a gazillion and one out there. Well, this makes a gazillion and two.
With this newfound passion of cooking and baking, I wanted something to share with others, I wanted something (other than Pinterest and Facebook) that documented all the wonderful recipes I was making, I wanted to have something to show my daughters one day. And I wanted something for me. Cooking, blogging, baking, and the food photography, it has all become like therapy for me and it’s been so much fun.
There are so many recipes out there. . I know. I’m hoping to help you find the great ones. The ones you enjoy cooking and your family asks you to make over and over again. And I will be honest with you and I won’t say, “This was absolutely delicious”when it really wasn’t. I’ll tell you how I used fresh rosemary sprigs instead of thyme and spent 15 minutes picking the damn sprigs out of the Pork Shoulder Ragù. I’ll tell you that short cuts are not good all the time and the ganache recipe where I left out the heavy cream because I was rushing and we were running late was not a good call and was a semi-disaster (kind of saved the cupcakes by adding melted peanut butter on top of the ganache).
At any rate, I hope you find some inspiration here and mostly, good recipes that you will want to try in your kitchen.
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