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No Crazy Kimchi chart featured in Yakima magazine

Recently I was asked by Yakima magazine (a wonderful local lifestyle magazine written for and by the local people in Yakima valley in the state of Washington) if I would allow my No Crazy Kimchi flowchart to be included in their upcoming article about eating and making Kimchi. Making the flowchart was not at all […]

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cbrined cabbages for Kimjang Kimchi

My first Kimjang at home! (Tips on brining cabbage for Kimchi)

About this time last year I helped my mother-in-law’s Kimjang at her house and in return, I brought home couple containers of her yummy Kimjang. This year, I decided that it was time I tried it all on my own. I was a bit worried that I may not be able to handle the large […]

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bbudae jjigae closeup

Kimchi Sausage Stew (부대찌게 Budae Jjigae)

After the Korean war, the US military stayed behind and setup bases in several locations throughout Korea. Usually near these bases,  one could buy American products -especially canned foods like, yes, the infamous SPAM!! So what to do with SPAM?  Well..what else? Add Kimchi!! Kimchi makes everything taste better!! And so this Kimchi Sausage Stew […]

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kimjang kimchi

Kimjang Day: Part 1- How it’s done

The last time I took part in Kimjang (Korean tradition for making a lot of Kimchi to last through the winter months) was when I was still living at home in Seoul. Our family was quite large back then and we lived in a home where our back yard actually had buried kimchi jars. If […]

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Nov. 24th is Kimjang Day!

Yes.. I know.. Nov. 24th is Thanksgiving weekend but in Korea I will be making kimchi all day at my in-laws for Kimjang/Gimang. Kimjang is a longtime Korean tradition where families get together and make enough kimchi to last them through the freezing winter. It used to take 2- 3 days but now it’s usually […]

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cold kimchi rice

Kimchi Mari (김치말이) – Cold Kimchi Rice

Yesterday was one of those days when I really did not feel like cooking anything but still wanted to have something good to eat for lunch. And then it hit me…Kimchimari. I almost forgot how great this is! I LOVE how easy this is to make and how light and refreshing it is. I used […]

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Kimchi Stew (Jjigae/Chigae)

Kimchi stew with pork belly

I still remember the very first time I made Kimchi Jjigae all by myself – it was when I was visiting my brother in Virginia. The winter snow storm that year (1984? 1985?) was so bad that we were stuck in his apartment for almost a week with no means of getting to a store. […]

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cabbage kimchi (배추김치 baechu kimchi)

No Crazy Kimchi (How to ripen Kimchi)

Everyone has a different preference as to when Kimchi(김치) tastes the best – some love eating freshly made, raw kimchi (kind of tastes like a salad); some love eating it when it is just perfectly ripe and then there are those who love sour kimchi (신김치 shin kimchi) which has basically over fermented and obviously […]

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spicy soft tofu stew with kimchi and beef

Kimchi Soondubu Jjigae (Spicy Soft Tofu Stew with Kimchi)

Kimchi Soondubu Jjigae is one of the variations of the spicy soft tofu stew  (순두부 찌게 Soondubu Jjigae) that I wrote about some time ago. I know that my original recipe may taste a bit bland to some people and if that’s the case for you, you really have to try this version with kimchi […]

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Dinner with Korean banchan

A Korean dinner party

Recently, I hosted a Korean dinner party for our American friends at home- some of whom have never tasted Korean food before. So it was a bit of a challenge to come up with a menu that could show the authentic taste of Korean food but at the same time would not be too much […]

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