I am a typical Korean-American housewife, who struggles daily to cook for her family. I decided to make this blog in hopes that perhaps my recipes and tips might help others who enjoy cooking Korean food. I spent half of my life in Seoul, Korea specifically in gangnam and the other in the US, now residing in New York. Growing up in Seoul as well as my bi-yearly visits to Korea helps the “authenticity” of my recipes. At the same time, understanding frustrations of young American cooks who struggle with various obstacles making Korean dishes from finding easy recipes to buying good ingredients gives me a valuable perspective for this blog. One approach I decided to make is to simplify Korean cooking as much as possible. More importantly, in many of my posts as you will see, I make multiple dishes that taste like a totally different dish using only one main ingredient and/or sauce. This not only simplifies the daily cooking process but also reduces wastes of leftovers, ingredients and most importantly stress.
I started cooking every day since 2006 when my mother collapsed from a major stroke. I quit my job in the arts and became her full-time caretaker. At the time, my dear friend, Dr. Aether who practices Korean medicine advised me that one of the best things I could do was to cook for my mother every day. Cooking two to three meals on a daily basis at age 27 was daunting to say the least. However, he convinced me by saying that the expression “soul food” shows how important food is for not only the body but for the soul; nourishment and healing for the body and soul. Simple as that, I was to cook for my mother whether it tasted good or bad, and that is how my struggle with daily cooking began. I am happy to say after almost 7 years, my mother is much healthier as well as the rest of the family. Actually there are times when I think my husband benefits the most as he is well known to enjoy a good meal.
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