From the monthly archives:

October 2010

Chili Con Carne: Eating Texas

by Karen October 29, 2010
Thumbnail image for Chili Con Carne: Eating Texas

I couldn't be more in the spirit to cook a ranch-style dish like chili con carne this week.  After an amazing weekend in Zion National Park and a night on a buffalo ranch, I am really in the mood to make this truly western dish!  For a chili closest to what one would find in […]

[click to continue…]

An Escape to Zion

by Karen October 27, 2010
Thumbnail image for An Escape to Zion

I jump at any opportunity to travel.  And these opportunities are mostly to destinations abroad.  But lately I've really come to appreciate the domestic trips I've taken in the US.  The country is so massive that I'm always seeing something new.  For me, nothing captures the spirit of America more than the expansive and dramatic […]

[click to continue…]

Chili Con Carne: Visiting Texas

by Karen October 25, 2010
Thumbnail image for Chili Con Carne: Visiting Texas

Chili has taken on all shapes and forms in the US; it comes packed full of veggies, beans and is often found atop hot dogs or a pile of fries.  But the original chili, aka chili con carne, is far simpler than the variations we see today.  The origins of chili con carne are still […]

[click to continue…]

Kim Chi Jjigae (Kim Chi Soup): Eating South Korea

by Karen October 21, 2010
Thumbnail image for Kim Chi Jjigae (Kim Chi Soup): Eating South Korea

I have a bad habit of buying very specific cookware.  This includes my ddukbaegi and dolsot which are wonderfully heavy clay and stone pots that are used to cook Korean stews and rice, respectively.  Cooking such a down-to-earth dish like kim chi jjigae almost requires cooking it in such earthenware.  The stone pot used to […]

[click to continue…]

Kim Chi Crisis

by Karen October 20, 2010
Thumbnail image for Kim Chi Crisis

South Korea is currently in a state of peril.  Irregular weather patterns has created a cabbage shortage and thrown the country into a kim chi shortage crisis.  Koreans are now having to pay almost 4 times more for the Chinese cabbage that is used to make this national dish.  Restaurants are now charging for kim […]

[click to continue…]

Kim Chi Jjigae (Kim Chi Soup): Visiting South Korea

by Karen October 18, 2010
Thumbnail image for Kim Chi Jjigae (Kim Chi Soup): Visiting South Korea

I love Korean food.  As a lucky Angeleno, some of my fondest memories are of the many nights I spent in Koreatown enjoying amazing food and a bottle (or two, or three…) of soju with friends before making asses of ourselves singing karaoke.  But this trifecta of banchan, booze and bad singing is not why […]

[click to continue…]

Gnocchi di Patate: Eating Italy

by Karen October 15, 2010
Thumbnail image for Gnocchi di Patate: Eating Italy

So this week, it being our first journey to Italy, I decided to do my gnocchi two ways: one with a basic basil pesto, which most of us this side of the Atlantic are familiar with, and one in a Friuli style, which is a simple sauce of browned butter, cinnamon, sugar, and ricotta affumicata […]

[click to continue…]

Basil Pesto: Eating Italy

by Karen October 15, 2010
Thumbnail image for Basil Pesto: Eating Italy

I strongly suggest that all your ingredients are bought whole and in their raw form and you chop them yourself.  Because this is a fresh sauce, the freshness of your ingredients are key! – 1 large bundle of basil, leaves only – 3/4 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano, grated – 2 tbsps of pine nuts – […]

[click to continue…]

Gnocchi di Patate: Visiting Italy

by Karen October 11, 2010
Thumbnail image for Gnocchi di Patate: Visiting Italy

It hit me the other day.  All these weeks have passed, globetrotting circles around the world, and I have yet to stop in Italy.  I was surprised and kind of horrified.  I mean, Italian cuisine is probably the most familiar category of ethnic foods to Americans.  Upon its importation into the States, Italian food has […]

[click to continue…]