Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Preparedness

This year, my sister and I were really gunning for a low-key Thanksgiving. So low-key, in fact, that I'm taking a wee break from blogging this week (i.e. this will be my only post this week) so that I can concentrate on all the yumminess of Thanksgiving with even fewer responsibilities than usual. The past few years have been somewhat hectic with several family members coming over and we kind of wanted to be able to lounge around in our sweatpants, shoveling turkey down our gullets with Netflix on in the background.

I think we're set to do just that and I think we just have a small handful of relatives coming over this year. The only downside of not having a huge party of people over for Thanksgiving is that we can't have as massive of a feast as we usually do since we'd never be able to even make a dent in the pile of food. So, we're being really selective with the dishes that will make up our meal.

Along with an amazing turkey (that is currently brining and will be brining for at least 96 hours), we'll be having a selection of carefully chosen side dishes. Here's what I'm currently thinking (but subject to change based on mood swings, ingredient availability, and laziness):

Friday, November 20, 2015

Korean-Style Meatballs

Earlier this year, I shared a Vietnamese-style meatball recipe. Well, today, (as made obvious by the title of the post) I'm sharing a Korean-style meatball recipe. The two recipes are pretty similar but whereas the Vietnamese meatballs were seasoned with lemongrass and fish sauce, the Korean meatballs are seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger, quite like a typical kalbi marinade.
Ingredients [yields 1½ to 2 dozen meatballs]:
1½ lbs. ground beef (or ground chicken or ground pork)
1 egg
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 scallion, chopped
¼ cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What I Ate: Korean Food

I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of the dinners I've made over the past few weeks with my major Korean food shopping haul. Once a quarter, we hit up H-Mart and buy a massive amount of Korean food ingredients. For about three weeks after that major shopping event, we eat tons of really delicious (and slightly more complicated) Korean foods. I love it because it's all of the foods I grew up on and it makes me a bit nostalgic and also, it's the type of food that my stomach (and body in general) best tolerates.
We eat really well in our house. But, as much as I love to cook, I really only like cooking for my family because they're not allowed to complain. Also, I hate that feeling of making something and having my friends feel like they're being forced to eat it just because I put effort in and they're too shy and/or embarrassed to say they hate it. Oh the stress of first world problems!
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