All posts tagged: food photography

Korean red chili pepper stew (gochujang jjigae)

A Korean-American friend of mine told me a while back that I must have been Korean in my previous life. I just love Korean food, even dishes that she thought would be too spicy for many people. I used to devour her homecooked lunch. LOL! I do love Korean food but most of the dishes are laden with sodium. I learned that because of long and very cold winters in Korea, Koreans pickle vegetables for preservation and in order for vegetables to be available during the winter season. I am so thrilled that I have been finding Korean food blogs featuring Korean dishes that are very quick and easy to make. Lucky for me, being in the Bay Area, the spices that are essential in cooking Korean food are very accessible. I am just a short drive away from a Korean market. I decided that I want to try to make more Korean dishes so I loaded up on kimchi, gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste), gochugaru (Korean chili powder) and doenjang (Korean soy bean …

Cornbread with green chiles

Happy first of May and Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “5th of May”) is a celebration of Mexico’s cultural heritage and pride. The festivities include parades, mariachi band performances, street festivals and of course — margaritas! Mr Sweetie is Mexican-American which is why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated at our house. (Ok, I admit, it is a great excuse reason to make and drink margaritas at home! This is the one and only time each year that we ever drink hard liquor at home. He is not a drinker while I like wine and champagne, and the occasional drinks with girlfriends.) The idea of drinking fruity margarita on a weekday seems fun and naughty whenever Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekday. However, this post is not about margaritas. It is really about corn bread with green chiles. The recipe has been adapted from the book “Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking” by Toni Tipton-Martin. It is called Spanish Corn Bread in the book. Jubilee is such a wonderful …

Easy cheddar corn fritters

While others like to shop for clothes, shoes or gadgets, buying food is one of my favorite past times. Since I have been faithfully sheltering in place, grocery stores are among the very few places that I allow myself to go to during the pandemic. Actually, aside from home and work, and once a month social distancing visit to my family, I really do not go anywhere. Every week without fail, you will find me roaming around Trader Joe’s and Grocery Outlet. I go to Costco every other month for a big grocery shopping spree where I explore Costco’s aisles for almost 2 1/2 hours! Costco shopping is an all day affair for me that I have to take a day off from work just to go. I just love finding new food and brands to try. I am always buying food and very good at never wasting it if I can help it. I always make sure that I cook and eat what I buy. I also buy food to share as presents. I …