Kimchi, Mushroom and Tofu Hot Pot

I recently had the most amazing experience.  I was lucky enough to be asked to do a Hot Pot (or Nabe in Japanese) cooking class at Tom Douglas Restaurants' Dahlia Workshop.  This was a really big deal for me and truly a dream come true.  I'm a home cook who started posting photos of my cooking on Twitter and have only been blogging for a little over a year.  I'm not a big time chef or famous Blogger so I was very honored to be asked to teach a class with Tom Douglas.  I've always admired Tom Douglas and the people who work for him.  They are the most professional and nicest people you'll ever … [Read more...]

Kimchi and Bacon Fried Rice

There was always Kimchi (Korean spicy fermented cabbage or turnip) around when I was growing up.  I feel very fortunate to have been exposed to Japanese and Korean cuisine from a very early age.  Actually I can't remember a time when there wasn't Kimchi around our house.  My Mom always had at least two types of Kimchi in the refrigerator at all times.  I love her Kimchi the best of course and I'm so lucky to have my Parents living nearby so I still get Mom's homemade Kimchi regularly.  Last week Mom brought me a large jar of the napa cabbage Kimchi (extra spicy this time) and I knew exactly … [Read more...]

Izakaya Recipe, Stir-Fried Pork Belly with Kimchee

Here is a great Japanese recipe if you have some kimchee and want a quick fifteen minute dinner or a great appetizer.  I sampled many simple dishes like this one at different Izakaya while living in Tokyo.  Izakaya are Japanese style bars that you can find scattered throughout Japan.  They are usually on small side streets and under the elevated railroad tracks and sometimes have no chairs or tables, customers just stand and gather around a small counter or bar.  There are an assortment of small plates you can order at Izakaya and each one offers their own specialty items on the menu.  The … [Read more...]