Monday, November 16, 2015

Kimchi Burgers with Gochujang Mayo and Homemade Hamburger Buns

I love Korean fusion dishes!  My husband Jim and I came up with this recipe and it is a flavor bomb! There is nothing like kimchi, gochujang and sesame oil to pack a major punch to anything you add it to.  I always keep these 3 ingredients on hand.  After my daughter came home from South Korea in 2000 I started experimenting with all those glorious Korean flavors and recipes. This year with our exchange student Nagyeom here from South Korea, it's fun to show her some of my fun fusion dishes along with some traditional recipes as well.  

I originally cooked these burgers out on the grill but now I cook them on my cast iron flat griddle on the stove.  With all the ingredients they can sometimes be fragile but I have learned to make the patties up early in the day and cover them and leave them in the fridge to firm up a bit.  By using the cast iron the kimchi gets all fried and caramelized which equals... yumminess!   Also, I know using the smoked gouda sounds weird but take my word for it you want that smokey, cheesey goodness on this burger! Seriously, you do!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Cast Iron Skillet Parker House Rolls

As you probably have figured out by now.... I'm crazy about Cast Iron cooking!  I'm sorry.... but how cute are things cooked in a little black skillet?  It actually makes me feel a bit more Southern or connected to the past or something.  These rolls look like something that my great grandmother would have made for Sunday dinner back in the day.  The best part are that Parker House rolls are so easy and absolutely to die for!  Beautiful and brown on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.  Not to mention fun to make!  

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizzas

I am crazy about cast iron pans.  I have recently started to collect them. I have also been scouring the local library and internet for any recipes that look tempting.  There are a lot of great cast iron cookbooks to check out! These are only some of them that I have found....

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fast and Easy Garlicky, Cheesy Grits

Here's a fast post about one of my favorite breakfast treats!  There is nothing so comforting as garlicky, cheesy  grits! We often serve them for dinner with the eggs and ham steak or if you want a fancier meal with grilled shrimp and a nice salad.

Mika's Fast and Easy Garlicky Cheesy Grits

4 cups water
4 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
4 tbs. butter
1 cup quick grits
½ tsp. garlic granules
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

In a medium saucepan, bring water, bouillon, butter, grits and garlic granules to a boil.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 7 minutes, until grits are thickened and tender.

Remove from heat and stir in the cheese, stirring until melted.

Serves 4

(recipe can easily be reduced or doubled)

With winter coming on this is a great recipe to have in your arsenal.   You can have a warm satisfying dinner on the table in a matter of minutes and your family will love you for it!  

Pumpkin Biscuits with Honey

You've heard of "Spring Fever"......  well, I've got "Fall Fever"!  I have quite a few cans of pumpkin in my pantry just screaming to be used.  Tis the season!  I LOVE Fall!!  Yesterday I made some baked pumpkin donuts with a cinnamon maple glaze for breakfast and today I made these melt in your mouth Pumpkin biscuits. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sweet 'n Spicy Phyllo Cups

We usually always spend Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends with our besties and this year was no exception!  We had a blast laughing, teasing, cooking, and playing a cutthroat game of Wahoo. We even drove up to Woolaroc  Ranch and Museum in Bartlesville.  It's a beautiful place!  Here are a few pics I snapped while we were there.   

Monday, March 16, 2015

Slow Cooker Honey Ginger Pork with Jasmine Rice

I love my weekends!  That's why I use my slow cooker a lot on Saturdays and Sundays!  I want to serve delicious foods to my family with a minimal amount of work so I still have time to relax.  I combined a couple of recipes for this one and it turned out extremely yummy!  

I must say I've grown very fond of the hoisin sauce used in this dish.  Another family favorite recipe using this fragrant pungent sauce is my "Chinese Spaghetti".  Hoisin just adds so much wonderful flavor and depth to any Asian recipe.  

Vanilla "Dutch Baby" Pancake

For my birthday a couple of years ago my son bought me the coolest crepe maker.  They have become a favorite breakfast at my house topped with powdered sugar and lingonberries.  The problem is if you make 2 or 3 for each person it can definitely be very time consuming.  Especially if my daughter's friend Emily is spending the night.  She can eat 4 by herself!  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pesto Puff Pastry Eggs with Bacon and Cheese

Our family loves eggs!  Most weekends we have them soft boiled with a soft gooey center with toast and jam, but we love them just about any way at all.  I'm always trying to add flavor to my eggs wherever I can, here I did it in the form of pesto.  It almost makes the pastry like a little breakfast pizza.   You could add any cheese you have on hand and change up the meat to ham or sausage.  Here are a few of our other favorite egg recipes as well.....

(Click photo to go to the recipe)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chicken Quesadilla Pie

Jim and I love to antique shop!  One Saturday last month we were out and stumbled on the cutest little smoker.  We got quite the deal on can see why.  lol!  It had definitely seen it's better days but there was just something about it.  I told Jim that we had to get it and bring it back to life. Well, I think he did a great job and we have been smoking meat like crazy ever since!  Fast forward to last weekend and we smoked two batches of chicken to use and freeze.  There is something about the subtle smokey flavor that just enhances any recipe and makes it so much better.  I froze quite a bit to use in my smoked chicken pizzas and used 3 cups of it in my Chicken Quesadilla Pie.  

Here is the our smoker!  Isn't it cute? 

This is such a fast and easy recipe.  The first time I made it was actually a snow day and I was running late getting dinner on the table.  It came together so quickly and is so yummy topped wth sour cream and salsa!  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Medallions with Curried Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Jim and I were having a slow Sunday morning on this cold Oklahoma day.  While lounging by the fire we were watching Giada De Laurentiis make her version of pretzel crusted chicken with a curried ketchup dipping sauce.   We had no plans for lunch, had everything on hand and love to cook together so.....  off we went to the kitchen to whip up these bad boys our way!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Kimchi Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Bacon

Bailey's best friend Emily spent the night with us last night.  We all feel like Emily is part of the family so whenever she comes over I try to make her favorite breakfast...crepes with lingonberry preserves.  She was really happy I did because she ate FOUR huge crepes!  For such a tiny little thing she sure eats like a sailor!  

Emily ended up staying longer so she could eat dinner with us too.  Since she's not a huge fan of spicy food I was a little worried if she would like my new Korean spaghetti dish.  She's eaten Korean at our house plenty of times so I had my fingers crossed.  Well, I needn't have worried!  She loved it and got fact we all did!

Friday, February 20, 2015

"Miryang" Style Rice Cake Soup and Nagyeom

Over the years we have hosted 5 foreign echange students.....all from Korea.  Well, this year we will be hosting our 6th!  Nagyeom is the same age as Bailey and will be here sometime in August.  I've been trying out all kinds of new Korean recipes to make her feel at home while she's here.  She is from Miryang, South Korea and when I found this recipe for Miryang style rice cake soup over on Beyond Kimchee's blog I was so excited to try it!  You can find the recipe there.......

This is Nagyeom!  My new daughter for a year! Isn't she adorable?

Easy Dolsot Bibimbap and Garth!

I love Korean food!  Ever since the adoption of our daughter from S. Korea in 2000 I have been mastering my Korean cooking skills.  It's a total passion of mine!   I can now put this dolsot bibimbap on the list of winners!  To make it really easy I made the bulgogi out of hamburger meat. I also made it easy by only using two vegetables..carrots and spinach.  The best part in my opinion is the killer homemade bibimbap sauce! I eat it on EVERYTHING! It's amazing and sure beats the bottled stuff!  

I also picked up some authentic Korean earthenware pots one weekend while visiting our bff's in Broken Arrow.  We spent the weekend with them and went to a Garth Brooks concert.......which was absolutely amazing by the way!   The pots when heated up give the rice a nice browned crunchy texture if you are patient enough not to disturb it for a bit.  I seriously think it's Jim's favorite part! This rice at the bottom of the bowl actually has a name in Korea.  It's called Nurungji or crispy rice. They even make tea out of it!  

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