Re: My 2011 New Year's Resolution…

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Hi oksipak! I was just thinking of you because I watched the mandu video. I’m going to either make mandu or jjimbbang mandu during my vacation from work. I’m also reminded by your post that I’ve been wanting to make bulgogi stew. I’ve been watching the Kimchi Chronicles (got the DVD for Christmas) and it was featured on there. And I think on Jamie Frater’s food fan page he said it was one of his best dishes, so I’ve been wanting to try it since then.

All of your food looks fantastic. I just ate a big dinner, but it still is making my mouth water. I love chocolate cake like the one you made. I don’t think I’ve actually ever made a cake like that. I should put that on my list too. The mac and cheese with chili sounds awesome and I’m not usually that into mac and cheese.

I definitely have gained a lot of confidence in my cooking skills over the past year. I know what you mean about “making Korean food without hesitation” I didn’t make Korean food for a long time after my husband thought I couldn’t even make ramen noodles well after an unfortunate overcooked ramen noodle incident, but I’m so glad that I finally gave it a real go. I still need to use a recipe for most of what I make, but I’ve even gotten to a point where I can make many simple panchan/ side dish recipes from memory.

We’ve also been enjoying some delicious Korean food lately. We had braised chicken with vegetables last week and tonight we had kongnamulbap (soybean sprouts bibimbap). My hubby has taken over with the kimchi making for the most part, which has been nice. I have been making yogurt, homemade bread, and soymilk so we won’t have to buy any of those anymore and so we can eat less processed stuff. I also make tofu quite a bit.

I’ve lost 25 pounds now, but I am stuck. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to keep the house stocked with side dishes so I can eat Korean food more often. I’ve been eating so much salad lately and I’m tired of it. It was o.k. for a while, but especially as the weather has gotten cold, I need something heartier and warmer and Korean food is it for me. Satisfying and healthy.

Happy New Year! Hope that you and your family will have good health and find happiness in all your endeavors this year. And I hope to keep up our online friendship. It’s been great reading your inspirational posts. I’ll try to post more pictures of my food in 2012. How’s that for a resolution? :)