Tamale Bake

Like I have said before, my number one craving in Korea is for Mexican food!  In this recipe- shredded chicken, beans and salsa are mixed together with a flaky cornbread topping  to create a fiesta (that’s Spanish for party) in your mouth!

Tamale Bake2

Servings: 4


-2 chicken breasts

-1 tsp olive oil

-1 can of black beans or pinto beans, drained

-2/3 cup salsa (I used pace medium)

-1/2 onion, diced

-3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

-1 chicken bouillon cube

-2-4 Tbls taco seasoning

-1/3 cup water

Low-fat Green Curry Chicken

I love the flavor of Thai green curry, but it’s generally too spicy for me.  In this green curry recipe, I lowered the fat by substituting the traditional coconut milk with low-fat yogurt and reduced the spiciness for those of us who can’t handle it!

Low-fat Green Curry Chicken 



For Chicken:

-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced small

-1 Tbls soy sauce (low-sodium preferred)

For Sauce:

Takeout at Home – Orange Chicken

This recipe tastes similar to a classic fried orange chicken, but instead of frying the chicken in oil to achieve the crunchy exterior, I crust the chicken in a sesame-breadcrumb mixture and bake it.  Then, I toss the chicken in a sweet and spicy orange sauce.

Takeout at Home – Orange Chicken

Servings: 2.5


For Sauce:

-2/3 cup orange juice (fresh is preferred, but bottled is ok too)

-1-2 Tbls orange zest (or use 1 Tbls orange marmalade)

-3 Tbls brown sugar

-3 Tbls rice vinegar

-1 Tbls fish sauce (or soy sauce)

-2 tsp soy sauce

a very special..until next time

Back Row, Chul, Drella, Alice, Bobbie, Toress, Voli, Sean
Middle Row, Adam, Me, Sophia, Sally, Coco, Christopher
Bottom, Jay and Charlie
Missing, Luke

Two weeks ago when we made the decision to head back to America a bit early, we really didn’t even begin to think about the goodbyes (or as a friend reminded me…until next time’s)

A student of mine, Christopher (middle row, suit, far right) emailed me and said that we must go out for dinner. So, word spread and before we knew it, a meal was planned.

Cooking on a Sunday Night

Before I write about what I made this weekend, I want to ask all of you reading this to PLEASE send me your favorite cupcake recipe with a great fluffy frosting. I am dying to make cupcakes!!! (and eat them) But please no crazy ingredients, I live in South Korea and not everything is as easy to find.


Man you must think, she makes a lot of bread. Every Sunday we are out of Bread. Adam eats a lot of it :)

cooking fever

I have absolutely no idea why I am on this constant cooking fit. It is very unlike me and I am really digging it :)

This week I work the day shift and am home by 6. I immediately go to the fridge, check my interest and get cracking on recipes I have pinned for later. (Some of them also come from wordpress blogs I have been following.

Last night I settled for some Baba Ganoush, Pineapple Quesadillas and Stuffed Jalapeños. When making all of this it really helps me to use up the veggies we get at the market (it’s never just 1 or 2 onions. It’s more like here’s 10 for 2 dollars)

Adam also picked up this awesome new blender last night so I had to give it a try.


Before I arrived, I thought that one of the biggest...

Before I arrived, I thought that one of the biggest problems that I would encounter is the food. I never knew what kimchi was and I assumed that Koreans eat love eating raw food like sushi, which I dislike very much. However, after eating my first dish I absolutely fell in love with Korean food. On second thought, I have to retract that statement because the first thing that I ate was a hotdog! But it was made by a Korean. Haha 

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