Jjajangmyeon (Noodles in Black Bean Sauce)

My desire to learn to cook Jjajangmyeon actually came from a K-drama I watched awhile ago. One of the characters owned a Chinese restaurant in Seoul that was famous for fast and delicious jjajangmyeon, and it looked so tasty. Prior to this experiment, I had never had this dish before; and when my fiance and I eat Korean food, it’s generally BBQ. I didn’t trust finding a restaurant that made it well, so I resorted to the internet, and my new favorite Korean blog, Maangchi.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Another excellent holiday treat, these Pumpkin cupcakes are a crowd pleaser. These definitely pack a large amount of pumpkin flavor; paired with the maple buttercream, I just can’t stop eating them! I better make a New Year’s resolution to workout more because this holiday season is going to fatten me up. 🙂

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Oma’s Apple Pie

As you’ve probably noticed, many of my baked good recipes come from my Oma (Oma is German for grandmother). My father taught me to cook, but it was Oma who taught me to bake. Baking was actually a love of mine long before the cooking; those wonderful holiday weekends spent making gingerbread cookies in my Oma’s kitchen, covered in flour, and wrapped in the apron she made me, sparked my need to show affection with baked goods.

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Beer Bratwurst

UPDATE: I posted new pictures to this post because a really great photographer friend of mine was visiting, and she helped me take a bunch of new pics. Also, I tried this with a darker beer, a brown ale called Leffe Braun, and it was delicious. The spiciness of the darker beer transferred really well to the bratwurst. Thank you to the reader who made this suggestion!

Beer Bratwurst are a serious favorite in my house. For starters, they are so easy my fiancee can make them. Also, they take only 15 minutes and are so tasty you don’t need any condiments to eat them. These brats are juicy, flavorful, sweet, and have the added bonus of making the most wonderful onion topping. Did I mention they are super simple? We are talking 3 ingredients and impossible to ruin. Anyways, I highly recommend this for those late work nights or days when you are just feeling lazy.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Alright, so admittedly I’ve been a terrible blogger for the last month; but I’m in the process of preparing enough posts to take me through to the new year. I also promise a couple “extra” posts during the holiday season to make up for the ones I’ve missed.

So without further adieu, here is a new recipe recently added to my arsenal that’s just perfect for the holiday season: sweet potato pie.

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Tonjiru – Pork Miso Soup

To all my faithful readers, I’m sorry I missed this past week.  I try my best, but sometimes I just can’t get something posted in time. The good news is, I don’t plan to skip posts for the holiday since I missed two already. Alright, back to the food…

Tonjiru is a Japanese classic comfort food. It’s that meal people make when camping or on cold winter nights to warm up while they sit under the kotatsu. It also happens to be a favorite food of mine and is super easy to make.

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Crock Pot Jambalaya

The next stop on my crock pot adventures was Jambalaya, again from the Cooking Light Slow Cooker to the Rescue edition.

This recipe, I must admit, I did not like nearly as much as the beef stew. To start, I didn’t add the hot sauce because I didn’t want my Jambalaya too spicy. Instead, I put in some cayenne pepper. It had a slight kick, but still seemed to lack something. I will have to experiment with this recipe and update you if I discover the missing ingredient. Regardless, it was tasty; and I do plan to make this again.

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