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Feb. 19, 2010 4:41 pm 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2010 1:48 pm
Today, we had Korean for a late lunch...so delicious! I had some preconcieved notion that Korean food was fiery hot, and while I'm sure some dishes are, these were not but they were oh, so good! Korea was united until 1948 and that's when it divided into 2 completely different states: North Korea and South Korea. I don't really know if there is difference in the cuisines. Both states are located on the Korean Peninsula and they are bordered by China to the northwest, Russia to the northeast, and they are separated from Japan to the east by the Korean Strait. This is the marinade for Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/kalbi-korean-bbq-short-ribs/detail.aspx?31=3< I marinaded the ribs overnight in the fridge in a gallon freezer bag.
I used really thin short ribs...they cook up really quick and yummy!
In the past, due to lack of medical information, Korea's seasonal temperature differences & many childhood diseases, the death rate for kids was really high. So if a child lived to their first birthday, the parents celebrated Tol, a child's first birthday. After one year of age, the survival rate steeply rose, so it was definately a cause for celebration. A traditional celebration consists of 4 major components: 1. praying and giving thanks 2. making and wearing the tradional birthday clothing 3. preparing the table and performing the Tolijabee and 4. sharing the food with guests and neighbors.
I scored the cucumber for Korean Cucumber Salad http://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/korean-cucumber-salad/detail.aspx?prop31=5< with my vegetable peeler, just to be fancy. I sliced it really thin.

I julienned a peeled carrot...all the while thinking that now would be the time for my mandoline, which is in storage...it only took a couple of minutes, though...no biggie...

I made the dressing & tossed in the cukes and carrots and stuck it in the fridge...I, in my honest opinion, think this would be much better tasting with rice wine vinegar, rather than the white called for in the recipe...but I followed the recipe and it is super good even with the white...I enjoyed it very much....and I will make this again.

Next, I made Cold Korean Bean Sprouts, a recipe from GroupRecipes.com http://http://www.grouprecipes.com/75189/cold-korean-bean-sprouts.html< and I think these are really going to become a new favorite in hot weather...they were fantastic. I boiled the sprouts and rinsed them in cold, running water.....

and tossed them in the dressing...I did add pinch of red pepper flakes and a little sesame oil to these...

Grill the ribs over hot coals for around 8-10 minutes total, they were perfectly pink around the bones...

And, yes, they DO taste as good as they look!

another look at Cold Korean Bean Sprouts...

Another look at Korean Cucumber Salad....

Add some simple boiled rice with a touch of sesame oil in the water...

And this was my version of a Korean take-out lunch for two!
My supplies this week ran $13.39, so that left $6.61 out of the $20 to add to my Beach Bag Fund! The total after week 7 is $38.19....and we're well on our way to our next outing to the beach. And for those of you wondering, my husband, Bob, has his biopsy on his throat done on Feb. 26th...I don't know how long it will be before we hear anything, so as soon as I know, I'll post it.
Again, I would like to thank each & every person who voted for next week's country. Bob picked Australia and I chose Russia and in a super tight majority...it was Russia with 21 votes and Australia with 19...so Russia is next week...stay tuned in!!

Feb. 19, 2010 4:55 pm
Looks fantastic. Now I want ribs!
Feb. 19, 2010 4:56 pm
WOWEEE! Did you get a new camera???? Gorgeous Blog! Looks so Yummy! Great job, WW!
Feb. 19, 2010 4:58 pm
I did get a new Nikon Coolpix and I love it! And I've been reading the photography tutorials on Pioneer Woman's website...is it showing?
Feb. 19, 2010 5:13 pm
It shows BIGTIME! The food looks so shiny, so fresh...
Feb. 19, 2010 5:30 pm
You have made Korean cuisine look easy enough for me to try. And delicious on your photos. If you're going to Russia next time, you will definitely have to go down-under after that.
Feb. 19, 2010 5:32 pm
Ribs AND bean sprouts? YUM! Looks delicious Witchy!
Feb. 19, 2010 5:45 pm
Wow that looks really good Witchywoman :) Great pics. My mom had a friend who was raised in Korea and she made this stuff with spinach and bacon that was so very delicious. And boy it was HOT. And I don't like the hot stuff but this was so good that I suffered through the heat and ate my little heart out. She would only give us a partial recipe for it though :( And we could never figure out the missing ingredients.
Feb. 19, 2010 5:49 pm
Everything looks delicious!
Feb. 19, 2010 6:00 pm
Great photos, and great looking food! I'm glad I ate before I looked at your blog. I had some neighbors who were Korean. The wife spoke no English at all, but we managed to communicate, kinda. They were hard working people, very family oriented, and very goal oriented. The husband carried a 5 year plan for his family in his pocket. I had the utmost admiration for their determination and gorgeous vegetable garden. They grew hundreds of heads of bok choy where the previous neighbor, Italian, grew hundreds of tomatoes. I grew veggies and weeds. They did like HOT food. I was downwind of them cooking some pork chops, and couldn't wait until their party so I could have some. I thought that the orange powdery stuff was paprika. It wasn't. I was the chief entertainment for the 30 or so Koreans as they watched me tearing up and running for water to quell the burn of the red pepper. How could something that smelled so good tastes so.....
Feb. 19, 2010 6:07 pm
Oh wow, now I can't wait to try some of these dishes, well all of them actually. Yummy. All Will Go Well with the biopsy test - look forward to hearing the Good News from you, WW!!!
Feb. 19, 2010 6:16 pm
YUM, everything looks great! Tell hubby good luck and that he will be in my thoughts and prayers. :)
Feb. 19, 2010 6:58 pm
Your pictures look luscious. I love Kalbi. Have you ever tried kimchi? It is really good. Very hot! usually made of cabbage but sometimes cucumbers. I can't wait to go to Russia with you next week. You make me feel like I am in each country. Thanks for the fun
Feb. 19, 2010 7:01 pm
Your pictures look luscious. I love Kalbi. Have you ever tried kimchi? It is really good. Very hot! usually made of cabbage but sometimes cucumbers. I can't wait to go to Russia with you next week. You make me feel like I am in each country. Thanks for the fun
Feb. 19, 2010 7:03 pm
Sorry about the double post. Although the blog rates lots of praise
Feb. 19, 2010 7:20 pm
I have had kimchi and I love it...I just wanted to easy on my husband before surgery...
Feb. 19, 2010 8:07 pm
Great blog WW, I love those ribs. There was a soccer tournament that I used to volunteer to referee at just to eat their Korean Style ribs and rice. So good. Thanks for a great blog.
Feb. 20, 2010 2:56 am
This sounds like a delicious meal!
Feb. 20, 2010 4:34 am
What a great blog! And I love the camera work! You have really managed to keep your blogs interesting and fun. I am just waiting until your book comes out, so I can buy it. Excellent work, WW!
Feb. 20, 2010 4:51 am
Your pics are fantastic!! You should become a photographer for a food magazine! I could almost taste those ribs. Best of luck to Bob - I truly hope all goes well for him. We just went thru a bout of radiation treatment with my mom (she has breast cancer) and she is now done with treatment and all looks well. I hope you'll be able to get good news!
Feb. 20, 2010 6:59 am
Laurrie, again a wonderful blog. You are so lucky that Bob will eat all the "wierd" stuff, as my husband refers to it. I'd love to try some new stuff like you get to, but alas, no way in this house! Give Bob a hug and kiss from me.
Feb. 20, 2010 7:11 am
I am happy to report that there is not even one scrap of leftovers from Korea...I finished off the cucumbers as a pre-go-to-bed snack last night. We definately want to try the rib marinade on chicken, pork, fish...everything, it was so good and tasty...I forgot to mention that I used tamari instead of regular soy...tamari is a soy sauce, it's just aged longer...I never use regular soy anymore after trying tamari...a little more expensive but, way worth it!
Feb. 20, 2010 8:05 am
Everything looks so good, WW! Good luck to Bob on Monday.
Feb. 20, 2010 12:46 pm
Witchy, beautiful pictures and everything looks so yummy! Give Bob a hug for me and tell him I am sending good thoughts and prayers his way that everything will be fine!
Feb. 20, 2010 1:23 pm
I'm passing on all the well wishes to Bob, everyone, he appreciates them all...I think the big ol' tough guy might be a teensy bit nervous!
Feb. 20, 2010 2:01 pm
Great blog and beautiful pics!
Feb. 20, 2010 2:45 pm
Thanks so much, Nurse Ellen...I've been taking pictures of everything...it's gotten to be that when a car is passing out front, they automatically slow down because everyone in here is so used to seeing me outside taking pictures of everything and anything! It's amusing...but I am so glad that you all are liking the pictures from the new camera!
Feb. 20, 2010 4:37 pm
The pics are great, and those ribs look delicious. I think they might be the next thing I try cooking on my barbecue!
Feb. 20, 2010 5:14 pm
Your pics are fantastic!! Great Blog
Feb. 21, 2010 4:48 am
Interesting blog! I`ve never made Korean food, but I love the food in Korean restaurant in my area. I enjoy reading your blogs dedicated to international cuisine.
Feb. 21, 2010 10:39 am
The photos look great, I love your recipe choices. I pray that your husband is ok. I enjoy your cooking blogs. Everything looks wonderful.
Feb. 21, 2010 11:38 am
Korean short ribs were one of my childhood favorites. Your sprouts and cucumbers look so delicious!! I'm definately going to try those. I love your blogs!
Feb. 21, 2010 11:46 am
Thanks, Momi...I appreciate it! Lisa, I passed on the good wishes to Bob and he said Thank You!
Feb. 21, 2010 12:26 pm
Hi Witchywoman! I came across your blog a few months ago and I am a big fan! You make cooking all these dishes so easy and they look awesome. You inspire me to keep trying new recipes. I kinda' love to cook new dishes. I say kinda' because my family is not into trying new food, but I never stop trying... Love reading your blog!
Feb. 21, 2010 1:13 pm
LOL! My poor guinea pig husband...yesterday, I made root beer pork chops on the grill and had to run to the store yesterday morning for root beer...my husband looks at me, all pathetic like, and says, ""Laurrie, I just want a regular roast for dinner tomorrow, and I want you to make it in the crockpot." So I got a chuckle out of your post, Kassandra....thanks!
Feb. 22, 2010 3:06 am
Wow! Great photos! Everything looks so good!!
Feb. 22, 2010 5:29 am
Fantastic! We love all types of food and Korean is high on our list. On our recent trip to Denver a old military friend who shares our love for Korean food took us out to lunch. I had a dish that I loved but can't remember the spelling, but will have again on our next Korean Restaurant outing. And our fiend, he always eats short ribs. Yum...your photos are great.
Feb. 22, 2010 5:40 am
That should be friend, not fiend...Haha oh, I saw on my blog you might want to cook up some Argentine food. I will try to check back later and if you have any questions, I will do my best to help.
Feb. 22, 2010 6:40 am
Next time try it with some traditional kimchi! It's delicious with the richness of the meat. Korean food is all about balance.
Feb. 22, 2010 7:22 am
CookinArgentina...every Sunday, I pick a country and so does my husband and then I post on the recipe exchange for the readers to vote on the country...Misshe...I thought about kimchi, but with my husband's dr. appts. in Portland and going to the beach and whatnot, I just didn't take the time. My husband can't really handle any spice at this point in time, so that's why I opted not to make kimchi!
Feb. 22, 2010 7:23 am
Thanks, mauigirl...I'll tell him. Barbara K....I'm anxiously awaiting your new blog!
Feb. 22, 2010 9:00 am
I was thinking about what I could do to top this...maybe some recipes with ingredients from the PNW!
Feb. 22, 2010 11:02 am
I was wondering if you must've got a new camera then I read your comment that you did! Yes, it makes a huge difference, your photo's look fantastic and the food made my mouth water. Good luck to your hubby, hope it turns out ok!
Feb. 22, 2010 12:52 pm
Yum! I LOVE Korean BBQ, so those ribs are right up my alley! I'm definitely going to try those bean sprouts and cucumber salad, too. Thanks for another great blog...and congrats on the new camera!
Feb. 22, 2010 3:01 pm
You made me drool. ;)
Feb. 22, 2010 3:07 pm
@witchywoman, they look great...BTW, soy bean sprout would be even better :) It could be my personal preference though...how did you put the pictures inside the text??
Feb. 22, 2010 3:11 pm
Tao...I write the blog on blogger.com. I put the pictures in, last one first...then add the text. It's really easy, and then you can go step-by-step!
Feb. 22, 2010 5:52 pm
You're in Korea! Do you know where I can find quinoa?
Feb. 22, 2010 5:55 pm
OOps~ I just read your blog *properly* and I realize that you aren't in Korea. Sorry, I've just been searching for quinoa like a madwoman.
Feb. 22, 2010 6:44 pm
That looks amazing! =)
Feb. 23, 2010 5:30 am
Witchy you are an amazing cook and blogger. I find myself smiling and ohhhing and ahhhhing at your work. You inspire me to say the least!!
Rae S. 
Feb. 23, 2010 11:16 am
the link for the bean sprouts isnt working :( but i saved everything else and gonna try it as soon as its warm enough for my bbq outside!!
Feb. 23, 2010 11:27 am
Hi...I really enjoyed hearing about your beach bag fund...I have a similar one, money to get my son home from Thailand for a visit this summer. Also had a fund to buy fancy toilets for the new house. Met that goal, and well on the way to get Sean home. I make baby star quilts, and my husband makes cakes and caters. Good karma to Bob. And I can't wait to try Korean food. Groceries in my small town are pathetic. Can't wait to shop in Portland!
Feb. 23, 2010 12:11 pm
Bob's biopsy has been postponed until the 2nd...Tuesday next week; oh, well!
Feb. 23, 2010 12:45 pm
witchywoman- your Korean dishes look great! I'm Korean and grew up eating a lot of Korean food and yours looks very similar to what I grew up eating.
Feb. 23, 2010 12:53 pm
Another great blog and your pics look great now! I want some ribs. Keep up the great work and I hope all goes well for your husband!
Feb. 23, 2010 3:32 pm
Looks delicious! I'm Korean, born and bred, and I couldn't have done it any better. I'm also very impressed with your knowledge of Korean history, I was convinced that you were Korean until I saw your profile. This type of Galbi(meaning ribs) is known as L.A. Galbi. The difference from the original kind is that the meat is cut horizontally, instead of vertically, in which case a large chunk of bone would end up at the end of the beef. L.A. Galbi was probably developed by early Korean immigrants that couldn't find butchers that cut beef the way they do in Korea. Galbi has its origins in the Josun dynasty, but cows were invaluable tools for agriculture back then, and only royalty or wealthy aristocrats were able to taste beef. Marinated Galbi was first developed in 1945 at Suwon, a city in the outskirts of the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area. However, it was a delicacy only enjoyed in rare occasions by the common folk until around the 80s. Nowadays there are numerous types of Galbi - beef is ground and formed into patties, or use a spicy pepper-paste marinade, or served with seafood or butternut squash, or steamed or stewed, or using pork or poultry, as well.(not to mention the numerous dips - mainly soysauce or a spicy paste called Ssamjang, which is made of pan-fried bell peppers) My favorite kind is Steamed Galbi, where the beef is simmered in water and seasoned soysauce until a thick, soupy consistency reached, chockfull of chestnuts, pinenuts, and gingko nuts. In fact, I'm defrosting a huge pack of Galbi ready to go in the pot right this moment! I'll have to get around to submitting my grandmother's recipe at AR one of these days.
Feb. 23, 2010 3:43 pm
jyk...thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! When I hear something like that, it makes it all worth it, I look forward to seeing your grandmother's recipe and would dearly love to try it, if you'll share it!
Feb. 23, 2010 3:46 pm
To Mary : I haven't seen quinoa in Korea myself, but then again I've never actively looked for it. I doubt they have it in Costco, or any of the major stores (if it isn't in one E-mart of Home-plus, it isn't in any of them) Maybe there could be some in Bangsan ShiJang, near Jongro, or some of the western shops in I-Tae-Won. I'll snoop around the internet and get back to you.
Feb. 23, 2010 11:31 pm
Your news and recipes are really interesting to read and look at! :) I wanna live in an RV and cook like you...:)
Feb. 23, 2010 11:36 pm
To Mary: About the quinoa in Korea, I'm in Korea and I can't find it anywhere either, though I haven't been actively looking. However, you MAY be able to find some at the traditional food markets. I know in Busan, there are lots of these so maybe you should try going to one of those and search for quinoa there. If you find some, let me know! :)
Feb. 24, 2010 12:58 am
Great post, great pictures. Congrats on the new camera. The ribs look great. The whole meal looks good.
Feb. 24, 2010 9:17 am
Sesame oil in the rice sounds like a great idea, I'll try it.
Feb. 24, 2010 11:32 am
What wonderful photos! I love the blog!! I just sent all the recipes to a friend so we can plan a Korean cuisine night dinner party! Thanks so much for sharing and I can't wait for the Russian recipes!
Feb. 24, 2010 1:33 pm
Russia is coming tonight!
Feb. 25, 2010 8:11 pm
Good evenin' folks... Mary, JYK and Marie...I have no clue what quinoa is, or how to cook and/or eat it. However, if you'll Google "quinoa" you will link to what looks like "Quinoa World". From there, I'm positive that you'l find worldwide sources for quinoa. I like to mess with skillet cooking. Fast and delicious, and especially the opportunity to bang them pots 'n' pans. HOW would I add quinoa to whatever I saute'ing, frying or whatever? Fish, pork, chicken, beef and so on.
Feb. 26, 2010 2:41 am
Hi-I could not sleep -went to Allrecipes and found your blog. Love it. Good luck with the biopsy. My husband finished Radiation for tonsil cancer Oct 2009. Is cancer free now! Good luck and thanks. Sue
Feb. 26, 2010 8:39 am
Thanks, sue...I passed on the well wishes to Bob and he appreciates them!
Feb. 26, 2010 10:42 am
Mmmmm, I love kalbi! Looks very traditional.
Feb. 26, 2010 12:12 pm
I gotta tell you that ??? or Kalbi Jim is one of my favorite Korean Foods. I come from a korean family and I gotta tell you that even eating korean everyday, I can NEVER get tired of eating any of it!!
Feb. 26, 2010 1:48 pm
WOW Witchy! You are a GREAT photographer! Looks yummy!
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I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
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I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
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