CHOPPED: KOREAN SHORT RIBS

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DSC_8471We recently bought a cookbook exclusively about meat by a famous butcher in New York. Most of his recipes are too advanced for my cooking level, but I enjoy the book regardless because it reads like a coffee table book. These are a few pictures from his Korean Sandwich recipe.

Since I’ve started cooking more, I’ve started to “Mise en Place,” which is a French term meaning to prepare and measure your ingredients before cooking. It’s simple, but I love watching the whole ingredients transform into exact measurements, and then into an entirely new creation! (Sorry, nerd alert!)

I’ve really appreciated the art of cooking and creating something to share with others, that hopefully tastes delicious, as well!

 

PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE (BUCKEYE) COOKIES

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It’s almost been six months since I moved to Ohio and I have been appropriately schooled in all things OSU. While I don’t care about the sports teams, I certainly paid attention when I started seeing buckeye desserts everywhere, including my local Whole Foods.

I’m still a beginner when it comes to baking, but I knew I had to try and recreate the Whole Food’s Buckeye cookies after buying their’s several weeks in a row.

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Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup natural, unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup  sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Peanut butter Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (creamy)
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp of milk

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, a couple of minutes on medium speed.  Add the egg, vanilla, and honey. (Start on low speed because things WILL fly out of the bowl.)
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, a fourth at a time, mixing after each addition. When well mixed, remove the dough, and form it into a ball. Then wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it in the refrigerator for 20-30minutes.

    While the dough is chilling in the refrigerator, make the peanut butter icing.

  4. Place the butter and peanut butter into a bowl, and beat with the electric mixer. Gradually add the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, add the milk until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick. (If you have an apron wear it! Also, don’t wear black…I had powdered sugar all over myself). Mix until fluffy.
  5. Take the dough out of the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350°F. Break off a chunk of dough from the ball of dough and place it between two pieces of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to an even thickness.
  6. Use the rim of a small glass (or an OSU cookie cutter, do those exist??) to cut out cookie shapes from the rolled out dough.
  7. Place on a greased baking sheet, allowing at least a half inch between cookies.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes before removing the cookies from the tray to cool completely on a rack.
  10. Spread the peanut butter icing on the bottom of one cookie and top with another cookie to make sandwich.

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Enjoy with a tall glass of milk. ;)

 

LIVING ROOM

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This is the front/living room in our apartment. This wall has been something of an art project. We began with several sketches of how we wanted it to look and started assembling meaningful art and objects. Right now, there are photos of where we got married, post cards from friends, favorite books, and trinkets.

SETTLING IN- TOWNHOUSE UPDATE

When I was 8 I would rearrange my closet-sized bedroom, while my mom was on the phone or otherwise occupied.  I moved my dresser into the closet, pushed the twin-sized bed up against the wall and hung up a mirror to make the room appear larger.  I remember her hearing me on several occasions, coming upstairs and opening the door to find me with my back up against the dresser in mid-shove.  She was never angry, but I remember her telling me when I was older I could decorate my house however I wanted…AND NOW I CAN–MUAHAHAHAH.  (Thanks for being patient with me, mom.) ((She reads this blog, so I’m sure she’s laughing right now.))

Here’s an update on what our townhouse looks like now.  You can see what it looked like when I first moved in about two months ago and my last update here.  

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The side table is my grandmother’s repurposed sewing machine table.  When we first moved in, we were using it as a tiny dining table. 

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My Vatican music box given to me by Koledon.  If you turn it on the windows glow red.  I don’t usually turn it on.

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DSC_6582New Orleans wedding china from my Aunt!

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Beautiful wedding card from my dear friend, Whitney.

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We’re planning on filling this wall with long shelves filled with books and pictures.  So far, we have one picture and  and the TV mounted.  Realllllllllllly looking forward to hiding those cables. -__-

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Any suggestions for organizing shoes better?

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Planning on putting more family photos by the staircase.

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I put these shelves up, with a little help from Sangbin, in preparation for our larger shelving project in the living room.