Post image for Korean Dak Galbi ~ Chicken Stir-Fry in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce with Gochugaru and Gochujang

Before we jump into the recipe in this post, I have some fist-pumping news. My little blog, Cook & Be Merry, launched in January of 2010, recently hit one million pageviews. That’s 1,000,000. If you had told me when I first started that I would hit that number in my lifetime, I would have fallen on the floor, laughing uproariously. Thank you, everyone who has visited. You have no idea how much you all mean to me and how much you enhance my life. You’re the best. XO

Ok, so much for the mushy bits. On to the recipe….

Dak Galbi is one of those dishes where you take your first bite, close your eyes and say raptureously, “Oh my god, this is amazing!” Well, at least that is what my live-in family member said when he had his first bite. I have been making this about once a week for the last few months, and frequently for a couple of years. One of the things that is great about it is the red pepper paste (gochujang) and red pepper powder (gochugaru) are cheap. You can make this so many times and hardly make a dent in your supply.

Korean Gochujang

Gochujang, the red pepper paste, has shown up recently in my local Ralph’s Market, but if you can’t find it near by, you can order it from Amazon. If you live in Los Angeles you can buy it at my local Korean Market World in Torrance. You can also use it to make Korean Chicken Wings.

Korean Gochugaru

Gochugaru, the red pepper powder, can also be found at Market World or on Amazon. You can also use it to make Spicy Korean BBQ Sliders with Sesame Ginger Slaw, and Fried Tofu and Spicy Red Pepper Sauce with Ginger and Sesame.

Korean Dak Galbi 2

When I decided to make this dish to photograph, I didn’t have any chicken, but I was dying for my shot of spicy sauce, so I used the protein I had in the freezer, which turned out to be pork belly. When you make it, use chicken, ok? At least the first time. I had to render a lot of the fat from the pork belly and pour it off before I added it to the marinade. When you use chicken, the raw meat goes into the marinade and is cooked during the stir-fry.

Korean Dak Galbi 3

This stir-fry has crunchy vegetables: cabbage, onions, green onions, zucchini and carrots, which are only cooked for a few minutes so they don’t get soft. We like it served with rice to sop up the sauce. Oh, I hope you try this, because it is one of my favorite dishes of all time!

Korean Dak Galbi 5

[click to continue…]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit

{ 4 comments }

NY Black & White Cookies

by Lynne on August 1, 2014

Post image for NY Black & White Cookies

The other day I met a friend of mine for tea and we were talking about our upcoming blog posts. I asked her if she had ever heard of Black and White Cookies and she replied, “Are you kidding, I’m from New York! You can buy them everywhere, wrapped up in cellophane. Just make sure you eat them the day you buy them.”

Along with bagels and pizza, Black & White Cookies are the edible emblems of New York City. These iconic treats can be found in almost every restaurant, coffee shop, deli and bakery all over the city. Some say they originated in northern New York at Hemstrought’s Bakery in Utica around 100 years ago, while others think they came with the Dutch settlers in the 17th and 18th century. In Upstate New York they’re known as Half Moons and in the Midwest as Harlequins.

[click to continue…]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit

{ 5 comments }

Chipotle Swai Fillet with Rainier Cherry Salsa

Thumbnail image for Chipotle Swai Fillet with Rainier Cherry Salsa July 22, 2014

I grew up in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes. My father was an avid fisherman, and my brother and I were included in many fishing trips from the time we were old enough. We fished from shore on little lakes, from fishing boats on big lakes, in an ice house in the dead of [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
3 comments Read the full article →

Thai Beef Salad from Patricia Rose at Fresh Food in a Flash Cooking Class

Thumbnail image for Thai Beef Salad from Patricia Rose at Fresh Food in a Flash Cooking Class July 14, 2014

I am a cooking class junky. I love going to cooking classes. So imagine my happiness when I was recently invited to the Main Dish Salads Cooking Class by Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash. Her classes are hands-on and it is so fun to watch her students preparing her recipes, cutting and [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
3 comments Read the full article →

Scotch Eggs with Garlic Butter Parmesan Fries

Thumbnail image for Scotch Eggs with Garlic Butter Parmesan Fries June 29, 2014

The signature or national dish of a country or state or city can be counted on to be interesting and delicious, because it has been around for ages and has been perfected by numerous cooks. A whole country can’t be wrong, can it? Unfortunately I am not going to be able to visit every country, [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
2 comments Read the full article →

Oven Roasted Fries with Garlic Butter & Parmesan

Thumbnail image for Oven Roasted Fries with Garlic Butter & Parmesan June 13, 2014

Now that grilling season is here, I will be seeing quite a number of burger patties coming off the grates. There is nothing like the flavor of beef cooked over an open fire, or in my case, glowing coals, on a toasted bun with all the fixings. And what I love with my burgers are [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
8 comments Read the full article →

Chile Verde with Pork & Ancho Chile Sauce

Thumbnail image for Chile Verde with Pork & Ancho Chile Sauce June 4, 2014

If you have been following along with my story, you know I moved into an apartment last January. I looked at several in the area I wanted to live, but fell in love with mine immediately. It’s interesting how you just know when it is a match. You walk from room to room and it [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
4 comments Read the full article →

Grilled Shrimp & Potato Tomato Avocado Salad

Thumbnail image for Grilled Shrimp & Potato Tomato Avocado Salad May 24, 2014

Memorial Day. The kick-off of the summer grilling season. We wait all year for this day, don’t we? Well, I do. So I wanted to make a stellar salad with grilled shrimp and all my favorite salad veggies for this venerable holiday. Not only tomatoes, avocado and grilled little potatoes, but also olives and red [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
5 comments Read the full article →

Springtime Apricot Cake at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen

Thumbnail image for Springtime Apricot Cake at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen May 17, 2014

Springtime Apricot Cake was the dessert recipe for the recent Easter Family Brunch class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach. This wonderful cake was the ending to a delicious luncheon which also included Easter Banana Muffins, Roasted Shrimp & Pineapple Salad, and “Croque-Madame” Brunch Gratin. Grace-Marie has always made such good desserts [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
3 comments Read the full article →

Lamb Shepherd’s Pie & Parmesan Ricotta Potatoes

Thumbnail image for Lamb Shepherd’s Pie & Parmesan Ricotta Potatoes May 8, 2014

I’m a little late to the St. Patrick’s Day party with my Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, but it was the photos I saw during that celebration that inspired me to make my own version. So now I am suggesting Lamb Shepherd’s Pie for your Mother’s Day brunch. See how neat I worked that in? But really, [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
2 comments Read the full article →

Pork Pot-Stickers with Lemon Soy Ginger Sauce

Thumbnail image for Pork Pot-Stickers with Lemon Soy Ginger Sauce April 30, 2014

About a month ago I showed you how to make your own gyoza wrappers, and then I left you hanging. You were probably thinking to yourself… but, but, but…what about filling and cooking them? Well, truly, I wouldn’t leave you in the lurch like that, but after I made them it was dark outside, so [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
3 comments Read the full article →

Rib-Eye Carpaccio with Salmoriglio Oregano Sauce

Thumbnail image for Rib-Eye Carpaccio with Salmoriglio Oregano Sauce April 23, 2014

In my experience, there are two kinds of beef people. On one side of the spectrum are the rare or medium rare guys, who want theirs soft and red, possibly still kicking. And waaay on the other side, the well-done guys, who for some unfathomable reason, want theirs gray throughout with the texture of leather. [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
3 comments Read the full article →

“Croque-Madame” Brunch Gratin with Asparagus & Prosciutto from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen

Thumbnail image for “Croque-Madame” Brunch Gratin with Asparagus & Prosciutto from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen April 15, 2014

“Croque-Madame” Brunch Gratin was the entrée recipe for the Easter Family Brunch class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach last week. I have to say, this Gratin was one of the best things I have eaten recently, with buttery crusted bread topped with Swiss cheese, prosciutto, asparagus, béchamel and a beautiful egg [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
4 comments Read the full article →

Brunch Roasted Shrimp & Pineapple Salad from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen and A 20 Year Anniversary

Thumbnail image for Brunch Roasted Shrimp & Pineapple Salad from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen and A 20 Year Anniversary April 12, 2014

Easter Family Brunch was the theme of the Lunch With Friends class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach last week. Who doesn’t look forward to a holiday brunch, with delicious dishes set out on the board and you get to fill your plate to your heart’s content and your tummy’s satisfaction. The [...]

If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
7 comments Read the full article →

Chocolate Pecan Rugelach with Apricot Preserves

Thumbnail image for Chocolate Pecan Rugelach with Apricot Preserves April 2, 2014

You know how it is when you move, all the friends and relatives want to come over and see the new place. I wasn’t quite up to a full-blown dinner party, but I did want to have some nice little tea and crumpets for them to nosh on, after the grand tour. Lol. The grand [...]

Related Posts with Thumbnails
If you like this, help spread the word and share with friends:
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
3 comments Read the full article →