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About chefkelly

Leveraging a lifelong passion for food and combining a unique cultural mesh of korean cuisine, robust flavors of Texas BBQ and California cuisine, Chef Kelly brings her own signature style to delectable perfect bites exploring complex and often surprising interplay of flavors, textures and colors. She has honed and shared her craft through her experiences from five star restaurant kitchens to private cooking instruction to her self-written food blog at chefkelly.com all made with 2 tablespoons of love; love for food, love for life.

Tomato Harvest…even for a black thumb like me. Pickled tomatoes

Being gutsy back in May…I bought two tomato plants on a total whim.  Whim because plants don’t like me very much…maybe it’s because they realize that I tend to forget about them after lovingly planting them?  But guess what?  I … Continue reading

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home made…DIY food projects

been away for a while…and gettin’ bz in the kitchen.  here’s my brag picture book for today:) – random. homemade tofu…courtesy of sensei at Hitachiya who shared the tradition of making tofu from soy beans. kelly makes some kimchi at … Continue reading

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fractal….romanesco broccoli @ farmers market

it looks so freakish….it just spoke to me.  a hybrid in taste and texture between broccoli and cauliflower…probably closer to cauli but with a big sprinkle of broccoli.  best oven roasted and slightly charred – with salt, pepper, and good … Continue reading

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Feel empowered by making your own pizza dough

I’ve been in love with Jim Lahey’s cookbook, My Bread and his famous Sullivan Street Bakery in NYC telling many friends and buying them extra copies.  Mine’s pretty thrashed, with olive oil finger stains on the cover, dog-eared pages sandwiched … Continue reading

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Hatch chili eggplant caponata~~~

It’s hatch chili time!  love me some hatch chili recipes now – so bring ‘em ON! I bought a whole box of roasted hatch chili last week from Bristol Farms, put Mike to work and with two of us, spent … Continue reading

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Will Sasaya give me an interview?!?

Dear Sasaya, Nine months ago, I found you through Yelp and after few slurps of your unforgettable homemade udon noodles that taste like love – I was hooked and since then have been religiously attending almost every week.  Partially regretting … Continue reading

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For all the beautiful things that make you happy…

I can’t believe how long I’ve been away.  The daily churns of life, zipping along like cars on a freeway; work, house remodel, chores and errands, blablabla…WAHHHH!hhh!!!  I’m sure I’m not the only one.  Why does it feel that as … Continue reading

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Stage Lesson #2 – Cooking tips, factoids, fancy french terms

You could say I took a hiatus from the last post, perhaps from the disappointment of not being able to stage much much longer, short lived and due to some HR, “don’t want no liability for someone who doesn’t get … Continue reading

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Staging at a four-star restaurant – lesson #1

Stage (pronounced “sta-je as in “Taj”): To work as a stagiare, a chef’s apprentice in a formal restaurant kitchen, or in my case, to be able to spend ~1 night a week when daytime job allows learning what I can … Continue reading

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o.m.g. is this Bodum French Press HOT or what?…

I’m sorry – not all french press are the same.  This one ROCKS!  Found it at a steal on good ol’ Amazon – Will have to tell you all about its features after I brew my first cup tomorrow~ Isn’t … Continue reading

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