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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.

cheese curds – where, where were you…

I thought I was exposed to most all cuisines but was I wrong!  One of my last work trip took me to The Old Fashioned, an institution in Madison, Wisconsin. Perhaps it’s the midwest, perhaps because Wisconsin is the “cheesehead” … Continue reading

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Food pix from around the world

Longing for vacation to some exotic place far far away – I was looking at some old pix – of what else, FOOD!  Below are some pix from my favs in the world~ Left to right… Duck Fat fries from … Continue reading

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catering gig at bulthaup – tofu lollipops anyone?

For this last catering gig at bulthaup for a LA-based renown architect firm, Maltzan, I had a blast putting together a cocktail/appetizer menu that was first and foremost good, but one that was also different and played up the Asian/Korean … Continue reading

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Meatless Wednesday – Stuffed Tomato with Rice. Did I Say it’s Super Easy?

Super easy recipe adopted from Saveur magazine (one of my favorite magazine that I hope to get a job with one day…) Satisfying and beautiful – looks like you slaved over a stove for HOURS!  but NOT.  Take advantage of … Continue reading

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oh pork belly – how i love thee, braised pork belly with star anise and coffee rub

Having a rep as a conscious, healthy eater – I wanted to show that I too can cook mean, fatty porky dishes at times \ / (that’s me with an angry face;))…  Actually – I think that we all deserve … Continue reading

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blue duck tavern in DC – what’s your last meal on this earth?

discovered a couple years ago while visiting Washington, DC – Blue Duck Tavern is by far one of the best restaurants that i’ve been to.  doesn’t hurt that Obama apparently frequents here but you may not necessarily know that by … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichoke isn’t an artichoke at all…but tastes like one

Always up for discovering new ingredients, I found little critters of jerusalem artichoke or also called sunchoke at the market the other day and was curious what it would taste like.  Think alien-like edible tuber (like potato, yam, radish), a … Continue reading

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happy spring! yay for spring veggies – asparagus anyone?

I think there are two teams when it comes to asparagus – those who are a fan! and those who just think it’s an odd vegetable with weird after-effects;) – uh-hmmm – the strange odor in your pee caused by … Continue reading

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Mixed paella recipe – first time for everything…

When you start to think about it, it’s pretty crazy how different cuisines across countries find commonalities, whether it’s Italian ravioli compared to Chinese dumplings or French bouillabaisse to Spanish paella.  It’s just different variations of the same kind of … Continue reading

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Okinawa purple sweet potatoes – the perfect asian dessert

Growing up in Korea, my childhood memories include eating vegetables/fruits considered to be savory or side dishes here in the US of A to savory dishes being eaten like desserts.  In winter – sweet potatoes (Japanese, Korean, me thinks same … Continue reading

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