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Korean Rice Recipe – Bibimbap

If you’ve lived in New York as long as I have, you learn to love a steaming stone pot of Korean bibimbap as much as a comforting bowl of mashed potatoes. Bibimbap, which means “mixed rice” in Korean, is so much more than that. The steamy soft white rice is a comforting cushion for sautéed carrots, spinach, and kimchi, and for the grand finale, a fried egg, often tossed tableside with spicy red-pepper gochujang paste. This filling, flavorful meal is surprisingly easy to execute at home. With all the vegetables, there’s no reason not to make it a habit. Consider yourself armed with the best of both worlds—flavor and health. Bibimbap is vitality in a bowl, from your very own kitchen.

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Rice Cooker Bibimbap With Salmon and Spinach

10 ounces leaf spinach, fresh or frozen

Roasted sesame oil

Rice vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 ounces salmon fillet, sliced 1/4 inch thick across the grain

1 cup rice, preferably medium- or short-grain, rinsed

1 long hot green pepper, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons kimchi, finely chopped

2 eggs

Kochuj ang or another Asian chili paste such as sambal or chili bean paste

Sesame seeds and finely chopped scallions, for garnish.

1. Using steamer function, steam spinach in rice cooker until tender, about 8 minutes. Remove to a kitchen towel, wring dry and thinly slice into a bowl. Season to taste with sesame oil, rice vinegar and salt. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper and steam until just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Break into large flakes. (See Note.)

2. Clean out cooker and cook rice according to instructions. When done (or when cooker switches to “warm” function), quickly stir in sliced pepper and kimchi, making sure to scrape and scoop up bottom layer of rice. Smooth top.

3. Drizzle 2 teaspoons sesame oil over rice and gently break eggs on top, placing one on each side of cooker. Cover and put cooker on “cook” function for 5 minutes.

4. Switch cooker to “warm,” arrange salmon and spinach next to eggs, cover and let steam just until egg whites are opaque (yolks should be runny). Place a teaspoon of chili paste in center.

5. At table, stir dish together. (A toasty crust may have formed on bottom of your rice cooker: scrape this up and mix into dish.) Scoop into serving bowls, sprinkling each with sesame seeds and scallions. Pass sesame oil, rice vinegar and chili paste for seasoning.

Yield: 3 to 4 servings.

Note: Salmon and spinach can be steamed in a separate pot on stovetop. Cooked chicken or steak can be substituted for salmon. Bibimbap can also be made in a heavy round pot with at least a 3-quart capacity.

Claiming Their Cookware Sets are Better

How we have two groups in our kitty circle claiming their sets are better

The other day when my friends came over to my place for our monthly kitty meet, a few of them were absolutely elated about the great nonstick cookware set they had bought. They had gone out shopping together and had made a deal by getting flat 25% discount on each set, since they bought five of the same same brand! Not only that, the cookware set was excellent by all standards, so they claimed, and had copper cladding all the way to the top. My set was getting old just like the sets of a couple of other friends, and we decided to buy the same cookware set for ourselves. Before that, we wanted to be sure that there weren’t better deals available elsewhere. So I went online and started looking at top rated cookware set reviews 2015 to find if they had indeed bought the best or whether better sets were also available.

After some serious search, I located a site that listed the best non stick cookware sets to buy. A different brand from the cookware set our friends had bought was offering discount of nearly 30% if three sets were purchased together. Not only that, this cookware set was far more superior since all reviews and comments didn’t have a single negative word to say! The other set had some stray negative comments here and there. Some said it would get too hot unless flame intensity was kept at medium. Some also said cleaning was a big problem after cooking dishes like braised meat or pork chops. The set we had zeroed had latest nonstick technology as surface coating. The best thing was all pieces had red spots at centers that would turn more defined when pans would be ready for cooking. This was very important since I would occasionally fry meat balls and fish fillets, and I always had bitter experience of food remnants remaining stuck to the pans.

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Anyway, I gave my friends the link to the site to read for themselves. We agreed to buy the set and ordered three online to avail the discount deal. We got our sets within a couple of days and got cooking in them the same evening. In fact, we decided to cook some braised meat that evening in our own kitchens to test if the set was as good as it claimed. The meat came out absolutely perfect!

These days, whenever we friends sit down, we tend to argue on which is the better set. We hardly ever conclude, but if customer feedback in top rated cookware set reviews 2015 is anything to go by, I guess we made the better choice! Ours is listed at the very top of the best non stick cookware sets to buy in nearly all online review sites, way ahead of the other brand!

Consumer Top Rated Espresso Machines

brew-coffeeMost people want to keep a home espresso machine in their kitchen today. With it, one can enjoy their favorite drink any time of the day. Instead of having to visit a cafe to indulge in some much needed coffee, one can easily make it at home. Besides, one would be able to avoid having to dish out quite a sum of money for an expensive cup of joe.

If you are looking to purchase one of these machines, then having a look at the top rated espresso machine reviews would help you out a great deal. These ratings have been provided by consumers so you can be sure you have a reliable source to depend on. For espresso drinkers who are particular about the taste and quality of their drink, they can choose a superior quality espresso machine with which they can brew the drinks to their liking.

A lot of people who purchased the Breville espresso machine have found it to be truly useful and efficient. This machine is made of stainless steel and includes a powerful Thermoblock pump and dual filters. The Breville espresso maker can be purchased with a 1 year warranty.

Consumer reviews on excellent espresso machines helps you out a great deal when you have learnt what kind of experience others have had with the product you wish to buy. There are a number of great brands and models such as the Pasquini Livia 90 or the Saeco Aroma, which have been lauded for their great quality and versatility. Depending on your budget, you can go ahead and purchase the espresso machine that best suits your needs.

Those who like to indulge in lattes and cappuccinos can also find these espresso makers to be very useful in their homes. One can whip up a tasty beverage in the comfort of his kitchen.

My First Experience Buying Kitchen Knives Online

After getting married, we moved to a safer and more spacious house. My husband had always wanted to live in a big house. I was also convinced that only a big house will provide the best growing conditions for our forthcoming children. The new house was very big and looked empty as our belongings were very little and small in size. We had to fill the house. I thought about calling an expert to help us with ideas on how to fill the house but my husband refuted my plea. We had to do it on our own. Everyone had to choose at least two rooms to fill with customized belongings. The kitchen was my first choice. I had to fill the kitchen with culinary, cutlery and other stuff that were important to us as a family. The kitchen materials had to be customized to fit our preferences.


I never thought getting to buy kitchen materials, especially knives was very challenging until when I logged into the world wide web only to find thousands of suggestions on the best kitchen knives to buy. I didn’t know which of the knives to pick although I wanted at least a dozen for various use in and around the kitchen area. I looked into the internet suggestions and picked 10 of the top kitchen knives to buy from each leading manufacturers of kitchen knives. This gave me at least 70 pieces of kitchen knives to pick from. The Japanese Santoku knives were among the best that I picked. I asked my husband if he had any objection on me buying several dozens of kitchen knives and he gave me the nod to buy as many as it is necessary. I picked three dozen pieces of kitchen knives from the online store and made an order which was delivered right to our doorstep a few hours later. Buying the kitchen knives online was an experience that I will live ling to remember as it made me become aware of the different brands available for the modern kitchen requirements.

Related information: Guide on selecting a kitchen knife

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