Posted by: evedlewis | July 16, 2016

Vietnam!!! June 2016 ❤️❤️❤️


I have no idea why — but the thought of visiting Vietnam never turned me on. Probably because when I think of vacations, I think of white sandy beaches, fascinating ruins and breathtaking mountain views. However, when I would think of Vietnam, I would think of rice fields, flat land, jungles and rain. I knew that my perception had been skewed a bit from watching movies about the Vietnam war. Those images stuck in my mind — no matter how much I tried to convince myself that Vietnam had great things to offer. I wanted to go there to erase my limited viewpoints once and for all. Fortunately, my hubby and I had a chance to visit Vietnam to see the country for ourselves. We had a three day vacation weekend in June, and the flight schedule to and from Vietnam was decent, so we decided to give it a go. 

Once again, our time was limited, so we could only visit three areas while we were there: Ho Chi Min City, Nhatrang Beach and the Meekong River. 


We arrived in Ho Chi Min City first and stayed there for the first night. We stayed at the SILVERLAND SAKYO HOTEL & SPA, which was a very lovely Japanese themed hotel. Our accomodations were very nice, the staff members were extremely helpful and the food was totally incredible. 

http://www.booking.com/hotel/vn/silverland-sakyo-amp-spa.en.html?aid=311984;label=silverland-sakyo-amp-spa-JEhbZPGYMAxrBSOIKWwbWQSM46388971932:pl:ta:p1:p2:ac:ap1t3:neg:fi:tikwd-64672981406:lp1009842:li:dem:dm;ws=&gclid=CKjpm-iz-c0CFUMAvAodRkUE0g


We ordered our first bowl of authentic vietnamese pho for dinner and curry chicken for breakfast. Omgggg. The food was worth the entire trip. Lol. 


I had done some online research before booking our trip and realized that the nice beaches were very far from Ho Chi Min City. Therefore, we decided to take a plane from the city to Nhatrang Beach for our second day in Vietnam instead of using the roads. The flight was affordable ($150 per person on Vietnam Airlines) and was only a one hour ride. Other famous beach areas like Halong Bay and Danang Beach are 6 hours away from the city (by bus/car), so we decided to travel to the closest beach instead by plane. 


We wanted to visit the other places, but we simply didn’t have enough time. If you have plenty of time, I would highly recommend traveling to all these places by plane. You could take flights to Nhatrang, Danang and Halong Bay if you have a couple of days to spare. We went to the airport to buy plane tickets in person, but you could also book your flights online. You could even skip Ho Chi Min all together and just fly directly to Halong Bay or Danang Beach. 

Nhatrang was a very nice beach area. We relaxed there for a bit and also took a private boat ride out into the ocean ($30). We tried our first Ostrich burger for dinner and found a decent place to sleep near the beach for just $8.00 per night. Yessss. $8.00 per night!!!!


We woke up early the next day and had two choices. We could take a plane from Nhatrang to Danang Beach, or we could take the plane back to Ho Chi Min and visit the Meekong River before leaving Vietnam. Since we already spent one day at the beach, we decided to try the Meekong River route.

We got back to Ho Chi Min in time for an early lunch and some pool time before heading out to the river. We found an outstanding traditional Vietnamese restaurant across from our hotel, and it was the perfect lunch choice. We enjoyed an exquisite four course meal for just $30 ($15 per person). The portion sizes were small, but everything was perfectly filling and satisfying. The restaurant is called Hanoi — located directly across from the SILVERLAND SAKYO HOTEL & SPA. 


After lunch and the pool, we booked a private driver through our hotel to take us to the Meekong River and then to the airport ($40). We spent 2.5 hours in the car to get to the River. The drive over was nice, because we could enjoy the changing Vietnam landscapes through the window. We went from the loud, crowded city areas to the serene, flat river delta regions. We also went from sunny, blue skies to dark, cloudy skies. 

Unfortunately, when we finally arrived at the Meekong River, we were in the middle of a rain storm. Lol. Our guide warned us that if the weather didn’t clear up, then we couldn’t do the river tour. We waited for an hour for the weather to change, but the rain just kept pouring. We decided to go ahead and head back to the airport early. We were quite disappointed, but now we have a running joke between us. Whenever it rains hard, we are reminded of our Meekong River experience. Lol. 

We had dinner at the airport and boarded our plane back to Seoul. Vietnam is a four to five hour flight from Seoul, so our trip wasn’t over yet. We also had to take a three hour airport shuttle bus back to Jeonju from Seoul, which made the total travel time pretty long. 

We enjoyed our quick trip to Vietnam, even though there were a few disappointing parts. Here are some things you will need to keep in mind if you decide to visit Vietnam:

1) If you are American — you will need a visa. I bought an emergency visa for $125 at the airport. However, I would recommend that you buy one in advance for $20-$30 instead. As far as I can tell, you can buy one online or through the US Embassy. 

2) There are tons of scooters and wild drivers in Vietnam. This leads to constant honking, traffic and speeding. Be extremely careful but aggressive when crossing the street in Vietnam — you just have to go for it. After the first day, all the honking can become irritating. Drivers use their horns to alert other drivers of their presence — especially when they are speeding around and overtaking a person in front of them. Honking the horn is used as a safety precaution, which is good. However, we spent several hours in different cars for three days, and hearing all the constant honking became very annoying. 

3) Vietnam is also extremely spread out — much more spread out than I imagined. I think having four to five days there would have been better for us. Three days was not enough to get around. It may have been better for us to go directly to Han Noi or Halong Bay for our short trip. I think travelers can enjoy Vietnam more when they have time for backpacking or traveling around to the different areas. 

4) The weather was gorgeous on the first day but super rainy on the second. The second day looked like all the Vietnam war movies that I had seen. Lol. Remember that the weather in Vietnam can be very rainy, so it’s best to prepare for that. This is another reason to book a four or five day trip, just in case you are rained out for a day or two. 

Here is another great blog post about visiting Vietnam (and a few other places):

http://blog.thearrivalstore.com/travel/4-places-to-travel-to-from-korea/

And – Another great blog post that specifically compares Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City: 

Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City: where should you visit first?

Our budget for this trip was $1,500.00. The emergency visa and the airplane rides were a bit more expensive than I anticipated. However, the food, taxi and hotel costs were extremely cheap. 

For more pics visit my Instagram: @koreankream

Posted by: evedlewis | June 30, 2016

Jejudo!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ May 2016 


My first trip to Jeju Island (Jejudo) was in September 2010, after my first year teaching contract finished in South Korea. I went there alone and stayed for one week. Jejudo is known as “the Hawaii of South Korea” — and rightfully so. It’s a beautiful place with so much to do. I enjoyed my solo trip to the max, and decided to return almost six years later in May with my hubby. 

I normally always book a hotel on the beach, however, I decided to book a hotel in the city this time. We stayed at the Familia Hotel and really enjoyed the nice, clean and modern accommodations there. The free breakfast was also super healthy and satisfying.:)

https://www.expedia.com/Jeju-Island-Hotels-Familia-Hotel-Jeju.h8971946.Hotel-Information?rfrr=Header.POSRedirect.www.expedia.co.kr%2FJeju-Island-Hotels-Familia-Hotel-Jeju.h8971946.Hotel-Information&origref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.kr%2F#chkin=07%2F03%2F2016&chkout=07%2F04%2F2016&adults=2&children=0&ts=1467530969045

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g297892-d6845531-Reviews-Familia_Hotel_Jeju-Seogwipo_Jeju_do.html


While in Jejudo, we enjoyed horseback riding, an easy coastal hike, the sex museum, an old traditional folk village and the beaches. 

One of the best beaches in Jejudo is Jungmoon beach. We went to a few other beaches, but they were not as nice as Jungmoon, because they were flat with no seating areas. You can bring a chair or a blanket to Jungmoon beach and hangout there for a bit. The other beaches are more for sightseeing — not for relaxing. 


In addition to several beach options, there are also many horseback riding places from which to choose. We really didn’t know which ranch to pick, so we randomly chose the Okay (OK) Ranch because it was close to us. I suggest that you go to the Jeju Visitor’s Center to get maps and information about all the things to do on the island. There is a horseback riding map available, which specifically indicates all of the horseback riding companies and their locations. This map was extremely helpful for us as we navigated in our rental car. The people at the OK Ranch were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We paid around 40k won – 60k won for an hour on the horses. The riding path  through the woods was nice, and we also had a chance to gallop in open field areas. 🙂🙂🙂


Next on our list was the Sex Museum and a Folk Village. We had a great time at the museum. Lots of educational information mixed with erotic art. We spent about an hour or so looking around and paid just 12k won each for the entrance fee. There are several kinds of museums on the island, like a Teddy Bear Museum and a Chocolate Museum, but we were only interested in the sex museum. 🙂🙂🙂🙂 (Warning: Graphic images below)  The Folk Village was cool too. Lots of historical information there. We walked around for an hour or so there and did not pay an entrance fee. 


Our final activity was a coastal hike at a very small mountain called Songagsan. It was extremely windy and cold that day, so I had to wear a light jacket — even in May. The scenery was very nice, and there were horses on the mountain as well. We walked slowly there and took in all the fresh air. Even though we both enjoy hiking, we skipped Hallasan and the other more strenous mountain hikes to do an easy stroll instead. 


The two best meals we had were 1) the “famous” black pig meat at a well-known Samgyupsal restaurant and 2) a huge bowl of pork noodles that tasted like chicken noodle soup from another local favorite restaurant in the “noodle district”. We also tried Horsemeat one night, but we were not very impressed with this meal. The two pork dishes were superb and worth recommending. 


We only had a three day weekend to enjoy Jejudo, so our time was pretty limited.  We also went during a busy holiday weekend, so we decided to take a ferry ride back to the mainland. All the return flights were either booked or not direct, so we bought tickets at the Ferry Port back to Yasu. You can simply ask a taxi to take you to the Ferry Port or ask the Information Center how to get there. Once you arrive, you may need to buy tickets from the “back office”. There were no workers in the front when we went to buy our ferry tickets in advance. 


The Ferry ride wasn’t bad. We both took dramamine before boarding the ship (there is a pharmacy upstairs at the ferry port), and we shared a large room with 14 other people. There was a restaurant, arcade and a norebang on the ship, and the room we shared was pretty comfortable. We ate and slept and arrived in Yasu five hours later. They do have single rooms on the Ferry. However, the tickets were 150k won per person and the shared rooms were just 40k won per person. So — we opted for the more affordable choice. 

We stayed the night in Yasu and returned to Jeonju the next day. We had a great three day holiday weekend filled with fun, laughter and adventure. Jejudo is the perfect place for either a quick escape or a long relaxing vacation. 

We spent a little over one million won for this trip ($1k), and it was totally worth it. This price included Expedia flight tickets for two, the rental car cost, food/activities, hotel costs and the ferry boat ride. 

Food: 

1. Black Pork – 돈사돈

(they grill all the meat for you and the taste is amazing, but it’s a little pricey). A second option might be 솔지식당.

2. Pork Noodle Soup – 구제주에 있는 골막국수 

(If the store is not open or hard to find, you can visit any noodle place in that district)

Hotel:

Familia Hotel Jeju
 

The Mister and I decided to take our marriage photos in Jeonju at Hanok Village wearing traditional Hanboks to celebrate our legal union in May. 

There are several awesome studios in South Korea that offer wedding photos. However, if you prefer an outdoor shoot wearing traditional Korean garb, scheduling a photo session with a photographer at Hanok Village is a great option. You can rent the Hanboks of your choice for 20k won each (40k won total for a few hours), and there are several Hanbok shops where you and your mate can choose the best attire. 

You should get to Hanok Village at least one hour prior to your shoot to have enough time to pick out the best Hanboks and get ready before your photographer arrives (unless you want photos of the preparation process). In addition, your photo shoot will likely last one to two hours outside, so you should plan for a three to four hour shoot. 

Hanok Village (Hanok Mal) can get extremely crowded on the weekends, so keep that in mind when planning your photo session. We scheduled our private shoot in the late afternoon on a Sunday. However, you may want to do a morning shoot to avoid the crowds. 

Special thank you to our photographer Marli V. for these magnificent shots. Contact Marli if you need to hire a private photographer for your wedding/marriage/engagement or family photos. Website: http://marlivphotography.com

More info about Hanok Village in Jeonju:

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264285

Posted by: evedlewis | May 28, 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Kim ❤️❤️❤️ May 2016 💗

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Whelp — we did it. We went and got married.:) I am officially Mrs. Eve Kim now.:) ❤️❤️❤️

I met my now husband in January 2015 in Seoul. We dated for over a year there, moved to Jeonju together in March 2016 and then got married on May 12, 2016.

I decided to write a post for those who may be dating a Korean and interested in the marriage process while living in South Korea.

If you are an American planning to marry your Korean partner, here are the steps you will need to take together in order to make it official:

1. You (the American) need to make an online appointment to schedule your meeting with the US Embassy in Seoul (choose “other notarial and other services not listed above” — there is no option for a “marriage appointment”).

http://seoul.usembassy.gov/mobile/acs_appt_contacts.html

2. You and your partner need to go to the US Embassy office together on the day of your appointment. Make sure you arrive 15 minutes early and take a number once you get inside the building on the first floor. (You must turn over your bags and cell phones to the security officers once you enter the building).

3. You (the American) will pay a small fee (about 25k won) and meet with an Embassy Officer to sign a Marriage Affidavit. (If you have been divorced, you may need to show certified copies of your divorce papers to the Embassy Officer). The meeting should only take a few minutes, and it’s simply to confirm that you (the American) are single and legally able to get married. (Check the website for current fees and more detailed information)

4. After meeting with the Embassy Officer and completing the Marriage affidavit, you will take this stamped document to the Korean “Marriage Office” at the Jongro District Office — which is within a short walking distance from the US Embassy office. (Ask the Embassy officer for a map)

5. Your Korean partner will now need to complete the “korean side” of the paperwork at the Jongro District Office. Take a number in the main lobby and wait for assistance. Your partner will need to complete a document in Korean in order to file for your Marriage Certificate.

6. You may be asked by the staff to get the English Marriage Affidavit translated into Korean. If so, simply walk across the street and get that done at the office that provides document translation services. This will cost about 30k won.

7. Once you have the translated Marriage Affidavit and the Korean paperwork completed, you can submit both documents to the front desk staff at the Jongro District Office. They will enter all your information into their computer system, and — you are almost married!!!:) One last step……

8. The last step is to pick up your final marriage certificate, which will be ready within one week after submitting all your paperwork. You should get a text message from the Jongro District Office once your certificate is ready. You need to return to the same office to pick it up. Once you pick up your marriage certificate, you will have to take it over to one more nearby office (in another building) to finalize the process and get everything notarized (your Korean partner should take care of this last step if you don’t speak Korean). 

That’s it!!! Congrats!!! You are legally married now!!!:):) ❤️❤️❤️👌👌👌

This article may also be helpful:

https://www.angloinfo.com/south-korea/how-to/page/south-korea-family-marriage-partnerships-marriage-requirements

Extra Tips:

1) You can update your passport book while you are there at the US Embassy Office. I paid $125 to renew my passport book and to order a passport card. You can choose to have your renewed passport mailed to you within two weeks, or you can return to the same office to pick it up when you are ready after two weeks have passed. There is a photo booth there in the office, which makes it easy to take new passport photos if you don’t have any on hand. You will need to make a payment and submit a passport renewal application along with one new passport photo. I requested to keep my current passport book while my new one was being processed, which was allowed. I was also able to keep my old passport book as a keepsake by allowing the clerk to stamp holes through it. The holes make the passport invalid for use, so just ask for the clerk to punch holes in your old passport if you want to keep it. If you are interested in renewing your passport at another time, you must make a separate appointment for that service through the US Embassy website.

2) You can take FREE photos in traditional Hanbok wedding attire after you submit your marriage paperwork at the Jongro District Office. They offer this service to newly married couples on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The front desk staff will snap a few shots for you on your camera phone (if you ask), and it’s a nice way to remember the day you got married — if you are into that kind of stuff.:):)

Magnificent photos by: http://marlivphotography.com

Posted by: evedlewis | May 16, 2016

Cancun, Mexico — Feb 2016

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The last time I was in Cancun, Mexico with my Mom was around 30 years ago. I’m pretty sure it was my first international trip outside of the USA as a youngster. I can remember some fuzzy details like eating rich chocolate mousse and the best grilled steak of my life, buying chiclets gum from the locals, riding a huge sea turtle, climbing some ruins and avoiding the sharp coral and dangerous jelly fish in the beautiful blue ocean.

I have returned to Mexico a few times since that first trip many years ago, and each time proves to be a different and exciting adventure. However, I never imagined that over 30 years later, my Mom and I would travel there together again for a very special Mother/Daughter trip in February. 

Cancun is only 2.5 hours away from Atlanta and the all-inclusive resort was just 15 minutes from the airport. I booked a shuttle van in advance for transportation to and from the airport through Expedia. The entire trip cost with hotel, flight, food and drinks included was $700 per person through Expedia. I booked just a few days before traveling, so I’m sure this price could have been lower if booked in advance. However, the entire trip cost with actvities, massages, wifi, souvenirs, airport parking, etc. included came to about $1,000 per person for 4 days.

I was extremely impressed with our hotel room and the resort upon arrival. We were immediately served fresh cucumber juice and escorted to the front desk area, where the check-in process was a breeze. This particular resort did not include free wifi, so it’s best to pay for wifi in advance if you plan to use it during your stay, which will cost $20 – $30 per day. The service desk will also try to convince you to sign-up for a free time share presentation, because this is a time share resort. However, you can kindly decline if you are not interested in the presentation.

The GR Solaris Cancun resort was immaculate with awesome pools, courtyards and beach views. Spanish-tile donned the rooftops and the decor was fabulous throughout. I imagined that the food and drinks would be just “blah” at an all-inclusive resort. However, I was blown away by the exquisite, chef-prepared gourmet meals and the variety of strong drinks served daily.

There were several activity choices at the resort including: yoga, tennis, games, movies/live shows, water sports, kayaking and massage services. My mother and I took advantage of the yoga and the massage services. The yoga classes on the beach were free of charge, and we received a discount price for the massage services. I hate that I missed out on tennis and Kayaking, but it was nice to see those options available.

We decided to do a one day excursion trip to one of the new “Wonders of the World” — Chichinitza. During this day trip, we learned a lot about the Mayan civilization and culture, and we also had a chance to see the famous Ik Kil Swimming Hole.

Chichinitza was fascinating and breathtaking. We had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and the historical architecture there even though we were on a tour. I typically do not favor day tours with large groups, but I was able to escape the crowd and wonder off on my own to do some exploring alone.

For your next trip to Cancun Mexico, I would highly recommend that you stay at the GR Solaris Cancun all-inclusive resort. Once again — It’s a time-share property, so you may be asked to listen to a short presentation. If interested, say “yes” and enjoy the information and gifts. If disinterested, say “no” and enjoy your stay. There is no obligation to listen to the presentation or buy a time-share. In fact, I would strongly recommend that you nicely decline the offer.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Cancun and certain parts of Mexico are well-known areas for drug trafficking. Don’t be alarmed if you are questioned more heavily at the customs counter upon your return. My mom and I were actually detained and searched at the Atlanta airport by a customs agent (first time for us). Apparently, we look like drug lords, so we were treated as such. Lol. I actually noticed that more people were being interrogated in the customs lines than usual, so it was not surprising that we were also targeted.

Remember to always answer the customs agent’s questions honestly, calmly and seriously. “Lying to a Customs Agent is a federal offense” — as I was told and reminded. Therefore, you must cooperate, remain calm and be truthful during the entire process.

Fortunately, my Mom and I were released unscathed after about an hour or so of being questioned and searched. Felt great to leave the airport and go back home in peace.:)

Consider staying at the GR Solaris Cancun Hotel for your next vacation and a day trip to Chichinitza. I promise that you will not be disappointed. This is a great trip for families, couples and solo travelers. Check out more pics on Instagram at: @KoreanKream.

 

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Posted by: evedlewis | December 22, 2015

Soup Season!!! ♡♡♡

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Winter is officially here, and that means that it’s officially soup season. Yeaaa!!!!😉 I love that soups are so easy to make, require very few ingredients and also last for a long time in the fridge or freezer. I always crave hearty soups during the winter months, and I often do a soup fast to lose weight or to at least eat less high calorie foods during the holidays. Here is one of my classic soup recipes that will warm your heart and soul — my thick, mild chili.:) :) 

4 – 6 Servings

Ingredients:

1 Can of Red Kidney Beans

1 Can of Pinto Beans

1/2 Chopped Onion/Green Pepper

1 Can of Tomato sauce (plain)

1 lb. Of Ground Beef/Turkey Meat

Garlic/Salt/pepper

1 pack of Mild Chili Powder

Dash of Cayenne Pepper

Olive oil

Steps:

Cook the chopped onions and bell peppers first in olive oil on med heat. Add beef/turkey to the pan. Add spices and chili powder to taste. Cook 5-10 minutes — until the meat is brown. Add the drained beans and 1/2 cup of water to the meat. Cook for about 30 minutes on med heat. Add the tomato sauce and more chili powder/spices as needed. Cook for another 30 minutes on med heat. Add water as needed. Continue to cook on low heat until the beans are soft and the sauce is very thick and rich. Enjoy!!!!😉

You can also use dry Red Beans and Pinto Beans for this recipe. Simply soak the beans overnight and then cook them for an hour with water and Tomato Sauce for an hour before adding the cooked meat and spices. Cook for another hour on med/low heat after adding the cooked meat and spices. For soft beans and a thick hearty chili sauce, cook on low heat for two to three hours. 

Posted by: evedlewis | November 24, 2015

Achasan!!! ♡♡♡♡♡

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I have a new favorite mountain, and his name is Achasan. A friend recommended that I check out this beauty, and I’m so glad that I did last weekend. The scenery was gorgeous, starting with a beautiful temple at the bottom and ending with stunning city views at the top.

Since the mountain is only about 285 meters high, the hike to the top doesn’t take long. There is an easy to climb mixture of stairs, flat rocks and soft dirt on the way up. The large flat rocks and stones reminded me of the surface of Stone Mountain in Atlanta, Georgia. I absolutely loved the terrain.

I imagine that this mountain would be too icy and much more difficult and dangerous to climb in the Winter. Thankfully, it’s still Fall here, and it’s the perfect time of year to hike. However, I would not recommend hiking this mountain during the icy winter months without spikes on your shoes.

Achasan is located near Konkuk University, about 40 minutes from Gangnam in Seoul. The next time you want to do an easy two hour hike (one hour up and one hour down), you should go to Achasan. Huge Bonus: There are outdoor phone charging stations on the top of the mountain!!! Crazy right??😉 You can relax on one of the many benches at the top while your phone charges before you go back down.😉

To get there: Take the purple line (Line 5) to Achasan Station. Exit at #2. Walk straight from Exit #2 and take the first right up an alley towards the mountain. Walk straight for about 1 mile, until you reach the temple at the foot of the mountain.

Posted by: evedlewis | October 10, 2015

My Chick Pea Delight ;)

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I completed a 25 day eat clean challenge in September, and while doing so, I created a tasty new vegetarian meal from just a few simple ingredients. I love chick peas so much and decided to mix them with green squash, spinach and curry. The end result was spectacular, and here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

(2 servings)

– 1 cup of cut green squash
– 1 cup of canned chick peas (drained and washed)
– 1 cup of fresh spinach
– olive oil
– garlic/salt/pepper/curry

Steps:

Lightly coat a frying pan with olive oil. Heat the pan with medium heat. Add cut green squash first. Let it cook for about 5-10 minutes. Add small amounts of water when necessary to steam the squash. Add light seasoning to taste. Add drained and washed chick peas and fresh spinach. Reduce heat if necessary. Cook for another 10 minutes. Continue to stir and add more seasoning/curry to taste. Add water if necessary to keep the veggies moist. That’s it!!! Double the recipe for 4 servings. Enjoy hot or cold.😉😉

Posted by: evedlewis | October 10, 2015

My Honey Glazed Salmon

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One of my favorite meals to cook is my Honey Glazed Salmon with fresh veggies. I have been cooking this dish for years, and it comes out perfectly every single time. To make this easy and healthy meal, just follow the steps below.

Ingredients:

– Fresh Salmon Fillets (2-4)
– Garlic/Salt/Pepper (mixed seasoning)
– Curry Powder
– Honey (1 tablespoon per fish)
– Olive Oil (1/4 cup)

Steps:

Coat a frying pan with olive oil and heat on medium heat — then add your salmon fillets (skin side down — if applicable). Sprinkle a small amount of salt/pepper/garlic/curry on top. Let the salmon cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Flip Salmon over and remove bottom layer of skin (if applicable). Season the other side very lightly with the same seasonings. Let the Salmon cook for another five minutes. Flip the Salmon over and add honey on top. For well-done Salmon, cook for another 5 – 10 minutes on each side. For medium cooked salmon, cook for just a few more minutes until the salmon is cooked all the way through. For juicy Salmon — add a cover to your pan. For crispy salmon — do not add a cover. You can use this same recipe for oven baked Honey Salmon. Heat in the oven for 20-30 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover with foil for juicy Salmon — leave uncovered for crispy salmon. Different cuts of salmon will require different cooking times. Watch the fillets carefully as you cook them. Thicker fillets will require a longer cooking time. Serve with fresh cooked veggies!!! Enjoy!!!😉😉

Posted by: evedlewis | October 10, 2015

My Broccoli/Rice/Cheese Casserole

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Happy Fall!!😉 The holidays are quickly approaching, and I normally cook even more than usual during this time of year. People who know me well, know that I love cooking for others. One of my favorite holiday dishes to prepare for a group of people is my homemade Broccoli/Rice and Cheese casserole. I have been making this dish for years, and I have perfected the recipe. This southern classic is perfect for potlucks and other gatherings. Follow the easy steps below to create your own casserole that will be sure to satisfy your friends and family members this year and for years to come. Happy Holidays!!!😉😉

Ingredients:

(For a 30 x 23 x 5 cm or 9x12x2 inch deep baking pan/dish)

– 4 Broccoli crowns
– 2 cans of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
– 3 containers (300 grams each) or 4 cups of cooked rice (3 bags of instant rice)
– Garlic salt
– Basil
– Salt/Pepper/Mixed Seasonings
– 8 oz block of shredded Colby Jack cheese (1 bag)
– 4 oz block of shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese (1 bag)
– 5 slices of cheddar cheese
– 2 large tablespoons of butter
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1/2 chopped onion/garlic/celery (optional)

Steps:

Cook broccoli crowns first in a large frying pan or wok on med/high heat with a bit of olive oil. Cut off/Cook the broccoli tops and discard the stems. Add chopped onion/garlic/celery stick (optional). Heat the broccoli and veggies with butter, 1/3 cup of water and light seasonings. Stir for about 10-15 minutes until broccoli and veggies are steamed and fully cooked.

Heat the cans of Cream of mushroom soup in a separate large pan or sauce pot on medium heat. Add a bit of water — 1/2 cup of water and the 5 cheese slices. Cook and stir for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce is heated and the cheese has melted.

Combine the cooked rice and melted cheese sauce in the large pan with the broccoli. Mix all of the ingredients together and salt/season to taste. Add half of your shredded cheese to the final mixture and stir.

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Add the final mixture to your baking pan and press down firmly. Spread an even layer of the remaining cheddar/colby cheese on top of your casserole mixture. Add basil sprinkles to the top layer of cheese. Bake in the oven on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 – 20 minutes. For firm casserole, bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

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For a well-done top layer of cheese, bake for at least 30 minutes. You can also add cooked pieces of chicken breast to the mixture if you would like to include meat. Double the recipe for larger pans. Enjoy!!!!😉😉

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