Ox Bone Soup / Sullungtang (설렁탕)/Bone Broth

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Even though we’ve been experiencing summer temps around here on the East Coast in late December, the holiday season has me craving a delicious hot bowl of sullungtang – the milky and fatty soup with marrow bits that my siblings and I grew up just calling, “bone soup.” I remember my grandma and mom would make this soup for us often during the cold season. They would have it cooking on the stove all day and then when it cooled down, they would put it in the fridge for the night and the next morning our job would be to scoop off the top layer of fat. We loved eating it for it’s delicious flavor but I never realized how nutritious the soup really is for you! It’s like the Korean version of chicken noodle soup but with extra nutritional benefits.

Bone broth is very high in minerals and protein, improves digestion, strengthens bones and joints and helps to detox the body of toxins. And even more nutritious is the bone marrow (which my husband won’t eat but I think is SO delicious!) that contains many different kinds of cells important for your immune system function and bone growth and is loaded with monounsaturated fats, the good fat that is important for a healthy heart.

Bone broth is also supposed to be great for milk supply so it’s a great soup for new and nursing moms. My kids love this soup, especially with the addition of glass noodles / dangmyun, and I can’t wait to make it for my youngest one once he starts solids in a few months. I’m sure your kids will love it too! :)

Because this recipe makes a large batch, it’s perfect to portion some out into small baggies and freeze. It’s a great soup by itself or as a base to mix in other ingredients or to make other Korean soups such as rice cake soup / dduk gook or seaweed soup / miyuk gook. It does take many hours to cook but most of it is just cooking time on the stove so it’s a great soup to make on a day that you will be home all day.

Okay, so let’s get started! I usually purchase the ox bones at a local Korean grocery store but I was very excited to discover grass-fed ox bones at Whole Foods. They are in the freezer section and labeled as “Bone Marrow” and they said that they always have some on hand in the back so if you don’t see any out in the front of the store, ask them to bring some out for you.

Ox Bone Soup / Sullungtang (설렁탕) / Bone Broth


  • 3-4lbs of ox bone (marrow and knuckle bones) *to achieve the milky soup color, make sure you are purchasing ox leg bones called “sagol” in Korean,  and not oxtail (which is used to make oxtail soup/ ggori gomtang).
  • 1-2lbs of beef flank
  • Rice, salt, black pepper, chopped green onions, hot red pepper flakes / gochugaru

Step 1: Soak the bones for 1 hour in cold water to draw out the blood. Soak the beef in a separate bowl for 1 hour as well.

Step 2: Place the bones in a large pot (extra large one if you have it), cover with water, and bring to a boil. Boil for 45 minutes. There will be a lot of impurities that will rise to the top.

Step 3: Drain pot, wash the bones in cold water, and clean the pot.

Step 4: Place bones in pot, cover with water and bring to a second boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn down heat to low/medium to maintain a moderate boil for 3-4 hours until the soup turns a nice milky white color. Also, add in the beef and boil about 2 hour until it turns soft. Usually the water level reduces some during cooking, so I end up adding 3-4 cups of more water. Pour the broth into a bowl and let cool. Remove beef and thinly slice (against the grain) to use later.

Step 6: Fill up the pot again with water and bring to a third boil. Boil again for another 3-4 hours or longer until it turns milky. I like to boil longer for this 3rd boil to make sure to extract all of the yummy goodness from the bones. Drain into a colander and combine with broth from second boil. Remove all of the marrow from the bones and place in soup or set aside (your preference).

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Discard bones. You will know when you’ve extracted all of that good stuff when you can see the cavities of the bones and it looks like this:

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Step 8: Place your pot in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 5 hours. A layer of fat will form at the top. Remove and discard (I just used a big spoon).

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Clean broth

Step 9: When ready to serve, reheat some bone soup and ladle some into a large bowl with some pieces of sliced beef and marrow bits. Garnish with glass noodles / dangmyun or somen noodles, green onions, salt, and/or hot pepper flakes / gochugaru and serve with a bowl of hot rice and kimchee (I rinse kimchee in cold water for the kids).

ENJOY!!! :)

sullungtang2 Ox Bone Soup / Sullungtang (설렁탕)/Bone BrothMake sure to freeze some for quick and easy meals for another time. I like to use small Ziplock bags or milk storage bags to freeze the leftover broth into portions! Defrost and mix into baby food for a delicious and nutritious meal for your little ones or enjoy some on a nice cold fall or winter day or when they are sick.

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Best Solution to Organize All of Your Hair Accessories

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Having two girls, we have a lot of hair bows, pins and headbands and I am always adding to their collection. I love adding a bow or a clip to complete the girls’ outfits but a lot of times when we were rushing in the morning, I couldn’t find the right one because they usually were in a jumbled mess in my kitchen drawer.

I’ve tried organizing them using a bow holder that I made but I didn’t end up using it for long because it only helped contain the clips but not the hair ties and headbands and various pins. Well enter this amazing jewelry organizer that I discovered thanks to my friend, Stephanie!

hairorg4 Best Solution to Organize All of Your Hair AccessoriesOne 3M hook and jewelry organizer later, we have a super organized hair command center that can hold EVERYTHING! It’s even double-sided so you can store even more hair goodies!

hairorganizer 7 1024x512 Best Solution to Organize All of Your Hair AccessoriesBows get clipped on the pockets, hair ties and pins can go inside, and the pockets are deep enough to hang your headbands. I also can fit sunblock and lotion inside the pockets too.

You can find a similar organizer at places like The Container Store, Home Goods, and Bed, Bath & Beyond but I really like this particular one because it’s made of durable canvas material, it’s double-sided, and it comes with a very sturdy hanger.  I hung it up on our bathroom door on the main level of our house so that it’s easy to just to grab one and go in the mornings. I have to admit though, it never EVER looks this organized but it still functions perfectly and that’s what matters :)

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Speaking of hair accessories, here are some of my favorite places to get hair clips and bows: (because you know they seem to always magically disappear on you!)

  • Etsy shop: Charlie Coco’s – I love everything she makes. So  unique and great quality!charliecocos 1024x1024 Best Solution to Organize All of Your Hair Accessories
  • Etsy shop: ryanandwren – Simple snap clips are the best and my girls love that these are glittery. I like how they always stay in place and they are so easy to match – especially the multi glitter one  (pictured below on the left).

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  • Etsy shop: JandGhandmade – Another shop that I love with super cute pins.
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  • Julia’s Bowtique – Most of the hair bows on my organizer are from here (3 inch bows available here) and they are currently on sale for $1 each. I’ve tried my hand at making bows several times but they never turned out very pretty so I gave up and I’m so happy to have found this shop!
  • Gymboree – They always have cute accessories and I can always trust that they will be good quality.
  • Craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michaels
  • Korean supermarkets – They usually have a really cute selection but they are pretty overpriced compared to Korea so if you have a friend or family member traveling there, definitely ask them to bring some back for you!

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And a great TIP for you: If you have a younger baby or toddler girl with little hair and the hair clips keep slipping off, all you need to turn any clip into a non-slip clip is to get some non-slip shelf liner (I got mine at Target), cut a small rectangle, and hot glue it to the top prong of the clip. So easy and you can turn any regular hair clip into a non-slip clip.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you have any other ideas for hair accessories organization, please share in the comments below. Stay tuned for more organization posts in the future :)

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Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)

ricegruel2 682x1024 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)If your baby is ready to begin solids, rice gruel or mieum, is the perfect first food to start with since it is mostly water-based and easy for babies to digest.  Once your baby is used to eating rice mieum, you can move onto making different types of mieum by adding different single fruits and vegetables.  It is also very quick and simple to make taking only 5-7 minutes of cooking time and can be made in just 5 steps.  Let’s get started!

Start with one tablespoon of sweet white rice or regular white rice.  Either type of rice is okay but sweet rice is easier for babies to digest and for this reason it is most commonly used base for traditional jook recipes.

Rice4 1024x682 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)STEP 1. Wash the rice about 3x until water runs clear, soak for 30 minutes, and then drain.

IMG 4507 300x227 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)STEP 2: Gently grind the rice using a small blender, food processor, or mortar & pestle.

IMG 4524 1024x683 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)STEP 3: Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.

IMG 4532 1024x682 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)STEP 4: Lower heat and cook for 5-7 minutes,
stirring frequently so that the rice does not burn.

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STEP 5: Strain all of the liquid through an extra fine strainer. Use a spoon or a spatula and gently press down to extract all of the liquid.

IMG 4549 1024x682 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)And now you have your rice gruel! So quick and easy, right?

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There should be plenty left over for the next day since your baby should only be eating about 1 tablespoon a day for the first week.

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Stay tuned for more mieum recipes as well as jook recipes for older babies.
If you have any requests, please leave them in the comments below!

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Mandarin Toasted Almond Salad

IMG 4172 682x1024 Mandarin Toasted Almond SaladHow gorgeous is this salad?  My mom introduced me to this salad recently and it is now my absolute favorite salad! I love how filling it is with the addition of avocados and almonds.  It is such a simple salad to make and is perfect for the summer.  Serve it extra cold during a hot summer day and it will be so refreshing and delicious!

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  • 1 pkg. of romaine lettuce
  • 1 pkg. of spring mix
  • 1 can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • dried craisins
  • toasted sliced almonds (please do not skip out on these – the crunchy sweetness of these toasted almonds definitely make the salad! directions below)

IMG 4242 1024x945 Mandarin Toasted Almond SaladTo toast almonds: heat up a large skillet on low/medium heat, add almonds, gently stir and heat until light golden brown (keep a close watch and keep stirring because they burn easily), sprinkle desired amount of sugar (about 1 teaspoon), cool off on wax paper, sprinkle on salad right before serving, store extra in an airtight container

IMG 4221 199x300 Mandarin Toasted Almond SaladThis raspberry vinaigrette dressing pairs perfectly with this salad.

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Turn this salad into a main dish by adding some chicken or steak to it.

I hope you will try making this salad soon!

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How to Treat Mastitis at Home

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With my first child, Chaerin, after trying unsuccessfully for a couple of weeks to breastfeed, I decided to give up and exclusively pump.  I did a lot of reading up on pumping and read that the body does not respond to the pump as well as to a baby’s suckling so I set myself on a strict schedule with pumping every 1.5 hours around the clock to mimic a newborn’s appetite.  Well I think I might have overdone it because I ended up with horrible oversupply which resulted in a clogged duct almost twice a week and mastitis four times, not to mention just being in pain all the time from engorgement.

If you are unfamiliar with the symptoms of mastitis they are:

  • Painful area on the breast that might be red, swollen and/or warm to the touch
  • Fever
  • Chills and shivering
  • Flu-like symptoms – fatigue, general aches and pains

Each time that I felt mastitis coming on, I would call my doctor for a prescription and had to take antibiotics for 7-10 days and it took me at least two to three days before I felt any better. The last time that I had mastitis with Chaerin, I had a fever for six long days so shortly thereafter I decided to quit pumping because I felt like my body was telling me that it was time to stop.

Before having my second child, Haerin, I researched more natural ways because I didn’t want to take antibiotics for a week each time and I felt like there must be a better way.  I’ve had mastitis three times with Haerin and all three times I have cleared it up with just raw garlic!

It’s hard to stomach the garlic at first (and do not eat it on an empty stomach – trust me!) but it really works and I love that it’s all natural.  Studies show that fresh raw garlic is an effective antibiotic against common cold and flu viruses, fungus, parasites and yeast.  Cooking destroys allicin, the natural component of garlic, so it must be raw.

The first time I tried this method it was on a Sunday morning when I woke up with that a familiar pain on one side and a fever.  My doctor’s office was closed and I had a bag of fresh garlic so I decided to try it and if it didn’t work then I could see my doctor the next day.

Raw Garlic Treatment of Mastitis

  1. After eating a meal or a snack, take 2 Tylenol to help with the pain and/or fever.
  2. Take 3-4 cloves of garlic, chop into tiny bite size pieces (tiny enough that you won’t have to chew the garlic at all) and swallow with a cup of orange juice to help wash it down.  If you are brave and want to mix it up a bit, I also alternated eating the garlic with gochujang instead of OJ.
  3. Repeat 3 more times the first day with the last time being right before bed.
  4. The next three to four days, take 2 garlics 3 times a day.
  5. Nurse or pump frequently every 2-3 hours on the affected side & take hot showers and massage affected side.
  6. Get lots of rest and drinks lots of water!

And that’s it!
Each time I felt better in less than 24 hours.
Although this method worked for me,  please remember that the material on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice.
Stay tuned for future posts on exclusive pumping, increasing supply, and how to get rid of ductal thrush.

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Tips & Tricks: Freeze Your Garlic

I use garlic in almost every dish that I make so to save time, I like to process and freeze my garlic into small cubes or a freezer bag

eggilove 3 828x1024 Tips & Tricks: Freeze Your GarlicSave even more time by using pre-peeled garlic. I love this huge bag that I get from Costco.

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Or freeze them in ice cube trays and then once they frozen, put them into a freezer bag.



Fresh Veggie Summer Rolls

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My brother-in-law got married a few weeks ago and at their Korean reception, they served these amazing vegetable summer rolls cut into rounds like kimbap served with a simple Sriracha based sauce .  They are so fresh, crunchy, healthy and delicious that I had to recreate them when I got home.  Once you have all of the ingredients prepped, they are so easy  to roll and set aside for lunch or dinner. Let’s get started! (more…)


Great Gluten-Free Snacks for Babies and Kids

Here is a roundup of some great gluten-free snacks that little ones will love and are perfect for on-the-go!

12940940213 2e9213ace2 o 1024x768 Great Gluten Free Snacks for Babies and Kids1.  Happy Baby Organic Puffs – The perfect first snack for babies. It comes in 6 different flavors but sweet potato is our favorite.
2.   Original Baby Mum-Mum – Great oblong shape for babies to hold and dissolves easily in their mouth.
3.  Toddler Mum-Mum in Strawberry Flavor – A bit crunchier than the original mum-mums & the strawberry flavor is sweet and so good.
4.  Bamboo Lane Crunchy Rice Rollers – Soft, crunchy and mildly sweet. Check your local Costco for a large pack or available on Amazon here.
5.  Nature’s Path Honey’d Corn Flakes – Corn flakes with a hint of sweetness. Available at most large grocery stores.  I use these as a snack, as cereal with milk, with yogurt and they are especially delicious crushed up and used for making chicken fingers (recipe to come).
6.  Chocolate Chex – Your usual Chex with chocolate ones mixed in. Your kid(s) might end up just picking out the chocolate ones like mine do!
7.  Peeled Snacks Much-ado-about-Mango  – These are so good! I picked these up at my local grocery store (Wegmans) but after going back for more and more, I ordered them in bulk on Amazon.
8.  Organicasaurus Baked Organic Corn Snack – Dinosaur-shaped cheddar cheese puffs? Enough said!
9.  Wegmans Organic Boxed Raisins – Perfect size to take for on-the-go snacking or to add to a lunchbox.
10.  Blue Diamonds Sliced Almonds – Sliced ones make it easier for little ones to eat. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. And for those of you with peanut-allergy concerns, Blue Diamond maintains a peanut-free facility!
11.  Pop Chips BBQ – I had to save the best for last. These chips are amazingly good! The BBQ flavor is the best and is always sold out at local stores so I finally ordered them through Amazon in a pack of 24.

Hope you enjoyed the roundup. What are some of your favorite gluten-free snacks? Please leave a comment!

 Great Gluten Free Snacks for Babies and Kids


Seaweed Soup I Miyuk Gook (Gluten-Free)

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Hello and welcome to my first blog post! I am so excited to share my first recipe which is seaweed soup or miyuk gook.  I’ve chosen this soup to start with because it has a very significant meaning in Korean culture. After giving birth, women eat this soup for several weeks afterwards to help with breastmilk production and restore blood loss from childbirth.  This seaweed (wakame) has high levels of calcium, iron, iodine, folate and vitamins. Since seaweed soup is the first meal that mother’s have after giving birth to you, it is also a tradition to eat seaweed soup to celebrate your birthday.



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