Simple and fresh spaghetti sauce (no cans!)

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I love that in South Korea there seems to be an emphasis on seasonal produce. Fruits and vegetables just taste better when they haven’t been plucked prematurely and shipped hundreds or thousands of miles.

I think it’s safe to say that spring is coming to an end for us here in Daegu. The days are warming up and summer is just around the corner. Farm stands seem to have popped up at every big intersection, and these days they’re selling beautiful red, ripe tomatoes!

I love cooking with tomatoes, so I wanted to share a super easy recipe for tomato spaghetti sauce. I used to use canned tomatoes for this recipe (and I probably will again in the off season), but 1) fresh tomatoes taste so much better!! and 2) canned tomatoes are actually a little more expensive here than at an American grocery store.

I’m going to walk you through how to make it and give you a little tour of our shoe box of a kitchen in South Korea. Enjoy! I’m off to have some leftovers.:)


Simple and fresh spaghetti sauce (no cans!)


  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Medium-sized pot with lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Handheld or conventional blender (optional)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 6 medium-sized tomatoes (cored and chunked)
  • 8 cloves of garlic (smashed or minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In pot, saute onion in olive oil over low-medium heat. Stir occasionally. You want them to be soft and a little translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Use a handheld blender to puree the the sauce to desired texture. For a chunkier sauce, simply use a spoon or masher to smash the tomatoes. ENJOY!

Masks, rice bags and straw hats: Protesters stage second rally in Seoul

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For the second time in three weeks, tens of thousands of South Koreans converged in Seoul on Saturday to rally under a host of issues, including labor reform, a comprehensive investigation of the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster and a recent government decision to require secondary schools to adopt state-issued history textbooks.

The day of protest, which concluded peacefully, was held in the wake of a similar event on Nov. 14, which ended in violent confrontation between police and protesters. Police attempted to block another rally, but the Seoul Administrative Court denied the movement just two days before it took place. Continue reading

A Marriage of Talents

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Today I’m excited to introduce our friends Antwon and Marcia, two of the most creative and hardworking people I know. While living in Korea, they’ve tapped into and excelled at their passions — he as a photographer and she as a fashion designer. Earlier this year, Marcia helped me navigate the maze of stalls and alleys at Seomun Market, so that I could find the perfect lace for my wedding dress! Here’s their story.
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Our first visitor from home!

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Chris and I recently hosted a very special guest from America: my younger sister, Lindsey! She’d been wanting to visit since I first came to South Korea in 2012, so we were so happy to have her for 10 days in October! Here are some of the highlights of her trip. Continue reading

A ‘hobbit good time’ in Japan

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You may remember that I actually traveled to Japan at this time last year. I had a great time, but, although I consider myself a seasoned solo traveler, I missed Chris. A lot. I kept thinking, ‘Chris would love this. This trip would be so much better if he were here.’ It was shortly after that trip that we finally started planning our wedding.:)

Chris had wanted to go to Japan since he was a kid, so last month we made it happen. Continue reading


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