Grilled Bulgogi Sandwiches (Grilled Korean Beef Sandwiches)

Grilled Bulgogi Sandwiches (Grilled Korean Beef Sandwiches)

Lately I’ve been exploring “fusion” cuisine. Fusion cuisine is exactly what the name suggests, the fusion of cuisines, cooking styles, ingredients, and tastes.

One of the most popular fusion cuisines is called Pacific Rim, it’s the blending of dishes, ingredients, and styles from areas all around the Pacific Ocean. Perfect examples would be Alaskan Salmon with Miso Glaze (Alaska meets Japanese cuisine), Kinilaw Poke (Filipino/Hawaiian ceviche), and Korean Beef Tacos (Korea meets Mexico).

Of course it’s not limited to Pacific Rim, the combinations are endless. Have you tried Mongolian Beef Or Adobo Pizza? Sounds weird I know but trust me they’re really good!

Lately Grilled Sandwich shops are popping up everywhere. They take a humble grilled cheese sandwich, everyone’s favorite comfort food, and have turned it into a variety of amazing sandwiches. Think Lobster Melt, Patty Melt, and Reubens! Or how about a Grilled Caprese Piandina or a Roast Beef and Gruyère Panini?

They all are yummy! What’s not to like? Who can resist a crunchy sandwich filled with gooey stringy cheese?

That’s why I decided to try a my hand at a Korean style grilled sandwich.  The sweet spicy beef blends well with the savory saltiness of the melted cheese. Place all this between 2 slices crunchy bread and you’ve got a delicious sandwich!

This sandwich requires a bit more prepping that and average grilled cheese sandwich. The meat filling must be marinated and cooked before building the sandwich. But it is so worth the time. It’s become a family fave. I’m sure it will become a favorite in your family too!


Grilled Bulgogi Sandwiches (Grilled Korean Beef Sandwiches)

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Korean


  • 2 ribeye or filet mignon steaks - very thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice wine or mirin
  • 3 garlic cloves - peeled and minced
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 grated Asian apple peel on (use a delicious apple if you can’t find the Asian apple)
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 used the bag of varied color peppers from Costco), remove seeds and slice thinly
  • 1 jalapeño remove seeds and thinly sliced
  • 8 thick slices of bread from a large
  • loaf I use either the Japanese style or the farmhouse loaf
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • ¼ tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 red onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions sliced into thin rounds
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise, optional
  • 2 tsp sweet chilli sauce , optional


  • Place steak strips in a bowl and add the soy sauce, gochujang, ginger,sugar, rice wine, 2 of the minced garlic cloves, black pepper, grated apple and sesame oil.
  • Mix together, cover and allow to marinate for 30minutes (place in the fridge if marinating for longer than that).
  • Once the steak has finishedmarinating, heat the vegetable oilon a high heat in a large frying pan.
  • Remove the steak from the bowl and add steak in to heated oil. (Discard marinade)
  • Fry for 4-5 minutes turning occasionally until and just starting to caramelize (if there’s a lot of liquid in the pan drain and continue to fry the steak). Fry steak until the edges start to get a bit crisp.
  • Remove the steak from the pan and let rest on a plate.
  • Add the sliced peppers to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Remove from the pan. Mix with the steak and set aside.
  • Build the Sandwich
  • Preheat the sandwich press or large frying pan on a high heat.
  • Take the slices of bread and spread the softened butter onto one side of each piece.
  • Place 4 of the pieces of bread, butter-side-down onto a plate.
  • Divide the cooked steak mixture, sesame seedsand grated cheese between each piece of bread.
  • Sprinkle on the red onion, jalapenos and springonions.
  • Spread softened butted on one side of each remaining bread slices.
  • Place bread slices on top of steak filling. Make sure the buttered side is facing out.
  • If using a press place the sandwiches on the sandwich press and pull the lid down. (You may have to make sandwiches one or two at a time depending on size of press)
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes, checking occasionally, until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  • If using a frying pan place sandwiches on heated pan and cook about 3 minutes, press sandwiches down with a spatula or cast iron press.
  • Once the first side is golden brown flip sandwiches over and cook second side until golden brown and cheese has melted.
  • While sandwiches are grilling mix together the mayonnaise and remaining minced garlic.
  • Once sandwiches are grilled remove from pan and open the tops of the grilled sandwiches and drizzle on the garlic mayo and the sweet chili sauce. This step is optional. The sandwiches are great without the toppings.
  • Slice sandwiches in half and serve.
  • If you don’t use all the steak mixture or don’t need 4 sandwiches you can store the cooked steak in a sealed container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • To use heat the steak mixture before building the sandwiches. Then grill as above.
  • Enjoy!
DIY Snack Tin

DIY Snack Tin

Make both the snack tin and the tasty mix that goes inside with just a few easy steps.

I’m pretty sure I got my love for snack food from my dad. My dad always stocks the fridge and pantry with chips and salsa, meat and cheese, or an assortment of nuts. Because there’s always room for a snack! That’s why one of my favorite things to make him for Father’s Day is a delicious snack mix. This sweet and spicy mix is so easy to make you’re going to want to make an extra batch to keep for yourself.

Watch the video and make a batch of this sweet and savory snack mix for all your favorite guys this Father’s Day!


adapted from Cooking Light


1/2 cup pecans pieces
1/2 cup unsalted almonds
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups tiny pretzels
2 cup crispy rice cereal squares
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 tsp cayenne, optional


Metal tin for gifting
Printable sticker paper



DIY Snack Tin


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, half of the thyme, salt, cinnamon, red pepper. Meanwhile, spread the almonds and pecans on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes. Make sure to use a timer and watch them because nuts burn easily! Once toasted, combine the nuts and  butter in a large bowl. Mix them until the butter melts completely. Then stir in the pretzels, rice squares, and syrup.
  2. Add the sugar mixture to the nut mixture. Spread the nut mixture back on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring the mix half way through baking. Take it out of the oven then add the remaining thyme. Cool completely.
  3. Download the printable Father’s Day labels, print them on adhesive paper, and cut them out. Peel and stick them on the lids of the metal tins and fill up with the snack mix. Now they are ready to gifted!


The finishing touch on a handmade gift is always the packaging! Scoop some of the snack mix into a metal tin and add a festive sticker on top. Just print out the free printable label on sticker paper, cut it out, and stick it to the tin lid. It looks so good, he might think you bought it that way. But it can be our little secret. 😉

DIY Snack Tin

For more information on how can help you with DIY Snack Tin, please contact us at 808-372-7734, or visit us here:

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Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

star wars inspired recipesHear we go again!  Another Star Wars movies was recently released.  Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies.  Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines.  In this case Han Solo’s beginings.  We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars.  This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!

So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon.  (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )

These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make.  It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!

star wars inspired recipesCarbonite Jello

Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice.  After  it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one?  All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure.  Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package.  Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!

Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello.  But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue.  Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin.  It might work.  But me I’d stick with green lime jello.

star wars inspired recipes

Star Wars Pizza

Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe.  The picture says it all.  Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.

Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!

If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever.  Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.

You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!



star wars inspired recipesBB8 Quesadilla

Prefer quesadillas to pizza?  Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Rice Krispy Treats

I think everyone loves rice krispy treats.  They’re a great snack and they’re pretty easy to make.

Here’s the recipe from Mom Endeavors![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]









star wars inspired recipesstar wars inspired recipesStormtrooper Cupcakes

Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.

If you don’t want to make the cupcakes then just make the marshmallow pops!  It’s made the same way as the cupcake toppers using the food writer pens, just stick them on lollipop sticks instead![spacer height=”-20px”]




star wars inspired recipesPrincess Leia Oreo Truffles

Seriously yummy!

Make these Leia Truffles by The Cookie RookieClick here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]






Princess Leia Cupcakes

Paintbrushes and Popsicles has an awesome recipe for Leia Cupcakes!

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Macaroons

This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home.  I’m not that patient!  But you can use store bought macaroons.  (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).

If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand.  Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.


star wars inspired recipesDeath Star Watermelon

Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!

Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Popcorn

Two Sisters Crafting makes this yummy popcorn.  Awesome snack for that Star Wars Movie Marathon!

Click here for the recipe!



star wars inspired recipesLighsaber Pretzel Rods

No Star Wars themed party or movie night would be complete without lightsabers.

How about these Lightsaber Pretzel rods from Two Sisters Crafting?

Hey they’d make awesome party favors if wrapped in clear treat bags!

Click here for recipe!

Need some Star Wars inspired party stationary and decor?  Contact Savvy Nana Crafts, they’ll design the perfect invitations, favor tags, banners, and signs for your Star Wars themed event!


3 Easy Homemade Halloween Treats

3 Easy Homemade Halloween Treats

Nothing says Halloween than sweet treats.  Sure you can buy bags and bags of candy and have at it, but you can turn that candy into special treats in just a few easy steps with these easy homemade treat recipes.  You can even let the kids help out!

Here are 3 recipes for Homemade Halloween Treats I found on the web.  Each really cute and super simple to make.  Enjoy!

Homemade Treats

Courtesy of

Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies use store bought ready to bake cookie dough. So easy!  Let the kids make them, they’ll have a blast!

For a variation use different cookie doughs; I’m sure you’ll find various fun Halloween themed cookie dough in your local supermarket.
Recipe click here.

You won’t be able to stop eating these salty sweet treats.  These Pretzel Hugs by Sally’s Baking Addiction really are addictive!

We made several batches, they disappeared quickly!

Recipe click here.


Homemade Snacks

Courtesy of Just A TasteThese frightfully cute Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops by Kelly Senyei on will be a hit at your Halloween Party.  You can make them ahead of time and store in your fridge until you need them.

Recipe click here.


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Halloween Treats for ADULTS

Halloween Treats for ADULTS


Who says Halloween is just for kids?  After the kids have returned from Trick-or-Treating and they’ve wound down for the night put them to bed it’s time for some adult fun.

Whip up some adult treats ahead of time, hide them from the kids, and take them out for a bit of spooky fun with your friends, or snuggle up with your significant other for drinks and nibbles as you watch a scary movie.

Here are a few recipes for Halloween treats and drinks for adults.

Black CocktailThe Blackbeard cocktail from Honestly YUM is made with chocolate stout.  It looks lethally YUMMY!

Recipe click here![spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]


Pumpkin cheese ballWhip up this Nacho Pumpkin Cheese Ball from Cincy Shopper, it’s creamy, crunchy, with a bit of spicy!

Recipe click here![spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Spiderweb DipDip the nigh away with this zesty south-of-the-border dip from Mr.

Recipe click here![spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Mummy BrieAdd a bit of sophistication to your Halloween with this Mummy Baked Brie found on

Recipe click here! [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]


Smoking MartiniHere’s a lovey Smoking Martini created by Thomas Johnson from

Perfect for Halloween!
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CocktailThe Grave Digger Cocktail is a concoction of hard cider, whiskey, and ginger ale designed by Boulder Locavore.

Recipe click here!  [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]


Vintage Rose Garden Tea Party

Vintage Rose Garden Tea Party

June is National Rose Month.  Did you know that on November 20, 1986 then President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making the rose the national floral emblem?  And he signed it at a ceremony held where else but the White House Rose Garden!

Almost everyone loves roses, these beautiful blooms come in many sizes and colors, and have a wonderful scent.   They are the symbol of love and romance, after all who can resist a gift of roses from their significant other?

Celebrate National Rose Month with a Vintage Rose Garden Tea Party!  This theme can be used for anything from an intimate tea party for two, a bridal or baby shower, birthday party, and what ever occasion you like.  Roses and tea parties are an awesome combination.  Here are some ideas to inspire you!

 Garden Tea Party
Style Me Pretty

Set up tea service on an old dresser. You can paint the mirror with black chalkboard paint and write or draw anything you want.  Drawers filled with roses make it extra sweet.

This would work well for a small get together, perhaps a tea for the bridal party.

 Garden Tea Party
Party Inspirations

Use a wheeled tea cart for sweets.

 Garden Tea Party
The Glamorous Housewife

For small parties, like a tea for two, forget table and chairs, spread out a pretty floral blanket and add some pillows for an intimate tea party.

 Garden Tea Party
Lady Gray Dreams

Set up an intimate tea under a rose covered arbor or between the roses in your rose garden.

 Garden Tea Party
Love My Dress

For larger parties set up a tent and decorate with paper lanterns and bunting.  You can set up a buffet or place stands of sandwiches and sweet treats on each table.

Learn how to make your own tiered stands click here!

 Garden Tea Party
The Vintage Table

A vintage tea party isn’t complete without pretty dainty cups and tea pots.  Find them at discount stores, thrift shops, and even garage sales.

You can use them to serve tea or as decor!

 Garden Tea Party
Catch My Party

Setting up a beverage station is a great idea for a children’s tea party.  Adding lace makes it super cute!

Garden Tea PartyFinger sandwiches are a tea party must.  Serve them on tiered stands decorated with fresh roses.

Learn how to make your own tiered stands click here!

Garden Tea Party
Fine Cooking

French Macaroons make a nice touch, but they can be pricey.
I use the frozen ones I get from Trader Joe’s they are very good.
Or you can make your own.  Here’s a video tutorial from Fine Cooking.

Garden Tea Party
First Home Love Life

Every tea party must have scones.  Here’s a recipe from First Home Love Life.

Click here for recipe!

Garden Tea Party
The View from Great Island

Scones need jam and clotted cream.  Here’s a recipe from The View from Great Island.  For recipe click here!

Garden Tea Party
The Vintage Table

Strawberry Shortcake is another tea time favorite and baking things in jars is very popular right now. Combine the two to make a great party favor!

Here’s a recipe from The Vintage Table.  Click here!