Brillat-Savarin said once (oft quoted) that "The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star." I say, no contest!
Tonight I put together a marvelous dinner consisting of my newly made kimchi, bulgogi (both recipes are from the Kitchen Wench, whose site is an incredible source of delicious Korean and non-Korean recipes), some chopped broccoli tossed with a wee bit of sesame oil, and green tea. I think cooking really must be one of the most rewarding activities in the entire world. The whole time I was eating I was just stunned that I'd made all of it. Ok the chopped broccoli was not really impressive but I felt like my meal required a third dish (vegetable) and I was fresh out of any vegetables at the moment aside from frozen broccoli. Sue me. Fortunately, the Kitchen Wench has a whole list of tasty and appropriate side dishes and I will be making all of those as soon as is humanly possible. The dish I really have my eye on though is Kimchi Chigae. I always get the seafood version of that whenever I'm at Kunjip in New York. Since I now live 3000 miles away from Kunjip and I've had a hard time finding anything that compares to it, I hope to be able to generate a comparable version. If anyone can show me the way, it's the Kitchen Wench!