I am so glad you found me here at OMG! Yummy. If you love Jewish food, Korean food, Hawaiian food, Middle Eastern food, and/or baking!, you are in the right place.
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My name is Beth Lee and I live in San Jose, California with my husband, also known as "Dormant Chef". In my first career, I told stories for Silicon Valley companies. But in 2010, I had an epiphany: I realized I prefer pita chips over memory chips.
With a little tech support from my late son, I started OMG! Yummy. When I’m not cooking, photographing, writing, live-streaming or eating!, I love to golf, pretend I’m a world traveler, and explore new grocery stores just for fun.
Everybody has a Story
When I started blogging, I discovered something really intriguing: the best stories are told in the kitchen and everyone who has a kitchen (or eats in one), has a story.
My food memories unfold in my bubbe's tiny New York City kitchen which was no larger than the single cabinet, stove, sink and refrigerator it contained. Her workspace was limited but her baking talent knew no bounds.
Even in her early 90’s, she still greeted us with hot home-baked challah bread, whose smell sweetened the hallway of her old apartment building on Avenue N on most Friday evenings.
With none of her kitchen skills or recipes documented, this blog was my springboard to document our family food experiences for generations to come.
But my food journey goes far beyond my Jewish roots. My husband's family is Korean American with family in Hawaii and grandparents that came from South Korea. And intertwined with my Jewish cultural roots, I have an obsession/expertise in the flavors and ingredients of the Middle East.
So expect to find recipes here for matzo ball soup, mandu and hummus. Because that is exactly what you'll find on any given day happening in my very own kitchen.
In 2021, I wrote my first cookbook, The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook, with recipes from across the Jewish diaspora including Ashkenazic to Sephardic and Mizrahi specialties. I loved writing it, sharing it with all of you and plan to write more cookbooks representing my multicultural kitchen!
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I hope stopping by has inspired you to get in the kitchen, gather around the dinner table, share a story, create a memory, or just enjoy a meal with family and friends.
Pull up a chair, what’s your story…?
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I met you yesterday at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Lyfe Kitchen. Thank you for being a great lunch companion. I'm definitely going back for the flatbread - it looked delicious 🙂
I enjoy your blog - everything looks so yummy. I would like to try your Creamy, Cheesy Garlicky Rice with Spinach recipe.
If you ever are in Palo Alto and want to eat at Lyfe Kitchen again, let me know!
I will Annette! I enjoyed chatting and eating with you as well. Go to the LYFE Kitchen Facebook page and look at the photos from the opening - there's one of you! Yes - I am going back for the flatbread as well. Next week - I'll probably pop in for breakfast one morning. I'll let you know how that is.
Thanks for stopping by my blog - let's eat together again soon.
Who better to do this? I'm a fan! Life is made up of many flavors. Its a great thing to call forth those that are great! Keep on doing this Beth, I'm reading every issue and its a joy. And Happy Chanukah to you, your family and all of your readers! - Richard
I was wondering if there's an email address where I could send you a note? I'd love to chat with you about your views on bloggers collaborating with consumer brands. Could you let me know how I can reach you?
Just found your blog and wanted to say hello. You have some great articles and recipes! I'm looking forward to coming back soon 🙂
You keep on blogging! Your posts are fun and yummy. A pleasure to read. Thanks.
Saw a post you made about picking blueberries on Greylock near Pittsfield, MA. My grandparents lived in Pittsfield for 50 years and we went to Greylock for the same reason many years ago. Can't remember exactly where or what time of year, though it must have been summer. Can you recall where you did the picking? I hope to return with my wife in the next couple of years to relive that wonderful memory.
Hi Eben! It was a comment I made on the blog Bamitbach when she wrote about blueberry buns (http://bamitbach.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/blueberry-buns/#comments). Wow - your grandparents lived there for 50 years! Our family lived there for over 20 years - I was 11 when we moved to California. It was a great place to be a kid. And boy was the summer blueberry picking terrific. I will ask my parents if they remember any more details about where we went to do the picking and get back to you.
Thanks for stopping by my blog Beth! In addition to sharing spectrum-y kids and being around the same age, I lived in San Jose for 7 years. I've been in Chicago since 2007 but spent my years out there working in hi-tech (of course) but really wanted to get back home when my daughter was diagnosed with autism in 2006.
But I'm a horrible cook, so that's where the similarities end...
Thanks for the link to my hamantaschen recipe and mentioning me in the article. I would love you to check out my blog as well.
All the best,
Irene, I'm so glad you sent me the link to your blog. I really enjoyed your write-up about the hamantaschen. I see you are fairly new to blogging as well. It will be fun to follow along and stay in touch. Next I will have to compare your challah recipe to my grandmother's to see how similar they are. Happy cooking and happy blogging.
What a wonderful blog. Not that I've read very many!! But it is so full of passion, Beth. And your passion is what makes your identity, my dear. Keep cooking, keep tasting and keep loving it all. Who knows, you might even convince me to start cooking! I can't wait for you to come to New York and set yourself loose on the food here.
Congratulations on your blog, Beth! My mouth is watering reading your recipes and reviews!
I am being very entertained by your blog. I must say the banana loaf sounds deadly delicious. I would enjoy the restaurants but will concentrate on the local ones.and keep some suggestions for your visits.
Congratulations on a successful effort!!
Thanks Anita! My goal is to stay entertaining and interesting enough for you to keep reading! One thing I forgot to mention about the "deadly delicious" loaf is that if you make it for your grandkids, the calorie count goes down because of the happiness you will be sharing.
i like your description of the food "deadly delicious" lol its an odd saying tho