Welcome to my blog! I am Jin, the creator behind Seasonedbyjin! I am a self-taught home cook based out of Northern Virginia. I am a total foodie and I love all types of cuisines and flavors, especially Korean! I love to spend time in my home kitchen where I let my creative side get loose and just have fun! If you want to know more about me and the reasons behind Seasonedbyjin, please check out my stories below. Thanks!
When Did my Passion for cooking start?
I started cooking in middle school because both of my parents worked long hours. Then in college, cooking quickly became one of my favorite hobby. And after getting married, I became obsessed with Korean food and cooking in general. Unfortunately back then, finding resources for Korean food was very difficult. I even begged my aunt in Korea to send me Korean cook books. She did send me a few, but I was never satisfied. I wanted more books, more recipes and more inspirations. I was hungry for cooking…
Some of you might have seen me on Instagram. About 4 years ago, I started to post my food pictures @purecooking101. I was trying to market an organic seasoning brand. The truth is, I didn’t sell a single bottle of seasoning. I did, however, gain followers from near and far and lots of positive feedback. It was like a sign and left a positive imprint in my heart. Little did I know that this imprint would lead to something big. On fall of 2019, I finally decided to give myself a chance and to start my very own food blog. Seasonedbyjin was born.
Who is the maker of Seasonedbyjin?
Here are some tidbits about me…I was born in Seoul Korea in the cold month of December. My family moved to the States when I was 10 years old and settled in Northern VA. I received a BS in Interior Design from VA Tech. I married my college sweetheart and we have 3 incredible kids together. I am a 1.5 Korean American and bilingual, who looks forward to Sunday praise/worship services. I love to watch Korean dramas with my girls while eating junk food. I find learning about other cultures and languages very fascinating. I am into Pilates, reflexology, and essential oils. Lastly, I love classical music, writing letters, poems, photography, traveling, art, social media and of course, cooking!
why Is Cooking Important To Me?
For me, cooking brings back sweet memories from the past. They really warm my heart and give me inner strength. Growing up in Korea, we often had big family gatherings with lots of delicious homemade dishes. Everyone would gather around the Korean table (sang) and enjoy the food and company for hours. Sometimes a voluntary singer would become the entertainer for the night as others use the wooden chopsticks as homemade percussions. I miss those days when my grandmother’s family room would be filled with laughter, chatting, and sharing of food and lives.
I was the runt of my family and known as the skinny, underweight, picky eater. On top of that I developed many food allergies and inherited a sensitive digestive system. It might be a blessing in disguise, because I think my keen sense of smell and taste buds might have derived from all my sensitivities. Ha! Nevertheless, my physical attributes helped me to realize and set in stone one of my biggest goals in life: Eating healthy and living a healthy life style. I hope that through my recipes and stories that I share, my life’s goal will be reflected and be contagious to others.
Why Did I Choose to Start a Cooking Blog?
I always had this big idea of writing my own cookbook and sharing it with the world. So when I decided to finally start my own cooking blog, it was like a light bulb that went ‘ding’! Two words came to my mind as I dove deeper into my blog: joy and comfort. It brought me Joy in the way I can express my creative side and comfort in the way I can bring memories from my past experience. A win win!
Lastly, I wanted to leave a legacy to my children. One day when I am not around, they would be able to easily replicate the dishes I used to make for them. And perhaps remember me and the good times we had together. Food bring smiles and memories.
Where Do I Get My Inspiration From?
My dad is one of my biggest influencer in my life. He was a firm believer that you can achieve anything if you put your heart and mind to it. Unlike other Korean dads from his time, he always made me feel very special & unique and comfortable of who I was. He was not a chef but always loved cooking for our family. I remember how he used to get so excited about making a new dish, and my favorite part was tasting all of them. My Dad’s favorite saying was, “let’s try making that dish, it can’t be that hard!” He made cooking seem easy and fun.
Another big influencer is my grandmother (my mom’s side), who was an excellent home cook. I remember watching her cook when she visited us during summer breaks. I don’t know how she made everything taste so yummy! Even a simple radish, or a handful of bean sprouts tasted so good after her magic hands had touched them. Her old school way of cooking was simple yet very delicious. I don’t have any written recipes from my grandmother, but I still think a lot of my Korean recipes have been developed in memory of her dishes and their flavors.
Lastly, I get my cooking inspiration from the food i have tasted, places I have visited, people I have met, and the stories I have read. Thank you for reading about me and Seasonedbyjin. I am so excited I can finally share my food recipes, stories, and inspirations with you!
Let’s Keep in Touch!
Homemade meals can be just as tasty and healthy! Let me know what you thoughts! Would love to hear your comments. If you want to support me, please comment, like and share! Thank You!!
Cheers to Korean Food and Beyond!!