Blogging has definitely been a gateway to many amazing adventures and opportunities. I have traveled to far off places, met some amazing people, have tasted some of the best meals of my life, spoken at several conferences, published a SAVORY SWEET LIFE cookbook which captured so beautifully the essence of my family with William Morrow/HarperCollins, and get to write a Kitchen Explorers column every week for PBS Parents – an organization I admire so much for so many reasons.
That is why blogging is awesome. I’ve always looked at it as a gift, holding it in front of me with open hands fully being aware of the fact that it can all come crashing down at any given moment. And if it were to all end, I want to be able to walk away from it with gratitude for the amazing ride.
As a child of the Bill Cosby show era, I’ve always loved good quality uplifting television. In an era of reality television which its success is usually contingent of exploiting some type of social/economic angle, I am equally nervous and excited to announce the launch of a project I have been working on the last 2 years.
In partnership with PBS Digital Studios and the PBS Parents channel, my family and I are doing a cooking web series which will also be aired through your local PBS affiliate stations on tv too. The series is called Kitchen Explorers, titled after the column I write for them. If you’re curious, this isn’t a typical how-to cooking show. In fact, it is more about food, family, and our interactions with one another in a very real way. The show is unscripted. There will be episodes that capture the beauty of everyday moments and the realities of why we cook or bake for loved ones who are near or far away. There will be episodes where my kids hate my cooking. This is real life stuff parents struggle with every day and our family is no exception. You will see my kids often given me stink eye or attitude – all in love of course. You will see a dirty kitchen and common areas that I wish we could keep clean. You will see me get emotional and maybe a robot dance. I’m told by our awesome production company (Iron Way Films) that they have a lot of blackmail type B-roll footage of me being stupid that may be released in the near future. I’m still trying to negotiate the terms of this not happening, ever. I’m told I might need to make them crab ragoons for life. They are hardcore.
We are not the Huxtables. What we are is a 3 generational Asian Korean-American family living under one roof finding connection through food and our relationships with one another. Each unscripted episode is around 3 minutes – just long enough for you and your kids to be momentarily entertained, maybe feel inspired to cook along with us, or for you to catch a glimpse into our lives in a very uplifting family safe environment. A new episode will be aired every other week starting TODAY! Our first season has 24 episodes. Yes.. I said 24!
Of course in standard PBS fashion, these episodes would not be possible without the support of viewers like you. So please watch, share, and subscribe to our videos. On behalf of my mom (who stars in several), my kids, my extended family, PBS Parents, and myself, thank you for your support. We hope you love watching them as much as we loved sharing ourselves with you.