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May Newsletter from Youngmin
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May the future get brighter!

I hope everybody is well and safe! 
Despite all the shelter-in-place and social distancing, once again the month flew by. I was busy making face masks, which are now a necessary item when we go outside. I made 300+ masks and donated them to people who need them, and now I am taking a little break. I did my first ever Facebook live at the ACTA, Alliance of California Traditional Arts page. I talked about bojagi and my recent mask making. Then I made a video tutorial of how to make Gwi Jumeoni-shaped face mask. Here's my Youtube link.

My May, June, and July travel workshops were all canceled but I try to see the bright side – I will be able to put more time into my ongoing projects and research. 
I lost count of days and our shelter in place mandate was extended for another six weeks here in California. It is a sad and difficult time but I am trying my best to do my part. Stay at home. Sending everybody my warm wishes and big hugs! 

Recipe of the month-Japchae

Japchae, Korean style noodles with mixed vegetables

This is a popular dish for parties, potlucks, and sometimes a one-dish meal. 

4 oz Dangmyeon (Mung bean or potato noodles )
3 Shitake mushroom
4 Oyster mushroom
1/2 Onion
1 Bell pepper
1/2 Bunch spinach
3 Cloves of crushed garlic
Soy sauce
Sesame oil
Vegetable oil for stir-fry vegetables
Roasted sesame seeds
Salt, pepper 

Soak dangmyeon in water for 30 min.
Julienne mushrooms, onion, bell pepper and stir-fry them separately. (Add 1-2 tsp of vegetable oil and a dash of salt)
Blanch spinach and rinse with cold water. Squeeze out water and cut to 2" long. And season with salt, pepper, and sesame oil.
Cook dangmyeon in boiling water with 2 TBS soy sauce and 1 tsp vegetable oil for 8-10 min.
Drain noodles and add sesame oil (1-2 tsp), sugar ( 1tsp) and soy sauce (1 TBS) and mix well.
In a medium heat pan, add 2 tsp vegetable oil and crushed garlic.
When garlic turns brown, add dangmyeon and other ingredients.
Mix them well and season with soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper, and roasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!


 Flower Pin Cushion Booklet is here!

I am so happy to announce that my Flower Pin Cushion booklet is available to purchase now.
An 8-page booklet that shows step-by-step guidance on how to make 'Flower Pin Cushion'.  Naturally dyed fabric kit will be available soon at my website and  A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA. 

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