My father was in the Air Force, married my Okinawan mother, had my brother and sister, moved to California, and had me. I'm a Military Brat, and spent half my life in Japan, other half in California. Married my Air Force husband, and now I'm in San Antonio.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make salad. Cooking is great, but I love my fresh leafy greens! I add canned sweet corn, cucumbers, boiled eggs, tuna, sausages, tomato, mozzarella... just a whole combination of things to add color and volume. I make my own salad dressings. When I don't have time, I just sprinkle salt, and pepper, and squeeze some lemon. Trust me, it's amazing!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes the best macaroni salad! She only makes it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I broke that tradition and started taking it to potlucks and neighbor's houses...
My cooking triumphs
I made a perfect turkey last year(: I had a very annoying and boastful neighbor that also made turkey for another neighbor's party. He was telling anyone and everyone about his technique... injecting it, all the spices and whatever. I brined mine for 3 days in the fridge, massaged it with butter, and baked it upside down for 3/4 of the time, and it was amazing! Levels above his.
My cooking tragedies
Hmm... I accidentally make crunchy rice sometimes... but I'm sure everybody does.
I don't know what I did wrong, but one time when the bread dough was rising in the bread maker, it overflowed and dough got all over the outside of the bread pan. It was hard to clean up.
Today, (11/02/09)I accidentally bought parsley instead of cilantro. Even after tasting it and realizing it's parsley, I still think it looks like cilantro!! I'm in shock!! That's what I get for not reading the sign and assuming.