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Kelly in Kitsuki


Kelly in Kitsuki
 
Home Town: Micanopy, Florida, USA
Living In: Kitsuki, Oita, Japan
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Music
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About this Cook
I moved away from my hometown 1 1/2 years ago and started living completely on my own in Japan. I teach at a high school and two middle schools. I didn't cook at all for my first year here - it took me that long to figure out the grocery store! Also, it's boring to cook just for yourself, especially when bento are cheap and combinis are everywhere...but, eventually I made enough friends to start inviting groups over now and then, and I bake for my students when they pass their tests. Besides cooking, I love all sports, especially horseback riding, running, and my newest obsession, judo! I started last year with the team at Kitsuki High School, and I'm good enough now that I can finally beat the middle schoolers! Yay! (Trust me, there is Nothing that keeps you humble as well as being knocked down by a 12 year old who's half your height and weight...hehe)
My favorite things to cook
DESSERTS! I love to bake, and more than that I love to bake for other people! So, living on my own has been tough. But this year I've made some good friends who love trying out my (sometime failed) experiments. It was touch and go at first, since kitchens here don't come with ovens (the Japanese even make cheesecake on the stove, and one of my friends somehow figured out how to make cookies on a fish broiler). My oven is really an overgrown toaster, so the cooking times are always off and stuff in the back cooks faster. It's been a challenge, but a fun one!
My favorite family cooking traditions
THANKSGIVING! I love Thanksgiving dinner. This year I did it on my own for the first time...I guess the only really special tradition our family has is forgetting the biscuits in the oven every year and burning them. (THREE BATCHES this year!! >_< )
My cooking triumphs
Oh. Well, the aforementioned Thanksgiving dinner ~ it was tough, I won't lie...I had to order a turkey from the FBC (they don't eat turkey here) and get one that was under 8 lbs because nothing bigger would fit in my "oven", but it was turkey! I also made deviled eggs, homemade biscuits, salad, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and apple crisp. I had a dozen people over and the Japanese now love Thanksgiving, too! :) Next challenge, July 4th BBQ~!
My cooking tragedies
Hmm, probably the black bottom cupcakes I tried the other day. The batter tasted so good, but the end result was mediocre at best...kind of bitter and I think I overcooked them a little. They were a lot of work, too! It'll be a while before I get up the nerve/desire to try those again, but someday I will.
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Blueberry Scones
I wanted a more savory blueberry treat than muffins, and decided to try this. This is a great scones recipe! Reading the reviews, I decided to cut the liquid and add 1/2 cup yogurt and 1 egg instead. But the batter was too dry, so I ended up adding 1/4 cup of milk after all, bringing the liquid up to what the recipe called for. Like our southern biscuits, scone batter should be very sticky, and barely hold together. I floured my hands and worked the dough gently into scone shapes rather than trying to cut it. Came out really well!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2014
Chocolate Crinkles II
These are some tasty chocolate cookies! They are by far my favorite chocolate cookies yet. And they look pretty with the cracked powdered sugar. The dough is really hard to work with, though. I think they are worth the hassle, but definitely keep your hands moist or floured. And freeze the dough.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2009
Maple Cookies
These cookies are amazing! I found them because I had some leftover maple sugar to use up and wasn't sure what to do with it. I'm glad I did. I almost didn't make them because of the reviews saying there wasn't enough flavor, or that these cookies needed something extra. But I'm glad I did. It's true the maple flavor is subtle (almost an aftertaste), and I think adding maple extra would add the flavor some reviewers felt was missing. However, as is, these are delicious, soft centered, slightly crispy edged tiny little round disks of heaven. I halved the recipe and used 1/4 cup maple sugar and 1/4 cup light brown sugar instead of dark brown, because I thought light brown would be less likely to mask the maple flavor, and I rolled them in maple sugar at the end. Maybe my favorite cookies ever.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2009
 
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