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Brenda Sawyer Adamson

Brenda Sawyer Adamson
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Living In: Lakewood, Washington, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
My favorite foods are Japanese, Thai, Italian and Mexican. I also love American comfort foods and Southern and Cajun dishes. I love spicy foods too. Many of the meals I make are based off of what I learned from my mother - I usually don't have a recipe to read off of, it all comes from my memories. Although, since using All Recipes, I've been loving learning and trying out new dishes and adapting them to my tastes. It's great to read other reviews and the modifications that other people have done. I would definitely love to see more Japanese recipes on this website though, the ones I have been able to find haven't really been traditional - they are more the Americanized versions.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking Japanese food. Since my mother passed away, I have been trying to remember all of the Japanese food she used to make. I really miss her cooking! I also love to bake. I'm always interested in learning new recipes and then modifying them to suit my taste.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My absolutely favorite memory was New Year's Day. It's an extremely important holiday in Japan. I just remember my mother cooking for days - a week - before New Year's day to prepare all the huge variety of dishes. She would start making the mochi one week before. Mochi was so delicious. The aromas of all the food she would make would permeate the house and I just couldn't wait to eat it all on New Year's Day. On New Year's Eve we would always eat udon. I really miss my mother a lot. I will cherish these memories forever in my heart, and I hope that someday I can have just a fraction of her talent in the kitchen.
My cooking triumphs
I am happy every time I make a dish that my mom used to make and it tastes just like or almost like what she did. (My mother never had any recipes written down - it was all in her head - so I have to try to remember what she did.)
My cooking tragedies
I can't really remember any one time that I had a cooking tragedy. For me, I feel like it's a tragedy that I can't cook all the dishes my mom used to make. Oh, I do remember my husband once trying to teach me how to make traditional, Southern homemade fried chicken. He ended up burning all the chicken. It was his tragedy, but also mine because I was so looking forward to eating homemade Southern fried chicken. =)
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Skillet Pork Chops with Potatoes and Onion
I made this dish exactly as written by the author. It turned out too salty and oniony, but I could tell it would be really delicious if it hadn't been too salty and oniony. So next time, I am going to omit the salt from the parmesan cheese mixture. I am going to reduce the cubes of beef bouillion to only 1.5. And reduce the onions to just 1 small onion. Also it seemed like too many potatoes too, so I will reduce to 3 medium-sized potatoes. I am willing to make this again with these modifications.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2010
Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert
WOW! DELICIOUS and so easy to make!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 2, 2010
Elephant Ears
Oh my, this is nearly the same as my favorite elephant ears that I love to get every year at the Fair. So super easy to make! I didn't have shortening, so used butter (1:1 ratio). I decreased the serving size to 5 servings (I didn't need to make 15 ears, as I'm just making for me and my husband), which gave me easy numbers to work with. For the cinnamon/sugar mix I increased the sugar by 1 TB. When frying, it's important that you don't have the oil too high, nor too low and to keep a constant eye on the ear. It fries up quick! Spread with butter, sprinkle with the cinnamon/sugar and enjoy!!! =)

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 2, 2009

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