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Home Town: Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Living In: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Reading Books
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Aug. 23, 2009 6:24 pm 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2009 5:18 pm
Our neighbor came to our house this weekend with a grocery bag full of cucumbers.  Now, I love cucumbers and my girls love cucumbers -- but I knew that there was no way we would be able to eat all of these cucumbers before they went bad without having cucumbers coming out of our… MORE
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love Strogenauff, Albondigas, Empenadas, Lasagne, Beef Stew, and Stuffed Peppers. I also love quick and easy recipes that are hard to mess up!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking together with family. Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but there can never be enough hands in the kitchen as far as I'm concerned. I love congregating around the stove to chat while cooking!
My cooking triumphs
First: Getting my mom to let me alter her Beef Strogenauff recipe by adding garlic and fresh mushrooms. She was very skeptical but once she tried it, she loved it! Second: Making home-made flan and getting it right the first time. Third: Creating a S'More Pie which won a dessert contest at church.
My cooking tragedies
Numerous. I haven't completely grasped the science and art of cooking yet. I have to follow the recipe to the letter most of the time and make small changes instead of trying to be creative.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Cucumber Raita
This was delicious! Changes I made: - used strained nonfat plain yogurt (don't have Greek yogurt available) - omitted mint - added garlic powder - added cumin - grated the cucumbers and pressed them between two paper towels to strain them - and I ate it right away because I didn't want to wait. YUM!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 26, 2009
Spicy Cucumber Soup
This soup was a hit! My kitchen smells delicious and I can't wait to try it again. What I did differently: - omitted the crushed red pepper flakes - used chicken broth instead of vegetable - used 4 smallish cucumbers - added 3 small potatoes What I plan to do differently next time: - half the cayenne pepper (at least) - puree half of the soup to a chunky consistency, and puree the other half to a creamier consistency I didn't believe the reviewers who said it was too spicy. We love spicy food so the only thing I omitted was the crushed red pepper, because we didn't have any on hand. It wasn't spicy enough to stop me from eating two bowls of it -- but I do think that next time I will at least halve the cayenne pepper. If it's still too spicy after that, I may cut back on the curry. I think the curry is part of what makes this so tasty though, so that's the last thing I'll consider cutting back. My husband didn't like the creamy consistency, so I'm going to try leaving half of the soup a little chunkier for him next time. My husband is not a soup lover, and we were both a little wary of cucumber soup -- but he really seemed to enjoy this soup so it's definitely going to be a keeper for our family!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2009
Bum's Lunch
This was good -- we had it for the first time tonight. I sliced the potato a bit too thin though and it got a little mushy. Next time, I think I will alternate layers of potato and onion, and season the meat more.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 3, 2009

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