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Home Town: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Living In: Los Angeles, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I LOVE food! Cooking is one of my hobbies and my husband loves it whenever I'm in the kitchen! He is American, but I turned him into a complete Asian food lover. I grew up in Japan, eating very well balanced tasty meal cooked by my mom, so definitely my cooking is influenced by her. I hope to share some of her recipes, but most of them are in my head and I never really measure condiments, so it will be difficult to write a recipe... we will see.
My favorite things to cook
My mom's curry. It takes almost entire day to make it, so I need to be home all day, but it's worth it! I also love my home-made gyoza (chinese dumplings). Little time consuming, but way better than store bought dumplings. My husband and friends love my beef bowl, it's my number one requested dish.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In Japan, we prepare a very extensive festive meal for New Year's Day. I always see my mom in the kitchen for 2 days preparing everything. I always enjoy helping her, but a little scared that I will have to prepare this myself one day! It's a lot of work!
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Bolognese Stuffed Bell Peppers
Great recipe, it was a big hit! I added onion and garlic to the vegetable mixture, which I think added complexity to the flavor of bolognese sauce. After I sautéed vegetable mixture, pancetta, and beef, I deglazed the pan with red wine, then added marinara sauce. Also added about 1/4 cup of chicken stock because my marinara was really thick. The recipe does not talk about salt/pepper, but I suggest flavoring the veggies with salt and pepper, and also add a sprinkle of salt after you add the ground beef, otherwise I think the sauce would end up pretty bland. Per the suggestion from the recipe, I used orzo instead of rice, which I thought was excellent! I thought the sauce had enough flavor before I added any cream, so I added just about 2 tbsp of half and half. I think that was enough to make the sauce creamy. Definitely making again! Thank you.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2014
Mom's Buttermilk Pancakes
Easy and Delicious! When I read the recipe, 1 tsp salt sounded a little too much salt to me, so I went with my gut feeling and only added 1/2 tsp salt. I think it was perfect that way, I didn't want it to be any saltier. Second time I tried it, I added 1 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp salt. This version came out great too. Both times I used real buttermilk. If you have any doubts about adding a whole teaspoon of salt, my suggestion is to try making it with 1/2 tsp salt first, and then see if you want it any saltier. This is going to be my go-to recipe for pancakes from now on!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 13, 2013
Meatball Nirvana
This came out really good. Very flavorful and moist. I've always cooked meatballs on a flying pan, but I think baking in the oven works better. I made small changes, but for the most part, I stuck with the original recipe. I added an egg, reduced milk to about 1/4 cup. Also added chopped parsley, because I love parsley in meatballs. I LOVE spicy food, but because of my love for spicy food, I have the tendency to overdo the spice. So, just to test it out, I only added 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, and did not add any hot sauce. Results: I think 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper would be OK. Next time, I'm gonna up the spice. Also, as some of the other reviewers have noted, I thought it was a little on the salty side. I think I'm going to add only a little bit of sea salt and 1/2 tsp garlic salt next time around. All in all, great recipe! Thank you!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2012

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