Shinzakura Profile - (18059645)

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Living In: Winchester, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Former Navy Sailor, now working for the US Government in Washington DC. Whether by experience, luck or design, I seem to be a better cook than my wife (though she's no slouch), so I end up making the bulk of the food. No complaints here, as I enjoy doing so.
My favorite things to cook
Whatever recipes I can get my hands on, though for speedy recipes I'll usually do Mexican, Italian or Japanese. On nights when I have plenty of time to play around, I love to experiment with new cuisines, whether it's a friend's recipe from Africa or my brother-in-law's treasure trove of German dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a Mexican background, so I'm well versed in that. However, as a child, I tended to absorb Japanese culture pretty quickly, so Japanese cooking is somewhat second hand for me as well. Travelling around the world gave me plenty of experience with other dishes, and I found Italian to be exceptionally similar to Mexican and have become pretty adept at that as well.
My cooking triumphs
Back when I was living in Japan, my neighbor asked us if we would be willing to suggest some foreign (non-Japanese) recipes for a party she was having. On a whim, I offered to cook for her party instead, and the compliments she got from her guests (especially ones where people said the food outclassed some of the foreign restaurants in Tokyo) is a moment I'll always remember.
My cooking tragedies
Attempting to cook Thanksgiving turkey for several friends in my small apartment in Spain years back. Spanish ovens are NOT designed for anything as big as American turkeys, and...well, let's just say that the Chinese restaurant in town got plenty of orders from my apartment that night. ^_^;;;
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Chilaquiles II
This is just like the recipe my family's been using for generations. Introduced my wife to this and she loved it. Thanks for reminding me about this simple yet delicious dish!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 27, 2009
Ham and Cheese Pasta Bake
Great idea! Since I thought I'd play around with it, I used an alfredo sauce instead of a tomato base, and instead of regular ham, I went with a mix of prosciutto and pancetta. The wife absolutely loved it and I think this one is a keeper!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2009
Asian Coconut Rice
My wife and I absolutely love this; it reminds us of many of the different rices we had while I was on duty in the Navy. One thing that some people have mentioned is that the taste is subtle and they would like to increase the sweetness; I have found that substituting the sugar with a "raw" sugar (I use Maui raw sugar) rather than a refined usually does wonders to boost the sweetness when needed.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 5, 2006

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