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IBNSHISHA


IBNSHISHA
 
Home Town: Oregon, Ohio, USA
Living In: Tsu, Mie, Japan
Member Since: Oct. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I am an American currently living in Japan (for the last 4 years) as an english teacher. Last year I got married, and my wife (Japanese) is now the envy of many because most Japanese husbands don't cook. Anything. Many don't even make coffee. I did cook some before coming to Japan, but most of my cooking experience has happened since getting engaged in 2002, and my repertoire leans heavily to Japanese (of course), Chinese, Asian and Italian.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking anything, but these days I seem to get a particularly good feeling out of cooking traditional, quintessentially Japanese dishes. Some of these dishes are quite easy to make, but many Japanese are stunned to hear of a gaijin making them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of the few dishes I brought with me to Japan have made for several Japanese friends is my late stepfather's famous onion bread, which had been a favorite at every summer family party we went to.
My cooking triumphs
After a few years of mostly just making recipes and taking notes, this year I have finally started to really make my own stuff. One of the first of these dishes was my own version of Chinese Spareribs, which was not only well-received by family and friends but also published my intra-company newsletter.
My cooking tragedies
After 4 years and innumerable tries, I still cannot make tempura any better than just "edible".
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Roasted Asparagus and Yellow Pepper Salad
I really liked this, but my wife thought it was too spicy. She did ask me to make it again without the hot sauce.

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2004
BLT Salad
This was good, and the bacon and dressing were especially great. However, next time I will make more of the dressing, it was pretty close to not enough.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2004
Mayonnaise Cookies
The Japanese home kitchen is not designed for baking. I tried this, without any kind baking utensils like an electric mixer, and with an oven that looks like (and in fact doubles as) a microwave. Those cookies whic I was able to complete were great (didn't last the day), but the dough was really hard to work with.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2004
 
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