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Jan. 9, 2010 5:40 pm 
Updated: Jan. 10, 2010 4:26 am
Hello Allrecipes fans!  This is my first blog here as I have just become a supporting member.  I love using allrecipes to get new ideas and to find wonderful recipes.
A little bit about myself.  I live in Northern Japan right now.  My husband is in the Air Force (I was also) and we're stationed here.  We have an 8 month old little girl, 2 dogs, and a base commissary that never has what I need.  I have had the blessing of living in many interesting places and I feel that it has defiantly influenced my cooking.  I grew up in Up-State New York on a farm so I tend to cook a lot of pot roasts and slow cooker main dishes that are very hearty.  But since being stationed in Hawaii first and then Japan I have branched out.  Hawaii was an interesting place to live, especially when it comes to food.  I learned how to make Filipino styled fried rice with a Hawaiian flare (spam).  And I really grew to appreciate spam and Portuguese sausage.  In Japan  I now make a lot of stir frys with cabbage and local veggies.  Their local produce is amazing.  And I can get farm fresh eggs out of a vending machine!  I wish I could detail further on my cooking style.  It is very much a fusion (as I think most military families are) of so many different styles.  I don't often use recipes exactly as they are written.  I tend to get an idea from one and then alter it to what I have available.  As I mentioned earlier the Commisary doesn't always have what I need so I almost always have to deviate from the plan and go with the flow.  I try to avoid anything in a box or pre-made because it is usually so unhealthy and rather bland.
Well I think this is a good start for a blog.  I made an amazing Mac and Cheese the other day, sounds plain but it wasn't, and I'm going to make it again and upload the recipe along with a picture.
Jan. 9, 2010 5:54 pm
Hi Algwinnup and congrats on turning going blue... On the recipe exchange we nick-names ourselves Smurfs and Smurfettes! :) How exciting to live in Hawaii and then Japan. I went to Hawaii in the 80's. the island of Oahu, stayed in Honolulu and got to visit Pearl Harbor and the Dole pinapple plant! It was nice! I haven't seen you on the exchange but then I don't know everyone who comes on... Nice first blog! :)
Jan. 9, 2010 6:16 pm
HI! Welcome...I am new too this year. Have used the site for a few years and gave myself a supporting membership as a gift to me.(the best kind) I am a military wife too (usmc in NC) I also grew up in upstate NY. I love to try new recipes but make them my own and healthier too. Going with the flow is the best way to cook! Can't wait to hear about your cooking adventures....:)
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I try and cook something new at least once a week.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas morning I bake blueberry muffins before we get to the presents.
My cooking tragedies
I tried making fish and chips once. I am not a deep fry cook I'm afraid.
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