Diana71 Profile - Allrecipes.com (18577464)


Home Town: Okinawa-Shi, Okinawa, Japan
Member Since: Mar. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Oct. 11, 2012 7:23 pm 
Updated: Nov. 3, 2013 1:48 pm
I remember the first time I had a tuna melt. I was dating the most gorgeous, nerdiest guy (who didn't know he was cute and who only wore Levi's) and he knew how to cook. Or, at least, by college standards he knew how to cook.  :)  I will never forget how he showed up on my doorstep with our… MORE
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About this Cook
First and foremost, I wholeheartedly believe healthy eating starts with raw ingredients! I have three teenagers - my own two children, and a foreign exchange student from Japan who is living with us for this school year. The heart of our home is the dinner table...I involve the kids in planning weekly meals, grocery shopping, and cooking. The kids all love to cook and are filling their own personal recipe books with tried and true favorites and building their own culinary repertoire! We have traveled the world with the military, and love trying all types of new foods.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make tapas and appetizers -- small dishes are fantastic because they are easy to prepare and make for fun party food, especially during football season. I also enjoy cooking Asian foods (particularly Japanese and Thai), fish (mostly salmon), soups and pastas. I'm venturing into Vietnamese, Mexican and Indian dishes. We're a very active and busy family, so recipes that use healthy ingredients, resulting in comfort (heart-of-the-home) dishes, are what we love to try!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anything that involves family-in-the-kitchen is a favorite time for me. We are huge football fans, so kitchen and football go hand in hand to us. I'm also a fan of holiday meals because these are occasions where my siblings and parents meet for huge culinary fests that stray from tradition (anything from turkey to sushi) and bring forth new recipes to add to each of our own collections.
My cooking triumphs
Discovering this site and all the 5-star recipes! The "comfort" factor of foods is very important to me, so if I find a dish that speaks to us enough to keep the recipe in our repertoire, it's a success!!
My cooking tragedies
I went through a phase of cooking cream-based soups, and was so excited to discover a tomato bisque that I was 100% sure my nieces would love. Proudly made it for them one holiday season, only to have my oldest niece (then 5) taste it, turn to her mom (my sister), shake her head, and ask for Cambell's tomato soup (made with milk, of course). Showed up by processed...sigh...
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So, I absolutely LOVED this recipe. I made a few changes because I felt that the recipe needed an Italian meat flavor, and I couldn't imagine that you could cook collard greens in 10 minutes. Here are my changes: To the onions/garlic/red pepper flakes, I added about 4oz chopped prosciutto (although I think pancetta would be better). Oh, and I added 1 T butter while sautéing. Next change: I simmered the collard greens in the chicken broth for 45 minutes. I tasted the collards after 10min and truly they needed to be cooked much longer, more traditionally. I didn't have canned Italian diced tomatoes, so I used three fresh tomatoes, diced. I added one whole zucchini, diced. And, I created a spice packet w/cheesecloth and put in it 1 sprig rosemary, 1 sprig thyme, and 2 bay leaves. I let everything simmer for probably another 30 min before adding the pasta. I didn't have shells on hand, so I used Barilla's ditalini, which turned out perfectly. One more change: I used my immersion blender and blended the soup a few times, not very much at all. Thought it would just be a side meal for dinner tonight, but turned out everyone had to have it for lunch. A++++++ Thanks, Barilla!!!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2014
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