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Living In: Misawa, Aomori, Japan
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Low Carb, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Mother of 2 boys (ages 10 & 3) and 1 girl (age 5), and a wife of nearly 15 years. We're a Navy family stationed overseas, and the things I enjoy cooking the most are the dishes that remind us of home. Growing up as an only child I ended up spending a lot of time with my parents in the kitchen. My mother is a very good cook, but my dad's even better ~ though he can bee a little too inventive at times. When we're together we watch the Food network the way jocks like to watch football, and when we're apart we're constantly sending recipes back and forth.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts (the more chocolate, the better!)... Mexican, Italian, Chinese, homemade soups, and I love to grill steaks & chicken. I also enjoy preparing a wide range of breakfast items, so we make a big deal out of Sunday morning brunches when we can really relish the time together as a family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Decortating cookies with the kids definitely tops the list ~ just as fun and creative as dying eggs but a lot tastier. Not to mention it's something that is better suited for year-round fun! Cooking with my mom and dad during our too-infrequent visits is also a huge treat! During the holidays I love to make the cookies she made when I was growing up... helps remind me of my wonderful childhood!
My cooking triumphs
I frequently prepare amazing fajitas, shredded pork, and fresh guacamole that all rival our those of our favorite Mexican restaurant (ironically enough it was in Hawaii). I've also prepared some truly outstanding roasted turkeys over the years, as well as countless mouth-watering steaks. Since we spent 10 years in Hawaii and have been in Japan for 2 years, we sorely miss the flavors of some special restaurants in the states, so some of my biggest triumphs have been knocking off famous restaurant fare to enjoy at home (best ever is my pasta e fagioli soup!).
My cooking tragedies
Not too many, but those I've had are usually caused by life intervening (i.e. the kids needing help while I'm in the middle of cooking will result in me scorching something). My husband had a humorous cooking "tragedy" that turned into a family favorite though... He wanted to surprise us one morning by making popovers. He had made them once before and knew the kids liked them, so he was confident as he started out. But he mistook my canister of powdered sugar for flour. I followed my nose to the kitchen where the smell of vanilla was amazing, but he was worried they weren't rising. When they were done we tested one and discovered his accidental substitution had resulted in mini vanilla custards. Yum! We've since modified the recipe to use less sugar, but what a treat!
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Peanut Butter Fudge
Only so-so. Tasted good, but definitely not peanut-buttery enough and it never set up fully to where you could cut and eat it as fudge. So after 2 days in the fridge, I got desperate and scooped up balls of it with a spoon, then rolled them in melted chocolate. Now THAT was very yummy (and naughty), but rather messy.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 16, 2008
Ten Minute Enchilada Sauce
Not bad, but not great. Barely better than the canned stuff, and needed a lot of tweaking to be really good. On the up side, it did get me to try making my own sauce, which was much easier than I'd expected (I'd never really even considered it before). I'll definitely try this again sometime and see if I can achieve a better spice blend. Also I think masa harina might be a better choice than white flour. It would be more authentic flavor. I usually have some on hand for a soup I make, so I'll have to try that with the recipe next time too.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2007
Peanut Butter Popcorn
I'd say 4.5 stars. REALLY yummy. REALLY easy. But really gooey and messy, even with crisping it in the oven for 30 min (stirring every 10). It was absolutely delish, however, and completely finger-licking-good! Just the thing when you've got a serious craving for something sweet AND a little salty... Not to mention crunchy and chewy. A huge hit with my PB-lovin' family of 5!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2007

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