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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Blog...  5 posts
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...
Recipe Reviews 95 reviews
Fruit Cobbler from Mott's(R)
Oh, Motts! I love you...but, this was a hard recipe to embrace -- I think the fruit mixture needs less applesauce, and perhaps fresh fruit instead of canned...and maybe less topping since it was so thick. You're still a wonderful applesauce and we love you!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2014
Creamy Chicken Dijon from Mazola(R)
This recipe has a lot of potential. I make a lot of French dishes, and I think this was an excellent try at a quick and easy poulet a la moutarde. If I made it again, I would add at least 2 T butter to the 2 T oil when sautéing the leeks (and reduce that 2 T oil to 1 T). I might even add a bit of diced onion. I would up the chicken broth, and definitely use at least 1 cup of heavy cream, and at least 1/2 c of white cooking wine. My family felt the recipe, exactly as it is, was much too Dijon-y and that "something was missing". (They are very used to reviewing recipes by now.) :) To "fix" the recipe after the initial go, I added 1/2 c white cooking wine plus 2 T butter, and let the sauce reduce on the stove for a good bit. It tasted loads better, but I think the proportions were too off to fix. Even so, 2 of the 3 teenagers over for dinner had this dish as leftovers tonight.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2014
Slow Cooker Chicken Pozole Blanco
Very good recipe!! My slow cooker was borrowed out, so I cooked this slow cooking style in the oven -- followed all recipes, but cooked everying inside my le creuset pot and placed it into the oven at 300F for 2.5 hours. Super good - we actually ate this two ways -- as a "chili" with rice, and the kids also used this as a filling inside a grilled fresh corn tortilla. Toppings were avocado, tomato and sour cream. Love!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 9, 2014
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