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Teri

August 16, 2010 • 9 Comments

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Robot  Cucumber and Shiso Pickles

Teri is a military reporter living in Tokyo (though currently on the road for two months to Germany, Kuwait and Iraq). Thanks to her station, she's versed in Japanese cuisine, but her cooking isn't so easily defined. Yes, we were wowed by cucumber contest runner-up Quick Cucumber and Shiso Pickles, but her Tangy Zangy Roasted Potato Salad and Black-eyed Pea and Pork Quesadillas have a decidedly American bent and make us anxious for her to get back to her home base in Tokyo and start cooking.

And writing! Teri's recipes are both useful and funny, filled with playful, vivid details. To her, yuzu "tastes like the sourest Sour Patch Kid you ever met without that much-needed sugar coating" and fresh pitted cherries, left whole, are "like little slumpy Pac-Mans." For more, see Teri's profile page and fan her here and follow her travels on Twitter.

Read her profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    tuna casserole out of the box
  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Homemade onigiri, salads, scrambled eggs, fresh tofu with bonito and ponzu
  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    cast iron skillet
  • Your ideal meal:
    Anything at Cochon or the Spotted Pig, especialy if it involves cheeks and french fries.
  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    I'd like to learn how to make cheese souffle, but I'm afraid I need a thousand-dollar copper drum to do it. Also, I make terrible pizza sauce. At my house, the pizza is always white.
  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    At the moment, three. It's only 7 a.m. here. That could change before the day ends.
  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    2 to 30.
  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Dirty stove top and dirty floor. Weak coffee.
  • Your favorite cookbook:
    Cook and the Gardner; Square Table; Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home; Better Homes New Cook Book

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    over 4 years ago Michelle Breidenbach

    Meet me at the Spotted Pig when you're done with the desert. We'll get dessert...and fries.

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    over 4 years ago Teri

    Thanks everyone. This is a very welcome treat in the desert. (Or is it dessert? I can never remember. Oh that the Internet came with copy editors.) Thanks Mrs.Larkin for letting me know.

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    over 4 years ago Midge

    Love the Tangy Zangy too!

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    over 4 years ago drbabs

    Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

    Hi Teri--so nice to see you in the spotlight. I love your potato salad. (You had me at Zatarain's mustard--it's one of the things I always bring home from New Orleans when I go visit my parents.)

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    over 4 years ago Serene

    Yummy stuff! I didn't like shiso the one time I tasted it raw, but I really want to try those pickles!

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    over 4 years ago lapadia

    Congrats Teri...nice to meet you!

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    over 4 years ago mrslarkin

    Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

    Hey teri! Nice 2 cu in spotlite!!

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    over 4 years ago aargersi

    Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

    Great profile and those shiso pickles rock!!

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    over 4 years ago Lizthechef

    Nice to see you, Teri - congrats!