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Hi, fellow cooks! My name is Blanche and I'm a 45-year old mother of two who loves cooking and food! I have a 9-year old son and 23-year old daughter whom I adore. Born and raised in Honolulu, some of my favorite childhood memories are of shopping in Chinatown and at humble (yet world-famous!) Tamashiro Market. Moving to the mainland and being introduced to fusion and ethnic food left me wanting to say, duh. These cuisines were the norm in Hawaii. I am grateful, though, for trying Indian and Mexican food once moving here. Now those are two of my favorite cuisines that, at least while I was growing up in Honolulu, were not common. This few past years have been especially tough for us, financially speaking. But out of frugality we've become even more creative and adept at cooking delicious meals on a verrry tight budget. I'm eating more vegetables now than I have in my life! And pork shoulder cooked in the crock pot all day is one of the easiest and yummiest things to prepare for dinner.