Mattie Profile - (10002718)

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Home Town: Anaheim, California, USA
Living In: Rome, Lazio, Italy
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I have a strong desire to eat well and to feed my loved ones. If possible, I'd like to continue my family's tradition of eating in the home and only resorting to fatty-fast foods in cases of extreme desperacy!
My favorite things to cook
Stir frys, pho, papaya salad, various pasta dishes, cookies, cake, and anything else involving frosting!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm not sure if it's a tradition, but just being in the kitchen with my parents as they cooked together and spoke about food as if it were art.. that's my favourite family memory associated with cooking. My parents were able to teach me a fusion of Asian and European methods because of their mixed backgrounds.
My cooking triumphs
Until I've mastered the perfect Peking Duck a l'orange, I don't really claim a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I'm miserable with anything that's too complicated and involves too many gadgets. I try to keep it down to a meat cleaver and chef's knife.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Vegan-Friendly Caramel Buttercream
Quite unexpectedly good for a vegan recipe. I made this to top some vegan chocolate cupcakes for some friends of mine that don't consume animal products. My only critique would be that it seemed a little oily/greasy, so perhaps cutting the margarine content to less than 1/2 cup would yield a better consistency. Taste is excellent, however, the texture is the only problem I am having. Also, I am refrigerating the frosting to see if it yields a less greasy result after cooling completely.

16 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 23, 2010
Vietnamese Sandwich
A sandwich with fresh ingredients like this is always good, but this isn't terribly authentic. Missing the pate and fresh jalapeno pepper slices. Also, pickled carrots and onion are usually found in these types of sandwiches.

60 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 27, 2007

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