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Bao Le

Bao Le
Home Town: Texas, USA
Living In: Texas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mediterranean, Healthy
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About this Cook
I learned to cook because, sadly, I think my mother is the worst cook on the face of the planet, and a kid has to eat somehow. You may not believe me, but who but the worst cook on the planet mistakenly puts a cup of salt in a cherry pie?
My favorite things to cook
I like to try my hand at new recipes from other cultures. Recently, I have been taking on Vietnamese food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Salty pie. See above.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made an angel food cake that was actually fluffy.
My cooking tragedies
I left a pot of potatoes boiling when I had to run out of the house for a few minutes - which turned out to be longer than expected. Anyway, who knew potatoes catch fire? Luckily my roommate caught them before the kitchen burned down.
Recipe Reviews 29 reviews
Southern Ham and Brown Beans
I give this 4 out of 5 because it is a good recipe true to form, but there are some techniques that could help make sure the beans turn out the way you want them to - that is, nice and creamy beans in a relatively thick cooking liquid. So here's the trick: brine your beans overnight in plenty of water and 2-3 tablespoons of salt. You may worry they'll be salty. They will be. But you'll dump a lot of that salty water off. Because you've done this, don't add any salt to the recipe until the end to suit your tastes. Since you've now brined them, add them to the pot with water to cover, add your other ingredients (I soften my onion and garlic in a little oil over medium heat first), and bring to a boil. Reduce to a VIGOROUS simmer for 45-60 minutes. Stir occasionally. That simmer will give you the thick cooking liquid. After that, you can add more seasonings or ham if you like, and continue to simmer until your beans are all nice and soft - maybe up to 30 minutes or so. Another note, I love to use up a left over ham bone if there's one lying around, and add a bay leaf or 2 to the mix. If you have bean issues (your beans are always crumbly and not creamy), then definitely give these tips a whirl and see if it doesn't help!

138 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2010
Cabbage Rolls II
My husband (who doesn't like red meat) constantly requests I make these. My dad and brother are also smitten. Thanks for submitting and keeping me on a pedestal.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2009
Jenn's Out Of This World Spaghetti and Meatballs
This recipe has one glaring problem: Spaghetti and meatball addiction.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2009
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