Blondie Profile - (10020541)

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Home Town: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Sacramento, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a single woman who enjoys a variety of activities. Besides cooking, I love to go salsa dancing and swing dancing.
My favorite things to cook
I love using fresh vegetables from the farmer's markets in the summertime, like salads with really good, fresh tomatoes, green beans, corn, or asparagus. 'Love fresh berries in the summer too, and peaches. I decided to go vegetarian in 2008. Since I rarely ate beef and pork anyway it was not that big of a transition altho' I do miss my fish tacos from time to time!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Although I don't make them often, my mother taught me to make pies from scratch when I was a girl with crusts from scratch as well, so I enjoy making the occasional fruit pie. I have a number of my favorite family recipes in a card file at home, and one of my favorites for the holidays is a Danish dressing from my paternal grandmother that uses apples, raisins, prunes, cinnamon, and bread cubes all moistened with a little milk and then baked.
My cooking triumphs
I recently prepared what I suppose would be a four course meal (soup, salad, main course & sides, dessert) for my entire family for Christmas. Everything was done when it was supposed to be and it all looked and tasted great! Everyone was quite impressed and it was very gratifying.
My cooking tragedies
Once when I was a girl my sister and I made some chocolate cupcakes and we added in some peppermint sprinkles. I don't know if we put in too many bits or what, but the cupcakes all collapsed! We still sometimes refer to the "crater cakes!"
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Quinoa and Black Bean Chili
As a vegetarian I was looking for a chili recipe with quinoa. I was excited to try this recipe given all the rave reviews but I ended up being disappointed with it. The dish came out very thick, almost like a quinoa pilaf with lots of other things missed in, rather than a chili. I like my chili a little bit soupy but this was not, even after adding an additional 15-oz can of tomatoes! The quinoa soaked up any available liquid. If I were to make this again I would cut down dramatically on the amount of quinoa so that it would be an ingredient in the recipe but not the main focus of the dish. Also, even though I followed the recipe it turned out surprisingly bland to me. I had to add salt at the table to give it some flavor.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 16, 2013
Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
I was underwhelmed by these cookies. I followed the recipe and they tasted fine but between all the craisins and the white chocolate there was hardly enough oatmeal dough to hold everything together! I had hoped for something with more oatmeal augmented by the craisins and white chocolate, not a recipe where the oatmeal is just the "glue" to hold the other stuff together. I guess I'll keep searching.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2009
Avocado and Orange Sandwich
As a vegetarian I thought this sounded like a great idea for a sandwich but I found I liked the idea better than the execution. I really enjoy the taste of avocado but when I made this sandwich the avocado flavor was completely overpowered by the orange. I think I'll stick to tossing orange segments and avocado pieces in spinach salad with some balsamic vinaigrette instead.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2009

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