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Idena Suzanne

Idena Suzanne
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Living In: Medford, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Easter Brunch 2008
About this Cook
I am a professional Belly Dancer and a full time student. I completed a Health/PE degree and now I am in the midst of an English degree.
My favorite things to cook
I like wholesome, healthy food. I believe in whole grains, fresh produce, and using meats sparingly for some flavor. I like my food Olde-Worldey, like it could have been made centuries ago. That said... I adore sweets!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The holidays are special for cooking traditions. I love to make icky-sticky pudding. My fiance and I make praline nuts and smoked cheddar for home-made gifts. I hear, "All-Right, Mom!" when I make chicken pot pie, tacos, or any roast meats.
My cooking tragedies
My children have learned to beg me not to make them pancakes. Since I use a griddle now, they are better.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Orange and Fennel Salad
Thank you so much! My husband and I both gobbled this up. I sprinkled some pepitos on top for extra crunch. Next time I will make this with an arugula salad blend and add more Kalamata olives. This is a gorgeous blend of sweet, sour, and salty flavors and crunchy and soft textures. So fun to eat!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 13, 2014
Orange and Lentil Soup
Whoah, Nellie, this soup was much better than I expected! I used coconut oil, since I had the Costco vat of it, instead of butter. I then used a large sweet onion and I skipped the celery, because I am a kitchen mucker who just peruses my current food supply and takes off on a nightly dinner adventure, and I am sans celery. I didn't puree the soup. I prefer the bit of chunkiness of carrots and onion bits, and it was soft, tasty, and pure comfort. It didn't even need salt to be perfectly delicious. Thank you for my new lentil recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2014
Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler
Easy, yes, but too sweet and too buttery for me. I even reduced the sugar to 1 cup, for a double batch, which was 1/3 less than called for. I made this with 8 cups of frozen peaches (remember... double batch) and I added cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice (didn't measure, just shook it in). Even so, this dish lacked a complexity that my palate would have favored. Perhaps oats in the batter, more spices, a bit of vanilla, maybe a pinch of lavender would have made it more interesting. I did use 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt and reduced the milk to 1 cup, which turned out fine. The batter and the method were successful, other than my preference for something less sugary/buttery.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2013
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