Catherine Profile - (10083137)

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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I've moved around my whole life. First as an Army brat, then in the Army, and now just to feed the habit. I grew up with a love of good food- it can keep you healthy and fit, give you comfort, keep you feeling connected to family, and can make where ever you're staying feel like home.
My favorite things to cook
I love taking comfort food and giving it a new twist. I always try to give new recipies my own flavor, and improve on them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Grandma's stuffing. Many have tried to make it, but none have gotten it right.
My cooking triumphs
My greatest moment (so far) was Christmas dinner '06. It was the first away from home that I wasn't deployed for, so I cooked, for about 25. Maybe half that actually ate at my house, but the dinner was a HUGE success. And the stuffing I made out-did my Grandmother's, and her's has nearly caused fist fights! But any time I make something that people request again and again- that's when I enjoy cooking the most.
My cooking tragedies
Ramen. I set it on fire in the microwave. Apparently you are suposed to add water. ;)
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
Going to add my bit here- LOVE this. I omit the flour, as I like the velvety smooth texture. I made sure I let everything come to room temperature before starting (bought the ingredients then left them on the counter) I baked it at 300F for 1.5 hours in a tinfoil wrapped spring form pan set in a bath of boiling water. Then I let it sit for another 2-3 hours. I had no problems with cracking/bubbling/browning. We at it later that night, and WOW. Between three of us, half of it was gone. Just about to make another. So good.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 11, 2009
German Baby
Wonderful! Just like the Dutch Babies at one of my favorite restaurants. I ended up cutting the recipe to 1/3, since I wasn't too hungry, and I whipped it up in my blender. Took me all of 30 minutes from "I could try this," to calling people to tell them how good it is. It came out beautifully. I garnished it with powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice. So easy and so elegant. Perfection.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2008
Black Bean and Salsa Soup
This recipe is fantastic. Very quick- Took me about twenty minutes, and that includes clean up. It's also a great base recipe. I made mine with cilantro, jalapanoes, corn, and canned tomatoes (I didn't have salsa). It was amazing. Next time I'll toss some left over chicken on top, and maybe use more beans, as I like my soup a little thicker. This is defiently a recipe to try again and again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 23, 2008

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