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Shrinking Chef

Shrinking Chef
Home Town: Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Living In: Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Creole girl navigating her way through somewhat strict vegetarianism (no flesh, limited dairy), a host of dietary restrictions (self imposed), one meat eating husband with an egg allergy, a personal struggle w/the scale and my favorite size 8 jeans, and an unparalled love for all things yummy. Yeah, not an easy life at all. ^.^ But it's fun! Master of rice milk and pralines, definitely not together tho! Update: I'm now a "borderline" vegan. I try but dairy is slipped in to so many things, it slides by sometimes. My husband has since become more vegetarian and only consumes seafood.
My favorite things to cook
Currently nursing a mild obsession w/seitan. Who knew that stuff was any good?!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Since I'm the only vegetarian in my family, I'm still creating my own cooking traditions. I've mastered remaking just about everything I've learned without the use of cow's milk, eggs and meat. No animal stocks are used in my kitchen, but I do use dairy to some degree as I see fit. As a serious cheese fanatic, soy cheese will never find a place in my home. LOL. Update: I have vegan cheese in my home RIGHT NOW. LOL. It's not my favorite, but I let the cheese fanatic die. Dairy-free isn't so bad after all.
My cooking triumphs
My Seafood Bisque, made w/rice milk, Silk and only a small amount of dairy cream. Actually, I'm pretty impressed when I make anything w/meat (I will only cook seafood & chicken dishes) b/c I can't taste it! So when everyone is so well pleased w/my results, most certainly I feel triumphant! :)
My cooking tragedies
I'm pretty comfortable in the kitchen, so I haven't had a true tragedy in a long time. I've had some recent misadventures in cookie baking, okay a few, lol, but I'm a hair away from perfecting it all. ;)
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Kingman's Vegan Zucchini Bread
Made some changes thus 4 stars. Way too much sugar and refined products for my liking. Substituted 3 c all-purp flour, for 1C oat bran, 1C spelt flour, 1C whole wheat pastry flour. Dropped 1/2 cup of the sugar. Instead of 1C white, used turbinado w/1/2c. brown sugar. Skipped the arrowroot, added 1/2c walnuts, used homemade applesauce. The bread was more dense, not as fluffy, but I'd rather have the benefits of more nutrient rich grains.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2011
Best Ever Caramel Apple Crisp
Wanted to amp up the healthier side of this dish. End result was 5 star. I made substitutions. Probably not a healthier solution, but I had a Sander's caramel sauce on hand (so good). Just heated it and added to apple mixture before the crumble. Really, really good stuff. Will try next time w/coconut milk whipped cream.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 26, 2011
Spinach Enchiladas
Altered this a bit, thus the 4 stars; end result was probably 4.5 stars. My number one goal was to cut the fat + calories, while maintaining the flavor. Added fresh spinach to saute of 4oz green chilies, 1/2 chopped mild jalapeno, 1 yellow onion (only 1/2 is needed) + 1/2 red bell. Seasoned w/sea salt + chili powder to taste. Used light sour cream and substituted low fat cottage cheese for the ricotta. End result was a little soupy, but I didn't measure the spinach so maybe I had extra sauce. Not sure, but I ended up w/extra mixture when I finished stuffing the tortillas. A slotted spoon removed enough of the add'l liquid for me. It probably made the tortillas a little more mushy than is traditional, but nothing problematic, the flavors were fab and it was a hit. One of the better enchilada recipes I've tried + one I will repeat.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 26, 2011

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