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Sarah J

Sarah J
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Living In: Shawnee, Kansas, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Camping, Boating, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting
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Grilled Mahi Mahi with Roasted Pepper Sauce and Cilantro Pesto
Me at the 2007 Alma Awards
About this Cook
I am married, with two stepchildren. I am the only female in the house, there is a puppy, two boys, and my husband. Looking forward to having a baby girl with my new hubby! I am a "soccer mom" (sans mini van) and stay busy taking my kids to soccer practice, soccer games, etc. I am working to earn my teaching certificate and substitute teach. I love cooking for my family, and do so as many nights as possible! My family and I love to travel, and take at least one or two vacations every year.
My favorite things to cook
I love to experiment with new exotic recipes, and love to cook seafood but must stay away from it usually as my youngest one is allergic! He doesn't seem to mind much because when we cook seafood, he gets to eat his favorite dish - cheese pizza! Variety is the key to my culinary ventures. I get up early most Saturday mornings and head to the farmer's market to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Using fresh ingredients makes such a wonderful difference in any dish. Fresh ingredients taste better, and buying direct from growers at the market saves us a lot of money!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was always experimenting with new foods and ingredients in the kitchen, and I enjoy doing the same. Also, every Halloween my grandpa makes a HUGE batch of chili for all of his 20+ grandchildren and other family members to devour after trick-or-treating.
My cooking triumphs
My husband was stationed in New Orleans after 9/11 for a couple years and came back raving about New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. We got the recipe from Pascal Manale's, the creator of this wonderful dish, and made it at home. We think our version tastes even better than the original (we had it while visiting New Orleans this past winter) and now it's our favorite dish to cook.
My cooking tragedies
I attempted to make a pineapple flan from didn't turn out so well. Flan is HARD!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Savory Caribbean-Inspired Sweet Potato Cakes
The batter was way too loose - the cakes fell apart while frying and stuck to my non-stick pans. I then dipped the patties in Panko breading then fried them. Much better!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 23, 2008
Thai Chicken with Basil Stir Fry
I used light coconut mikl and added a dash of curry powder - delicious!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2007
'I Hate Cucumbers!' Cucumber Salad
The red wine vinegar seemed over powering....and my husband still hates cucumbers!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 16, 2007
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