Jennifer Profile - (10129855)

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Home Town: Olympia, Washington, USA
Living In: Kirkland, Washington, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Spring 2007
About this Cook
I live with my husband and two cats outside of Seattle. I'm a self-employed piano and vocal teacher, music director and performer. Besides playing music, I love reading, going to the gym, cooking for two and exploring the area.
My favorite things to cook
My heritage is largely Italian and Irish, my husband is half Armenian and half Scottish, I've lived in southern Spain and traveled a lot thru Europe and north Africa, so my cooking style is pretty global-inspired and eclectic. I tend to lean towards southern Mediterranean/ and Middle Eastern styles in cooking, but also love Asian influences (we do live in the Pacific Northwest, after all!) Cooking is one of my favorite ways to unwind.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother's Italian spaghetti sauce is definitely a tradition...using lots of garlic...mmm. Also: Gift of the Magi Bread during Christmas season, turnips at Thanksgiving, and Nova Scotian fish chowder to warm many cold, rainy nights.
My cooking triumphs
The day I perfected Spanish Gazpacho...the trick is to blend it for literally 10 minutes, and use almost overripe tomatoes.
My cooking tragedies
I thought adding breadcrumbs to a marinated mushrooms recipe would be a good idea...turns out they just soaked up all the liquid and formed a weird paste....not so hot.
Recipe Reviews 200 reviews
Split Pea and Ham Soup II
Tasty! I used turkey kielbasa instead of ham hock, and a mix of split peas and red lentils. Added some celery, green pepper sauce, smoke flavoring and red wine. Would have added a potato as well, but we were out. Used beef broth instead of just water. Very man-friendly soup, which was just what I was looking for! :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2012
Vegetarian Cottage Cheese Patties
Awesome! These were so tasty, and I love that it's healthy, inexpensive and very easy. I did have difficulty with the consistency when trying to fry - they kept breaking apart. I ended up giving up halfway through and just opted to bake without frying the whole batch. Worked just fine. I baked alone for 6 or 8 minutes, then added the soup topping and baked another 20 or so. I did find the recipe quite salty, and may cut down on the dry onion soup mix, or use reduced-sodium cream of mushroom soup next time. I was out of thyme, and opted for caraway instead (yum). Added some worcestershire as others suggested. Thanks!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 12, 2011
Fantastic Lemon Butter Fillet
Very tasty! I just pan sauteed instead of baked. Omitted lemon pepper seasoning; added some dill and chardonnay. Wonderful! Served with a simple herb salad and crusty bread.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2011

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