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Preshie from CA

Preshie from CA
Home Town: San Jose, California, USA
Living In: Modesto, California, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I started cooking around age 8 or so when I just knew that I could replicate that great potato salad from church picnics. My first memory of cooking was a Sunday pot roast with potatoes and carrots and a chocolate pudding pie for my Dad at Father's Day. I was in 5th grade. I set out on my quest as a teenager trying to make the perfect batch of rice, my starch of choice. It took years and I still struggle a bit.
My favorite things to cook
Soups and pizza for now, but there are many more. I use whatever is left in the fridge and cupboard and go to town. I love to incorporate as much fresh vegetables as possible whenever I can.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always make corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's, I used to make my kid's and husband's favorite meals for their birthday dinner. I have baked Christmas cookies (iced, of course), breads, and candies for many years to share with family. My favorite is making enchiladas like my late Mom used to make whenever I can. These days I take the ingredients and make a whole casserole out of it.
My cooking triumphs
My husband says that it was the wonderful (HUGE) omelette and pepper steak I prepared for him when we were dating that convinced him that I was the one! I once spent an entire winter of weekends experimenting with different soups, got some great keeper recipes. Made a wonderful turkey breast stuffed with fresh herbs and butter under the skin for one Christmas. I help my husband making traditional menudo (tripe soup) for more flavor in the broth. We have collaborated many times. Another triumph has to be the Pumpkin Cheesecake from a favorite restaurant recipe book. Most requested dessert at the family Christmas table for years. This year I tried making toffee with great results. Sent my son's girlfriend home with a whole package of toffee and fudge which no one else was allowed to touch. Baked apples are my husband's favorite that I make. Those really impressed him.
My cooking tragedies
It has to be the Chile Verde from the 1975 version of the New York Times cookbook. My mother had never made this dish before and my husband loved it, so I gave it a try not knowiing that SUGAR was not an ingredient! It was the ONLY dish we ever tossed out and the ONLY disappointing dish I ever served him, he just told me recently. We laugh about it now!
Recipe Reviews 40 reviews
Strawberry Spinach Salad I
Made this salad for Father's Day and I improvised. No sesame seeds this time in the dressing but I used half the sugar, added salt, balsamic vinegar instead plus doubled Worcestershire. I also added fresh blueberries. Everyone loved it!!! Even my super picky son in law who NEVER eats spinach ate a whole bowl!!! I consider this a victory for me! It's the second time I made it and it got rave reviews first time also. Only one thing, only make enough for the meal, leftovers don't do well at all. Next time I will add some other add ins mentioned in the reviews. Thanks so much!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2014
Black Bean Vegetable Soup
Great base recipe, here are my revisions. First, added diced celery, bell pepper, extra garlic and like others, doubled up on the cumin. Used frozen corn and ended up blending only 1/2 of the tomatoes, (we like it chunky). After blending the beans it was still too watery so I added what ended up being the whole package of my dried, cooked black beans. It was probably like 3-1/2 cans of beans. Superb! Very good, we will make this often. Healthy and economical. DH loved it!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2012
Microwave Baked Apples
Tried this recipe tonite, used Rome beauties, and yes they came out squishy but yummy after 4 min in a 700 watt microwave. I used 1 tsp. of coconut butter for each apple, dried cranberries and about 1 tsp of Splenda also. Sprinkled with a good amount of pumpkin pie spice, I didn't measure, sorry. Lastly, I put in 2 tbsp of water to make a light sauce with the drippings and it did not disappoint. Made a great light dessert that was lightly decadent but not over the top. Next time will use gala apples, my favorites. Yummy!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 27, 2012
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