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Flying A

Flying A
Home Town: Metro Denver, Colorado, USA
Living In: N. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
A move to Ireland in June 07 was a challenge I really wasn't prepared for. It has been difficult, leaving friends, family, my career. By trade I am a certified veterinary technician, with a back ground in restaurant management. I have always loved to cook. I enjoy tweaking recipes, and duplicating meals and tastes. There has been a learning curve, getting used to the way things are done here in Ireland. Very small fridge and oven are just the beginning. But, the move has for the first time in my life allowed me the opportunity to not work. I have the time to experiment in the kitchen like never before. I do remember to count my blessings-
My favorite things to cook
Cooking, or probably more accurate, sharing my cooking with friends brings me a very deep sense of fulfillment. I love to make the foods they love to eat. I take great pride in having friends gather for a meal, and having them tell me they can't believe I made something. Good friends, good food, good wine, good conversation- only money can buy the wine, the others are priceless.
My favorite family cooking traditions
While my mom cooked every day when I was growing up, its my dads cooking that was the influence. BBQ'n steaks and burgers instead of turkey for the holidays. Split Pea soup with ham on Christmas Eve- a tradition my sister still carries on- an open house for friend to gather at the holiday with special foods that only made an appearance once a year
My cooking triumphs
Sushi to rival my favorite Sushi restaurant- Vegetarian Indian, Middle Eastern and Greek dishes Using "veggie" products to make them say "are you sure there's no meat in here?" Figuring out how to make "mock" food items I can't find in Ireland- and learning to substitute ingredients to make the foods we love
My cooking tragedies
ciabatta and sour dough, but I will succeed as these are two of my favorite breads. UPDATE April 08 With the addition of two books,the Bread Bakers Apprentice, and Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day- the very wet, slack doughs are no longer a problem. I highly recommend these two book for anyone who loves to bake bread. Especially the 5 Min a day one- absolutely the best, EVER!
Recipe Reviews 29 reviews
Sweet Pickled Eggs
I love this recipe. Using some others "adds" we like red bell, jalapeno, lots of onion and garlic, along with some chili flake. Like others I just add the pickling spice to the jar. These always come out perfect! Easy to modify if your making for others. Would love to make a batch with dill and possibly lemon peel one of these times, but always seem to "do" the same version. Very tasty, and everyone who eats one wants another. As a kid my mother would off and on make pickled eggs, they were horrible. These aren't your moms pickled eggs, thank god! Enjoy-

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2014
Braised Corned Beef Brisket
We sat down to eat, my husband took a bite and said "yummmmm". Then he looked at me and asked "corned beef isn't usually this tender, or tasty". He didn't even put mustard on it! Simple very tasty way to cook corned beef. I made a colcannon with saute cabbage as the side. I didn't have any kitchen bouquet, so I just lightly peppered it. I have another corned beef in the fridge, this is how I will cook corned beef from now on. Thanks for sharing.

75 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2013
Dark Chocolate Cake II
This is a really good, very simple to make cake. One bowl, three minutes with the KitchenAid, what could be better? I will not hesitate to use this recipe again. Great reviews from everyone who ate it! However, I made cupcakes. I know my oven is spot on, so it just may have been this batch. But the cupcakes didn't "dome". They did rise, but remained flat on top. I was frosting them so it didn't really matter. The cake was chocolatey, moist, nice crumb and tasty. And hey, one bowl, my goodness.....simple goodness. Try this one for yourself.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 6, 2013

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