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Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Living In: Long Beach, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
i have always been what i call a finesse cook; i pride myself on being able to throw things together and make it work. however, i recently discovered and am addicted!! truly i am; pretty much every day during the week i consult the site for what to make. i often change or adjust the recipes according to what i know will (or won't) work. i look forward to posting some of my own recipes as soon as i work on accurately determining ingredient specifications. unfotunately, i am too busy finding new faves.
My favorite things to cook
the hubby doesn't eat beef so i stick to chicken, turkey & fresh fish. i also use lo-fat, no-fat, egg white, butter sub, whole wheat wherever possible. my favorite things to drink are red wine, mainly pinot noir, zin and red meritage. and a good cold martini!
My favorite family cooking traditions
hmm, traditions? i use my mother's recipes for sour cream pound cake, lemon bars, oatmeal cookies. various soups.
My cooking triumphs
not many dinner party situations. but i have prepared thanksgiving dinner on my own several times.
My cooking tragedies
probably the one when i tried to make a birthday cake from scratch for my mom and it came out green and tasting strangely (and horribly) like fish. but hey, i was only like, eleven.
Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Zesty Quinoa Salad
i was completely underwhelmed. i, like others, cut the olive oil by half, but followed except lemon-lime combo and garbanzos instead. found it to be surprisingly tasteless...even with the cumin, one of my fave spices. i ended up adding diced red pepper and cucumber and a glug of champagne vinegar. and slivered almonds. THEN it was delicious.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2014
Charleston Breakfast Casserole
highly recommend! made it last night using 9 eggs, 1 3/4 cup half&half plus 3/4 cup lo-fat milk, 1 pkg of sliced swiss (diced) and 1/2 cup cottage cheese (mixed into egg mixture),large lo-fat seasoned croutons, and 1 pkg bacon. microplaned fresh nutmeg to cover egg mixture if that makes sense, (approximately 1/8 teaspoon). no butter, salt or pepper. layered as directed and refrigerated it overnight sans bacon. baked it this morning topping with bacon approximately 25 minutes into baking. it was not greasy or soggy at all. it was the only breakfast item at a bring-an-item brunch that was eaten in its entirety. i was pretty happy!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2013
Stir-Fry Pork with Ginger
followed exactly, well, except for corn starch, didn't have any on hand. oh, and i used less oil. (i made some brown rice & veggies on the side, bok choy & red bell pepper, but otherwise followed recipe pretty closely for the protein). hubs definitely liked it better than I but it lacked oomph in my opinion. next time, b/c i will make it again as it was super easy, i will add garlic, more ginger and siracha!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 23, 2013

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