helpmecook82 Profile - (10223724)

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Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Living In: Tampa, Florida, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I was married in November of 2008, so I'm now determined to be the type of wife who cooks. Maybe that sounds old fashioned, but I think it's so important to be skilled in the kitchen. I really admire my mom, grandma, and mother-in-law for all their expertise. I'm gonna get there!
My favorite things to cook
I love it when a recipe is super easy, but comes out tasting wonderful, and like it took a lot of work.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes a roast chicken dinner every Friday night, to observe Shabbat. (Jewish Sabbath) I always loved eating salad, chicken, rice, and challah (egg bread) on Friday nights growing up. I want to carry on the tradition once we have kids!
My cooking triumphs
All the recipes I've ever tried have always come out tasty. One of my favorites is for a healthy banana bread, and it's from a Canadian cookbook called "Looney Spoons". I love how fresh and moist it tastes.
My cooking tragedies
Nothing major. Recently I decided to make cookies from a mix I was given as a holiday gift. The mix was a year old, so maybe that had something to do with it, but the cookies were a Well, a lot off. I think the salt had clumped together too much, so when you bit in, there were parts that were nothing but salty tasting! Pretty gross.
Recipe Reviews 45 reviews
Classic Rice Pilaf
Wow! I didn't even know it was possible to cook rice this way. It came out perfect. I mixed green beans and shrimp into it for a meal.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 19, 2012
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Ok, so here's what I did, after reading everyone's reviews: I used unsweetened applesauce in place of oil, which I definitely recommend. I used the whole can of pumpkin and all the spices as written, adding 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice. I "wet down" the chocolate chips before adding them, and I did *not* use paper liners. Finally, I baked the muffins at 375 degrees for exactly 20 minutes. I've already made 6 batches of these for upcoming T-giving events-- love them! They're moist with a great texture.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2010
Tuna Curry in a Hurry
I was pleasantly surprised by this. I hadn't been sure what to expect, but thankfully, it turned out tasty! I omitted the onion and peper, and used snap peas instead, which I highly recommend. I used only a 1/2 cup sour cream and mixed it with water, about 2 cups. This might have been a weird move because it made things watery, however I wanted to make sure that the dish wasn't too sour-creamy, which is gross. It worked, so I was happy with the water. (I was mistakenly following someone else's tips, but I didn't realize they were using the water to be soaked up by egg noodles. I wasn't using egg noodles, so I hadn't need to use all that water.) Also, I used more cury than was called for, maybe a tablespoon or so. I used my judgement. Finally, I spooned the tuna cury over jasmine rice. I definitely think this meal goes really, really well with rice. *OH- and the next night I had some tuna curry left over, and I put it on a tortilla wrap, with some white American cheese. It made a really tasty wrap!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2010

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