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daidai


daidai
 
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Living In: Los Angeles, California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a college student interested in learning how to cook as well as my awesome mother, especially in Chinese cuisine. I am also an intermediate baker since I don't have an oven back at home but had a lot of practice at school. I love to experiment and substitute things in recipes based on what I have on hand, especially for baking because it fascinates me on how the different ingredients contribute to the overall product. I'm mainly focused on making healthy foods, though, since I think eating well in college is a really good time to develop good habits while balancing life with work. But the baked goods are good times for splurging (with whole wheat flour and natural, unrefined sweeteners of course =]) And I am also working to improve upon my picture taking with my really bad camera. I'm also newly a food blogger! I blog about healthy foods and recipes. Check me out at http://cleanpalate.wordpress.com
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake everything! From pastries to fries, I just love to use my oven. I also like to make stovetop desserts, or try to use ingredients in usually savory dishes in a different way, such as black bean brownies!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chinese stir-frying and slow-cooking soups. I still have much to learn from my mom though. For example, I still need to properly learn how to fold a zongzi correctly without having a really small lump of rice in a comparatively large bamboo leaf. Or be able to fill a wonton with lots of filling without having trouble wrapping it up.
My cooking triumphs
Most of my experimentations on baked goods from recipes I find on this site received great reviews from friends.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made orange muffins for mother's day, I overmixed the batter, and they turned out flat instead of big and fluffy. My mother still loved them though!
Recipe Reviews 73 reviews
Thanksgiving-Style Turkey Meatloaf
Tried to make the loaf without the pancetta. I think it really needed the fatty taste of pork on top, since the loaf was not as tasty as I would have liked. The cranberries were very sour and did not incorporate well into the recipe at all, and this is saying something since I love sour things and love them in recipes. I would recommend celery in place of the green beans and sweetened dried cranberries in place of the fresh.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2011
Caribbean Pasta with Shrimp
Good recipe. I didn't have shallots, chicken stock, or liqueur, but I did add a little orange juice and replaced the berries with allspice powder. I also didn't have enough shrimp, so I also added scallops, which turned out rather nicely. I think this would go well on top of rice, rather than with noodles.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 10, 2011
Apple Breakfast Bread
Delicious! I made two batches: the first had half brown sugar and half white sugar, with about half a pound of apples worth of apples. The second had full white sugar and had almost a pound of apples worth. I liked the one that did not have brown sugar, but both were equally good. This one's a keeper!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2011
 
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