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Home Town: Morton Grove, Illinois, USA
Living In: Skokie, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Charity Work
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peanut butter kiss cookie
About this Cook
I am a middle school teacher -- married since July 2007 -- and a dog-lover
My favorite things to cook
Koloczcskis, Eclair Cake, Vegetarian Stir Fry (with Seitan), Vegetarian Chili
My favorite family cooking traditions
Polish desserts (from Mom's side of the family), the famous "Eclair Cake" -- it is pronounced "ee-clare" by my mom's side of the family (the Polish side :-), Chili with macaroni noodles and saltines on the side
My cooking triumphs
At my local Morton Grove tavern, my koloczcskis are requested during Christmas-time -- especially the apricot and almond flavored (I prefer the raspberry myself). My Eclair Cake is also requested for birthdays every year.
My cooking tragedies
Well, since I come from Polish and German meat-eaters, my family doesn't really like my vegetarian cuisine. The important thing is that my husband and my veggie-loving friends dig my v. cuisine.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Eggplant with Garlic Sauce
What the heck did I do wrong? Well, I think I know. I peeled the egg plant before I cooked it. Oops. Don't do that. My dish turned out to be a sauce (mish mash mush). It was also very gross with the oyster sauce. If I had not used the oyster sauce, it probably would have been better tasting.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2014
Sweet and Sour Seitan
This recipe tastes amazing! I am not sure why, my sweet-and-sour sauce was watery (I think I used too much pineapple juice). I had to add more corn starch and drain some of the liquid, even after I added the extra corn starch. I think it is really necessary to brown the seitan (or tofu, which is just as good to use with this recipe). If the seitan or tofu is a bit crispy, it will make all the difference for the better. Note to self: the whole can of pineapple chunks is not necessary for this recipe. Half the can would have sufficed.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2014
Blackened Tilapia with Secret Hobo Spices
This is SO good. The seasoning mix yielded way more than I needed so I put it in my empty paprika container (I used the rest of my paprika on this recipe...it calls for a lot and is so worth it). The fish can be cooked on the stove, but I chose to put it in the oven so I cook make a bunch at once. It turned out fine. Also, I had purchased a large amount of tilapia and seasoned it with the hobo seasoning and BEFORE I cooked it, I put a bunch of the seasoned fillets in the freezer so I would have them for another date. When I cooked the frozen ones (defrosted) a month later, they tasted fresh and perfect. This seasoning is excellent.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2014
 
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