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Home Town: Madrid, Spain
Living In: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I believe when I cook for someone, it is my gift to them! I do not think any recipe is important to follow exactly...adding ones own touch to dishes, is what mixes things up, and puts your own spin on a signature, no two alike! I am mostly self-taught, with a dash of culinary arts school...and lucky enough to have been exposed to international cuisine, thru travel; living on several continents; and blessed with a southern mother, who could cook like Paula Dean! My mother taught me the most important ingredient in all recipes is LOVE...
My favorite things to cook
I adore preparing international dishes, such as: Spanish; Italian(northern and southern Italy); French: Chinese; Japanese; S. American; Mexican; and of course American. I also like experimenting with duplicating dishes that we have eaten in our favorite restaurants. An important change I have made over the last several years is to modify my skills with healthier; organic/natural; lower fat; lower sodium; ingredients when at all possible.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday morning/brunch, is quiche; or eggs Benedict...mimosas, or bloody marys. I usually prepare a brisket that is a crowd pleas-er every time, for a large gathering. I have a chicken breast; tarragon; walnut; feta cheese; romaine salad w/champagne dressing which everyone asks me to make over and over again. I think it's fun to make a great meal when it looks like "there's nothing to eat"! Breakfast for dinner just tastes better.
My cooking triumphs
I won my first cooking contest when I was 10yrs. old. I have been addicted to cooking ever since...I can literally read cookbooks for hours; and I love picking other cooks brains for recipes, and hints to enhance my skills. After dining at a friends home, my 10yr. old daughter said," That wasn't as good as your cooking mom, are like this major gourmet"! Huge compliment for a mama who just LOVES cooking!
My cooking tragedies
CRUST!!!!!!!!! I buy pre-made, a no-brain-er... I remembered a funny, I used to be super wealthy and the personal chef was off...I was YOUNG...and not the sharpest chef in the kitchen...long story longer it was a holiday dinner...candlelight,we had prepared the traditional turkey(perfect)...I get it my head to make the gravy, and add, everyone raved, I was all grins,(patting myself on the back)! Invited all back for early leftovers the next day... we take the PURPLE gravy out of the fridge...and everyone goes yuck...I said, "This is the same gravy you all raved about last night"...note to all, stark light of day is very unforgiving...EVERYTHING looks better under candlelight!!!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Zesty Apple Salad
YES, mother did the same! It was a little different, hers had bananas & cherries, cut in half & she called it Waldorf salad as well! She's in heaven now, but OH those memories so lovely... I made a point of ordering a Waldorf fruit salad @ The Waldorf Hotel in NYC, I was that curious to see how close mama was? It was different, but yummy too, I'm not sure what they used to bring it all together? Now I try to do a healthier spin & all fresh ingredients...apples; pineapple;oranges;plain Greek yogurt; (flavored by me w/vanilla & truvia)a touch of mini-marshmallows;fresh or frozen cherries;I put in fridge long enough for flavors to play nice. Then add nuts & coconut before serving.It's just as tasty, but I think a bit healthy then old school recipes. Thanks for the memory...

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Reviewed On: Jun. 11, 2014
German Chocolate Upside Down Cake
Finally a cake recipe that's truly many times I've looked up a recipe & it's got open a box of cake mix,WHAT?...and a can of this, 3 more cans, only(?)8,600 mgs of sodium, um OK! Cheers for that! As we slip into a coma,I love to cook & I know that a great many people like/need to cut corners because of time but at what cost? We have to draw the line somewhere, PLEASE WAKE UP...Thank you so much for this great fun recipe, SUNSET1

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 19, 2014
Asparagus, Chicken, and Pecan Pasta
I didn't have the red pepper on hand, but always serve my pasta dishes on a bed of fresh organic baby spinach...and I add capers! Of course if I have guests that I don't know what they prefer, I ask, duh! That's the message I wish to impart to these reviewers...if you don't like the ingredients move along...don't leave negative comments! It's a waste of time...the nice people to go to the time & trouble to post these, are a gift to us! I do think it's cool that people grade 5 stars & offer a different spin on this site.Thanks, Julie for a great recipe!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 20, 2014

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