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Home Town: Cheshire, Oregon, USA
Living In: West London, Greater London, England, U.K.
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I love cooking, especially when I find new recipes and new ingredients!
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of my favorite has to be my Grandpa's pork tenderloin, which we had every Christmas. It's incredible. It's actually roasted in a deliciously yummy sauce made in part from ketchup! Love it.
My cooking triumphs
I think my best triumph was cooking a Thanksgiving dinner by myself for the first time. I managed a twelve pound turkey, and when I say "managed" I really mean it. I used the Joy of Cooking "turning" method to make a perfectly cooked turkey (well done thighs, moist breast meat) and turning a 12 pounder every forty minutes, four times, is quite a challenge! The turkey turned out fabulously, if I may say. My husband redeclared his wedding vows on the spot. Happiness prevailed!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make my own Korma chicken, using a few ideas from other recipes, and what I thought were the usual spices for Korma chicken. I wanted to make the meal big enough to last my husband and I for another four or five meals, so I used about ten or twelve chicken breasts!! I piled them all into a baking dish with the rest of the ingredients, and baked it for the recommended time. When it was done, it didn't smell too great. But I served it to my husband anyway. It was terrible!! The spices were all wrong. It tasted as if you were sucking on a whole nutmeg. The worst part was that I had used SO much chicken; it was a huge waste! But actually, I was able to salvage the chicken (scraping off as much of the horrible "korma" as possible) and used it in another dish that I knew could somewhat overcome the previous cooking! At least it was not an entire loss...
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I
Really great recipe! My husband is French and finds traditional chocolate chip cookies lacking (we disagree on this!) but he LOVES these. I followed another reviewer's suggestion and used half white sugar and half brown. And then I also used half white chocolate chips and half chocolate, just to be fancy! They are GOOD!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2010
Sesame Peanut Noodle Salad
This is a really easy and tasty dish! I cooked the recipe for 8 servings, but only used 1 pound, not 2, of pasta. I guess the sauce would be a bit more dispersed over more pasta, but I really liked it a bit more intense. I also used wholewheat pasta instead of egg, and threw in some green onions and just a touch of Thai chili sauce. The wholewheat pasta added a nice earthiness. The only other changes I made was to use chunky Jiff peanut butter (so killed sugar) and a couple Tablespoons more soy sauce. This will be a regular in my house!

34 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 17, 2008
Mediterranean Barley Salad
I've been looking for more ways to include healthy grains into my family's diet, and this salad worked perfectly as a side. It was yummy, satisfying, and easy to make! I'm going to have the leftovers for lunch today. I didn't change anything, although the olives I bought at the deli were marinated in olive oil and mixed with pine nuts which was a nice addition to the salad. I might add some chili pepper flakes next time, just to give it a little kick.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 14, 2008

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