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Home Town: Illinois, USA
Living In: Illinois, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I never liked cooking up until a few years ago, I finally got the guts to do a cooking class and found that one it wasn't as hard as it seems and two it was actually fun. Now because of my hubby's schedule I am the main cook and although most of it is pretty simple easy dishes, mostly due to the fact that my teenager likes pretty basic stuff, meat, chicken, some pasta, which definitely helps. But I will experiment here and there with ingredients just to change it up a bit. My husband is Asian and a wonderful cook, so I leave the fancy stuff for him. I have no specific goal as far as what I want to achieve in cooking, I know my limits, I have no desire to be the next Julia Childs, lol. I just want to improve on what I already now. If anything I would like to try some baking.
My favorite things to cook
My fave is Italian, I absolutely love pasta, I could eat it everyday! Also now that we have a veggie garden for the first time, it's been fun and interesting finding recipes that incorporate those fresh ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is Mexican. My mom cooked all the traditional things. I unfortunately had no interest in learning all that, I had better things to do, lol. Although I do wish I could do Spanish rice. My aunt tried to teach me her version, but I could never get it right, so when we do have Mexican I just do mine out of a box! I know, I know, I'm cheating. Maybe helps that my hubby is Asian and really doesn't mind. Although my son having been babysat by my mom when he was young does know the difference, ah well. :)
My cooking triumphs
Making a recipe that I learned in a cooking class at home, whole roasted bbq chicken, without burning or messing it up! And also now having the confidence to look up a recipe and give it my own twist.
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make a tuna salad, it came out looking like vomit, couldn't look at it, let alone eat it! lol!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Hamburgers by Eddie
Thank you for this recipe, was looking for a way to make burgers more tasty. I did leave out the egg though and added some worcesterishire sauce. They came out flavorful and juicy, did not fall apart at all. This is now my go to recipe anytime we have burgers!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2010
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This recipe was delicious. Didn't really follow the amounts, I just eyeballed them and added what I thought was enough and how my family prefers it. I used pure maple syrup and poured only a bit of a time to taste, I didn't want it to come out to sweet. Also sprinkled some cinnamon. It was perfect, will do again, thanks!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2010
Honeyed Pork Chops
Use this recipe as a starter, but did a variation of it. Pretty much just mixed together some olive oil, low sodium soy sauce, and honey in a dish. I only used two pork chops so I eye balled amounts and did enough to baste both, also sprinkled some pepper. Then baked in oven for 8 minutes each side, depending on thickness. Came out very juicy and delicious. Used remaining sauce to coat some roasted carrots I made as a side. Will try this again, thanks!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2010

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