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Home Town: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Living In: Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
We moved to Colombia over a year ago, and I have had to make a lot of adjustments and changes in my cooking. It has been challenging trying to cook without some of the ingredients that I consider basic (like lemons), but I have also learned how to cook with regional items that I'd never used before (like plantains).
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, and now with the extra time that I have, I bake 2-3 times a week. Sometimes it's simple things like cookies, sometimes it's more involved, like artisan breads. And I like to cook a lot of ethnic foods, since we can't get that here (Indian, German, Mexican, Asian etc).
My favorite family cooking traditions
I use some recipes that have been handed down from my Oma, for some labor intensive German cooking. My oldest (who's 4), loves to help me cook, so now everytime I make pizza or cookies, he's there with me.
My cooking triumphs
Probably the most challenging things I have baked were a "Zopf" (German braided bread), and baguettes. They tasted great, but I'm still working on the presentation. Also, I recently made a really wonderful Indian meal (naan, tandoori chicken, dahl, basmati rice, and kulfi), using recipes from this website. It turned out incredibly delicious.
My cooking tragedies
I have been cooking for a long time now so I don't usually have "tragedies" since I have a feel for how much of what goes with what. But when I started cooking, sometimes my cookies would pool, or I'd put too much of some spice in, or oversalt something. The only real "tragedies" I can think of are when my dogs (whose heads are counter level) snag food that I want to use, off the counter!
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Black Beans and Rice
Very simple to make, and full of flavor. Very similar to regional rice dishes we have here (Caribbean coast of Colombia), with a little more zing. Definately will make this again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2007
Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies
This is a great cookie recipe. Slightly crispy, a little chewy, and tastes a lot like a good sugar cookie. I would have given it 5 stars if the recipe, as it's written, produced cookies that tasted lemony. I added an extra tsp. of lemon extract (based on other reviews), and I still think I could have added a 3rd, or maybe some rind, for a more pronounced lemon flavor. But the cookie texture etc is fabulous. I will def. make these again, but with more lemon extract or rind.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2007
Spring Lime Tea Cookies
Very tasty, light, and fluffy. The cookie itself tastes like a sugar cookie (but not quite as sweet) with maybe a hint of lime. The glaze is what gives it the extra zing that I liked. Almost too fluffy in that it crumbles easily. The basic recipe is good, but I would prefer the cookie crisper, and will try to modify it some next time to do so.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 4, 2007

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