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Chef Pika_Dream

Chef Pika_Dream
Home Town: Mesa, Arizona, USA
Living In: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am 31 years old (will be 32 in Feb. of 2011). I have been cooking since I was 6 years old, and have gotten very good at it. I used to have to cook dinner for my mother because she was out working all night. I would make dinner & eat some, do my homework, leave her portion of dinner waiting in the oven, and put myself to bed. She would get home at about 3 or 4 am and eat. Ever since then, I have made it my mission to perfect my cooking skills.
My favorite things to cook
I make a 6 cheese, double meat lasagne. I also love to make homemade tacos because I fry my own shells. I also am an expert with baking. I have my own business selling my baked goods across the US, so you will never see one of those recipes here, unfortunately. (They are my trade secrets!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
When a girl in my family turns six, she grabs a step stool and a spoon and learns how to cook, so that the tired women of the family can start sitting down to hot meals for the first time since THEY were six. No good chef ever sits down to a hot meal, as since they are serving others, they are the last to eat.
My cooking triumphs
My greatest achievement so far has been perfecting my thanksgiving turkey cooking, including my turkey glaze. I have it down to an exact science, and make the best turkey ON THE PLANET. Seriously. No one else's even comes CLOSE to mine.
My cooking tragedies
My second thanksgiving turkey. He was accidentally overcooked due to a broken "pop up timer" that malfunctioned. We kept cooking him because the timer did not pop. I finally realized once we were an hour past when he should have been done that he was done and the timer was a dud. By then, my awesome turkey tasted like my mother in law's turkey- dry, dry and DRY! I was so mad, and ashamed- and hungry. Couldn't eat THAT....I don't eat dry turkey. If I wanted dry meat, I'd eat jerky.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Spinach Enchiladas
I have had Spinach Enchiladas before, but these were the best I have ever had. The most important things to follow to make this amazing is to add a can of green chiles as one reviewer suggested, and also make sure you're only using regular Monterrey Jack cheese by itself and not one mixed with colby. I never knew how AMAZING Monterrey Jack cheese tastes when its not mixed with something really makes this recipe. My husband raved about these for days after I made them- he even told everyone at his work about them (and he usually isn't a spinach fan). This recipe is definitely a keeper!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 7, 2011
Taco Salad I
OMG Seriously. I never would have thought in a million years that French dressing and tacos should ever be mentioned in conjunction together, much less combined, but this was AMAZING!! My family was raving with every bite. Only made 2 changes to the recipe: simmered for 30 minutes as another reviewer had suggested, and added some sliced avocado ('cuz avocado rocks with tacos). Absolutely delicious, this will definitely be a regular favorite with us!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 4, 2010
Scott Hibb's Amazing Whisky Grilled Baby Back Ribs
These have been awesome from the first time we made them. However, this weekend, I came across a small change to the sauce that made it EVEN BETTER: if you substitute apple cider vinegar for the white vinegar in the sauce, it really makes the flavor better. The best kind of apple cider vinegar to use is the all organic kind that has "the mother" in it. Its very healthy and makes the sauce even better.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2010
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