Alane Profile - (10333469)

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Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Low Carb, Healthy
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I like to eat. The cooking part, well that's just a means to an end. Fortunately, I like to eat good food and not the stuff from drive-through windows. The better I become in the kitchen, the more that I realize going out to eat is rarely worth it.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook with a lot of fresh produce and homemade sauces. I try to use as little from a bottle or mix as possible, primarily because I find it fun to make it myself and I like knowing exactly what I'm putting in my food.
My cooking tragedies
While I've never ended up with blue leek soup like Bridget Jones, I can honestly say that leeks and I do not get along in the kitchen.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Sweet Tamarind Chutney
Wow, this was the best tamarind chutney ever!! Though not as easy as cilantro chutney, it's well worth it. I used olive oil instead of canola (it's what I had), and I made sure to heat the spices in the oil for long enough to really smell all of those spices. If you add the water too soon, you'll lose some of the flavor. I used onion powder in place of the asofe...(spice I can't even spell). Like some of the other reviews mentioned, I couldn't get the sauce thick enough without a little cornstarch. I actually simmered it for about an hour to reduce it, but still ended up adding a little cornstarch (teaspoon dissolved in hot water?), which made it a perfect consistency. Seriously, you can't buy stuff this good.

33 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2007
Green Chutney
This was great - who knew making this stuff was so easy??

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2007
Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad
Not as flavorful as I expected, even with more cilantro than called for. Maybe I'll marinate the chicken for more flavor next time?

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2007

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