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Lori


Lori
 
Home Town: Fontana, California, USA
Living In: League City, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a thirty something Texan originally from California with eclectic tastes. I love Vietnamese food as well as REAL Mexican food (not this Tex-Mex stuff). :) I love to cook and bake and I love anything from quick and easy to gourmet depending on my time available.
My favorite things to cook
Whatever makes my sweetheart smile. Ok, seriously, I love to cook fabulous feasts for dinner and am still trying my hand at many different things. I grew up baking every chance I got and feel like I've been away from baking for awhile but am now finding myself baking cakes and learning new techniques. Never really gave up on cookies, people would kill me if I did.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving was always huge for tradition. We would always start with staling the bread the night before and be up early to make our homemade stuffing. We made everything from scratch and my mom and I always enjoyed the day together in the kitchen. My mom passed away a few years ago and so Thanksgiving has changed for me but I hope to continue this tradition with my children when I have them. I also have always loved our Christmas cookie tradition. Between cookies and candies, we would be baking and decorating for two days to make as much as we needed just to give it all away to our close friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. We'd have decorating parties where friends came over to help and we'd have twenty people having fun with us. I hope to pass this on to my children as well. Everything we ever baked was always from scratch, never out of a box and I have to say I love that. A little extra TLC in every bite.
My cooking triumphs
I think my greatest triumph started with I can't really think of a time where I truly made a recipe inedible. That has given me confidence to try more and more complicated techniques. As my confidence has grown, I continue to adapt things to how I think flavors blend so at this point, I'm starting to make my own recipes. My fiance loves my cooking so much and knows that he can tell me what he truly thinks and between learning his tastes and knowing mine, I'm making recipes that please us both.
My cooking tragedies
My cooking tragedy is that I can't cook alongside my mom anymore. As far as recipes that have needed to be trashed, maybe it's selective memory, but I can't think of any. Sometimes having to salvage something makes the recipe more interesting and fun. Luckily, I think everything I've ever "screwed up" has been salvageable.
Recipe Reviews 72 reviews
Chef John's Smothered Pork Chops
Amazing. I thought the time was a bit off so the gravy developed with the pork chops in it, saving about twenty minutes off what the recipe suggests. Maybe it's better if I follow the recipe to a "T" but it was amazing with that shortcut and I'd do it again. My three year old twins don't often afford me lots of time for cooking dinner.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2015
Cheesy Creamed Spinach
Quick, easy, and very tasty! I made it with homegrown spinach and can't wait until I can get more out of my garden!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2015
Strawberry Jam
Exactly the technique I prefer. No reason to add pectin or anything to jellify the jam, it takes care of itself if cooked right. But this recipe had way too much sugar! 3lbs strawberries, 3 cups sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice. Likewise, 2lbs strawberries should be 2 cups sugar. Anything more than 3lbs of strawberries will take too long to cook, but you can do less and be ok. Let the strawberries be the flavor, though, not the sugar.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2015
 
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