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Living In: Ellicott City, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Fishing, Hunting, Music
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About this Cook
I recently retired (Feb 2007) after 25 years as a scientist working on quality and food safety of fresh fruits and vegetables. I now have more time to cook, although I have been cooking most of my life.
My favorite things to cook
I especially like spontaneously creating my own sauces and marinades, making something interesting out of leftovers, and cooking for small groups. I have really enjoyed baking breads lately.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up eating mostly a mixture of Italian (Mom) and German (Dad) cuisine. I didn't eat vegetables as a kid, but have grown to love them. Probably our two favorite family meals were rouladen & spaetzle and lasagne.
My cooking triumphs
People have tended to really enjoy my barbecued country-style pork ribs.
My cooking tragedies
A story my Mom likes to tell is when I surprised her with a lemon meringue pie during a visit to see me when I lived in North Carolina working on my Ph.D. It looked great -- but I had somehow forgot to bake the crust first. How silly and embarrassing!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Apple Crumb Pie
This is an excellent recipe, and my family really liked it. For health reasons, I used 1/2 cup of Splenda instead of 3/4 cup white sugar. I agree with slicing the apples thin (I slice them about 1/8" thick) because this gives the pie a much better texture, making it a little crispy and fresh, but not overly crunchy and raw like some apple pies that slice the apples in larger sections (like 3/4" thick). Personal family preference led to me using twice the cinnamon and walnuts. I also replace the raisins with dried cranberries instead. The pie was a winner. Thanks for the excellent recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2009
Easy Salsa Meatloaf
I thought the salsa idea, to replace the typical onion, green pepper, and tomato sauce, was a good one. The meatloaf turned out to be very tasty, and my family enjoyed it. I think I would avoid using salsa with a lot of cilantro, however. Thanks for the recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2009
Spicy Black Bean Cakes
These were good and I will make them again. They were quite dry and fell apart easily, so next time I will try using 3 eggs to help hold them together. I will also use more Jalepeno to make them more spicy for our taste. The sour cream (I used fat free) was very, very good with them. But, next time I will use a bit more lime juice and Jalepeno. Thanks for the recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 12, 2009

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