JVarriano Profile - Allrecipes.com (10423997)

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Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Asian, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Like all kids I was very curious in the kitchen. I was also known to be cursed in the kitchen! I would stir a sauce, it would boil over. I would manage to burn myself once every time I stepped near the stove/oven. If a cornbread recipe called for baking powder, I would accidently grab baking soda! (the knife broke off in the 1 1/2 inch cornbread cement). One day I just... got it. I was throwing flavors together like crazy and learning all kinds of techniques. Now I'm a mom and I've found myself dining out much less. Being a chef for three has taught me a lot these last two years. I am excited to expand my horizons and share what recipes I have!
My favorite things to cook
Family dinners, quick and easy lunches/sides, deserts, appetizers. I love cake decoration!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents have always cooked everything for us. Anything baked, every meal, any snacks, and all holidays. My favorite holiday (year round) memories are with my sister and mother in that small, hot kitchen. MY absolute favorite memory has to be the tradition of making almond rocha from scratch and having our little taste testing assembly lines!
My cooking triumphs
Cake decoration I would say, probably because I can't think of a cooking recipe I wouldn't improve in some way!
My cooking tragedies
The cornbread catastrophe of 1995.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Spooky Witches' Fingers
Loved the recipe, although I painted the "nails" (almonds) red instead of using gel. My guests loved them and I will make them again for sure!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 1, 2010
Halloween Eye of Newt
For a Halloween eye pleaser, this was great! It added a well liked party food to the table and also gave it some spooky artistic flair! We used fresh chopped dill pickles and no mustard for our own tastes. I coupled this dish with some lady finger cookies and a cauliflower brain holding guacamole mixed with black beans. All of my guests had fun seeing my regular party food mixed with something a little more gruesome! Thanks for sharing!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 31, 2010
Chicken Curry III
Hands down, best curry base for chicken I have tried at home. I topped ours with a handful of freshly steamed peas for color and texture! I left out the coconut milk, increading the reg milk by 1/2 cup. I also left out the ginger (personal preference) but added more garlic. I felt that the 1 cup of water would make it too runny, and I am glad I left it out! Had to thicken it a little with more yogurt. TIP: To smooth it out, process a few spoonfuls of yogurt with about 1/2 of the sauce and stir it back into to the pan just before serving. It made all the difference for us!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2009

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