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Home Town: Eureka, California, USA
Living In: Sonoma, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Started cooking for myself when I was young but then started cooking complicated recipes when I was 16. Both of my parents are chefs, as is my boyfriend. I have traveled internationally a lot and love ordering items off menus that I have no idea what they are. I lived in Germany for 2 years and developed a deep love of all things german- including doner. Travelling to Brazil was my first insight into tropical food. Japan made me love simplicity and flavor balance, something I am still trying to learn. Love food and good company.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that is a new recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma used to cook a lot of Mexican-American dishes like enchiladas and tamales. We have a family recipe for flour tortillas that has been passed down through the generations. My mother made lots of pies, scones and cheap foods when I was young. Poverty certainly makes lots of tasty meals.
My cooking triumphs
Made 17 pumpkin and apple pies for a University dinner with homemade crust and homemade fruit base.
Recipe Reviews 136 reviews
The Last Caesar Salad Recipe You'll Ever Need
This makes a nice thick dressing. Add a little more fluid for less thick. I added about double the lemon juice, a dash of hot sauce, and extra pepper. Perfect on some romaine salad with a chopped tomato and cucumber. I would give this 5 stars, but I thought the dressing was a touch thick and it needs slight adjustments on the ratios.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 16, 2014
Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken
This recipe needs a little work. I think it would have greatly benefited from some fresh flavor and maybe an acid to overcome the soy flavor. Next time I might add cilantro or a touch of rice wine vinegar. I breaded the chicken like others suggested, but crowded the pan because I am impatient and hate to do things in batches. I do think it would have been better with a crispier exterior on the chicken. Overall, a very simple recipe with ingredients I almost always have on hand. Very versatile, I added broccoli, sliced garlic, and water chestnuts.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2014
Plum Crisp
I added cinnamon and all spice. It's hard to judge the sugar. Either A. follow the recipe exactly and serve with ice cream or add sugar til the raw plums taste sweet which will probably be more if you have fresh plums from the tree like I did.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2014
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