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Home Town: Ohio, USA
Living In: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I enjoy cooking when I have the time. I will follow a recipe the first time I see it to make sure it's good. Most of the time I can eye-ball, tell texture and taste while I am putting it all together. An "old-fashioned" cook you might say. The only way our Portugese sweet bread turns out perfect is when I'm working without truly measuring everything.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook different things. We've traveled around the world so I've picked up traditional dishes from a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Japanese foods like gyoza, yakisoba and fixing sushi are great but, I really don't have a specific favorite. I enjoy baking also.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband is half Portugese so I picked up making Portugese sweet bread for the holidays (and whenever) since his grandmother passed away. It is a long process and since his grandmother didn't pass down her family recipe I had to experiment with various recipes to find one we loved as much as hers. I make many loaves and give out to neighbors and friends during the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
I'm really good at putting things together without a plan or recipe and have them turn out good. Usually I don't write anything down though, so if it's really good I don't have a good reference to go off of the next time I want to throw something like it together.
My cooking tragedies
I haven't made anything that has been awful yet. I do experiment but recipes usually come out pretty good anyway. One dish I made a lot when we were first married was chicken breast baked in a white wine cream sauce with mushrooms... we had it so much in 6 months my husband doesn't want to see it again (it's been 17 years now). It is delicious though... which is why I made it so often.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Carib Black Bean Soup
This recipe turned out fantastic. We had a group of 30 for a party and I made this along with cuban roasted pork and rice. I did vary the recipe a bit by omitting the sherry, cut the vinegar a bit, added more garlic and added oregano and blended only one third of the beans and let it simmer much longer (about another hour or so) to blend the flavors more. Our dominican and cuban guests loved it. Next time I will thicken the broth with a bit of cornstarch (just my own preference).

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 26, 2008
Cuban Pork Roast I
The entire family enjoyed this recipe. We love Cuban restaurants around our area. This recipe wasn't quite as good as what I was hoping for but, it was really close to the flavor and seasonings we like.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 20, 2008

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