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Home Town: Washington, USA
Living In: On A Boat, Washington, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am about to move onto a boat, so I am interested in finding/adapting/creating recipes that can be made in a few steps, have an improvisational quality (ingredients are not always readily available) with little fuel, are easy to clean up and yet most divinely delicious.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts, baked dishes, and someday soon fresh fish on the grill!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking fresh fruit pies from scratch. Well, that's a tradition in my family anyway. Also I learned to cook by pulling out everything in the fridge and improvising a dish out of what was available rather than following recipes. I see recipes more as guidelines. Sometimes this yields a real dud, but often a surprisingly yummy previously undiscovered dish.
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean corn quiche and guava paste cheesecake that'll make your husband leave you. Just kidding.
My cooking tragedies
Recently, I let the eggplant soak in the salt for too long before grilling it, and oh baby was that nasty! Had to spit it out after one bite and throw the rest away.
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Oma's Rhubarb Cake
Easy and delicious. I have made it twice now, and both were great. I used 4 cups of fresh rhubarb in both, because I have a ton of it in my yard. The first time I used 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 vanilla yogurt because I didn't have enough sour cream. I reduced the sugar a little to compensate for the yogurt. It was soooo yummy and moist. The second time I used all sour cream as the recipe calls, and I think I like the half yogurt just as well if not better. Other refinements include adding walnuts and a little extra flour to the topping and mixing the cinnamon in rather than sprinkling on top. I will definitely this again. My boyfriend and some house guests all loved it. A great use of rhubarb when no other fruits are available.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 13, 2010
Spanakopita II
Tidy, yummy, and very satisfying. I didn't have dill but it was still very delicious. I used some good quality feta and quite a bit of pepper. Can't wait to try it again with the fresh dill. Worth the effort! Best if you can get a helper for assembly, so the dough doesn't dry out.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2010
Quiche Lorraine I
Excellent as is, but also just fine with less milk/cream. Cayenne adds so much.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2009

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