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Home Town: San Juan, National Capital Region, Philippines
Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm 21 years old and have been cooking for as long as I can remember. I was raised in a household that highly valued cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love getting ideas from different kinds of cuisines and putting all those ideas together so I guess you can say that I love creating fusion cuisine dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents are from the Cooking Capital in the Philippines and the day (bisperas) before the town feast (the fiesta) was always my favorite. This included the slaughtering of the pig and a lot of cooking preparation. Even at the age of 5, I remember grating massive amounts of papaya or helping stir the purple yam (ube) with a boat paddle. Other than that, I love making lots of food with my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mom always makes some traditional American dishes and some Filipino dishes so we have everything from rellenong manok to homemade stuffing for the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
I've never been in any cooking contests but every single time I don't screw up and people love what I cooked, it feels very much like a cooking triumph!
My cooking tragedies
I was trying to impress my aunt and uncle during a visit a few years back and tried to cook them beef and broccoli -- something I've never cooked before. For some reason, the food just didn't seem to have enough sauce. I thought the problem was that I didn't add enough oyster sauce (I didn't think to add water). I added half a bottle of it and realized later that the broccoli had absorbed most of it. It was an absolute disaster and probably had enough salt to fulfill my sodium needs for 5 days.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
E-Z Drop Biscuits
This is certainly a good base recipe but I did tweak it a little bit. Like others have said, this recipe actually works without the cream of tartar. I've baked them with and without the cream of tartar and both times worked. Secondly, they're kind of bland as is. In most recipes, 2 cups of flour call for 1/2 teaspoon of salt so I increased that ingredient by doubling the 1/4 teaspoon the recipe calls for. I did decide to turn mine into more dessert-like biscuits so I swapped the 2 teaspoons of white sugar for 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla into the melted butter/milk mixture. I served them with sweetened strawberries (old fashioned strawberry shortcake style) and they were awesome!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2013
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Absolutely delicious! I made them as they were the first time and ended up really, really liking them. The caramelization on the outside made these addictive! The second time around, I did a couple of things differently. I blanched them in hot water before shocking them in ice water. Then I halved them so there's more surface area for them to get more caramelization. Not only til then did I coat them in the olive oil, salt and pepper. I only had to broil them in the oven at 425 F for about 10-12 more mins after that and they were perfect. Also, while they are delicious as they are, they're also delicious with a drizzling of balsamic reduction. So yummy!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 3, 2011
Scott Ure's Clams And Garlic
Wow, these are restaurant quality as they are! They really allow the clam flavor to be the star. Yum. However, what made them even better were a few changes... I sauteed a 1/2 cup of chopped yellow onions with the garlic and it gave the tad of sweetness it needed. I also added 1/2 cup of clam juice after reducing the wine, 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (or more for an extra kick) and garnished it with the chopped parsley AND the zest of one lemon. My family ate it with freshly baked french bread and it was heavenly. Thanks for this recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 6, 2011

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