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Home Town: Dallas, Texas, USA
Living In: Cairo, Al-Qahirah, Egypt
Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Six-Braid Challah
Chicken Tandoori
Cinnamon Raisin Bread I
Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus (Chummus)
About this Cook
My mom is Egyptian with Syrian and Persian roots. My dad is American with Spanish/Native American roots (big mestizo family). I lived in Texas before moving back to Cairo. I spent most of my school years at a British school around primarily British friends. My fiance is Egyptian but he grew up around lots of Italians in NJ. My best friend is Egyptian, but she lived almost her entire life in Saudi Arabia. As you can see... I have lots of inspiration when it comes to cuisine! From persian to shami, gulfi to Egyptian, Mexican to Italian, and hearty British to gold ole fashioned American/Southern cookin'!
My favorite things to cook
Breads. Breads. And more breads. I also love Italian cooking
My cooking triumphs
Cinnamon raisin bread which my (very picky, very Egyptian) mother adored. Is it pathetic that pleasing my mother's taste buds is probably going to be my ultimate cooking triumph? Getting a six-braid challah right on the first try and making my own ciabatta bread from scratch.
My cooking tragedies
I tried to cook this steamed pudding mess I found in a cookbook and it turned out to be the most sloppy, tasteless stuff I have ever made.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
I've made lots of chocolate chip cookies in my life, but these are THE BEST I HAVE EVER MADE. They flavor is good, if you want a stronger flavor I'd suggest adding a little more vanilla. The texture is exactly what it claims to be. Crunchy outside, chewy middles. I added slightly more flour because it seemed a bit runny, then I chilled in the fridge for just 30 minutes and used 1/8 measuring cups for smaller cookies. Rolled them in my hands, patted them down a bit and placed them on foil lined cookie sheets for 14 minutes. Perfect.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 22, 2008
Super Grilled Salmon
I don't like cookes salmon that much, but this was good. Still don't like salmon but I can appreciate this recipe

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2008
Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Really good recipe for a twist on hummus. I would decrease the amount of tahini and use chopped fresh basil. Whole different experience fresh basil in this is. I also added sun dried tomatoes for a bit of tangy sweetness, but that's just a personal preference.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 17, 2008

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