Cookin'Cyn Profile - (10472934)


Home Town: Lancaster, California, USA
Living In: Salmon, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Oct. 7, 2013 7:44 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2013 10:15 am
I'm having withdrawals.  I wander around in circles not knowing what to do.  It's painful.  The pages of my favorite cooking magazines are worn from flipping through for lack of boredom.  There is now not a single question or doubt in my mind as to where my passion lies.  It's in the kitchen,… MORE
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Pan-Seared Tilapia
Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake
Jordan Marsh Style Blueberry Muffins
Strawberry Cream Salad
Orange Almond Pound Cake
Elbows Mac and Cheese with Tuscan Herb Sauce
Congresbury Ginger Shortcake
Wavy Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Fresh Ricotta and Spinach
Grilled Salmon Greek Pitas
Lemon Basil Grilled Chicken
About this Cook
It brings me a lot of pleasure experimenting and improving on my cooking and baking skills. It's something I take pride in. I'm a canine mom, and raise backyard chickens ("my girls")for entertainment and the wonderful eggs they produce. Growing up, I really wasn't allowed much in the kitchen except to wash or dry the dishes. Occasionally my mother would let me help her bake Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When I left home I was armed with a skillet and a slow cooker. I now enjoy my repertoire of pots and pans, mixers and food processor, several small appliances, and a variety of unique casserole and serving dishes. In addition to cooking, I'm a collector of antiques and love to pull together interesting mixes of linens, fine china and silverware at the dinner table. In the summer time, I move my cooking outside to the grill and spend a lot of time on my back covered patio. It's a great gathering place for friends and family.
My favorite things to cook
Any type of holiday cooking and baking, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mexican cuisine is regular fare at our house. In the winter, I bake a lot of casseroles and slow cooked roasts. In the summer time, I always cook steaks, burgers, chicken and ribs outside on the grill. I also love to bake desserts. Cheesecakes are my specialty.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a small family, just me, my sister, Mom and Dad. We rarely had anyone else at the dinner table, so most occasions were just the four of us. My Dad loved to cook out on the grill, and made one mean burger. His were the best! Always done to perfection. Juicy on the inside, slightly charred on the outside. And he always went to the local bakery for fresh buns. So now, I am known for making the killer hamburgers. I fondly refer to them as "Eddie Burgers", and they never disappoint.
My cooking triumphs
I think the biggest triumph is when it gets REALLY quiet at the dinner table. The occasional "mm mm" or lip smacking are the greatest compliments. Clean plates followed by "when do you want to do this again?" top it all off. Mission accomplished!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my. I remember trying to impress my boyfriend at the time (now my DH) by inviting him to my place for a home cooked meal. I didn't want him to think that all I could do was boil water. After work, I went to the store and grabbed the latest copy of "Bon Appetit" and opened it to find a beautiful picture of Chicken Parmigiana. That's it! I thought. Okay, now to shop for the ingredients. With groceries in tow, I went to my apartment to begin the preparation. He was to arrive at 8 PM. It was now 7 PM, and had barely started. In reading the recipe, I was like "pound the breasts with what?" and when I finally had them dredged and ready to fry, the oil wasn't hot enough. It was disastrous. And my sauce burned to boot. When he knocked at the door and stepped in, he could see things were not going well for me. In a very kind way, he asked, "would you like to go out to dinner instead?". We ended up at a five star restaurant on the waterfront drinking wine and laughing. The rest is history!
Recipe Reviews 90 reviews
Pan-Seared Tilapia
This is an easy way to prepare Tilapia. I generously seasoned the filets in a lemon pepper seasoning before giving them a light dredge in the flour. Instead of brushing the butter on afterward, I just melted it in the pan with the olive oil for frying. They were delicious. The flavors were locked in due to the pan searing and there was no grease residue. This method works great on many other types of fish as well. Served with rice pilaf and asparagus, this makes for a lovely meal.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 30, 2014
Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake
Texturally, this is exactly what I want in a shortcake. A little coarse to soak in fruit juices, and a nice rise in the pan with a golden top. For me and hubs, it lacked in the flavor department even after the fact I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract. It just wasn't sweet enough. With that said, this recipe is as close as I have found to being a good shortcake base. It definitely beats the store bought spongy cakes. I'll try it with butter next time and see if that makes a difference. As for the bake time, it was definitely understated in the recipe as others have noted. It required an additional 15 minutes to yield a beautiful cake.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2014
Jordan Marsh Style Blueberry Muffins
For blueberry muffin purists out there, look no further. Not too sweet, these "rise" to the occassion. I baked them for 25 minutes at a steady 375 and they came out perfect. No flat tops here. As others have mentioned, they look and taste as if they came out of that little corner bakery on Main Street, USA. No alterations needed unless you want a doctored up muffin. Plain and simple. Perfect.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2014
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