Escapechef Profile - (10495999)

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Home Town: Granby, Connecticut, USA
Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Biking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My incredible mother taught me everything I needed to start cooking before I left home. I've taught myself the rest of the things I know by accident or experimenting, and I have learned plenty from the allrecipes website too.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook chicken, pork and fish mainly but I really like to try cooking things I've never eaten. I'm a very curious cook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pasta dishes are a standard at my family's house, as well as Italian food in general.
My cooking triumphs
Making risotto! Ever since I started watching Hell's Kitchen I wanted to try it. I think Gordon would have been proud.
My cooking tragedies
Deserts are my worst, I always want to use fresh seasonal fruits and whatever I make usually doesn't turn out as I imagine. I often end up wishing I had eaten the fruit just on its own.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
No Bake Date Balls
I was looking for a no bake recipe to make a quick dessert from all the dates I had just bought and this was perfect. These date balls remind me of Mary Jane candies. Next time I will try this with cashews rather than walnuts! I used pulverize graham crackers because I had no puffed rice, and because I think that vanilla dominates the subtle flavor of the dates I used 2 tbs of Marsala wine (which by the way tastes great just eating dates and sipping the wine). I also left off the coconut and rolled in powdered sugar. I took the advice of another reviewer and used an ice water test to verify what "very thick" was. This stage in cooking just happened to be when my least dominant hand couldn't stir the pot any longer. Great recipe!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 17, 2010
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