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Chris & Leela

Chris & Leela
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Living In: Bay Area, California, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
We are a geeky/hippie couple that are loving it up in Humboldt County. We are vegetarian and don't mind telling our meat-eating friends about what they are eating when they are eating it. As we are students, we have to make quick meals, but we try our damnedest to make it absurdly delicious.
My favorite things to cook
Cornbread and a big pot of vegetarian chili really hits the spot when finals come around; pizza is a fun weekend dinner that yields leftovers fit to freeze.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cookies, of course. Both of us have over-eager grandmothers that are always keen to flaunt their traditional Norwegian cookie recipes.
My cooking triumphs
Grilled pesto sandwiches. Tomato, onion, basil pesto (the recipe is here, "simple garlic and basil pesto"), mozzarella cheese and sourdough bread. Best grilled cheese sandwich/panini ever!
My cooking tragedies
Sweet macaroni and cheese. No, not sweet as in "awesome," sweet as in "sweetened condensed milk."
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Whole Grain Pancakes
We have made these pancakes several times, often tweaking it a bit but they always turn out great. These modifications have worked well for us: adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt, reducing the buttermilk to 1 3/4 cup (using sour milk is alright, but not quite as amazing), and adding 1/4 cup oil. Replacing brown sugar with white sugar is fine. We find that adding vanilla can distract from the flavor of the grains. Even though we think this recipe is better with our modifications, it still gets 5 stars because it's a flexible recipe and a terrific food concept.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2010
Molasses Sugar Cookies I
Incredibly delicious! I have been poisoned against molasses cookies ever since my Grandma's super-molasses-y cookies, but these were terrific. They are light and made for dipping in milk. And of course, use butter instead of shortening.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2008
Peanut Butter Cookies IV
Wow. Totally wow. I'm used to peanut butter cookies being big crumbly things, but if taken out before 10 minutes, these are delightfully light and soft. My oven might be too hot, as the perfect batch came out at 7 minutes- after that they get more crispy-crunchy. We have unsweetened fresh-ground peanut butter, so we used a tablespoon or so extra sugar. We absolutely enjoyed it being dipped in sugar; it tastes quite like a sugar cookie. If that is too sweet for you, then I'd recommend that you take the advice of some and not dip them in sugar. Also, we just put all the ingredients in at once: lazy chef certified!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2008

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