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Piecemeal


Piecemeal
 
Home Town: New York, USA
Living In: New York, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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Sehr Schon im B.A.
About this Cook
Single but with friends, family, co-workers, etc. who love what comes from my kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
Since I have a severe lycopene allergy I've learned to substitute many foods for what I used to love. I've been very creative with Mexican dishes and have increased my love and ability to cook Japanese meals, in addition to Thai and Vietnamese dishes. However, as a Southern gal I'm best with Southern dishes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I still remember the times when my brother and I would fight over the remnants of the dessert bowls (before salmonella, that is). With family I keep it simple yet very flavorful in order to avoid salt and an excess of sugar.
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I succeed in copying and then adapting a favorite restaurant meal that have my own special takes. I've gotten Olive Garden's salad and chicken fettucine dish down; a favorite Greek restaurant's "antipasto" course down pat; and now I'm working on Chipotle's.
My cooking tragedies
Still being unable to make a proper Southern chicken 'n' dumplings dinner (my mother can do this blindfolded); when a peach cobbler I made completely from scratch (well, except for the flour) was ruined by using my friend's shortening (she didn't tell me she'd had it for two years!!!) during a New Year's friend gathering; finding out that I was allergic to lycopene and therefore losing gazpacho, watermelon gazpacho, cacciatore, authentic Indian curry, bruschetta, etc. from my repertoire. That still saddens me, even though it's been 8 years - there just aren't substitutes for tomato and melons!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Best Ever Caramel Apple Crisp
I love this version! It's adaptable to larger and smaller servings as needed, and you really can't go wrong if you add more caramel or apples as you like. I use medium-sized Granny Smith apples, use a premade caramel sauce, and pour the sauce both over the apple mixture and the topping. Didn't think anything could replace my family's peach cobbler for best fruit dessert recipe ... but this does!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2013
Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese
I love this version! I've made both straight and with modifications, and this now the only mac-and-cheese version I use. The cottage cheese is a great substitute for eggs (which I hate in my mac 'n' cheese) and I was never a fan of wholly creamy versions. This gives me crunch and body without dousing the poor pasta in God-awful, Velveeta-style sauce. Such a great recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2013
Christmas Brunch Casserole
I liked this "as is" but loved it once I made modifications. I feel this is a great "foundation" recipe, so the more or fewer things one adds to personalize the casserole the better. I used one more egg than called for along with egg white; used only half the amount of bacon and substituted sausage, which I cooked with green pepper, onion, and garlic in the bacon grease; added paprika and cayenne pepper; and used both a sharp cheddar and cheddar jack mix. I loved that I can prep this the night before and it still came out great. Thanks for posting the recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2013
 
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