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Living In: Washington, D.C., USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Five years ago, I began teaching in a few of Washington DC's title 1 schools -- teaching literacy and English to at-risk students is one of my passions. Now I am working hard at education reform and no longer in the classroom, but my interest in cooking began with my teaching career 4 years ago. Teaching -- especially working with at-risk students -- is exhausting and I wanted an outlet. I turned to cooking. And that's how it all began.
My favorite things to cook
I never knew I liked fish, until I began working with it. Lately, I'm interested in a lot of different salmon and ahi dishes. Additionally, I love to grill and am always searching for unique grill recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have deeply southern roots -- so the dishes I grew up with were homemade buttermilk biscuits, fried okra and anything else that came from our garden, venison, quail, pounds and pounds of collard greens, and fresh trout or bass my dad would catch on fishing outings.
My cooking triumphs
I make the world's best Ahi Tacos. I'll post the recipe soon.
My cooking tragedies
My first lasagna. Once upon a time, brand new to cooking, I attempted to make what I thought would be a delectable mushroom and spinach lasagna. Only, half of my recipe printed an instead of 2 TB (the measurement didn't print), I added 2 small cans of tomato paste. I thought, "surely they make these cans for a reason. They must be just the right amount of paste for lasagna." It was truly horrible -- and completely inedible.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Delicious Ahi Fish Burgers with Chives
For me, this was a middle of the road recipe -- tasty enough to repeat, but only with necessary adjustments. Pros: includes veggies (with room for lots more), pretty healthy, unique way to cook ahi. Cons: overall taste is bland (if you use recipe as-is). I think a necessary ingredient to add here is dijon mustard, to enhance the flavor. A little Worcestershire sauce will help as well. Overall -- C+. Give it a try and determine the changes you'll want to make for yourself.

26 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 14, 2008
Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Basil
This is a recipe that I would say is very tasty -- but not exceptionally so. I cooked the recipe as written, to get the full experience. I think the bulk sodium in the canned tomatoes took away from the freshness and flavor of the herbs. I also felt that, while the shrimp were really delicious, the overall dish lacked a "wow" flavor/ingredient. I will certainly make the dish again, but I'll use fresh tomatoes, pepper, extra herbs, more wine, and some lemon zest to draw out the flavors.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 7, 2008
Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce
This is a good recipe -- but not an excellent one (I cooked "as is" with no substitutions in order to truly experience the recipe). The distinction from good to great (for me) was in the mild flavor of the sauce. It was incredibly understated -- too much so. I didn't experience any "wow factor" in this dish. In short, it's a dish I'll cook again -- but this time will make personal changes (I think balsamic is a smart move, additional salt, maybe some light lemon zest in the sauce, etc).

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2008

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