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Aberdeen Smith

Aberdeen Smith
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Living In: Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids
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About this Cook
I am a divorced mom. I wasn't able to do a lot of real cooking the past few years, but I am getting back into it again. I was vegetarian for several years, but started eating seafood and poultry again a few years ago when I realized I needed some animal protein to stabilize my blood sugar when I ended up with gestational diabetes. I am fairly health conscious, but live life in moderation.
My favorite things to cook
I like to make appetizers, pasta, and rice dishes, vegetables, and main dishes. I don't really like sweets that much so I don't do many desserts or other baked goods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really follow my family traditions much. I eat completely different than the food I was raised on. I did learn many of my cooking techniques and modifications from my mother though. She is a pretty good cook too and she likes to experiment as well. I guess I did learn spaghetti sauce from her, but I have evolved it into my own.
My cooking triumphs
I make awesome spaghetti sauce, hot black bean dip, and Vegetarian Sloppy Joe's! I also have found ways to turn many recipes healthier by substitutions and sometimes making it better- making something gluten free or healthy for diabetics is something I try to do more of because eating these things is just healthier for everyone not just people with those health issues. I try to make people more aware of health through some of my cooking.
My cooking tragedies
The tragedy is that I don't remember to write down what I put into things sometimes and then it turns out awesome and then I don't have a recipe to make it again. I hate measuring so I almost always estimate and to make a recipe that someone else can use, you have to know what measurements to use. I need to work on that! I should have a whole cookbook by now!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Fried Rice Restaurant Style
This is a good starter fried rice recipe. I like the suggestions of the others as well and will have to try the oyster sauce sometime. I always add garlic and ginger to my fried rice- just a personal preference and ginger adds a nice kick.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2009
Wisconsin Bratwurst
These are true Wisconsin brats. This is almost the exact recipe that my mom used as I was growing up and she doesn't know where she got it from. Its just Wisconsin tradition at this point. Great add. I do agree though that you should not poke the brats- it does seal in the flavor and keep them nice and juicy!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2008
Butternut Squash Casserole
I just tried this recipe and changed a few things to my taste and it was WONDERFUL! Love it! I used butter instead of magarine. I added about a tablespoon of molasses and about a quarter teaspoon each of ginger, cinnamon and allspice. I used Cracklin' Oat Bran Cereal instead of Vanilla Wafers because that is what I happened to have here and I reduced the brown sugar to a half cup because I felt there was enough sugar in the cereal. Oh- I also increased the flour to about a half cup to make it a little fluffier and a little less like custard because I am not a big custard fan. It turned out great. I'm making this next Thanksgiving for sure!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2008
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