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Living In: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
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Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
About this Cook
I'm 22, I live in sunny San Diego, and I love to cook. My grandma started teaching me when I was 8, so I have quite a few years of practice behind me, but I'm always looking for new challenges! Not only that, but I love to eat - I'll try anything once, and I attempt to recreate dishes that I've eaten dining out.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking dishes that look impressive. I know, I know, it's kind of vain to want to impress, but let's be honest, we ultimately cook to please other people...
My cooking triumphs
I made duck a l'orange for Christmas dinner when I was 13, and I have yet to taste a better version than my own. I also cook a mean roast turkey for Thanksgiving every year!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked Thanksgiving for my family (I think I was 16), I used a bag at my mother's suggestion. The turkey was bland, dry, and no amount of gravy could salvage it. I wanted to hide under a rock for ruining Thanksgiving! Since then, I've banned bags from my kitchen.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Hot and Sour Chinese Eggplant
This is a great quick and simple recipe that is packed with flavor! I substituted a regular medium eggplant for the Chinese eggplant (because that's what I had laying around), and just cut it into thin strips. Also, I didn't have a green chili pepper, so I just used chili flakes in sesame oil as well as a bit of cayenne in the sauce - we like it spicy in my house! The one misstep I had was following other reviewer's advice to double the sauce; it's just a matter of personal taste, and I don't like my food swimming in sauce. I had to scrape away half the sauce when I was eating it just so the eggplant wasn't overpowered - yikes! ...But like I said, personal preference...

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2011
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
This is currently my favorite apple pie recipe. I do add cinnamon and vanilla, which really elevate the flavor of the syrup. I also skip the lattice top - mostly because I'm lazy - and go with a crumb topping of 1 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp flour, 1/3 c brown sugar, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Make sure you wait until the pie is completely cool before you cut into it, otherwise it becomes a goopy mess! Thanks for the great recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 17, 2011
Russian Tea Cakes I
I love this recipe! My grandma used to make these when I was younger, but she never told me the recipe - thank goodness for Allrecipes! I follow the directions exactly, except at the end I do a double coating of powdered sugar. While the cookies are still a little bit warm, I roll them in powdered sugar - this coating will melt a little bit, which helps the second rolling stick. Once the cookies are completely cool, I do the second rolling, and they are fantastic! These are also great to ship in care packages - mine made it all the way to Italy in one piece!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 17, 2011

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