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Dennis Chu

Dennis Chu
Home Town: Middletown, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Delicate Decadence
Banana Bread with a Crunch
About this Cook
I'm just a guy who likes to cook as a hobby. I watch a lot of cooking reality TV (my favorite has to be Top Chef) and I like to dabble in trying different recipes and tweaking them to my own tastes.
My favorite things to cook
I am a big fan of pasta dishes, so I have tried on occasion to experiment with those. I also like doing some baking on the side as well.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am heavily influenced by my father, who has always been in the kitchen since I was little. He like to cook Chinese and Italian dishes, so a bit of that has rubbed off on me.
My cooking triumphs
Once was when I managed to cook a double-layer cake with frosting. It was quite excellent (although quite fattening at the same time). Another was when I made the best homemade bacon cheeseburgers by adapting my own little recipe. That was a great day....
My cooking tragedies
I do not know if you would consider it "cooking" really, but when I was eight, I took the leftover kernels from the popcorn bag and threw them in a plastic bowl, put them in the microwave, and hit the popcorn setting again, in hopes to grabbing some extra popcorn. Needless to say, the plastic bowl melted and it was a lesson that I would not ever forget.
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Seven Layer Taco Dip
I took this dip recipe and modified it a bit after reading some of the other reviews, but it really is fantastic and a great hit when I brought it to a Super Bowl party. I took out the tomato, green pepper, green onions, and olives, and added in guacamole, jalapenos and salsa (it had to be chunky, otherwise the dip will be runny). I layered it in this order (from the bottom up): (1) - Refried beans with the taco seasoning, (2) - Cream cheese and sour cream, (3) - Guacamole, (4) - Lettuce, (5) - Salsa, (6) - Cheddar cheese, (7) - Diced jalapenos. After that, I heated it up, covered, for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. It was absolutely phenomenal.

47 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2011
Master Pizza Dough
For a very basic dough that's easy to make and extremely soft after baking, you're definitely in the right place. I found, however, that just the plain dough was a little too ordinary, so I spiced it up a bit and added some minced garlic, basil, and a little bit more salt when the dough was being made. After I put it in the pan and had all the toppings on it, I brushed the crust with some melted butter and sprinkled garlic powder and Parmesan cheese before putting it into the oven. Amazing.

38 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2010
Traditional Indiana Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich
This is an excellent recipe for an exceptional lunch/dinner option. I halved the recipe and did find, however, that the amount of bread crumbs was certainly too much for just two tenderloins, and was able to bread 4 tenderloins with still more bread crumbs leftover. I would say half the amount of bread crumbs and if it is still too little, then just add some more. For the cooking portion, I heated up my oil on medium-high heat and was able to brown the tenderloin at 2 minutes a side, making it 4 minutes per tenderloin. If I left it at 8 minutes as noted by the recipe directions, it would certainly would have been burnt. But all in all, a very hearty dish that I will certainly try again!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 25, 2010

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