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Christine Burns

Christine Burns
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Living In: Portland, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Camping, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Me and Jamie
About this Cook
I am 29 years old and love to cook. I have been cooking for somebody, whether my family or boyfriend, since the age of 10. Growing up I watched lots of cooking shows. My mother says I am just a natural at it, and to me it is relaxing and fun, not stressful. I especially love cooking for my boyfriend Jamie on special occasions.
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian. I am Sicilian. I am a big fan also of stir-fry's and some Mexican food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother used to make her homemade spaghetti sauce every Sunday and then would invite my mother and I over for dinner. She would also make her homemade meatballs and sausage on Christmas for dinner.
My cooking triumphs
When I was 10 years old I was following a recipe and it called for 1 teaspoon of salt. I measured it in my hand and my mother looked at me and said, now Chris that is not a teaspoon. Meaning I should use a spoon. So I looked and said your right and sprinkled a bit more in my hand. She then handed me a measuring spoon and I put what was in my hand into it an it was a perfect level teaspoon. After that she let me have free reign in the kitchen.
My cooking tragedies
I would say my biggest tragedies come from the world of baking. Yes it looks good, and some of it even tastes good, but I alas am not a very good baker. But at least I do try from time to time.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Cream Cheese Penguins
Definately the cutest thing I have ever made. Did use onion/chive cream cheese for the penguins to give it some flavor. Other than that it was easy to make but took a lot longer than I expected to put together. Placing the cream cheese in a ziplock bag made it easier to fill the olives since all I had to do was pipe it into the olive. Would make again.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 28, 2014
Mari's Banana Cupcakes
Cut the recipe in half for just my husband and I, and it was great. They were light and fluffy and not dense like muffins. I made a light glaze to put on top of them and it gave them just enough sweetness. Easy and tasty late night snack when you want something sweet without a lot of hassle. Only change I made was to reduce the oil, for half a recipe from 6T to 4T and used two small bananas, as that is all we had and used 1/2 brown and white sugar for extra flavor.

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Reviewed On: May 27, 2014
Clark's Quiche
Great recipe. Not sure what went wrong with some of the lower reviews, but I enjoyed the flavor and will definitely make again. One thing I did do was too simply defrost the spinach and not cook it a then drain it so it would not make things soggy. I like the base and may try different proteins next time, using maybe chicken or turkey.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 13, 2014

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